Hey Karen and Lynnwood, you BOTH lost 15 pounds! Yay!
Lynnwood, having an 84 fasting means you absolutely can
control your blood sugar yourself. Just make sure you eat and don't starve yourself.
Karen, I'm glad you're seeing an ophthalmologist. This is so important. Cloudy vision, if you have it, could be cataracts which are also easy to fix, so this specialist will be able to tell you right then and there in the office what's going on with the eyes.
Shoes. When I started walking and participating in some 5k walk/run races, I went to an athletic shoe store and the patient young woman told me to buy a size (or a half size) larger than I normally wear in a shoe - and of course sizes vary with the brand of shoe too. Wearing a larger size is for a few reasons: the socks we wear and the need for roominess in the toe box area. Many runners and even fast walkers may lose toe nails if their shoes are too tight. You should wear socks with protective or soft padding in the toe area especially. And the toe box needs to be roomy but not so large that the front of the shoe bends when you walk. Anyway, I bought my first really good walking shoes there and since then, I've bought them online. I usually buy Propet shoes. You can find them on different websites and I compare prices for the best deals. Sometimes they offer free shipping and I think all of them offer free returns and exchanges.
Good luck! Glad you two posted!