Name's Abby. Many pounds down; many more to go. On a serious journey to become the healthiest and strongest version of me in all the ways that count. Gym rat. Gluten intolerant. Floridian. Paralegal. Sincere as they come. Hopeless romantic. Workaholic. Love: My family, lifting, Paleo, fitness, Manhattan, art, fashion, tattoos, my Apple TV, traveling, and life itself.

 

nutrify:

Two year long case study demonstrating an increase in arch height from running in minimalist shoes.
The debate is ongoing as to the use of minimalist shoes and running barefoot. Few studies have been done and there are so many variables to control which makes these existing studies practically irrelevant. To see the true effects of what happens to our foot by removing the external support from a traditional motion control running shoe, it takes time. Years actually. I would like to share an example of a runner who had abandoned her rigid orthotics and motion control ASICS running shoes and began wearing minimalist shoes. The New Balance Minimus with a zero drop to be exact.
She was 34 two and a half years ago and had flexible flat feet, a valgus position of the calcaneus ( the heel bone angles inward when observing from behind), and a valgus knee deformity (knock knees). Her symptoms consisted of knee pain as well as frequent lower back pain. She was wearing custom rigid orthotics which were implemented to realign her arch and heel bone. We had her follow my transition protocol of removing the orthotics for the first part of a run and then replacing them for the remainder… I advise using the 10% rule. Each week mileage is increased wearing the minimalist shoe by 10%. Again, the new shoe is worn first and the run is completed in the traditional shoe. This can sometimes take up to 6-8 weeks or more depending on the level of running a person is doing before the complete transition is made.
Of course what I am about to share is anecdotal. I realize that. However, this is a two year example of the changes that can occur to an adults foot that results from strengthening the postural muscles of the foot, specifically the abdcutor hallucis muscle. This is not the direct result of simply wearing a minimalist shoe. This is the result of what happens when you stress the foot and let it work the way it was intended to and become stronger. It has not relied on external support and adapted to the stresses placed upon it. The studies that are currently being published share weeks or sometimes a few months of results. This is a 2 year example. My colleagues and I are also submitting for publication a 6 month study that will show objective results of a similar finding. Let’s see what happens to the foot when you do not rely on orthotics and motion control shoes.
(miss sierrafitarchive found this study, thank you!)

This is amazing! Before switching to minimalist shoes, which was a difficult breaking in process, I could walk in 5 inch heels with ease. Now, my feet have been so conditioned to minimalist shoes, that heels are incredibly painful on my feet, ankles, and calves.

nutrify:

Two year long case study demonstrating an increase in arch height from running in minimalist shoes.

The debate is ongoing as to the use of minimalist shoes and running barefoot. Few studies have been done and there are so many variables to control which makes these existing studies practically irrelevant. To see the true effects of what happens to our foot by removing the external support from a traditional motion control running shoe, it takes time. Years actually. I would like to share an example of a runner who had abandoned her rigid orthotics and motion control ASICS running shoes and began wearing minimalist shoes. The New Balance Minimus with a zero drop to be exact.

She was 34 two and a half years ago and had flexible flat feet, a valgus position of the calcaneus ( the heel bone angles inward when observing from behind), and a valgus knee deformity (knock knees). Her symptoms consisted of knee pain as well as frequent lower back pain. She was wearing custom rigid orthotics which were implemented to realign her arch and heel bone. We had her follow my transition protocol of removing the orthotics for the first part of a run and then replacing them for the remainder… I advise using the 10% rule. Each week mileage is increased wearing the minimalist shoe by 10%. Again, the new shoe is worn first and the run is completed in the traditional shoe. This can sometimes take up to 6-8 weeks or more depending on the level of running a person is doing before the complete transition is made.

Of course what I am about to share is anecdotal. I realize that. However, this is a two year example of the changes that can occur to an adults foot that results from strengthening the postural muscles of the foot, specifically the abdcutor hallucis muscle. This is not the direct result of simply wearing a minimalist shoe. This is the result of what happens when you stress the foot and let it work the way it was intended to and become stronger. It has not relied on external support and adapted to the stresses placed upon it. The studies that are currently being published share weeks or sometimes a few months of results. This is a 2 year example. My colleagues and I are also submitting for publication a 6 month study that will show objective results of a similar finding. Let’s see what happens to the foot when you do not rely on orthotics and motion control shoes.

(miss sierrafitarchive found this study, thank you!)

This is amazing! Before switching to minimalist shoes, which was a difficult breaking in process, I could walk in 5 inch heels with ease. Now, my feet have been so conditioned to minimalist shoes, that heels are incredibly painful on my feet, ankles, and calves.

Out of a firm of 40 people, I am the one that people go to about how to do shit. I would like to add that I am the youngest paralegal here. I should feel honored, but really I’m annoyed that I have to stop what I’m doing to help people constantly.

fanboyin:

Stephen King being Stephen King

Hilarious. The only reason spoilers bother me, is that if I watch the series before reading the book I don’t read the books until the series is over. I don’t want things to be spoiled for me and I don’t want to mix versions of the two. I learned that with the True Blood series. I didn’t read the Harry Potter books until I saw the last movie because I wanted to be surprised. The books is always better and it’s the perfect way to fill things in for me and to fall in love with the story all over. I love to be surprised. I have all the GOT books but don’t want to read them yet. I find myself hyper critical of the movie or series if I read the book first. I want to enjoy the series as its own body of work and then be blown away by how much better the book was. I know, I’m ass backwards.

Happy Thursday, everybody! I promise to behave today. I’ll even try to be nice too. xoxo

Happy Thursday, everybody! I promise to behave today. I’ll even try to be nice too. xoxo

There are 3 different throwbacks here:

(1) Obviously, me as a fucking adorable baby.

(2) My friend offering to put my deaf and senile cat out of its misery. He’s still kicking 3 years later, the poor old bastard. Sadly, I don’t think I’ve seen my friend since then. I should call him.

(3) The house when we first moved in. I feel I will never get it that clean again. Or maybe it’ll just never feel that new again.

If I ever lost my pictures, I’d be devastated. I love looking back and reminiscing on wonderful times with friends and family.

I’m the queen of dish rack Jenga!

I’m the queen of dish rack Jenga!

Is it legal to marry yourself?

'Cuz I'm gonna put a ring on it after that dinner.

Tonight’s agenda: apple pie moonshine and cleaning the house.

Tonight’s agenda: apple pie moonshine and cleaning the house.

Even though my sisters are 3 and 4 1/2 years younger than me respectively, they still ask me everything because I raised them after our mom died. Questions about relationships, outfits, their bodies, sex, their vaginas, haircuts, names of doctors, how to do stuff, etc… I don’t think I’d have it any other way.