Is It Possible To Have Too Much Summer?

It it possible to have too much summer? In my opinion NEVERRRRRR!
Especially since I deal with seasonal affective disorder(SAD) every year.

As much as I want to ignore the facts, I have to admit, I think our summer has officially ended. Last week it got immensely cooler, leaves are falling everywhere, and I am feeling the need to make some changes to adjust to the season.

I have started adding soups back into our meal rotation. I love soup all year long but make it rarely if ever during the summer months. Now is when I find we spend more time indoors and my creativity in the kitchen runs wild.

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Another big change I typically make during this time of year is by adding flannel sheets and an extra blanket to our bed. Is there anything worse than crawling into a cold bed at the end of a log day? No there is not! Although, this year we finally decided to make a purchase we have debated for awhile. We bought a down comforter for our bed and let me be the first to say……I LOVE IT so far. It’s so warm, yet light weight, and most importantly, not too hot for my husband to sleep comfortably also. My hope is that maybe we can get by this winter without the need for flannel sheets. Time will tell.

Talking about heat and warmth…..I sort of have this obsession every year to make it to the same date on the calendar that I do every other year before feeling the need to turn our furnace on. I know, odd, but it’s always a goal for some reason. Last year we caved finally on Oct. 21…..we’ll see this year how long we can last without heat. (HINT: Baking in the morning always helps reach this goal)

As the darkness creeps in earlier every night I have been finding myself actually going to bed super earlier than normal. I am not a night owl as it is but 7:30 p.m. is somewhat too early. After dinner we typically get in some sort of exercise and then it’s pretty much bed time for me. I battle this all winter and something I have found that passes time quickly and keeps my mind from dreading the season so much is jigsaw puzzles. There has been talk of digging them out and getting one started, but so far I have held back from taking this step. I just don’t know for how long I can continue to avoid it.

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Last year I was advised by my doctor to try Vitamin D for my SAD symptoms. I finally did and have to admit, I did notice that taking it did lighten the depressed mood I feel for months. I plan to start this in the next week or so, to get a good start on it before we change our clocks and it’s practically dark before I am even done working. This is when my seasonal depression really affects me the most.

And last but not least, I bought my first Christmas gift a few days ago. I am not a last minute shopper simply because I can’t tolerate the crowds. I am a list maker and I stick to it. I write down who we all need gifts for, make a budget, and write an idea for each person on this list. This makes Christmas shopping so easy. There is no wandering around aimlessly with no idea what I am looking for. It’s in,out, and done!

Do you struggle with winter?

What have you found to help you get through it?

How does your lifestyle change during the winter months?

 

 

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Monday Motivation

Sunday 11/9: GYM: 35 minute elliptical and stretching

Monday 11/10: HOME: 200 crunches, arm free weights, 30 minute bike

GYM: 30 minutes on elliptical, upper and lower weight machines

Tuesday 11/11: HOME: 200 crunches and arm free weights, 30 minutes bike

MALL: walk 4 miles

Wednesday 11/12: HOME:200 crunches, arm weights

GYM: 30 minutes elliptical, 10 minutes ARC, upper and lower body weight machines

Thursday 11/13: HOME: 200 crunches, arm free weights, 30 minute bike, 60 minutes yoga

Friday 11/14: OFF

Saturday 11/15: Aqua Zumba 60 minutes

Sunday after our big shopping trip and a very long, uncomfortable bus ride to and from Chicago, my butt was dragging. I knew if I could just get myself in the front doors of the gym I would feel better. I was crabby, had a headache, did not feel like doing anything since I did not get to bed until way after my bedtime the night before(11pm), and had everything we purchased sitting on our table staring at me to put it all away when I woke up Sunday. Thankfully, my husband picked up on my bad mood pretty quickly and pitched in to help get everything done. Then it was all up to me whether I would attempt the gym or not. Which I am happy to say I DID!!!! And I was soooo happy, it really did brighten my mood and make me feel better:-)

                    Monday and Tuesday brought us a two day snow/rain/sleet storm in our area. Surprisingly enough this would normally just put me in a baaaad mooood but I was not really feeling too rough. I would not go as far as to say I was “happy” to see it snow, but either way I was not as moody as normal for the first snow fall. Maybe, just maybe, the Vitamin D is working.

Wednesday brought our first “mall walk” of the winter. Temps here have finally dipped to where I believe I could freeze to death if out for too long. I know, call me whimpy if you wish, everyone else does:-)

The rest of the week was pretty typical. We tried to follow our training plan as much as possible but I feel like we may have to change up the plan slightly. I may swap my off day for Friday and workout on Sunday since the weekends are when I have the most time and the gym is practically empty. We’ll see in the future, who really knows.

 

 

SAD-Seasonal Affective Disorder

It’s that time of year again…..and I am already feeling it and we are only three days in. Changing the clocks around our home on Sunday made me want to sit and cry like my toddlers do when they don’t get what they want. I want it to stay light outside longer. I want it to stay warm enough where we can go outside and play. I want it never to snow. I want to feel alive and not like my life is on hold until Spring!!! Needless to say, we can’t have everything we want. I should know this, I repeat this to my toddlers every single day, sometimes multiple times a day.

SAD (seasonal affective disorder) effects many people in many ways. Some more extreme than others but all the same. It is not fun to feel this way for months at a time. You all know I am a true summer lover. The hotter it is the happier I am. Winter is torture for me to endure and I start dreading it as early as September, which I know is sad! (No pun intended) I have talked with my doctor many times regarding this issue and she has suggested many things to try. Me, however, being the stubborn redhead that I am, have refused up until last year.

Last year I finally broke down and bought a light that is suppose to mimic sunshine. Ironically, they call these Happy Lights which I find humorous. I have doubted forever that sitting next to a light will make me happy but after last years wicked winter I was ready to try almost anything. Unfortunately, I did not feel happiness radiating off this light. Although, I am not a great sitter and did not sit next to this thing for long periods of time like directed. So my results were more than likely not accurate.

I already know that I get instant happiness from aerobic activity, which means on the weekends you may find me at the gym two hours in the morning and also two hours in the late afternoon. I am also well aware that this is crazy, my husband and son already tell me that. In my defense, the gym makes me happy, I can actually be warm without three layers of clothes on and I get to wear shorts in the middle of winter while at the gym. For me this is happiness:-)

Which brings me to this current moment. I have been instructed by many friends, family, and physicians to try Vitamin D. I realize it’s technically not a medication but I am a firm believer in not popping a pill to fix every problem. However, the only other way I know to fix this problem is to move and that is not an option yet….so I am seriously thinking about trying Vitamin D.

Here’s where you all come in. I need your opinions, suggestions, input. Good, bad or otherwise, give it to me.

What would you do?

What do you do if you also suffer from this?