If You Can’t Stand The Heat (& Humidity), Shed Some Pounds

After losing 100+ pounds, today's scorcher doesn't bother me. In fact I'm looking forward to my 1.5 mile run!

After losing 100+ pounds, today’s scorcher doesn’t bother me. In fact I’m looking forward to my 1.5 mile run!

I have to admit, I worried that once Virginia’s heat and humidity kicked into full swing, my walking and running would come to a complete stop. Sure I love summer, but I hate the oppressive humidity. What a difference dropping 100+ pounds makes.

The heat and humidity arrived two weeks ago, yet I’m spending the bulk of my time outside. For some reason the hot, sticky weather isn’t that big of a deal when I go for runs or walks. I’m also finding myself sitting on our back deck mid day reading a book and just enjoying the day. Sure I get sweaty, but I’m not fidgeting or dying to get back into our air-conditioned house.

What gives?

I’m 100+ pounds lighter. When I weighed 325, I dreaded going outside during the summer. The heat and humidity in Virginia can be unbearable. Just walking to my mailbox I felt like I’d spontaneously combust. Not to mention the intense friction my thunder thighs caused…I swear I smelled smoke one time!

Clearly my extra insulation just trapped my body heat, not a great thing in the summer. Since the body cools itself by circulating blood to dissipate heat through the skin, my heart was pumping a lot harder to circulate blood. But my additional 100 pounds made it difficult for my body to dissipate heat. So I ended up sweating a lot, losing more water and body salt, and dehydrating faster. Yep, I was the perfect candidate for a heat stroke.

My added layer of fat just made it too hard to regulate my body temperature so I hid indoors. Too many summers wasted. Well not anymore!

My bright yellow jacket is perfect for keeping me dry and cool on those hot, rainy days this summer. No more excuses for not running anymore!

My light-weight, bright yellow jacket is perfect for keeping me dry and cool on those hot, rainy days this summer.

Now I’m outside for 1-3 hours a day and I love it. With the weight loss, I can’t use the weather as an excuse for not going on my walks or runs anymore. Oh, except when it rains, right? Wrong. I took care of that the other day with a trip to REI. I picked up a thin, water-proof jacket. Thankfully there’s been no need to test it out the last couple of days. But now I really have no excuses for not hitting the great outdoors this summer!

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