Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Lure of the Turtleneck Sweater

I was born in a more southern clime (in Missouri, but only 5 miles from Arkansas as the crow flies). Still, my parents moved north when I was around two-years-old and I've lived in the Chicago area for all my life, so I'm intimately acquainted with cold and snow.

Chicagoans tend to be a hardy bunch (perhaps not as hardy as Minnesotans, Canadians and those who live in the U.P. or the north woods of Wisconsin, but we do know how to handle a shovel). We understand the ins and outs of layering clothing. We own multiple hats, pairs of gloves and boots. Corduroy is coveted (by some of us), as is wool, and yes, we own turtleneck sweaters. Some of us own many of them.

Honestly, I've always worn turtlenecks under a sweater or sweatshirt and only on the coldest of days just to stay warm, but...this year, I may be transitioning to more turtlenecks as a choice rather than a shield against the elements. Due to the magic (or not so magic) habit of writing down everything I eat and thus remaining conscious of every bite I take, I've lost 23 pounds over the past 6-1/2 months, and suddenly I'm interested in buying clothes again.

But here's the rub. I've just (okay, not just) realized that I'm not 25 anymore. My neck has decided, that oh yes, gravity is a real thing. And while I can tone my arms, my legs, my abs and various other bits, there are, sadly, no true exercises to turn back the clock for my neck. 

So...thank you, whoever invented the turtleneck. Here in my wintry retreat I can don a big collar and pretend that I'm just as young as I feel (well, sometimes anyway). 

Not bad, turtlenecks! I feel rejuvenated.

Note: on another blog, I read that turtlenecks shorten your neck and draw attention to your bust line, and both of those were listed in the con as well as the pro column. Those are non-issues for me, but if they make a difference to you, it's something to keep in mind.

Have a wonderful day! (And to those of you moving into summer, enjoy the warmth of the sun)!



Laney4 said...

I have a dozen turtlenecks here, and I rarely wear them these days. Ever since hot flashes appeared 4.5 years ago (but who's counting, LOL?), there's no way I want to be bundled up to the neck - but I DO wear them when it is colder than usual and I'm going to be outside (like when we go tobogganing).
Yes, they do hide our necks, and I am grateful for that. Some make me look heavier, so I have to watch for that too.
Congrats on the weight loss! I have lost 12 pounds since April. Actually, I lost 10 by late June, then my sis visited and I gained it back from constant restaurant foods, then I lost 3 of those gained back until my sis visited again and I gained those back. Since she left in late July, I've lost those original 10 and another 2, so maybe I should change my story to 10 pounds since July, but 12 pounds since April sounds much better to me, LOL! It's slow going, but I'm getting there....

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Laney4, hugs on those hot flashes and cheers on the 12 pounds (makes no difference how you lost them. They're gone. Yay)!

And slow going works fine as far as I'm concerned. It's the going that counts.

Mary Preston said...

I have one turtle-neck winter weight pull on shirt. I always feel like I'm choking. I have not worn it in years. I mostly just wear short sleeves in winter, with a jumper or vest thrown on over the top. Obviously NO snow here, but we do get nasty winds.

I've actually lost a bit of weight too. I think it's the spring cleaning. Kind of a win/win situation.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Mary, oh those winds can be brutal, can't they? LOL on the win/win of spring cleaning taking off some pounds. I knew I needed some incentive to clean my house. This just might be it!