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 11/23: HOME: 3 mile walk outside 🙂

Monday 11/24: HOME: 200 crunches, upper body weights

MALL: 5 mile walk

Tuesday 11/25: HOME:200 crunches, arm weights, 30 minute bike, 60 minutes of yoga

Wednesday 11/26: HOME: 200 crunches, arm weights

MALL: 4.5 mile walk

Thanksgiving Thursday 11/27: GYM: 45 minute elliptical and upper body weights, stretching

Friday 11/28: GYM: 40 minute elliptical, upper and lower body weights, stretching

Saturday 11/29: Off

Sunday I had every intention of getting in a great gym workout until I saw the outside temperature was almost 50 degrees. It took no thought what so ever to nix the gym and head outside for a walk in the fresh air with my husband. We have not walked outside for weeks and it was spectacular:)

From warmth to snow is what happened Tuesday. We woke up to 3.5 inches of fluffy white snow cover everywhere. Winter has arrived!!!! Since my husband leaves so early for a 45 minute drive to work everyday, he decided after peeking out the window that he was taking a snow day. Our road had not even been touched by a plow yet and he takes two major highways that are known for blowing snow issues. Needless to say, this snow day was not a relaxing day for him. He remembered very quickly that I work much harder than he does every day! Although, he did have a few moments of joy throughout the day. His little pal (one of my daycare kiddos) showed up with her snow gear and the hope that my husband would play in the snow with her (since I don’t play in snow!) She also knows that he very rarely will tell her no:)

I’d say this is one happy child by the smile on her face.

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Thanksgiving Thursday was all about burning the bird. Not in cooking terms either:) We woke up and headed straight to the gym for a great cardio workout. My boys were not entirely thrilled with a few items I did not prepare for Thanksgiving dinner this year but since we are training for our big trip I did not see the need to indulge in something none of us needed. We had all the normal fixings except gravy, diner rolls and pumpkin pie. I know, don’t sigh, but we really did not need the extra calories. I did however, still make a pumpkin fluff for dessert which passed the taste test just fine. Dinner turned out wonderful, we still got in a great workout despite it being a holiday and even found time to spend some quality time as a family together.

 Do you think we are crazy for working out on Thanksgiving?

Do you use the holidays as an excuse reason to skip your workout?

If you were training for something special would you have indulged or continued to watch what you ate despite the holiday?