If there's been anything I've been doing this winter besides freezing my butt off, it's been complaining about this winter's polar vortex.
Arctic temperatures, freezing air, whatever you choose to call it, it makes me want to scream, "I hate cold!"
It brings with it a certain amount of suffering, that freezing nonsense, and I've had enough.
But I hate to admit it, as much as I want to send all that cold back to where it came from, I did get at least one benefit from it this past week.
Trying to make my heating fuel last as long as I could, I turned back the dial on my furnace as much as I could stand, wore a winter hat around the house to stay warm and just shivered my way through as long as I could.
That is until my cold water pipes started freezing. Oops!
I thought it would be okay so long as I had my furnace over 50 degrees. It wasn't ever lower than 59 degrees at any given time, so I thought I was safe.
Not. Had to crank the furnace. Still had hot water, so I had to run that too. An hour and a half later my cold water came back, and I've had to leave my furnace up since. I figure if I turn it back down now, I'll have to deal with freezing again.
My toilet water inflow froze though. What a treat. Dumping buckets of water down the bowl to flush is not what I call fun, but at least it went down. It could have been worse -- I may not have been able to flush! Ick.
But up until the day before weigh-in, I managed to pull the shiver-fest off.
Add that to my prior imperfect routine which hadn't really paid any dividends yet, and I have to think that at least part of my weight loss this past week was due to the cold.
Add that to the fact that I'm not wearing a winter coat this year. My winter coats stopped fitting right after I gained weight. Either they don't close or the arms are too tight or both.
So I'm wearing a fleece jacket. It's light and baggy, so I have plenty of room and it closes too -- but it's not a winter coat.
So far it's stood up to most of the temperatures pretty good and I'm mighty surprised. But sometimes it's not enough. Today was pretty cold in that fleece, and tonight is going to be colder.
I'd wear the winter coats I own, but the one that fits best has tight arms and I can't have tight arms when I'm driving. It's not safe. It makes it hard to steer. So I have to wait until my arms slim down a little bit before I can use that coat again. The one that doesn't close isn't as warm as wearing a zipped up fleece. Air just blows right in.
I never got around to buying a new coat while preparing for winter and now I figure if I can survive this polar vortex business, then I'll be home free, no need to worry about buying one this year. After all, I plan on shrinking back into the old coats soon anyway.
So, I've been freezing inside and outside and I can hardly wait for spring! In the meantime, winter can keep as many pounds of my butt it wants to freeze off and I'll be okay with that.