Monday, December 14, 2009

Brrrrrrrr, Chilly Brrrrrrrrrr

I am down 32 pounds this morning, but still find myself in a weird funk. I am terribly grouchy today! Geesh, losing a pound used to be euphoric for me and would last at least two days. Am I getting greedy? Maybe. But I think my head is just in a strange place today because last night I laid in bed thinking about how exciting it would be to see 258.

On another note....

I wrote on the LapBand forum recently about experiencing chills, cold hands and feet, and not being able to become warm enough to fall asleep at night, even with an electric blanket, two comforters and a sheet. When I brought it up with my surgeon he said that was perfectly normal. He said once we start losing weight, our bodies have to learn how to account for the sudden loss of fat. Basically, its as though we have been comfortable under a 30 pound blanket for years, and then all of a sudden we throw it off! So we start to feel cold.

Okay, I promise I am going somewhere with this. Bear with me... I was laying in bed last night talking with my husband, and warming my icy hands under his back, and we started talking about how my metabolism has to learn to warm up. Then an AHH-HA! moment.

Try to follow me here. If we continue to smother our bodies with a fat laden coating, our bodies have to cool down, right? So, it would make sense that our bodies cool down by slowling down our metabolism to produce less heat, right? And of course when our metabolisms slow down, we gain weight easier. Essentially the more weight we pack on, the harder it is to lose it because our metabolism slows down. So maybe, just maybe, as we begin to lose weight, our metabolisms will have to kick in a bit to keep our bodies warm, burning more calories.

This theory of mine makes all the sense in the world to my biology/chemistry major brain late at night.

You might also find this tid-bit interesting; when we lose weight, we actually lose fat around our inner ear, and until our body finds a new equilibrium, it can make us feel dizzy. Pretty interesting, huh?

7 comments:

Yana said...

I am kinda dreading this - I hate winter already, and if I am going to be getting colder in January and February...wah!!!

That thing about the balance is interesting...

Debi said...

Wow Lynn, I have always thought the same way about the metabolism issues. But I didn't know about the inner ear equilibrium issue! Very interesting. :)

Happy Holidays

Nawlinz Lady (Dee) said...

That does seem to make sense Lynn. I live on the Gulf Coast beaches so I don't get much of a winter, but I do feel like its a colder winter this year(even for us)

Ash said...

Thank you for this information! That makes sense! I have been freezing a lot lately. I've lost 32 pounds and wondered if that could by why. I now freeze every where I go.

Amanda said...

I haven't been cold yet (-28lbs) but twice in the last week when I was walking across the room or picking something up I felt just the slightest bit dizzy....hmmm....

Southern Belle said...

Love the info, the inner ear fact was new for me to. And I am freezing all the time, like sleeping in PJ's and socks with a heating pad on my feet freezing. I used to sleep in my skin so this is a huge change...I hate being cold!

carla said...

WHO KNEW ABOUT THE INNER EAR FAT!?

very interesting...