Iím an avid skier and I grew up in New England, so I know from cold. And Iím no fan of chilly temps. In fact one of the best things about skiing here in California is that we get lots of snow while at the same time it almost never gets down to the frigid conditions so typical of my youth.
While a number of things happened to me physically when I reached a slender weight after losing 50 pounds, one of the things that stands out is how cold I began to feel. In the beginning, I thought it might be a medical condition (there are lots of them that make you feel cold) but my very thorough physician checked me for every possible thing and came up empty-handed.
So apparently, when you strip away a large layer of fat from your exterior, its like pulling off the blanket from your bed on a cold winterís night. Youíve become so adjusted to that level of warmth that the sudden change seems exacerbated.
The ironic thing for me is that the solution was to buy heavier, bulkier clothes in order to stay warm. After all that work to lose weight and look good, it was a hard pill to swallow. Underneath all of that clothing, I questioned if there would be any validation of the journey I had been on.
On the other hand, for the first time in my life, the idea of wearing a wool sweater or a turtle neck didnít fill me with a dread of claustrophic over-heating. Suddenly, the number of sweaters in my closet went from two to about twenty. I also have a wide variety of clothes that are intended for skiers and athletes, which release moisture and trap heat. Additionally, I started enjoying the sauna and the steam room at the gym. At my heaviest weight, I found them unbearably stifling and uncomfortable.
Weíre having a bit of a cold snap in San Francisco at the moment, and Iíve had to start pulling out clothes with the best thermal properties. Since my condo doesnít have central heating, I need to add extra layers when Iím at home. I donít find this an enjoyable prospect, per se.
But its comforting to know that this particular type of external layer is one of my own choosing, can be changed with frequency, and Ėmost importantlyócan be shed at a momentís notice. Cold comfort, indeed!