Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I used to loooove winter. I always used to prefer being cold to being hot - I guess because I had so much extra insulation; cold in the winter was more comfortable than sweating in the summertime.
Then I lost my insulation.
Then, right around the time I officially made it to the "normal" BMI range, I gained the lovely Raynaud's phenomenon, where my circulation effs up when my hands or feet get exposed to a little bit of coldness. Spending too long in the produce section, spending too long in grocery stores in general (all the refrigerated areas), washing my hands in cold water, washing produce, walking around barefoot on a cool hardwood floor, spending time outside on a 50 degree breezy day....all these minor exposures to minor coolness now trigger my blood to withdraw from my fingertips, toes, and the bottoms of my feet. They go yellowish-white and numb and it takes FOREVER for them to come back to life if they start to go. Gloves don't usually help for long, and nothing helps if they've already started going numb except for exposing them to a strong heat source - a hot cup of tea, being held right in front of a heat vent, that kind of thing. It's so pathetic. My podiatrist explained that it's a brain wiring malfunction, and my GP said it just develops in some people with age (okay, but I'm not THAT old!! I'm not quiiiite into my thirties yet!).
So it's made this winter pretty miserable, and it's made outdoor exercising (my favorite kind) rather stressful. Last time we had a 50-degree day, I was out in my long running pants, a tank top covered by two long-sleeve shirts (one being a wind-resistant fleece), two pairs of gloves, and my ear-covering fleece headband....and I passed another jogger wearing capris and a short-sleeved shirt. Granted, I did have to shed the gloves by the end of the run, but if I hadn't had them to start out with, my fingers would have gone numb. Yet other people can just go out and maybe be a little chilly but they don't lose circulation in THEIR extremities!
Anyways, this is all a very roundabout way of saying that today's suddenly-warm and sunny weather (I mean, we had snow on the ground yesterday! and today it reached the mid-60s!) was GLORIOUS to me because it was so much less physically stressful to me to go out and get a little exercise. I had a fantastic bike ride in the sunshine, along some lovely ponds and the local river/estuary scene. It smelled like hints of spring coming, even though I know spring is still a ways off. It was wonderful to be able to enjoy the outdoors *without* going numb and freezing my fingers off!
I mean, I do exercise indoors regularly. I have a stationary bike, I do zumba (obviously), I do workout videos like P90X and whatnot. But it's so much more pleasant to me to get outside and get some fresh air and just be in different surroundings, even when it's painfully cold...but especially when it's a beautiful gift of a day like today was! :) Thanks, weather!
I hope everyone else had a nice day too!