So I think I have this shin problem in the bag. It seems to respond the best to heat. I've also been exercising more and I think that's actually improving the situation. My legs did not like it when I stopped exercising for a week and a half.
One thing I've been doing that seems to have served me pretty well on my weight-loss journey is cutting out alcohol almost completely. For me, it's not worth it to have just one beer. While I do miss the delicious taste of a nice, snobby microbrew, I don't feel any effects of alcoholic beverages until beer number 2 or 3. Every now and then, I'll have a beer just to have a beer, but it seems to be the easiest thing for me to turn down out of my own volition. Food on the other hand, is just about impossible to say no to if someone is offering. I wish I could do the same thing I do when my father-in-law offers me a beer that I do when a coworker offers me a brownie, say "no thanks" and feel absolutely no remorse.
Alcohol is very bad for your body when you are trying to lose weight. I read a while back that when you exercise after consuming alcohol, your body is dehydrated and metabolizes muscle instead of fat. So not only is your caloric intake absolutely ludicrous (yes, alcohol has calories, and lots of 'em), but you can't burn fat nearly as efficiently the next day.
So the next time someone asks me if I want an Oktoberfest or Maibock, I think I'll just say "nein."