100 lb. Club - Easier to get through hot summer when you weigh less?




Truffle
06-24-2009, 04:08 PM
It's been a cool spring here in New England so far, but the heat is starting to creep in, and I'm dreading it. At my size, I know I'm going to have to battle heat-related chafe under boobs and belly. I don't feel like exercising because it's too hot, etc. etc. etc.

Is it easier for you to get through the summer heat now that you weigh less? If you're not close to your goal yet, can you remember about how much you had lost before you noticed the heat was easier to tolerate?


TJFitnessDiva
06-24-2009, 04:26 PM
It is much easier to get through the summer heat...today the high is 106 with a heat index of 120. Yuck. We are bordering on a drought but our humidity levels are almost at 100%, talk about feeling like you are walking into a wall when you step outside! Anyways.....

I can wear shorts and tank tops & not feel like everyone is staring at me :) When I was at my heaviest I started to sweat as soon as I opened the door....now not so much. So yeah I can handle it a lot better now :lol:

Rosinante
06-24-2009, 04:33 PM
I've found it easier so far. Last week I was in temps of 92 degrees, when here is more like 60. I had no leg chafing, no underboob chafing and only a little split under the lower spare tyre - much better than usual. I'm assuming it'll get better still.


Truffle
06-24-2009, 04:38 PM
It is much easier to get through the summer heat...today the high is 106 with a heat index of 120. Yuck. We are bordering on a drought but our humidity levels are almost at 100%, talk about feeling like you are walking into a wall when you step outside! Anyways.....

I can wear shorts and tank tops & not feel like everyone is staring at me :) When I was at my heaviest I started to sweat as soon as I opened the door....now not so much. So yeah I can handle it a lot better now :lol:

Wow, I don't know how you do it! It's only 81 here right now, and I'm about to roast. :sunny:

It's good to know it'll get easier to handle though. Can't wait for that. It would be nice to actually *enjoy* summer again.

Runundefined
06-24-2009, 04:45 PM
I live in Orlando and I am absolutely miserable in the heat already. I have to get out VERY early in the AM to do my walk (when I am doing it!) or I just can't handle it.

The older I get the harder the heat is on me. Of course having a nice thick layer of insulating FAT helps, right!?

I am actually pretty upset with myself right now because of this. I SWORE to myself this past summer I was not going to be fat thru another summer here!

TJFitnessDiva
06-24-2009, 04:57 PM
I have to get things done outside before 8:30am or wait till the sun starts to go down around 8pm. If I go out in the middle of the day I try not to stay out too long since we've been issued warnings. It's a record breaking summer so far...we typically get to the high 90's but lots of rain too.

Runundefined- Don't be too hard on yourself :) You can lose the weight as long as you don't give up on yourself. I started last May also wanting to enjoy my next summer. Your time will come! Heck enjoy this one....this is the beginning of your new life ;)

Runundefined
06-24-2009, 05:00 PM
I have to get things done outside before 8:30am or wait till the sun starts to go down around 8pm. If I go out in the middle of the day I try not to stay out too long since we've been issued warnings. It's a record breaking summer so far...we typically get to the high 90's but lots of rain too.

Runundefined- Don't be too hard on yourself :) You can lose the weight as long as you don't give up on yourself. I started last May also wanting to enjoy my next summer. Your time will come! Heck enjoy this one....this is the beginning of your new life ;)


Aww thank you for the kind words RomanceDiva.
I happen to remember a few very steamy (in a good way) Louisiana nights back in the day (had friends that lived in LA). The humidity is GOOD for your skin anyway!

TJFitnessDiva
06-24-2009, 05:06 PM
:lol: Those kind of nights are the best here hehe

Truffle
06-24-2009, 06:28 PM
I live in Orlando and I am absolutely miserable in the heat already. I have to get out VERY early in the AM to do my walk (when I am doing it!) or I just can't handle it.

The older I get the harder the heat is on me. Of course having a nice thick layer of insulating FAT helps, right!?

I am actually pretty upset with myself right now because of this. I SWORE to myself this past summer I was not going to be fat thru another summer here!

I'm right with you. I've been "wanting to enjoy" summers for the last 30 of them, and haven't gotten there yet.

I've been working on getting to 10,000 steps a day on my pedometer, but once the heat sets in, I tend to sit the summer away.

I feel for you being in Orlando too. My daughter moved to Florida, and she tells me it's "quite warm" down there, lol.

OnTargetforLife
06-24-2009, 06:31 PM
Hi Becky,

I use a product for chafing made by Monistat called Chafing Relief Powder Gel.

It helps alot!

Deb

Tai
06-24-2009, 08:19 PM
It's much easier to get through the warm weather for me now. I can move and breathe better. Since I don't get as hot and sweaty, I save quite a bit on air conditioning as well. For the first time in 20 years I'm really enjoying summer.

synger
06-24-2009, 08:52 PM
When we used to go on week-long camping trips in August, I always had to brace myself for the first two days. They were the worst, in terms of getting used to the heat and sweating and all. Then I'd get somewhat acclimated to living outdoors, and it wouldn't be too bad. (Of course, you also have to realize that I was wearing medieval-style garb the whole time, so imagine August heat while wearing long dresses and a veil over my hair!)

Now when we go weekend camping, I just plan to wear a sports bra the whole time. They soak up so much more sweat, and they are more comfortable when wet. I don't even bring a regular bra. The leg chafing is still a real problem. I ordered some wicking undershorts from Junonia, hoping to get them in time for the next hike or camping trip, but they're on backorder. So I bring lots of cotton undies, and try to plan swimming in the afternoon so I can change into clean dry undies afterward.

When I garden, it's that sports bra again, and a bandana on my head under my gardening hat to keep the sweat from getting in my eyes.

rockinrobin
06-24-2009, 10:42 PM
I wrote this over at the Maintainer's Forum a couple of weeks ago. It's from the Maintainer's NSV thread:

My NSV - it's more like a feeling. The summer. I used to loathe and DREAD the summer. Not really the best time of year for a 287 lb 5 foot nothing female. Oh the horrors - all that outdoorsy - physical activity. Oh and the heat. Sweat. Sweat. And more sweat. ALways red faced. And the clothing issues. And the not putting on a bathing suit issue. Issues. Just lots of summer related - issues.

But not anymore!!!!

Nothing to dread/loathe anymore. I LOVE the summer. I feel so regular and normal and average and not stand-out-ish. I love being outdoors. And all of those summer related issues - gone.

Went to the beach this past weekend. What a delight.

Wore cute adorable sandals and clothing. Went shopping and bought MORE cute adorable sandals and clothing.

The summer is no longer a nightmare for me, but a dream. A pure dream. One that I never want to wake up from. I feel like I won the lottery - only better.

And I see I didn't even mention the thighs rubbing together. How could I have forgotten that? It's SUCH a delight to not have to worry about that any more. My thighs are so far apart now, I look almost bow-legged. .

Justwant2Bhealthy
06-24-2009, 11:00 PM
OP ~ I totally can relate you how you feel. We had a scorcher here today -- over 104 F in the sun; record high temps here too, and we live in Northern Ontario, Canada (I mean the FAR north). Something is sure screwy with the weather these days; but thank GOD (and I mean that literally, becuz I was praying for relief), at dinner time, a mini-rain storm came through and cooled things down for us. :carrot:



ROCKINROBIN ~ whenever I read one of your posts, I am so encouraged: you renew my hope. I actually start believin' that my dream of feeling good in my skin could be real for me again some day ... thanks for sticking around here and encouraging the rest of us along!

rockinrobin
06-24-2009, 11:36 PM
ROCKINROBIN ~ whenever I read one of your posts, I am so encouraged: you renew my hope. I actually start believin' that my dream of feeling good in my skin could be real for me again some day ... thanks for sticking around here and encouraging the rest of us along!

Good. Good. That's the plan ;). Be encouraged, because you see, there is hope. What is it they say, "if you can dream it you can BE it." And you can.

Truffle
06-25-2009, 10:30 AM
Hi Becky,

I use a product for chafing made by Monistat called Chafing Relief Powder Gel.

It helps alot!

Deb

Thanks for this tip. I haven't heard of this product, but will look for it now. Sometimes even half a can of Gold Bond just doesn't do it, lol.

Rockinrobin, I love your posts too. You've done so incredibly well, and are such an inspiration!

Breeezie
06-25-2009, 11:13 AM
Rockinrobin - your post was so well written, and made me realize I actually MISS enjoying summer and warm weather. Its been so easy to jump on the "oh its so hot out, this sucks" train, but no. I'm a summer baby at heart, and I live in sunny California!. Talk about denial! Thank you for writing what you did. I feel angry and a little ashamed for letting myself believe that pleasures such as warm SUNSHINE don't matter to me, just so I could stay fat and not make the effort to change.

*sigh*

Once again - so so glad that I'm here at 3FC. This group is amazing.

Glory87
06-25-2009, 11:41 AM
Of course, for me, summer means air conditioning. After losing 70+ lbs, my internal thermometer never re-set, I am perpetually cold. I live in beautiful San Diego where the summer weather is lovely and temperate, but the summer air conditioning in stores, restaurants and movie theaters makes me miserable a lot of times. I'm constantly having to move away from vents! I keep sweaters in my car at all times.

I don't remember having this issue at all before the weight loss! But - I dont miss the thigh chafing at all either :)

KforKitty
06-25-2009, 12:16 PM
I know that we here in the UK don't have the levels of heat to contend with that many of you do but I can honestly say that so far this year I have not felt hot or uncomfortable when outside. I barely seem to sweat now and certainly don't have the under-boob and thigh chafing that used to make me miserable in hot humid weather. Even though I can now wear sleeveless and little strappy tops its not been warm enough for me to do so yet. I reckon my internal thermostat is now about 10 degrees lower than it was.

Kitty

WarMaiden
06-25-2009, 03:37 PM
Of course, for me, summer means air conditioning. After losing 70+ lbs, my internal thermometer never re-set, I am perpetually cold. I live in beautiful San Diego where the summer weather is lovely and temperate, but the summer air conditioning in stores, restaurants and movie theaters makes me miserable a lot of times. I'm constantly having to move away from vents! I keep sweaters in my car at all times.


I live in Northern California, and this is me as well. Yesterday at work, I wore my fleece jacket nearly all day long, because the AC just makes me too dang cold. I drink hot coffee and tea throughout the day, plus stand at my desk and move around, to stay warm.

We haven't had a true summer heatwave yet, though; just days in the 80s.

Michelle1210
06-25-2009, 04:35 PM
I live here in the Southwest, we havnt had any triple digit weather yet, I go to the gym here during the day since know one uses it, and have found that exercising in the heat makes me feel good and gets me acclimatized to the out door heat, that when im indoors and even in my own home where the A/C is set at 78-80 Im freezing. We don't have that humidity thing going, so I don't feel so stifled, as for the chafing never had the under boob chafing but the thigh chafing can be excruciating.

rockinrobin
06-25-2009, 04:37 PM
I feel angry and a little ashamed for letting myself believe that pleasures such as warm SUNSHINE don't matter to me, just so I could stay fat and not make the effort to change.


Yes, I told myself the same thing for a long time, "yeah, who needs that anyway?" I had forgotten just how much I loved the sunshine and the beach. Listening to the waves crashing and the sand under my feet. And swimming with my children.

It's not to late to make a change. Next summer can be a completely different ball game then this one. :)

Of course, for me, summer means air conditioning. After losing 70+ lbs, my internal thermometer never re-set, I am perpetually cold. I live in beautiful San Diego where the summer weather is lovely and temperate, but the summer air conditioning in stores, restaurants and movie theaters makes me miserable a lot of times. I'm constantly having to move away from vents! I keep sweaters in my car at all times.

I don't remember having this issue at all before the weight loss! But - I dont miss the thigh chafing at all either :)

Yes, one of the few downsides of weight loss - the painful cold. Air conditioning can be brutally, unbearably, uncomfortable. I bring a sweater with me everywhere. I've got an extensive collection of them for this very reason. It is a small price to pay for all the other incredulous benefits.