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06-18-2010, 02:32 PM
I used to dread summer. I haaaated being outside when it was hot. I felt heavy, sluggish, sticky, and just nasty. My thighs rubbed and got all raw, I sweat like crazy, and I was just always uncomfortable.

One big improvement I've noticed now that I'm smaller is the heat doesn't bother me that much. Sure, it's still hot, but it's so much more tolerable. I no longer feel like I'm walking around a sauna in a rubber suit. Thigh rub is gone, I don't sweat nearly as much, and I'm generally much more comfortable. I hadn't even noticed it until work yesterday when everyone was whining about how freaking hot it was (Alabama...heat and humidity...double whammy), and I was thinking it was actually quite pleasant. Then the thought dawned on me that I was able to tolerate it so much easier because I wasn't lugging around 50 more pounds.

Anybody else noticing this now that summer heat is here? On the other side of the spectrum, I get colder much easier. It's like my optimal temperature range went up about 10 degrees.

06-18-2010, 02:36 PM
That's a big thing we noticed when my mlom had WLS and lost a bunch of weight - She gets cold way easier, and she can deal with heat much better! It was funny, we got to the point of, "Your oppinion doesn't count" last summer. My stepdad and I are both overweight, and we would get hot and want to turn on the air... She was like, "It's not hot, what are you guys talking about!?" :lol:

I can't wait to be able to enjoy the summer heat more! :)

06-18-2010, 02:41 PM
I haven't even lost that much yet (at least not compared with how much I want to lose) and there is such a huge difference for me with sensitivity to temperature. I used to ALWAYS be the one who was hot when everyone else was comfortable, now I'm the one who is cold when they are all comfortable and everyone else has to be super uncomfortable for me to even start to feel warm.

I can't even imagine what it will be like in another 50-60 lbs - I'm have to wear my winter coat in the summer and hibernate in the winter! lol!

06-18-2010, 03:02 PM
It has definitely gotten better but I still hate the humidity. Dry heat is just fine, but I'm not sure I'll ever be comfortable in humidity.

In our house, though, we've adjusted the temp from 65 up to 70. :D That should help with electricity! LOL!

Lori Bell
06-18-2010, 03:04 PM
LOL...Oh yea, it's GREAT. I just came in from push mowing for 3 hours. It's 93 degree F, and 60% humidity, and I barely broke a sweat. As soon as I'm done with lunch I'm going back out to hoe the garden. It is AWESOME.

I do take a jacket with me when we go out to eat though, most restaurants are freezing. When I was fat we had $300-$400 electric bills in the summer. This month it was $145. :)

06-18-2010, 03:25 PM
I think it must be something about body adjusting rather than the actual body weight. I'm "down" to the weight Megan started at and I'm experiencing that same cooling effect. I get downright cranky if I forget to take my jacket into the grocery store they feel so cold to me now.

06-18-2010, 05:16 PM
I so look forward to that!! I detest summer!! I live in Texas and the summer heat is unbearable. I cope by staying inside or staying at the pool. It sucks that I don't goto a lot of fun outdoor things in the summer because I can't take the heat. When I first moved here I weighed about 213 and went to a festival for a few hours. Got home and was sick as a dog - heat stroke or something. It was awful. I look forward to not being super sweaty, sticky and bloated feeling.

06-18-2010, 05:24 PM
I hope that'll happen with me. Because at the moment... I HATE heat. I don't mind getting cold because I can always warm myself up... but... I don't like stripping down in any way (if I'm wearing a sweatshirt and a t-shirt underneath it I'll do everything I can to stay in the sweatshirt... :p ). Even out of sight of people.

That... and I have cholinergic urticaria, and heat does trigger it... especially if I'm going from a cold pool to warm air and back and forth. That's the worst.

I dunno... I just really don't like the heat. I don't like skimpy clothing... but I LOVE coats, jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts, etc. :p

Like... I'm not looking forward to getting to wear a pair of shorts or a miniskirt or a bikini. Nope. I am however desperate to buy myself a leather jacket. :p It can be fake leather/pleather... I don't care. I just want a leather jacket.

But yeah... it'd be really nice to be able to wear my warm clothes more... and to be able to function in heat without feeling as though I'm about to pass out. ;)

06-18-2010, 05:31 PM
One big improvement I've noticed now that I'm smaller is the heat doesn't bother me that much. Sure, it's still hot, but it's so much more tolerable.

Exactly right! I live in San Antonio so this is a real blessing. I find myself looking for cute tops and wanting light sweaters or jackets as well. I nice assortment of them.

Aunty Jam
06-18-2010, 05:38 PM
I've noticed a huge difference for me. I always used to be way to hot but now I'm the one who's always cold! Unfortunately my hubby is still like a furnace so he keeps the house cooler then I would like. Sometimes I sneak it up a few degrees... sometimes I grab a sweater. I am also looking forward to some nicer weather but really dreading winter now.

06-18-2010, 05:45 PM
It has definitely gotten better but I still hate the humidity. Dry heat is just fine, but I'm not sure I'll ever be comfortable in humidity.

In our house, though, we've adjusted the temp from 65 up to 70. :D That should help with electricity! LOL!

Holy cow! We keep ours on 78!! If I had it on 70 my city would rob me blind with power charges.

06-18-2010, 06:30 PM
I have noticed this too and it is just wonderful :) I used to sweat so bad mainly on my face. I could never wear makeup in the summer and it was down right embarrassing when I sweat so bad walking into a store. I am thoroughly enjoying my summer thus far. I even wear a sweater in the morning when I walk my children to school. My husband complains of the heat and looks at me like I am nuts LOL. I love it!

06-18-2010, 06:30 PM
This past winter I nearly froze to death I was so cold. I remember coming close to crying when I was in the freezer section of the grocery store-- I was so miserable!

Now summer has hit and I am amazed at how 'heat tolerant' I've become. We barely use the a/c and when we do we keep it at 78. Perfect. Unless I'm in the basement and then it's too cold down there. We don't deal with humidity in our area but the sun is hot at this altitude.

I still have an array of shrugs, light weight jackets, sweaters, etc for layering. Theatres, restaurants, etc are often too cold for me. I just bought a light weight gauzy jacket that I wear every where, even when I'm outside. Good thing it washes up well!

I get so cold I'm HAPPY to have a hot flash... ;)...can't imagine what it will be like when all my excess weight is gone !

06-18-2010, 06:39 PM
I can handle a lot better too *but* on the flip side I get cold so much easier now! People look at me weird when I go grocery shopping since I put a hoodie on (97 degrees, lots of humidity...lol I love some of the looks I get)

06-19-2010, 12:30 AM
I am the same way! It is nice to know, it's not just me. Everyone at work thinks i'm crazy when i say i'm cold. They are sweating and i'm freezing. Right now i am loving it because of the summer time. I refuse to run my air conditioner because i love my apartment to be 80-85. It's so comfortable! Anything less and i start to freeze. I just wonder if it gets worse as you lose more. I really hope not.

06-19-2010, 06:18 AM
I'll have to echo what everyone else has said. I get cold extremely easily too, and I can't even imagine how I'll feel when I'm in the 100's. It's like a completely different body in that respect. I used to get hot so easily. Now walking through the sections of our grocery store where the veggies and fruits are is a PAIN.

As for the heat, I can handle it much better now. It's really bad where I'm at, but I am actually comfortable being outside this year - last year at my heaviest it was hard.

06-19-2010, 08:19 AM
Ah yes, I was made aware of this change recently when I went on a trip & shared hotel rooms with my mother, who weighs about what I used to weigh & is about my same height. We had, er, issues, to put it politely, about what level the airconditioner should be set on in the room at night. I needed a light blanket over me when she was just getting comfortable.

But chalk me up as another one who wilts under humidity. That hasn't changed much.

There's an additional benefit to daily exercise: I think sweating hard daily while working out has made me a bit more comfortable with my own sweat & body & less self-conscious about it. When I do get sweaty, instead of thinking, "I'm sweaty because I'm a big, fat, hot mess," I think, "Damn, it's really hot & humid outside. I feel like I've been doing cardio for an hour straight, at least, but all I did was walk three blocks." My sweating is less about me being weak & worthless & more a neutral fact & a blameless reaction to weather conditions.

06-19-2010, 09:20 AM
I still don't love the heat, like above the mid 80's - I would love if it were in the mid 70's all year long, but boy oh boy is a 180 degree difference. I used to dread and loathe the summer. Just thinking about now is getting me all uptight. The heat, yes the chaffing of the thighs, I used to sweat terribly, under my breasts, behind my knees, I had a constant sweat moustache, was always red faced, hair sweaty - yuck, yuck and more yuck. I also didn't go swimming for decades, stayed away from the beach, water parks, outdoors - just horrible, horrible memories.

And then there's the clothes. Ahh... what a difference. I no longer have to wear black all summer! Like that really hid all that fat anyway.

But I just love the summer clothing! It's so light and airy and open and free and feminine and sexy - luv, luv, luv. Although of course I've got to bring a sweater with me where ever I go. Can't take any chances that I'll wind up indoors for even a minute and have to be bare armed - brrrr. :)

06-19-2010, 10:23 AM
I have noticed lots of changes in how my body reacts to temperature changes.

When I was younger, in my 20s and 30s, I had a really hard time handling the heat and humidity--I'm pretty sure that my added weight did not help the situation. I now think it had something to do with my thyroid because once I started on medication I was more able to tolerate the heat and humidity. I also was more comfortable during the cold winters (I live in MN--'nuf said) after medication.

Now that I've lost weight, the cold winters are miserable for me. I have invested in plenty of long underwear and often wear 3+ layers including 2 pairs of socks. I LOVE the heat and humidity. Bring on the heat. I cannot get enough. Air conditioning is too cold. I'm still wearing my short sleeved cuddle duds under my t-shirts, under a jacket, at work. :( Weirdly, my lower half does not get as cold, so I've been wearing sandals, knee length skirts and bermudas. I only have one pair of capris that fit. I'm waiting for sales. I also never leave home without a sweater/jacket.

06-19-2010, 12:10 PM
I too now love the heat and dread the cold. Just being at the office is often too cold for me, not to mention grocery stores, movie theaters, etc. I have found, however, that daily exercise seems to help reset my internal thermostat somewhat--at least, I am much more tolerant of the cold when I am exercising every day.

09-03-2010, 03:31 PM
I just stumbled upon this thread, and it is SUCH a big motivator for me! I live in Florida (it's 96 right now...) and I HATE the heat so much. I'm so looking forward to not feeling like I'm hiking uphill toward an open oven every time I leave the house.