I'm a Yankee. When I moved to the South I laughed at the mild winters. 40-degrees? That ain't OHIO COLD! I was born in the Buckeye State, raised in New Jersey and went to college in the mountains of Pennsylvania. I learned to drive in the snow! When I worked as a news director, I'd trudge through the winter storm to get to the radio station just so I could inform YOU not to go outside because the weather was too bad!
I've been living south of the Mason Dixon line since 2000 and haven't worn anything heavier than a leather jacket since relocating. But when I lost 73 pounds I lost my insulation. Libby from the Surgical Weight Management Program at Catawba Valley Medical Center warned me this would happen. I showed up for my pre-surgery appointment last January wearing a blazer with a tank top underneath.
Libby: "Is that all you're wearing? Aren't you cold?!?"
Me: "Nah, I'm fine. Coats are too much of a hassle. I'm from Ohio. Carolina cold doesn't bother me"
Libby: "That'll change once you get close to your goal weight"
Me: "I doubt it. I just run from the car to the house and from the car to the station. I'm not outside long enough to need a coat"
Libby was right!!! I need a coat now! The problem is I've become so accustomed to NOT wearing one that I keep forgetting it. I've had to buy 3 coats since winter started. My old coat didn't fit. I lost my 1st new coat within a week of buying it. My second one hung around for 2 weeks (at least I got it cheap from a consignment shop). I live at the lost and found! And every single day I ask my co-workers the same question, "is anybody else cold?" The answer is always NO!
Don't get me wrong. I'll take chilly over type 2 diabetes any day. A new body just takes some getting used to.
BTW…. if you see me leaving somewhere without my coat, please remind me to get it.