Yep. Turned on the heat this morning. Despite my warm PJ’s, when I stumbled off the couch this morning (where I habitually sleep), the atmosphere around me was bitterly cold. I was afraid I’d see my own breath. I know it was only 45 degrees, which most Ohioans can bear, but I’m a freeze baby. I decided paying for gas was less of a threat than being uncomfortable in my own house. And, really, since I’m the only one living there, I have no one to argue with about turning it on this early in the season.
So bitch at me, you environmentalists. I don’t care. I didn’t use my air conditioning much all summer. I hate being cold. I could probably live without air conditioning, but I must turn my heat on when the house gets too cold. I can’t help it. People tell me that it’s better to be too hot than too cold because you can just put on more clothes. That philosophy does not wash with me. Once I’ve been cold, my core is frozen, and no amount of clothes or blankets are going to warm me up. And, dammit, I deserve to be comfortable in my own house.
My thermostat is set to 67 anyway, so it’s not like I’m blasting tropical heat in there. Just that raise in temperature did much to cheer my spirits this morning. I was able to put on a simple long-sleeved blouse instead of a turtleneck like I did yesterday (which was really too much and made me hot all day at work).
I guess turning on my heat heralds the beginning of the colder season. Soon I’m going to have to break down and put my bike on the trainer. The days of riding are growing sporadic. Last night’s Wednesday ride–the last one of the season–was cancelled but we still had our end-of-year feast. So I had all the eating without the exercise. This is how the winter gets me.
I’m debating whether or not I should get a temporary membership at Fitworks. They have these memberships where you can turn them on and off at will. I just hate to have to pay the extra monthly fee, especially during the season in which I will have $200+ gas bills. But I don’t think using my trainer and Total Gym is enough. I need to go somewhere with different machines. I think I need to start running again. I don’t want to gain the weight back this year. I think I need to diversify my cardio from strictly using my bike on the trainer…
Well, anyway… I love fall, but I hate not getting the exercise I need as regularly. Maybe that walking crap everyone talks about works… I don’t know… I ascribe to the “No pain, no gain” philosophy of exercise. I just don’t think you lose enough weight from walking a half hour every day. Maybe you maintain your present weight, but I can’t see it as a completely healthy exercise plan.
In other news:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MICHAEL!!
He didn’t want me to make a big deal about it… I hope announcing his date of birth to the entire internet world is not considered a big deal. ;)