Winter has hit Sydney with a bang. After a relatively warm autumn, it was a shock to the system last week and my body responded in predictable style by falling ill and developing flu-like symptoms. Not the full blown flu, of course, given that I had the flu vaccination a month before. But the cold, sore throat, body ache and since then, a niggling cough that is still ongoing.
I must confess, I am not a fan of winter. My list of winter woes include:
The cold: I am not a fan of the cold. Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll laugh and nod. I whinge. I complain. I’m a pain in the arse to be around during the cold.
The wet: I hate the rains in winter. I know it’s not too often and I’m glad for that. But even just this weekend has been a nightmare. Cold, wet and windy? Not my cup of tea.
The dark: I hate how when I leave home in the morning during winter, it’s dark and when I am on the way back home, it’s dark again. It’s like the sun only shines when I at work which is of course, not fun at all! Winter just makes everything seem dreary.
The mornings: I am usually a morning person and love to hit the gym bright and early. Except in winter. The cold and dark make it so hard to get out of my comfortable warm bed.
The weight: I swear I eat more during winter. I blame the cold for an increase in appetite. I feel the need to consume every fatty food in sight and every sweet treat. I guess this year though, I can’t blame winter for that as it’s been going on for months before!
The flu: Okay, while I don’t always get the flu, I do always fall sick in winter. Colds, sore throats, coughs — all very predictable and very much despised!
But winter does have some small pluses.
Camping: When it’s not raining, winter is actually a lovely time to go camping because it makes campfires even more enticing and fun.
Winter clothes: I don’t buy clothes specifically for winter. All I do is layer up my summer clothes with stockings, scarves, jackets and boots. I do find them really cute and I get to wear short skirts thanks to wearing tights with them.
Soups: It’s really easy to cook food in winter thanks to soup. I don’t have to be a masterchef to prepare any of these. Sometimes, I just use whatever veggies I’ve got to make soup and it’s yummy.
Kitty cuddles: My cats seem to love cuddling a lot more during winter. I love that they love lap time, cuddles on the couch and cuddles in bed at night.
Cuddles: Winter is great for cuddles in bed or on the couch. Especially if like me, you don’t have heating in the house, there’s nothing better than cuddles to warm you through and through.
While winter does have its pluses, the woes still always get me down. I can’t wait for these three months to whizz by so that I can have some warmth, and more importantly, sunshine again. Hopefully, by summer time, I will have lost this excess weight I’ve gained since the beginning of this year and I can enjoy some sun, sand and sea!
Are you a winter person?
Until next time,