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11-27-2010, 12:23 PM
Since loosing as much weight as I have, there are many up sides of course! but I've noticed that as the weather turns colder, I am feeling cold all the time.

The worst part is once I get cold it seems to take a lot to get me to warm up, almost always requiring a long hot shower or bath before I can feel comfortable even if the room I am in is warm.

I was wondering if anyone else had to deal with this, if there's something I could be doing about it, or if anyone had any tips? I realize that it may take a couple years even for my body to fully 'accept' that it's at the weight it's at now.. and that this may be part of it.. but I'm not very patient and it sucks having freezing hands all the time!

Thanks in advance for any input people may have.

11-27-2010, 12:28 PM
I think this is pretty common. Soaking in the hot tub has been my favorite activity lately lol. Last year we had a cold Canadian winter and I felt it! I was also over 200 pounds at that time. This year we have had some cold days where I swore we were living in the arctic ;). The thermometer told me it wasn't that bad out but it felt like it. I find myself asking my husband how cold it feels to him compared to a winter day. My internal temperature is so off that I can't tell a freezing day from a moderately cold one. We have yet to have a really cold days (-35c) and I am not sure how I am going to make it through without freezing to death LOL
No advice here, but you are not alone ;)

11-27-2010, 12:31 PM
I am over 350 pounds yet I feel cold all the time except in the heat of the summer. That is the only time I ever feel truly warm. I have even had my thyroid checked because hypothyroidism runs in my family but my tests were all normal so it cannot be that.
I have to have hot showers to warm up as well or add on extra clothes.

11-27-2010, 12:34 PM
Last year we had a cold Canadian winter

We did? I thought last winter was pretty mild. Today I am FREEZING and the outside temp is 0c. (feels like -7c with the windchill)

11-27-2010, 01:09 PM
Oooooh - me too!! It's not even officially winter yet! I couldn't live without my deep soaker tub. One bonus -when I was heavier I had bought a new duvet and it ended up being too heavy and hot (and no return policy). Now that I've lost weight and seem to be cold all the time, I pulled the duvet out of storage and YEAH -- my new best friend! I even have to put wool socks on. Another idea. I bought a twin size electric blanket which I put on the foot of my bed - just warms my feet and I turn it off after I hop into bed. Mind you, this was before the monster duvet. Keep warm!!! And enjoy the reason we're so cold! SMILE.

11-27-2010, 01:19 PM
Me too, I get colder quicker, and it seems to go bone-deep, and only a bath brings me round.
We've been hit by a sudden cold snap here in England, it's abolutely bitter. I can't begin to think what my fuel bills will be but hey!

Still, I got chance to try my new winter trax for the first time today, and they work really well! At least I'll be able to keep up my daily walks.

11-27-2010, 01:31 PM
My body has never adjusted to the cold. I've been at maintenance for a couple of years now and I'm still freezing all the time. Anything less than 75 degrees and I'm wearing a sweater.

I think it's one of those secrets that skinny people have been keeping for generations; they're always cold.

11-27-2010, 01:46 PM
I have some exercise videos that I stopped doing during the summer because I get so hot and sweaty. I plan to do them again when it gets chilly! Especially since there is no heat in my house. There is a squat-overhead press combination I only need to do about ten of before I start warming up.

I haven't figured out how to cope with it at work in our open-plan office yet, though.

I used to take hot baths to warm up too, but you can also just put your chilly feet or hands into warm water. Also, the old-fashioned hot water bottles are wonderful. They still have them in drug stores, I have even found some with fuzzy covers.

11-27-2010, 02:11 PM
No advice, just wanted to say I'm there with you. I used to have pretty much one wardrobe for year-round and wore mainly short sleeved shirts. This fall, I've been noticeably cold a lot. I suspect I'm going to have to wear long sleeves and layers for most of the fall and winter.

11-27-2010, 03:25 PM
It certainly seems that I'm far from alone.. which in itself is good to hear. I'm sure everyone understands that "Am I missing something?" feeling, and just hearing "Nope, that's just how it is for a lot of us" goes a long way in the whole thing. Thanks for all the replies!

11-27-2010, 03:59 PM
Being really cold is common? Huh. I never knew that. I mean, I get cold way easier now than before, and I still don't really know what to do about it. I mean, I warm up, but it's weird for me.

I get so, so cold and have to wear two shirts, a sweater and a coat. Others I see out and about have a sweater and no hood. I have a hat AND a hood. And the cold does seem to go straight to my bones. And I'm still overweight! What the heck is it gonna be like when I'm smaller? Freezing, I suppose.

11-27-2010, 05:01 PM
I am so cold all the time, it's ridiculous. I was always that person who complained about being too hot in the summer, then was perfectly fine wearing jeans and a t-shirt out in the winter, but now it feels like I'm freezing 24/7 (and summer was absolutely lovely!). I just wear extra layers and wrap myself in extra blankets at night. I'd stay in my nice, hot shower all day long if I could, though. I know, logically, that it's really not quite as cold as I feel it is, but that doesn't help the fact that I always feel like I'm going to freeze to death. XD

11-27-2010, 08:40 PM
I am definitely not looking forward
to when it starts snowing. I think it's
freezing now, well I don't even want
to think about how cold it's going to be.

11-27-2010, 09:09 PM
Sorry to report, but 8 plus yrs. maintaining ~an 80# loss, still freezing. And yes, hot tub baths are a must. We just don't have that fat layer of insulation we once did. *Oh well. Not sure why that translates to such cold hands, but 'tis true. I *laff at my friends who have had the WLS surgery, and once were *so hot, and are now *so cold. It comes with the territory.

11-27-2010, 09:44 PM
I was cold when thin, and was still cold when I gained weight. BUT, then perimenopause hit, and I am usually warm. Or I get cold, put on a sweater, and have to rip it off a few minutes later when I get overheated.
I can handle cold now, but if I get warm, I absolutely can't stand to get overheated. I worry I will strip naked in public sometimes, it is so hard to handle.
Something to look forward to in your forties!

11-27-2010, 10:06 PM
I've always been a bit temperature sensitive. If I get too hot, I get dizzy nauseous, and if I get too cold, I start getting really, really sleepy. I did tend toward too hot, though more easily than too cold, and it was too hot that I was the most uncomfortable, so I almost never wore long sleeves that I couldn't take off (I'd wear a short sleeve top under a button-down shirt.

I couldn't wear polyester blouses or acrylic sweaters, because no matter how thin the material, I'd overheat in them.

Now I'm more apt to be too cold, and it takes forever to get me warmed up. I can't sleep though if I get too warm. But what really bugs me is that I can't seem to ever be comfortable - I'm either too hot or too cold. I've learned to dress in layers (and I'm always taking off or adding layers).

The craziest (and most embarassing) is when I get chilled, my breasts will hurt so badly that to get relief I'll wrap chemical handwarmers in socks and slip them in my bra.

I also have fibro, so during flares (which I have more of in winter) my skin hurts, so finding clothing that's warm enough, cool/breathable enough and comfortable enough to wear in bed is a challenge. I end up naked under the comforter with the electric blanket on.

Last winter I kept buying and crocheting all sorts of variations (in fabric and warmth) of socks, booties, legwarmers, gloves, wristlets, hats, and sleep masks trying to stay comfortable. The only real success was the sleep masks, because not only did they keep my nose warm, I slept deeper by blocking out the light. It's weird, but my nose is the most difficult to keep warm. I'm always wrapping my hand around it like a kid sucking his thumb (minus the thumb in my mouth).

I told hubby I'd tempted to wear a ski mask or make a "nose warmer" to wear during the day - if it weren't that my options are looking like a clown (with a nose cover) or a burglar (ski mask).

11-27-2010, 11:04 PM
I gotta say, folks, that I can't WAIT to be freezing all the time!! I love being cold and having to cuddle up. That being said, I usually don't have to worry about it. 1. I am in Southern Cal, and although it is colder now, it usually only lasts a few weeks.
2. I have always been temperate to cold weather.

Maybe dropping some weight will change that :-)

11-28-2010, 01:36 AM
hey I'm in mountlake terrace too!

11-28-2010, 05:20 AM
I have temperature control problems as a result of my disability and one of the most useful things I ever did was get a thermometer and check it regularly. This is because the best thing to do is to react before you are cold. If you are getting so cold you have to get into a hot shower to thaw out you are probably reacting too late. You don't notice the first signs of the temperature dropping so by the time you start to pile on extra layers or crank up the thermostat you're past the point of no return. You need to learn what temperature you see on the thermometer just immediately before you feel cold, and that's when you slip into that extra sweater. Oh, and make sure your layers all meet and cross over at some point or the trapped warm air will get out. I wear a cami-vest all the way through winter now, and although I am only short I get them from the specialist tall shop so there is no risk it will come untucked from my pants.

It doesn't actually matter if the thermometer is accurate or not, provided it's reliable to itself. Ours reads way too high usually, but is at least consistent so we know that if it ever, ever drops to 20 (celsius) then we take remedial action. I used to wait until it went down to 18 and I was frozen solid and then it took 6 hours to get warm again. Because ours has a large display and the whole thing changes colour if it drops below 20 it's easy for me to keep referring to it.

Also, if you are that cold it's also worth getting a thyroid blood screen done next time you are at the doctor, you may as well be sure everything is in working order. I have a borderline thyroid reading, any lower and I need to start medication. If you are feeling tired, swollen in the front of your neck, your hair is thinning, your voice is gruff then speed up that test and get it sooner rather than later. A metabolism that was just about coping can be pushed over the edge by a major change of status.

If all is well then it's just hats, wooly pantyhose, gloves and a whole new winter wardrobe, I'm afraid!

11-28-2010, 05:36 AM
This has been the story of my life the past month or two! It's an odd transition.

I used to love and look forward to 50 something degree days...now I see them, cringe and automatically fret about the 20 or 30 degree nights!

70's used to be too warm for my comfort this time of year (I would always overdress to hide myself) but now I welcome them...even caught myself getting excited for an 80 degree day a few weeks ago. I didn't recognize myself, lol. I used to hate warm and hot weather...next Spring/Summer should be interesting to say the least.

11-28-2010, 04:12 PM
RoseRodent.. thank you for your advice, I think the idea of a thermometer (I get what you mean about as long as it is reliable to itself) is not a bad idea, and my thyroid was checked recently but that's a great piece of advice!