My body is changing. I wish I could say that means I'm losing some girth, but no. It's much different.
When I was young, I was cold all the time. I could tolerate very high temperatures, but not low ones. I was very thin, so it makes sense. I had no padding, no insulation. My tolerance ran from about 55° upward for any feasible comfort. And honestly, 55° was with a coat, etc.
Then in my 40s, I gained some weight, nothing severe, but I was still about the same on temperatures. I was tolerating cooler temps, but not a huge change.
By the early 1990s, I was hitting 50, and my weight was leaping and bounding. Part of it came from my husband's good, but very rich, cooking. Part of it likely came from a growing depression. Whatever reason, I was packing it on! And with that weight, my tolerance for hot weather was down to almost nothing by the time the new century began. The combination of heat and humidity in the Midwest was wiping me out. I didn't have any problems with cold. I could go out with just a sweatshirt when the temperatures were around 40° and I was quite comfortable for 10-15 minutes. However, over 80-85° was intolerable. Returning to gentle-weathered New Mexico was my dream!
The winter low temperatures here are generally pretty mild. We don't often get single digit lows, or if we do, it lasts just a few short days. When the temps are low, I haven't had any problems, until this year. I'm finding that repeated temps below freezing are not fun. My legs, from the knee down, feel "edgy." It's like I'm on the edge of being uncomfortable all the time. I'm wearing high, heavy socks, and I've resorted to long johns, yet I'm still uncomfortable. Rooms that I used to keep at 65-68° for comfort now feel too cold, even wearing sweats, sweaters, etc. My thermostat is creeping up and up. My comfort range now is between about 68° and 75°. Not much leeway!!
I'm hoping there is a metabolic shift going on that will gradually lead to weight loss. I don't know. My lab results are always good, so nothing seems to point to a reason for this. Maybe I'm just getting old.
Yeah, that's it. I'm old.