This may sound strange considering I focus on body image, but the part of my body that I am most self conscious about is my feet. They’re big. They’ve always been big. Even when I was a baby I was nicknamed “Baby Big Foot.” Because of my seriously undainty footsies it was always anticipated that I’d grow to be super tall. Alack, I stopped growing at 10, but the damage was done, by fifth grade I wore a size 10 and was 5’4″ (just barely). Still am. My feet have made shoe shopping a dreaded activity for most of my life. Shoes just never look cute on me-I always look like I have clown feet-so I avoid it like the plague. While other girls seem to love shoe shopping, I dread it with “the fire of a thousand suns” (Yes, I did just quote 10 Things I Hate About You), but today I braved the subway and hit up a couple of shoe stores and after many a pair of shoes were discarded, I finally emerged with two. One that is practical and one that I actually like. I have no tolerance for uncomfortable shoes, I refuse to suffer for beauty, so sometimes I have to settle on style. Honestly the shoes that are practical that I bought look super cute off, it’s just once they slide onto my elephant feet that their cuteness diminishes.
BTW, I’m not saying all big feet are ugly, I’m saying my big feet are ugly. Not all feet are created equal and let’s just say I got the short end of the podiatry stick.
All this leads me to ask, what body part are you most self consicous about?
Here’s what I ended up with. The black pair are my practical summer sandal, and I actually like the white pair.
Hopefully these will get me through summer.
Once shoe shopping was done, I was starving. Not just a little hungry, but light headed: I NEED TO EAT NOW!!!, hungry. So I zipped home and had a bowl of turkey chili that I made yesterday. I make a mean turkey chili. This batch included ground turkey, smoked green chillies, a green pepper, onion, paprika, extra hot chili powder, cumin, black beans, kidney beans and crushed tomatoes. I bought some extra hot chili powder at an Indian Grocery store a few months ago and this stuff can kill you if you’re not careful-this chili is a bit dangerous it’s so hot.
Baby Carrots (for veggies)
Turkey Chili with a dollop of light sour cream
(I don’t usually use sour cream in my chili, but in this case I used it to diffuse some of the heat.)