I have plantar fasciitis related TMS. This is not my first time using Sarno's theories to heal myself. I have great success in the past and know I will again. For some reason, this time around, even though I know my pain is psychologically based, I still have a fear of wearing certain shoes...as if this or that shoe is less or more painful to wear. It is a fear I not yet been able to banish...despite my intellectual acceptance and faith of the TMS diagnosis. The last two days have been relatively good on the pain scale. I was wearing a pair of sandals that have extra arch support. Its getting cold, I need to start wearing closed shoes again, but I am afraid to put on my boots or sneakers for fear of the pain intensifying without the arch support I get from my sandals. Stupid I know, given the fact that I intellectually understanding that my pain has 0% to do with what shoes I wear. So yesterday I had a choice. At the end of the work day I could have gone to the gym, wearing my sandals, and rode on a stationary bike to avoid being on my feet and putting on my sneakers or I could have taken a 2 mile, brisk walk on a local rail trail. I opted for the 2nd choice as it was the choice I felt afraid of. I was so glad i did it. I wore my sneakers, I walked 2 miles in the gorgeous fall air, complete with beautiful foliage and sunshine...and my feet were no worse off...and I had promised myself that even if my feet started to hurt after (or during) the walk that I was going to pay it no mind...b/c again the pain has nothing to do with how I exercise or what I have on my feet. I will not measure my success by how much pain I have or don't have on a given day (or during a given activity). I will only measure my success by how much I don't care. I will not give my pain the attention my unconscious wants it to.