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For example, It has gotten colder here the past few weeks. I was getting a bad attitude about it getting cold. We had a cold spring and I just wasn't ready to head into winter. After a couple of days of grumping about it, I got to thinking that the main problem with the cold was my attitude about it being cold.
I was able to get through last winter (other than an non-weather related injury) just dandy. I know how to stay warm and mostly comfortable. I just needed to accept the fact that the cold is going to be here for a while.
There are plenty of things to be positive about.
- I really enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas and all the fun associated with getting together with friends and family.
- I enjoy extra time off from work.
- I enjoy how things look after a fresh snow.
I have settled down a bit and am getting back into the cold routine. I just check the temperature when I get up and layer up accordingly. I use up more clothes in one day than I do all week it seems when the weather is warm, but that's no big deal.
What I do to keep warm.
- I layer according to the temperature.
- I wear moisture wicking clothing. (No cotton at all!)
- I even layer my hands. I have light weight running gloves that I start with and will either put fingered gloves over them if I need extra warmth. I also have some thicker mittens when it gets really cold. I have on occasion even used hand warmers with my gloves, but not very often.
- I warm up just a bit before I go out. I will do light leg and arm swings to loosen up a bit. It also warms my core up a bit making the shock of the cold not so bad.
- A nice synthetic wool hat makes a big difference.
- I invested in some wicking thermals as well. They cost a bit more, but I have been happy with them on the occasions when it is extra cold.
On those rare days when it's just not doable because of ice, I do have a tread mill as a backup. Now if I can just get a better attitude about the rest of my life, everyone else will be happier! :) What do you do to deal with the cold?
Hang in there and I will too! (5 miles away from 1000 miles for the year!)