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ever feel out of touch with your body?

As I layer up more and more for winter...I feel like I become less and less aware of the way I look. I feel like all of a sudden it gets darker earlier and I get sluggish. All I wanna do is curl up and snack! And the more bulky sweaters, the more difficult it is to moniter my body bulk! I've been trying to stay active and take a good look in the mirror after I shower but I just desssspise winter...and I really despise feeling out of touch with myself. How do you prevent the two from going hand in hand?

Wed. Nov 8, 8:42pm

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I feel the same way during winter... but one thing I try to do is 'use' the cold to reward myself. So I say 'if I go work out, when I come back I'll take a hot bath and curl up'... or I don't go home before I work out. Or if I really can't get myself out of the house, I work out at home following the 'just a few minutes' rule. This might also be the right time of year to start taking measurements of your body so that you can keep track of changes (good or bad)...

Hope this helps!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006, 9:00 PM

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When I had my physical last Spring, I told my doctor that I'd been losing weight quite well for a few months and then my body just stopped despite some intense efforts in both diet and exercise. Now, I find my doctor generally useless, but he did comment in a matter-of-fact voice instead of his I'm-such-a-smart-doctor voice that trying to lose weight in winter is always hard because you're fighting thousands of years of human physiology (store fat for nourishment and insulation). If you look at all the tv ads and gym promotions and magazine articles that hit around March urging you to "get a bikini body", winter weight gain is clearly an issue for the majority of us.

Maybe try "keeping in touch" with your body through skincare rather than burying it for the next 6 months under layers of sweaters. Use up that collection of sugar scrubs, mud masks, body butters, loofahs and bath oils, and dig out the facial steam machine and paraffin kit that you got for Christmas a while back. Taking care of yourself on a surface level - literally - should subconsciously help keep you on track at a deeper level.

Thursday, November 09, 2006, 12:06 AM

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To the OP :

You sounds like me.......are you sure you dont have SAD? Seasonal affective disorder is really tough for me and i struggle every year around this time and through the winter. I just have to force myself to take a small walk (im talking 10-15 min) and it usually helps me feel better. Also, i make sure that i always talk to someone about whats going om in my head so i dont feel so alone and isolated.
good luck op ;)

Friday, November 10, 2006, 10:50 AM

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To the OP-

It helped me feel better and stay in touch with my body when I ditched the bulky oversized sweaters I had when I was heavier and began investing in slimmer fitting warm layers... I stay just as warm but I don't look like a yeti.

Otherwise, yeah, it's just plain hard to get out and do things in the transitional seasons- there's no snow yet, it's cold and dark and rainy... blech. This is the time of year when I have to force myself to start going to the gym.

Friday, November 10, 2006, 11:37 AM

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