Sunday, February 17, 2019

Product Review: BioPods StimSoles

A few years ago I started having really bad heel pain. I noticed that initially the pain came at the end of a long twelve hour shift at work. It was new so I just kind of shrugged it off. I had been wearing the same shoes for a bit longer than I should have so I just thought I needed new shoes. I figured I'd buy new shoes and the pain would go away. Unfortunately that didn't work. The pain then started to get really bad, to the point where I couldn't even step on my heel first thing in the morning cause it felt like knives were digging in there.

Naturally I had been consulting with Dr. Google and my suspicion was that I had developed plantar fasciitis. I asked around for recommendations for a good podiatrist around the area where I lived at the time and made my appointment. Up until that point I really had never had any issues with my feet. I mean I ran a lot but I was one of the lucky ones that was still injury free. I realized real quickly that it wasn't the running that was causing my pain but the long hours of being on my feet working at the hospital.

The podiatrist did the usual workup and in the end he agreed with my self-diagnosis. He recommended a shot of steroids to the heels, physical therapy, no running, and orthotic inserts. The no running part was hard to deal with but I did what he told me (well for a few weeks until physical therapy cleared me for running). Unfortunately the inserts were crap! They gave me really bad blisters, they were stiff, and they didn't fit right in any of my shoes. Honestly it was a waste of money. I want to say I spent almost $200 on them so I was pretty disappointed. In the end, physical therapy was what helped me the most. I ended up doing 6 months of therapy but it helped me get back to work pain free. I learned how to stretch better and how to tape my feet if the pain ever came back.

Fast forward a few years and I'm still running and still on my feet for work but now for a different hospital. Work actually provides me free shoes but the shoes I picked three months ago started to cause me heel pain. I quickly got worried my plantar fasciitis was coming back. Luckily right around the same time, BioPods contacted me to try out their shoe inserts. I was provided a free sample for my honest review. I've been wearing them for two months now and I can saw with all honesty that they have helped me so much! The heel pain is gone and I find comfort in knowing my feet are properly supported during my entire work shift.

Here's what I love about them:

  • They are designed to help you perform at your best and feel comfortable every step of the way in all types of shoes. I only wear mine for work but you can wear them in dress shoes, cycling shoes, boots, running shoes, etc. 
  • They provide stimulation instead of just artificial support. Each pod targets the foot’s arch, creating a “springy” stimulus that gently increases over time to safely retrain your reflexes in order to help your feet, legs, hips, and back adjust naturally to healthy function.
  • There are six different options to choose from. You can basically place these insoles on all your different shoe styles. 
  • Since wearing insoles do take some getting used to, they offer a 120 day money back guarantee. Their motto is: "If it isn’t easier to get around within 120 days, walk away!"
  • You can also trim the insole and modify it to fit your specific shoe.

Not all inserts are the same. These did require about a week of getting used to which I would say is the only downside of getting inserts in general. No blisters like my other custom orthotics though, which I was incredibly thankful for. The company has done a lot of scientific research to make these insoles available to the public. You can read more information about that here. Basically they are incredibly proud of their product and only want the public to experience life without foot pain. Did you know that over 66% of North American’s feet hurt on a regular basis and 75% of North Americans will experience foot health problems at one time or another in their lifetimes? Crazy right?

The company is gracious enough to offer a 20% off coupon with free shipping by using the code: Beja2019 for all my readers. It's your lucky day! So don't hesitate to go buy your pair. Your feet will thank you later, I promise.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Her

Okay so this post is mostly for the men in our lives who seem to wait until the last minute in getting us gifts.  So forward this post to the man in your life! Do them the favor and make it easy on them.  I have picked out a few easy presents they can get on Amazon and if they have prime membership it’s guaranteed by the 14th. Most of these products I actually have or are currently on my wish list so you know they are a good gift! Anyways, enjoy!

Faux Leather Jacket

Diaper Bag

(unfortunately will take longer to ship)

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Hello 2019!

Hello! It's been quite some time, almost six months! I know this blog kinda took a back burner to my little one and for that I am sorry but it's been difficult balancing everything. I get mom guilt every time I try to do something for myself. And then I tell myself that I'll blog after the baby goes to sleep... and...well, life happens and I find other things to do. I must have like 10 blog posts that I've started in the last six months but just haven't had the chance the finish them. Rather then go back and try to remember what it was I trying to write about I just decided to start fresh. New year, new me right?

I have never been one to focus on New Year's resolutions. In fact for the last few years I've been adamant about not doing them. This year I decided to cautiously write some down. I say cautiously because part of the reason I don't like resolutions is because I don't like to fail. I don't like knowing that I couldn't live up to the promise I made. I know it sounds kind of lame but it's true. I don't like looking back and seeing that I didn't accomplish my goals. It just puts in me in a funk. I'm sure you're probably thinking well then don't fail. Hah! If only right?

Here's why this year started a bit different than the last few years and why I decided to finally face my fear of failure. At the end of last year I did a #90daychallenge with Rachel Hollis. Have you heard of her? She is the author of that ever popular book, Girl, Wash Your Face. Let me tell you, she changed my life! Her challenge was to finish the year strong, confident, and the best version of you. For 90 days I didn't drink a lick of alcohol, drank a minimum of 80oz of water, wrote 3 things I'm grateful for every day, and worked out every day (or reached 10,000 steps). It made me see things differently and instead of feeling sorry for myself I felt compelled to keep excelling in life. So I started the year in an upswing and full of hope.

Here are my goals for the new year:

  • Finish a half marathon in under 2 hours (first race of the year is next weekend)
  • Burpee challenge - 10xday (gotta start somewhere!)
  • Read a book a month (currently in a mom book club)
  • Blog at least once a month (fingers crossed on this one)
  • Get two new work certifications
  • Get better at my photography and book more photo sessions (oh yeah I picked up a new hobby!)
I went from never having resolutions/goals for the new year to actually writing down 6 things I want to get done by the end of the year. Go big or go home right? I can't really explain into words how this book changed me but I am happy that it came into my life. Here's to 2019 and all the great things I hope it has in store for me!

Did you make any new goals this year?
Have you read Girl, Wash Your Face?

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