Do As I Say, Not As I Do

by tinareale on December 27, 2011

You know that saying “Do as I say. Not as I do”? It about sums up my day yesterday.

I started the morning with a trip to the gym for a 45 minute spin class. When I got there, I had about 20 minutes to kill thanks to remembering the morning class times incorrectly. Typical for me. I thought about doing a short weights workout or some abs, but saw the treadmill. And hopped on.

I originally planned to play it safe with just cross training this week after my foot kept aggravating me on runs last week. I even took the previous 3 days completely off exercise. I guess that time off helped, because I ran those 20 minutes pain free. Thank goodness! I wouldn’t necessarily recommend pushing luck when it comes to possible injuries.

After the hour run + spin combo at the gym I came home to eat a big breakfast and hang around with the family. Then, I got the sudden urge to do something I know I should have done a long time ago.


I visited Big Peach Running Company to officially get fitted for running shoes. I’ve needed to do this for a long time. And I’m so glad I finally did as my Christmas present to myself.

They took a scan of my feet first – medium arch, normal weight distribution, then had me run on a treadmill which took video of my stride.


Pretty cool to see! Apparently, I have a really good gait and stride on my right side, but over-pronate a bit on the left. I also learned that I have been getting my running shoes a size or twotoo small! Crazy!

After all the talk and analysis, I tried out quite a few pairs of different shoes. I was really drawn to a new line by Brooks – the Pure Cadence – but settled on a Saucony Guide since it will hold up a little longer and gives extra cushioning over the Brooks shoe.


I picked up a few other goodies while there too – a new running water bottle (so I don’t have to hold plastic ones anymore) and some compression sleeves to help my calves. I wanted to get a long sleeve running tee too but couldn’t swallow the $70 price tag. I’ll check out my beloved Champion line at Target first.

It took a lot longer than I expected at the running store, running (ha!) right through my typical lunch time, but I had another errand to run. Do as I say, not as I do.

I went grocery shopping. Hungry. Very hungry! And our bill ended up about $50 more than normal. Ouch.

Plus, a lot of it included fresh produce to come home and make a satisfying lunch.


My  lunch obsession of the moment = a salad with spring mix, mushrooms, tomatoes, red onion, blue cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette with a side of apple and egg + cheese + toast. Although, in lieu of the apple, yesterday I went for a couple of the “special” grocery purchases.


I think for that I will say “Do as I do”. That Lindt Touch of Sea Salt bar gets me every time.

You can also “do as I do” today by having more chocolate while spending some time thinking about your goals. You’ll have to see what I have on my mind tomorrow. Winking smile 

What’s the last thing you did that wasn’t quite “practicing what you preach”?


1 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 27, 2011 at 7:58 am

i’m glad you got fitted for a running shoe…that’s definitely something i need to do once i’m back in running condition again :)

and chocolate with sea salt?! i’ll do as you do every time :)

2 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 27, 2011 at 8:28 am

I lovee that tea! So good :D

3 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health December 27, 2011 at 8:30 am

That’s so cool how they can fit you for running shoes! I should have my feet scanned. And I can’t ever go to the grocery store hungry…I would totally do the same thing you did haha. The last thing I did that wasn’t quite practicing what I preach was freaking out about all of the chocolate and cookies I’ve been eating and telling my fiance that I look “fat”- these are things that I told myself I wouldn’t do this holiday season because I know that enjoying those things for a few days won’t hurt me. I’m frustrated with myself for even letting myself think about my body in that way!

4 tinareale December 27, 2011 at 9:37 am

I had a few moments like that too and I hate that my mind goes there sometimes. It’s so unnecessary!

5 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 27, 2011 at 8:39 am

I have been eating white sugar all weekend even though I’m not supposed to! It’s hard to avoid on Christmas… Now my stomach is very upset at me. Today I am going to try very hard to practice what I preach – eat healthier!

6 Rebecca @ Miss Magnolia Munches & Moves December 27, 2011 at 8:54 am

My dad used to always tell me “Do as I say, not as I do.” Haha. We have a specialty running shoe store, and they did an awesome job suggesting shoes, but they don’t have that cool, high tech foot scanner! It’s amazing the difference a pair of shoes can make.

7 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile December 27, 2011 at 9:02 am

I cannot go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. I will buy everyyyything. Yay for new running shoes!!! How do you like the compression sleeves? I’m dying to get some!

8 tinareale December 27, 2011 at 9:42 am

I haven’t used them yet, but my calves are my BIGGEST problem area so I figured they were worth a shot. Plus, the running store I went to has a 60 day no questions asked return policy on anything you aren’t happy with. I figured what’s there to lose? I’ll share about them once I know how they work (or don’t). ;)

9 cheryl December 27, 2011 at 10:48 am

i love that stance at running stores…fits w/ their concept. mine DID ask they only be used indoors (i.e. TM vs a muddy trail) before a return but took back one pair w/o a single objection when i’d tried a new style and disliked it

10 Carly D. @ CarlyBananas December 27, 2011 at 10:25 am

@Brittany – those sleeves have saved my shins/calves. They worked some major miracles for me! :)

11 Lee December 27, 2011 at 9:07 am

I have that water bottle and love it. Same color too.

12 tinareale December 27, 2011 at 9:43 am

I have always just carried a plastic bottle and hate it because its hard to drink out of. Plus I figured that way I could store stuff in there and not worry about the spibelt on shorter runs. Good to know you like it!

13 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 27, 2011 at 9:11 am

I have been wanting to do something like that for a while – glad you got the right shoes for yoU! :)

14 Michelle December 27, 2011 at 9:15 am

Glad you got your gait analyzed!! I just realized I never wrote you back about the temporary orthotics that my SIL gave me. Doh! Not that you need them now – but the brand her practice prefers is Superfeet.

Love the color of those shoes (because you know – that’s what’s REALLY important!).

15 tinareale December 27, 2011 at 9:43 am

haha! Yes. Yes. Must have pretty shoes. :)

16 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life December 27, 2011 at 9:22 am

Haha, I’m pretty sure my whole weekend could be summed up as not practicing what I preach. Lots and lots of food. Little exercise. Hey, it happens! But I’m back at it today! :)

I think I need some new running shoes – I’m still using the ones from FitBloggin’. Hmmm, is that bad?

17 Anne December 27, 2011 at 9:23 am

I still havent been fitted for proper running shoes. But I love saucony’s! Next time I’m due for a new shoe, I’m planning to get fitted.

18 Runblondie26 December 27, 2011 at 9:31 am

Funny how much stronger the siren song of the treadmill becomes when it’s suddenly off limits. Glad you’re feeing better and the foot’s ok!

The Saucony Guide is what I wear too. For some reason the mesh upper on the latest version wears out really quickly…I never knew it was possible to get holes on the tops of my shoes. Very weird, but hopefully you’ll have more luck. I keep buying them anyway I like them so much.

19 tinareale December 27, 2011 at 9:45 am

That is an interesting place to wear. never heard of that either. It will be interesting to see if mine do that too. I already love how these feel.

20 Hillary December 27, 2011 at 10:59 am

I’ve had that problem with the Guide 4 too! But I’ve had the same problem with my Asics–I think I push my toes up when I run. I still just went and bought a new pair of Guides for Christmas. They are so comfortable!

21 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 27, 2011 at 9:35 am

New shoes are so much fun! I need to go get fitted again myself.

I spent the weekend not practicing what I preach… it was the attack of the killer desserts at my house. :)

22 tinareale December 27, 2011 at 9:46 am

Oh, how I can relate. Although it wasn’t as much as I expected to eat. Honestly, the desserts my family brought weren’t my typical preference which made it easy. And we had to leave early with the sick kids. Otherwise, oh boy! LOL

And congrats on the Christmas present of Foodbuzz top 9!

23 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic December 27, 2011 at 9:38 am

That Lindt sea salt bar is one of my favorites!

24 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 27, 2011 at 9:43 am

this is awesome! i really need to go get my feet fitted as well as i have some pain in my feet. looking forward to hearing how you like your new saucony’s! ;)

25 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 27, 2011 at 9:56 am

That tea sounds delicious! I would’ve grabbed it too.
How about the entire weekend when I ate way too many desserts and didn’t exercise once. Definitely a do as I say, not as I do type of thing! Oh well, back on track today.

26 tinareale December 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I did the same all weekend! And loved it. ;)

27 Tiff December 27, 2011 at 10:25 am

The last thing for me was the cheese dip mom n’ I split for lunch yesterday. I had a beer with it, which I didn’t feel badly about, but the cheese was too much!

28 cheryl December 27, 2011 at 10:46 am

big fan of “real” fittings if you actually run….i recall my dad swearing they went to a running store “it’s big, it is called sports authority”….he got a nice explanation after. my PT at first disliked my Nikes, then he did his own gait-watching and agreed they were great for me (he says he’s anti-nike for most folks but that i have the very rare neutral gait that works with Nike).

29 Kara December 27, 2011 at 11:44 am

I have that same Nathan handheld and I love it. Eventually the bottle will start leaking (they all seem to do that), but you can just swap out the bottle for a different one. :)

30 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl December 27, 2011 at 11:49 am

That is really cool to be fitted for a shoe. I wish I knew where they have one of those in my neighborhood. I look forward to hearing how the new shoes work out for you.

31 Cat @Breakfast to Bed December 27, 2011 at 11:52 am

I really like the champion ones at Target. The $$$ ones make me feel guilty.

32 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List December 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Was it free to get your running gait analyzed? I need to do that ASAP!
Love that chocolate!!

33 tinareale December 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Yep it was free! Of course then you kind of “have” to buy the shoe from there, which is usually full price. But I figure get fitted, find the shoe I love, buy it there, then future models get with online deals. ;)

34 Kimberly December 27, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I wish we had a store like that close to us!! That is really cool to see how they figure out your foot type and shoe needs! I love the shoes you chose!

35 Paige @ Running Around Normal December 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I love those gait analyzers! I’m a pretty normal runner. I love the Brook’s Ravennas :)

36 Lisa December 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I got fitted for running shoes about 9 months or so after I started running. I shouldn’t have waited so long and I had no excuse because it’s FREE! I immediately stopped buying the cheapo running shoes and I only buy Brooks Ravenna. LOVE them.

37 Shannon ~ My Place In The Race December 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I love the Nathan water bottles and my compression sleeves!! It’s amazing how much better fitted shoes feel. :D

38 tinareale December 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I know! I couldn’t believe it!

39 jobo December 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I really need to do the same, have my running analyzed! I did go to a running store to get sneakers fitted and was amazed that I too wear a sneaker one size too small! REALLY helped with the pair I have now. no more toe pain!!

40 Heather (Where's the Beach) December 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Yay for getting fitted. I think the right shoe helps SO much. I have recently been doing some running intervals before lifting. I always say to do the weights first. But, sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way.

41 Khushboo December 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Lindt sea salt is the best chocolate! I always say to never show up to a restaurant starving. Nonetheless, copious amounts of the bread basket was consumed tonight- whoops!

42 Heather @ Run Eat Play December 27, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I finally got fitted for running shoes about a year ago because my feet and toes hurt so much while I ran. Turns out, I was running in a size too small. I never knew that running shoes should be a half or full size larger than your normal shoe size! What a difference it made!

43 Carolina @ Peas in a Blog December 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I LOVE getting new running shoes, so fun! I was amazed when I went to my local running store to get fitted, you really can tell the difference when you wear the right shoe.

44 Corey @ Learning Patience December 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm

SO glad you finally got that custom running consult done…about time! Today was my rest day….grrrrr. I dont like those…they are MUCH harderd than my LONG run days believe it or not…. I think you know where I’m coming from… Anyways…you SO tempted me w/the Lindt Sea Salt Chocolate…. we <3 that stuff – so good!

xoxo from Trinidad

45 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) December 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm

That salad is taunting me! It looks so delicious. I’ve eaten way too many convenience and prepackaged foods.. I can’t wait to get back to a routine of healthy eats.

46 Danielle December 27, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Being hungry while grocery shopping is always trouble for me. I end up buying everything in sight because it all looks so delicious.

47 STUFT Mama December 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Ooo… that chocolate bar would get me everytime too. I very RARELY get out of the store without spending at least $30 on stuff I don’t need. Oops. Good that you got fitted for new shoes. You’ll totally notice a difference. :)

48 Coco December 27, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Yay on the running shoes! Yes, you need to get those at least a full size larger than your regular shoes. I have not thrown out the Christmas cookies or dinner leftovers, but am enjoying them a bit each day. Do as I say, or as I do–I will clean out the fridge and empty the cookie tins this weekend!

49 Toni @ Running, Loving, Living December 27, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Nice shoes!! Ill take a little chocolate…lol!!!

50 Michelle @lipstickandlunges December 28, 2011 at 9:54 am

I love getting fitted for running shoes. It’s helped my knee problems tremendously. I’m a Brooks Adrenaline girl. Been running in them for years! I hope you like your new sneaks. The first run is always so glorious :) I used to have knee-high compression socks, but the puppy got to them. Maybe I’ll try the sleeves out.
— Michelle

51 Lindsey @ Cardio Pizza December 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I’m glad your foot is doing better! I also wear Saucony brand – I love them!

What size shoe did you get? Is it bigger or smaller than your “normal” every day shoe?

52 tinareale December 28, 2011 at 6:44 pm

I got a 8.5 when I normally wear a 7.5

Had no clue running shoes should be a size bigger! Can’t wait to try them on a full run. Of course I had to go and get sick after getting them. :(

53 Jenn December 30, 2011 at 6:51 pm

I used to run in running shoes much too small, leaving black and blue toenails…gross I know. But no more! Take your time breaking them in!

54 Glenneth January 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Do you think getting fitted every time you buy a new shoe would be a wise idea? Time for me to get new shoes. Thanks!

55 tinareale January 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I don’t think it would be necessary with every new shoe need. Perhaps after an injury or something that could affect your gait or after a significant amount of weight change or something similar? That would be my understanding at least. And I will probably get fitted every couple of years or if any new pain or tweaks come up since its free anyways. Can’t hurt.

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