I'm sorry that you are all experiencing this, but I'm SO relieved to learn I'm not the only one dealing with it. I've always been on the colder side during the winter months, but since losing 80 pounds I'm miserably cold ALL THE TIME! It doesn't help that I work with several women who are either hot natured or going through menopause. They're constantly complaining about being too hot. They laugh at me for wearing my coat and shivering all the time (not in a mean-spirited way...they say they'd love to switch places with me), but I don't think they realize how bad it really is. About the only time I'm at a comfortable temperature is when I go to bed (hello, electric blanket!) Thanks for the helpful suggestions. Next time I go to the doctor, I'll have my iron and thyroid checked. In the mean time, I'm going to go Google Cuddl Duds.
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11/27/13 6:46 P
Add me to the list! This time last year, I weighed 70+ pounds more than I do today and I am SO COLD now. In fact, I'm drinking hot tea right now just to attempt to warm up.
I have a down coat and a down blanket and don't know what I'd do without them. I'm also a knitter and have come to appreciate that wool socks keep my feet warmer than cotton. A vigorous workout always warms me up for a while.
I strength train twice weekly but hearing that it might warm me up round the clock means I'm going to aim for three sessions per week now.
Edited by: RAVELGIRLY at: 11/27/2013 (18:46)
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Initial goal weight reached Dec 10, 2013 (80 pounds lost) 90 pounds lost as of Feb 18, 2014. 100 pounds lost as of May 2014
I live in Canada and I used to be that kid who took off her coat and gloves while playing outside. I wore shorts all the time in the house in the winter, wore sandals as long as I could. But now that I've lost 50 pounds, I'm freezing ALL the time! Summer heat used to make me feel stifled, but I went to both Mexico and Haiti this year and loved the heat. Drinking hot drinks definitely helps; I've learned that I also have to keep my feet and hands bundled up in the winter as they are EXTREMELY sensitive to the cold and it gets really painful really quickly. My assumption is that the cold sensitivity is from weight loss, as the two events happened together.
I have lost 70 pounds and feeling cold a lot. I have resorted to having to wear sweatshirts around the house all the time, scarf, hat and gloves when I go out in the cold, and I layer all the time. It is all worth it though because I never want those pounds back!
Another +1. I lost over 100lbs and now I'm cold ALL THE FREAKING TIME. I used to joke around with a coworker who was always cold that she needed some fat on her. I was right :( What's funny is that my range of hot/cold tolerance seems to be the same, it just shifted. I am VERY comfortable in 100+ heat.
Edited by: GATORDEB at: 11/27/2013 (04:27)
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11/26/13 11:53 P
I have noticed the same problem. This year's colder weather is really affecting me more than any other year. The worst is my evening fitness classes. Sure I get warm during the workouts, but the time I get home and before I get into a shower (which is usually on the verge of scalding in order to warm me up. Also I'm a thrifty person and have my thermostat set to get cooler when we're sleeping starting about an hour before bedtime. But I can't stand it almost ever day and crank it up before bed. I even have my first set of flannel onsie pj's and it's sometimes not enough. It's beyond annoying. I am only hoping that my body will eventually adjust.
current weight: 182.2
Fitness Minutes: (2,784)
11/26/13 4:20 A
I developed hypothyroidism while losing weight. Between the hypothyroidism and the 50 pound weigh loss, I am freezing most of the time at work. My cubicle is right next to a big window in a building in which everyone is cold. Sometimes, it's hard to work, I am so cold. I bundle up, stopped wearing skirts in the winter, and eat warm food.
On the possible side ... I used to be a person who didn't handle the summer heat well. That problem has gotten a lot better in the past few years. So I guess there are a few advantages as well as disadvantages.
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current weight: 161.6
Fitness Minutes: (828)
11/25/13 10:29 P
I have noticed over the years that women are often more sensitive to the cold than men, cold hands/cold feet. I would suggest the following.
Keep your core warm. Dress in layers to keep your body warmer, but do it right. Wear the thermal layer next to your skin not on the outside. Get some nice thermal underwear and wear it under a long sleeve t-shirt or blouse. Then put the sweater or sweatshirt over the top. Trapping warm air next to the skin is what keeps you warm.
Wear slippers around the house. If you keep your feet warm, your body just feels warmer.
Wear a hat when you go outside. I know it messes up your hair, but that's why women carry brushes in their purses.
Try these common sense things and I'm sure you'll be warmer.
Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels and looks.
November Minutes: 120
Fitness Minutes: (3,699)
11/25/13 3:01 A
I thought it was just me! I have definitely noticed that I am colder. I am constantly needing to put a sweatshirt on in the house and /or drink some herbal tea. I have noticed though that it's mostly at night even though the temperature here doesn't drop dramatically in the evening.
Certainly fat is a good insulator, and you may feel colder as you lose weight.
Coffee, tea, etc. are pretty minimal metabolism boosters (although obviously the warmth of the liquid will give you a short term boost to body heat).
However, strength training does boost your metabolism significantly - one well known study puts it around 150 calories per day. These extra calories get released as heat, and so strength training should make you feel slightly warmer.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
current weight: 178.0
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11/25/13 12:30 A
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