Surviving Winter…Sort Of

I have to admit, for winter in DC, this year has been pretty mild.  Temperatures are mostly in the 40s or 50s.  Very few days lower than that.  And no snow to speak of.  I know just north of here in Pennsylvania, they have had a lot of snow and very, very cold temps.

Normally, I love this chilly weather.  I am pretty hot-blooded.  I am always warm.  Even in winter, I rarely turn on my heat and often need a fan to keep cool.

Not this year.  This year, I am freezing.  I have the heat on in my apartment.  I am wearing layers, sweaters, thick warm socks, a fuzzy pink robe, and snuggling up on the couch under blankets.  I was visiting a friend’s house last week and I got up and put my jacket on I was so cold.  She asked me if I was leaving already and I said, “No I’m freezing,” at which point, everyone in the room started laughing.  They were like, you are always the one who is hot.  Not anymore.  I’ve actually considered buying one of those snuggly blankets with the arms in front.  Who is this person I’ve become?

I know I’ve lost 65 pounds, oh and btw..I’ve lost 65 pounds (!!!), but I remember when I weighed around 230-ish when I was younger and I was always hot then as well.  Why is it I am now cold all of the time?

I remember that I told my sister before the surgery that maybe after surgery I would stop being so hot all of the time.  I hated being hot all of the time.  I actually preferred to be cold.  People always told me it was because I could not feel the cold.  This is not true.  I could feel the cold, I just preferred it to being hot all of the time.  I still prefer being cold to being hot all of the time.  I just wish I could warm up a little bit now and then.

For now, I plan on wrapping myself up in my pink fuzzy robe and thick woolen socks with my steaming cup of decaf tea and hibernate in front of the TV under blankets until spring.

A friend of mine reposted this picture on Facebook.  It is adorable…and don’t these cats just look warm?





38 responses to “Surviving Winter…Sort Of

  1. iammyownsuperhero

    I learned this lately, so I think I have an answer to your question. When you lose a lot of weight, your pancreas makes less insulin…thus you get cold easier….but it will learn to regulate itself in a while!

    (I was wearing long johns in the fall this year, and I am usually warm until its -20C or so…)

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