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First, the water. 

You know how whenever someone starts a diet they lose a lot of weight at the beginning, and the conventional wisdom is always “it’s water weight?” Yeah, well that’s very very real. I have been grain and sugar free for 6 days now. I have been keeping my bladder quite active. However I am not showing any signs of dehydration, and I am keeping my sodium intake high. We’re talking about 8 pounds or more of just water this week. So for anyone who wants the quick fix one week diet, ok, just cut grains and sugars for a week and you’ll drop tons of water, if that’s all you want to do. I am, of course, just getting started.

So let’s talk about feet.

Specifically, my feet. This is where my wife will stop reading, since she is terrified by my feet. (With good reason, and I promise no foot pictures here.)

When I started running, I knew I was way bigger than the average runner, and with an old meniscus injury, I visited my orthopedist to get the clearance. While I was at it, I thought a podiatrist ought to have a look. I’ve kept up with 6 month visits. As this is central PA, I am sure 99.9% of their patients are elderly diabetics, with the occasional athlete. I am the guy who has been on the track to be patient A, trying to become patient B instead.

Today’s visit was no surprise, as my neuropathy is no better (but no worse) and my callouses needed attention again. I call this dremel-time. So here’s what I learned about my callouses.

I have no fat pads on the bottom of my feet.

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That’s right. Me. With a spot on my body that is currently free of fat. I had a good laugh about this and got some further explanation from my doctor.

The fat pads on the bottoms of the feet are not gone from being the first fat deposit to be burned for fuel. That would be too cruel of the endocrine system. No, I just literally wore them out from years and years of heavy weight on them. Much the same way that the damage I did to my nerves in that region cannot be undone, even if I have reversed the TTD, the fat pads have been damaged permanently. She described it as the fibers that are there aren’t able to hold anything anymore. I wondered if this was something like the effect of collagen injections on the lips, which plump up for a while, then dissipate. She said this was a fair comparison.

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There are always exceptions

So while I am able to continue to better the health of my organs, which count the most for life, I am coming to terms with the fact that yes, some things will never be the same. This is why I will probably always use a built up running shoe, no matter how many times I decide to re-read Born to Run. I’m in no danger of heel striking like a sprinter, so that’s fine. In other news, I visited the dentist, and one tooth shows early signs of sugar related problems, but it doesn’t need intervention yet. I am interested to see what Carl thinks of it in July,

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