Feeling Hot Hot Hot
18th July, 2014
I love summer. Blue skies, blazing sunshine (with me sitting sensibly under the parasol with factor fifty on); long evenings in the gazebo. That is my idea of bliss. However the one thing I do struggle with is humidity - It’s been what my mum would describe as “close” in the Hudson HQ neck-of-the-woods for the past ten days and I’m visibly wilting.
It’s different on the continent. More-or-less compulsory marble and air-conditioning mean that even when the temperatures soar and the air is heavy, I still remain active. Not so during the past week at home.
I have to admit that my exercise schedule has completely fallen by the wayside. I really did make an effort. I moved the free-standing fan into the living room so that a cooling breeze could waft over me whilst I bounded to my disco mix or strode out with gusto on my stepper. Unfortunately perspiration got the better of me.
I started off wearing tee-shirt and leggings that were soon soaking. I could feel the collar of my tee-shirt chaffing my neck and the cooling fan just ended up giving me something looking like nappy rash on my thighs.
No to be defeated I decided to exercise in a bikini (I kid you not) in the hope that more exposed flesh (though even I can see there is much less flesh exposed than a year ago :-) ) would lead to less sweat. Not so. Also my training shoes were rather damp (and the smell from them was not the most pleasant with which to fragrance my living room).
So I confess. I have ditched the exercise for the past six days. That said, Lovely Husband and I have been taking advantage of the warm nights and have been going for our daily constitutionals around 9pm every evening. The air is less heavy; the temperature is still lovely and warm and if we take a specific route we pass a good number of gardens which have potted palms in them so we can convince ourselves we could be on the Cote d’Azur.
In mitigation I must also add that the hot humid days have seen a noticeable decrease in my appetite.
Waking up it is far too hot for my usual morning skinny-mocha and I have, instead, been drinking a pint of orange juice (not an entire pint of juice I hasten to add – it is a third of pint, with a third of a pint of water and then the glass is topped up with ice… which makes it cold and refreshing for at least an hour but which (according to my trusty WLR food database) contains only 92 calories, rather than the 261 that a whole pint of juice would “cost” me.
I also have to ‘fess up to skipping lunch lately. It is just simply too hot at the office for me to contemplate eating. For some reason rising temperatures seem to have a direct effect on my appetite. The hotter and more humid it gets, the less inclined I am to eat. I really don’t know whether it is because I do not feel hungry or because the weather makes me even too “sluggish” to lift a fork. Luckily, by late evening my appetite returns to some extent and I have discovered that a bowl of cereal with ice-cold semi-skimmed milk is exactly what is needed to stop late night tummy-rumbles.
At this point I have to state that I do not recommend this as a long-term weight loss solution. My own knowledge and the wisdom imparted here on WLR confirms the fact that a sensible, nutritionally-balanced eating plan is the most effective way of losing weight and sustaining it once I get to goal… but sometimes I stray from the path of “sound and sensible”. That has what happened this week. I know that it is entirely down to the weather (and is not helped by the fact that I suffered more than usual with hay fever over the past couple of months – I don’t know whether it is a documented fact or not, but when my eyes are streaming and my nose is running, it seems to somehow impact on the effectiveness of my taste buds… they only seem to function at about 30% of their usual level – and so a reduced appetite isn’t helped by the fact that when I do eat my cereal it doesn’t really have much flavour – the thing I’m most keenly aware of is just how lovely the ice cold milk feels).
It is a conundrum. I know I should perhaps eat more, but really feel like I would “eating for the sake of eating”. I really should get back to my exercise (but persuade myself that my evening strolls are sufficient given my greatly reduced calorie intake). This week I have definitely moved less…. But I have also eaten less as well. The result is I really have no idea what the scales are going to tell me when I weigh in. I have no idea whether I will gain, lose or stay the same. What I do know is that this is just a temporary “point in time”. I am becoming a compulsive weather-forecast watcher (I have three different meteorological sites bookmarked as favourites), because I know as soon as the air pressure drops and the humidity levels lessen, then I will revert to “normal” (although I’m not quite sure what the definition of that is or, indeed, whether it can be applied to me…).
It has been a strange week weight-loss-wise but nothing to get overly troubled about.
I realise that this journey takes many different routes and different strategies and techniques come into play. Seasonal fluctuations are all part of that.
The important thing to remember is be conscious about what is happening and what you are doing. Use as much wisdom as you are able to address whatever situation you are faced with; stay focussed and in control; realise that it is a point in time and that things will change, much like the weather. And I have to say, as much as the humidity has been difficult to deal with, I wouldn’t swap the last ten days. I really feel like I’ve had a “proper summer”. It makes me happy. It puts me in a positive frame of mind. And I must remember that whilst the weather is, at the moment , Hot Hot Hot…. That is exactly what I intend to be when I reach goal.
Here’s to a wonderful weekend for all
With a hug
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