#68 - The joys of summer - Chafing of my inner thighs
Summer is fast approaching. June 21st is almost here. The chill of winter is long gone and the crisp spring mornings turn to hot and sticky summer afternoons. I should be elated with the increasing temperatures, but really, I'm not. What does the fat person look forward to in the summer? Sure the extra sun is great and I love spending more time outdoors playing around and barbecuing, but really, deep down inside I dread summer. Summer means I will invariably be overheated on most days. I've already touched on this in another post about how I hate wearing skimpy clothes, so in the summer I'm usually hot, from the sweltering temps outside, from the fact that I'm overdressed trying to cover up the bulk, and the simple fact that I carry all this excess weight that one can liken to wearing a wool sweater into a sauna. Summertime definitely brings out many of the reasons I hate being fat. But one of my favorites is that in the summer I get some wicked chafing of my inner thighs. It's the perfect combination: bulky thighs that rub together, causing some nice friction, a little moisture from the sweat, and wham-o, the chafing occurs. Sometimes it feels like I'm wearing corduroy pants, making that swoosh swoosh sound. I should own stock in Johnson & Johnson for the amount of baby powder I've gone through in my lifetime attempting to lessen the burn of my chafing thighs. But really the only remedy for chafing thighs, I think, is to lose weight. So here's the amazing thing. It's been pretty hot here already, enough to feel sticky on some days, but surprisingly I haven't noticed any chafing yet. Has my weight loss so far been enough to stave off the friction? So I'm 48 pounds down now (I seem to be stuck in a nice plateau about now - grrr), and maybe now I can actually enjoy my summer without dousing myself with quarts of baby powder. I actually look forward to the 90 degree days to test the hypothesis (that's the scientist in me talking, lol). We shall see. Maybe this summer, *gasp*, I will actually break out the shorts and finally stay cool. So with this post I will leave you saying: Happy Summer! Good luck on your weight loss! And may your thighs stay free from friction and burn!!