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Anybody Else Cold?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I love being smaller, but I have noticed one bad side effect. I am cold! I just can’t seem to get warm this year. I know I am 60 pounds lighter than I was last year at this time and assume it is because I don’t have all the padding to keep me warm. I know I am not anemic because I have had a physical and my blood count was good. So that’s not the reason for my being cold. I am dressing in layers and keeping sweaters and jackets within easy reach at all times, but I am cold. It is especially bad at the cabin at night when the wood stove goes out overnight. We have a huge comforter and I wear sweats over my pj’s but I wake up cold. I get up and light the fire after putting on my fleece bathrobe and wait for the cabin to warm up.

Yesterday it was 30 degrees at noon when I went for my walk and 28 and snowing when I returned an hour later. I love walking in the mountains but I hate being cold. I was in winter clothing including flannel lined jeans. In fact it was hard to walk I was so bundled up. But I was still cold.

I am hoping those of you who lost their weight more than a year ago will tell me it gets better as you get used to having less insulation…….Please!


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RURAL3 11/22/2010 8:40AM

    It doesn't get better. Just bundle up and cuddle. Just make sure that your upper bottom layer is not real loose. That helps me most. And congratulations on that size 14 emoticon

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CARLANNIE 11/17/2010 9:09AM

    Hey there - in your blood work, did they check your thyroid? I will email you a link that talks about body temperature regulation and low thyroid activity, which can lessen with age.

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ETAGGEL 11/16/2010 1:26AM

    It is a common problem as you see the previous comments. I feel the same thing. Another problem I had before was my rear end got sore if I was sitting on a hard chair, something I had never experienced before I lost the weight! lol That got better!!!!


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WISLNDR 11/15/2010 8:21PM

    I can't be sure yet because it's been a delightful fall. So far, so good though; I'm not overly cold . . . . . YET. Time will tell.

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AELARLEE1 11/15/2010 12:41PM

    I can relate! Although currently being cold isn't my problem, but when I lost 15 lbs. some time ago, I got really cold, all the time!! It makes hot flashes fun :)

Enjoy the layers is about all I can say. I wasn't down on the weight enough to know if over time things regulated better, but believe they might.

Smaller is better in layers too!

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LKWQUILTER 11/15/2010 7:10AM

    I have noticed the same thing and was beginning to think it was just me. lol

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GATOR12 11/15/2010 1:06AM

    I'm cold but temp has really dropped here too; from high in 67-72 to highs this weekend in low 50's. Brr=rr. Chilly wind too!! Wrap up in layers if you have any hormone issues like this 60 year old!! lol Brenda

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DDOORN 11/14/2010 9:22PM

    I notice the cold more when I'm idle. However I still get pretty warm when I start moving. For instance biking on a chilly morning I'll feel the cold initially, but it isn't long before I start shedding my layers if I'm wearing them. Which is why I tend to underestimate how many layers I need...hate the nuisance of dealing with extra clothes! :-)


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CARRAND 11/14/2010 9:10PM

    I've noticed the same thing this fall, after losing almost 70 pounds. I guess the fat padding was keeping me warm before.

We have a down comforter on the bed in the winter, and that keeps me warm at night, but sitting in my chair in the evening, I definitely get cold, and I'm cold in my office at work.

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LAURELSPARK 11/14/2010 8:50PM

    I am also always cold. Just the other day I was commenting to my husband that I can understand why people move to Florida.


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EDWINA172 11/14/2010 8:16PM

    No, it doesn't get "better". I'm still cold, and getting colder. I'm not anemic, but I'm a lot smaller. My body fat percentage is much less. I live in the mountains also. I wear lots of layers and sweaters. I can't believe the difference. I used to be outside in just a t-shirt in 40 degree weather without a problem. I'd even be perspiring!
I wouldn't give it up for anything. Being healthy and having less fat is worth all of the layers.
My husband and I have even joked about moving South. Have a great weekend and stay warm:)

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Monday, November 08, 2010

Recovering from Compulsive Overeating is a lifelong task. I am ready to assume it. I have been binge free for over a year. When I've slipped it has been minor and for short periods only. I have gotten right back on track. What is different now?

Yes, I have Spark and that makes a HUGE difference, but there is something different in my mindset. I can feel it ebb and flow. Most days I am filled with a desire to live in a healthful way and to not make food the center of my life. Other days I can feel an "I don't care" attitude. Where does that come from? How can I keep it in check? I'm doing ok now and have been for a year, but I don't want to slip back. My recent slips, minor at that which put me up 6 pounds in a week pointed out to me how ready my body is to go back to obesity. I have trained it well over the years. I feel sure of my mind strength today, but what about tomorrow? I know I need to press on "one day at a time" to be successful. I need to preservere slowly, steadily, calmly. I think I let myself get panicky by staying at the same weight for so long. Really, what is wrong with staying at the same weight for years if that weight is 185 and not 270. I plan to relax and practice acceptance. Not stop eating and exercising in a healthy way, but accept each day for what it is. I love being in the 180's. I WILL relax and enjoy it. I love being healthy. I WILL relax and enjoy it. I love cooking healthfully. I WILL relax and enjoy.

I will remain diligent but calm. I AM recovering. I WILL NOT go back.

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ASHLEEWEBART 11/9/2010 4:51PM

    I truly understand. Each day is a new one, and you seem to be doing very well. What we are learning now, will hopefully make us stronger and more prepared when we do have a day in which we feel "I don't care" even though we do care!

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AELARLEE1 11/9/2010 2:04PM

    Sometimes we just need to recommit in a blog emoticon

Keep exercising and focused on being healthy and over time you won't gain but lose a little more.

You are always such an inspiration for me!!

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DDOORN 11/8/2010 10:55PM

    Although many lament the woes of the "dreaded plateau" I think there is MUCH to be said for being able to maintain the loss of weight which more and more of us are able to accomplish!

Yet slips happen, vigilance is always needed...!


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CARLANNIE 11/8/2010 4:06PM

    Hallelujah for being at ease with yourself! What a great place be - enjoy th 180's and discard the "I don't care" attitude for one of self love. You deserve a healthy life, and you are living it - if you find yourself derailed, just jump back on and enjoy the ride! (((HUGS)))

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SMILEYBEE 11/8/2010 1:57PM

    You've come a long way Nancy and I don't believe you will ever allow yourself to go back. I suspect everyone has those days they think "I don't care" ... I know I do. But the bottom line is that I do care ... and so do you. I believe our saner selves will win out and keep us on track!

Relaxing and enjoying sounds great! Go for it!

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JRSWHIMSY 11/8/2010 12:48PM

    I can sympathize, I get that "I just don't care" attitude a lot. I'm trying to be more consistent with tracking. I'm also averaging my calories by the week so I can see how one or two bad days really affects me.

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MELTING2SVELTE 11/8/2010 12:16PM

    Great post, thank you for sharing.

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ETAGGEL 11/8/2010 11:10AM

    Well done! There is a lot to be said about the power of positive thinking!

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2 pounds gone already!

Friday, November 05, 2010

As we all thought, it must have been water weight! I am hoping for 2 pounds again tomorrow! Is that asking too much? Probably.... lol

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RURAL3 11/5/2010 11:18PM

    you can't have if you don't ask emoticon

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JRSWHIMSY 11/5/2010 5:48PM

    Can't hurt to ask ;)

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HINOTO 11/5/2010 12:39PM

    Ah, Lucky you! I think those 2lbs found their way over to my house! :(

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ETAGGEL 11/5/2010 11:24AM

    Great news!

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CARLANNIE 11/5/2010 8:31AM

    Ah, go for it!

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

I've been trying hard to break the plateau I've been stuck in for the last month or so. Well, I broke it but in the wrong direction! I've been working out really hard and long and trying to stay within my calories, but I got really hungry last week and I've been eating over ever since and now I'm up 6 pounds from my low of 185. How do you do that in 1 week? I haven't eaten more than 500 calories over on any one day. So in 7 days thats 3500 calories extra or 1 pound not 6 pounds. I know its probably water but darn. I don't like it.

I am going to go back to a more reasonable exercise schedule, eat my 1200 to 1500 calories a day and try to be more patient. Rushing into extra workouts certainly wasn't a good idea.

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CARLANNIE 11/5/2010 7:47AM

    If you finally figure out how you can gain that much in one week, please let me know....because I have done things very similar to that. And I don't understand it either, although I do believe that when I exercise a lot, I am more hungry and therefore eat more than I normally would. Not 3500 calories a day more, but more. Now that you are off the job, do you find you eat in the same pattern as when you were working? Maybe that has something to do with it, too.

Whatever the reason, I know you have come so far and will not give up! How about I not give up either, and we can carry on with this journey down the Path of Lightness.

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AELARLEE1 11/5/2010 12:28AM

    Ahh, I feel bad for you too. Good for you though to get back on track. -- Wishing you the best!


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DDOORN 11/4/2010 11:29PM

    Betcha it's mostly water weight...!

Keep on keepin' on...look at what you have accomplished!

Besides, what are the choices? You sure don't want to return to the "bad old ways"...! So that leaves keeping on with what you've been doing, tweaking here and there and give yourself credit for, and savor what you've accomplished!


.. workouts don't really have that much impact on weight. Workouts help to tone the weight we have, but the bottom line to lose weight is tweaking the number and type of calories we're consuming.

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JRSWHIMSY 11/4/2010 5:08PM

    Poor Nancy *hugs* You can do it, i believe in you!

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HINOTO 11/4/2010 3:11PM

    Oh goodness, I binged really bad last week and now I'm afraid to look at the scale.

I totally understand how discouraged you feel though, before that binge I had been militant about my exercise and eating and I gained a few pounds and then the scale just wouldn't budge!

Time to mix it up again, our bodies are getting used to our routines!

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TOPS-TORTOISE 11/4/2010 2:31PM

    I don't have any deep philosophical advice, just hang in there. I know how you feel. I had lost 30 pounds last year when I got stuck on a plateau. I lost my momentum and the motivation went along with it and before I knew it I had found that 30 pounds I lost, so here I am starting over again. I've been reading a lot of articles from Spark People, and I have come up with some conclusions of my own. it seems like when you are on a plateau the evil fat cells are waging a war with you. They try to slows down your metabolism thinking that you will give up. You just have to outlast those tenacious little beasties. Change your exercise routine a little by doing something different. Eventually they will give up and you will start losing again. Congratulations on your progress, and best wishes for continued progress.

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SMILEYBEE 11/4/2010 1:32PM

    Darn indeed! I love way you express your honest feelings in your blogs! Hang in there my dear Spark Friend, things will turn around and head in the right direction! I promise! emoticon

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BAYBELIEVER 11/4/2010 1:28PM

    Funny that you should say that about extra workouts! I am wondering if the extra workouts are causing my body to want more food, which I have a hard time giving it, and therefore are now causing a plateau! I have thought about cutting back to see if that helps. And it is awful that you went the other way! But, like you said, how can you gain 6 lbs in one week so it is probably water. Two steps forward, one step back, right? Just keep at it!

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PLAYBLUES22 11/4/2010 1:08PM

    Sweetie, I have exactly gained 10 pounds in one week and I went ballistic, that was about 2 pounds a day, and it took me even longer to take it back off emoticonso I really know how you feel, just take it slow and do the best that you can emoticon

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MNNICE 11/4/2010 12:43PM

    Don't you just love it when people (who've never had a weight problem) tell you it's impossible to gain 6 pounds in a week? Sometimes the scale makes no sense. Maybe we shouldn't pay as much attention to it as we do, but for people like us, who can gain when we are doing everything right, we need to stay on top of those pounds before they mount up. It is discouraging, but don't give up -- just do as much exercise as you feel you can keep up with comfortably - change it up - and try to get back to healthy foods. Persistence does pay off!

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GATOR12 11/4/2010 12:02PM

    It is so discouraging to feel like you work so hard but the payoff doesn't show how hard you really worked. JUst keep at it. I know you can do it. Slow & steady wins the race. Maybe set some little goals esp w/6# gain that you want to lose and with the water gain you will lose and show success which is what helps so much. It takes so little to put it on and so hard to lose. And darn it we get hungry too. Hang in there!!!!! Brenda emoticon

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

I have to rethink a few things. I have been bouncing around the same few pounds for a few months now, going from 185 to 188 back and forth. I would really like to start my downward trend again. I know I have let my calories slip and rarely make the 1200 to 1500 mark. I am usually between 14oo and 1800 and that isn’t working for weight loss. My exercise program has been ok but it is harder and harder to burn calories with just walking or doing an aerobics class. I started the c25k running program last week and really increased my heart rate and calorie burn…….However, I have already started to feel the pain in my knee that I had last Spring when I started to run (IT band friction syndrome). That took about 5 months to heal. I have increased my strength training too…increasing weight but decreasing reps…..However, I am having back pain this weekend. I wish I had a trainer with medical knowledge to discuss my situation with. About 10 years ago I tried to get into shape and hired a trainer who pushed me and pushed me and I ended up trying to push too much weight with bad form and I tore my medial meniscus. That took surgery and 6 months to heal. I want to get fit but I don’t want to injure my body. I am thinking of talking to the Physical Therapist I saw 6 years ago after my back fusion and ask him for advice. I trust him, but I don’t know if he would do some private consulting. He owns a medical PT business. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to ask.

Well, now for goals:
1) Take 10,000 steps a day no matter what. Check my pedometer in the evening and if it’s not at 10000, walk or use the treadmill.
2) Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water no matter what. Drink a glass of water with each meal and at least 1 in between meals.
3) Burn at least 400 calories a day. I can walk on the treadmill in the evening if I haven’t burned 400 calories with my exercise.
Wish me luck!

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DDOORN 11/2/2010 9:01AM

    Ouch! So sorry to hear about the meniscus! Sometimes personal training can take things a step or two too far...

Great goals, sounds like a super November in the offing! :-)


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VEGGIE_POWERED 11/1/2010 8:19PM

    You can always try and change it up a bit too. I like to use swimming and cycling as low impact workouts. ...and I must admit I had little respect for how hard swimming is until I jumped in the pool about a year ago (had been 10 years easy) - a great workout that is very low impact and will use a bunch of muscles you forgot you had.

So ya, listen to your body and keep trying new stuff and asking questions until you find out what works for you.

Good luck!

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AELARLEE1 11/1/2010 12:07PM

    Great goals and SUPER idea to talk with a PT. They can help you do exercises that will strengthen the muscles around your knee to help prevent the IT band thing, and help with the other issues as well.

Hang in there and take it slower :)

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CARLANNIE 11/1/2010 8:42AM

    I think we need to listen to our bodies and care for ourselves all the more as we get a wee bit older. I think it's a great idea to get an appointment with your PT - you could learn a huge amount in an hour, or 30 minutes, which would help you immensely down the road. Great plan to get back in routine.

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RURAL3 10/31/2010 9:01PM

    You are thinking emoticon and that is good. You are searching for the right plan and combination of things. You are doing so great Nancy. I know you will find the right combo for you. emoticon emoticon

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SMILEYBEE 10/31/2010 8:31PM

    Boy, can I identify with you! I like the goals you've set for yourself. Guess I need to do something similar. I recently joined Curves and have started doing that three days a week for strength training. I must get back into walking at least 30 minutes every day (inside or out). I think I'll try to do 10 minutes on the treadmill after dinner each evening regardless of what other exercise I've had during the day. Thanks for the inspiration to get going in November!

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MUEHLBBO 10/31/2010 8:03PM

    I do wish you luck. It's always harder when injuries play a part. I have herniated discs in my upper lumbar region and my doctor has advised no weight lifting, so that puts a kabosh on strength training. Anyway, if you can find a PT to talk to, it would be worth it. You don't want to hurt yourself more so that it puts you back further.

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