I remember when I filled out the mountain of paperwork at Scottsdale Weight Loss before starting on the program, there was a question about the issues excess weight was causing in my life. Obviously at 100 pounds overweight, the list could be quite long. At that particular time though, I remember the thing that was bugging me the most was that I was sweating … A LOT. It didn’t help that it was late September in Phoenix and we had just endured another 5 months of crazy heat. But I was tired of being really sweaty much of the time.
Now, I’ve always been a “sweater” – even at my thinnest points in my life. But all that extra weight was doing me no favors. I was beginning to think I was peri-menopausal and starting hot-flashes. There might be some truth to that – I believe all that extra weight can mess with hormone levels (haven’t done any research on this – I think I just heard that). A friend turned me on to a great product – Sweat Block. This stuff is a miracle worker and it really did help improve my situation. But I still sweat a lot on my face and head – kinda hard to do much about that. I was also a frequent purchaser of the “clinical strength” deodorants, always looking for something to slow the water works down.
Perhaps the main problem my sweating caused was time related though. I absolutely could not, no way in hell, consider working out at the gym and then doing anything else other than go straight home and shower. This means that I would need a good 2 hour block of time for exercise – when factoring the drive time, workout time, then home to shower, etc. My whole day had to be arranged around this. I was always a little jealous of people that could go to the gym, work out, then run errands afterward. Seems like a little thing but busy moms thrive on multi-tasking throughout the day.
Over the past month I have noticed something pretty remarkable….my sweating has decreased significantly. I still sweat a lot if I work out really really hard, but a fairly normal workout does not send me running for the showers. I have been running on the track during my son’s football practice and I would feel pretty comfortable actually talking to someone afterward. Instead of being really hot all of the time, I am finding myself really cold (and therefore not sweating) most of the time.
I guess what I am feeling is that sweating was starting to take a toll on me emotionally. I was thinking about it a lot back in September. I was sick of it and knew it was tied to my weight in many ways. Losing the weight has shed so many of those little things that bothered me – allowing me to enjoy life more fully. We’ll see how things are going this summer when we approach the 115+ degree temperatures in Phoenix!