A love of funky, chunky, fashion-forward, high-heeled leather footwear. Shoes, boots, sandals, I love them all. (Exercise shoes too, of course, but it’s Fluevogs that really get me excited!)
I’m not alone in this obsession. Many women (particularly women, cough, cough, my age) have a fascination with shoes, handbags and jewellery.
I have a theory about this.
Accessories always fit, regardless of the size of your body.
A killer pair of boots can cheer you up when your favourite skinny jeans won’t zip up. Sparkly bracelets never make your wrist look ‘puffy’. And handbags can divert attention from your body (as well as provide you with something to disguise your belly; remember Elaine’s giant purses when the producers of Seinfeld were trying to hide Julia Louis Dreyfuss’s pregnancy?).
Upon some self-reflection (and a frank look at my own naked profile in the mirror), I realize that the level of my interest in footwear varies inversely with how satisfied I am in my own skin.
When I feel fit and strong and lean, my shopping trips focus on jeans and curve-hugging sweaters.
When I feel not-so-fit and have put on a few extra pounds, my tastes gravitate towards shoes and boots.
I’m in a ‘shoe’ phase right now and I’m doing something about it (something other than just buying shoes, that is).
Introducing my workout reward jar, AKA the ‘Fluevog Jar’!
Since January 1st, I’ve been tossing a ‘toonie’ (that’s Canadian-speak for our 2 dollar coin) into my workout reward jar every time I complete a workout, with the goal of rewarding my efforts with a new pair of Fluevogs this summer (Fitbloggin’, Portland, June; will you be there?).
It’s only mid-February and I’ve already saved $70. (Do the math! That’s 35 workouts in 7 weeks). If I keep it up, I may not only be able to buy the shoes I’ve got my eyes on, I may also be able to afford a new pair of jeans; in a smaller size!
Do you reward yourself for making fitness a priority?
How would you spend YOUR workout reward jar money?