I told my wife a couple of weeks ago that I may have made a financial mistake. A small one, but it could have life-changing implications.
I try to do what I can to support domestic production (a.k.a. “Buy American”). But really, there are some things that simply are not made in America. Shoes, for example. Even if I gave a paycheck for a pair of shoes, they’d still come from Italy. So I have no heartburn about going down to Payless or Wal-Mart and getting a cheap pair of sneakers made in China (I wish I had an outlet that didn’t support sweat-shop labor, but what can I do in this case?).
So before Christmas, my workplace started a Holiday Weight Challenge. If you didn’t gain weight during the holidays, you’d get a $50 gift card to Academy Sports. Technically, I met the challenge and got the card. I say “technically” because I was the same weight at the end of the challenge as when I started – no one asked what happened in between, and I ain’t tellin’.
At about the same time, I discovered Tyler’s blog, and decided I was going public with my own fitness/weight loss endeavor. Not much success to report on that effort, but I’m still working at it (I’m down 13 pounds since January 1, but again we won’t talk about what happened in December).
So with my $50 gift card, and new inspiration, I went down to Academy sports with the intention of buying decent walking shoes. Instead, I bought a nice pair of New Balance running shoes (more on the running effort later), and discovered two great things:
- You can buy American made shoes, sort of.
- I may never buy cheap shoes again.
I had no idea I could actually run – much less walk – without excruciating pain in my ankles. Really, shoes can do that? Who knew?