Sunday, September 21, 2008

Looking ahead.....

I recently read a magazine article about 5 or 6 women who lost a significant amount of weight and kept it off for a number of years.

Inspiring, for sure.

Their methods were all different, proving that ANY program will work if it is entered into at the right time with the right attitude.
Their personal “tips” for keeping the weight off are practical and do-able.

But I have a question…what is with the high heels?

Every one of those ladies is wearing 5 inch heels! Not 2 or 3 inch heels, and no flats…ALL were wearing 5 inch heels, even with casual dresses or jeans.

Is this the normal shoe apparel for a person who is not overweight? Or is it just that these ladies (all of whom weighed near or over 200 pounds at one point) could not wear heels of any sort pre-weight loss and are now overcompensating?

Even more to the point….Why do I have 2 pairs of 5 inch heels sitting around to “inspire” me?

What is it about these foot debilitating means of torture that appeal to us, make us feel beautiful?
Is it all just a cultural thing?
Is it because our men think it is sexy and ask it of us?
I have to agree that the shoes themselves are beautiful.
(I may have to be careful in the future….I do love a pretty shoe and I could become a shoe fanatic)
Yes, standing on tip toe makes the calf look more muscular and shaped, which could be seen as beautiful.
Is it that they force a woman to think more about how she stands or walks?
Is it all of the above or just one of the above, or none of the above?

I don’t know the answer to the question, but what I do know is that I look forward to the day that I can actually walk in shoes that make me 5 inches taller - torturous or not.

Right now, not only does my extra weight make my poor toes scream in agony from all the force applied to them, but I am so top heavy that I actually sway when I stand up in them. I am seriously afraid I will fall over just because I am so unbalanced.

Will I ever be able to wear these shoes and feel graceful?

For that matter, when was the last time I felt graceful?
Something else to look forward to......



Lyn said...

I think it's all about looking taller/slimmer. Me, I don't think I will ever, ever wear those kinda shoes. Heck I doubt I will ever wear 3" heels. I just care way too much about my own comfort! Barefoot is best, but when I go out I wear comfy sandals. I may change my mind if I ever weigh 130, we'll see :)

Anonymous said...

I love heels. I think they look amazing with everything, especially jeans. But sadly, I think I enjoy comfort more than fashion. Not only that, but hubs is the same height as me, and I feel like an amazon woman standing next to him if I'm too tall! =) Yeah, we're a couple of shorties!

Karyn said...

I can't say that I WILL wear heels very often because I can't see that they would be comfortable, but I can't wait until I CAN wear them!

So many "little" things to look forward to.....

new*me said...

I will never wear heels! I have bunions and heel issues ;) I need to be comfy at all times. Some think that really high heels make their butt look good :) or so I have been told!

SeaShore said...

I definitely go for comfort first! The highest heels I have are 1-1/2". That's sufficient for me ;)