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S.A.D.....

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Seasonal Affective Disorder has again reared its ugly head...in spades! My motivation is dropping, I have problems waking up in the morning, and I'm carb loading like a...well, gee, what else carb loads besides a SADdie in the fall????
My problems with waking are the worst ever; even BF commented that in the 16 years we've been together, he's never known me to oversleep so many days. I'm waking up at 7:30, when the sun is up, which means if I jump into clothes without showering I MIGHT make it to work on time (ick). Getting to the point that it's time to look into the light based alarms, so I've been researching and so far the Phillips dawn similators seem the best. Anyone else out there using one? Any suggestions?

Is it just me? Are the rest of you OK?? (PLEASE be okay; it saddens me to think of my comrades dealing with this nastiness).

The good news? I refuse to give up the fight!! I'm still kicking and screaming, people, so don't count me out yet.

  
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LYNN09062012 1/5/2014 9:32PM

    I am having a real hard time getting up before 2 pm then tired all day going back to bed at 10 pm taking a few hours to fall asleep then having bad dreams too I hate cooking and went to Florida for 3 weeks had a great time back here and being sad this really sucks i take medications and vitamin d and still sad i wish spring was here emoticon

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PURPLE0906 11/4/2013 4:58PM

    Dawn,
So sorry you are having such a hard time. I really hate this time of year. Can't garden, everything dies off. Please check into those lights and see if they help. Take care,

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GIRLIE603 11/23/2012 8:28AM

    Thanks for leaving the note and goodie on my page! I see you have this post here about SAD as well . . . proves that we are never alone. I hate that others have to share these struggles, but I love that we have camaraderie.

I have a light box on order and I'm going to give it a shot because I don't want to go the medication route myself. The key is to have a plan and start it NOW.

Wishing you success!

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KICKINGIT@56 11/1/2012 6:02PM

    I agree with you Dawn, no drugs for me either. I've noticed SAD symptoms creeping up on me since the end of August (perhaps it was the anticipation of Fall). I've never used a light alarm but I do have a light box which I intend to use as soon as I get up in the morning (after DST ends) The thing which is really working for me to keep my spirits up is exercise (try to do it daily) and going to bed early enough to get at least 7 hours good uninterrupted sleep. Keep trying different things: camomille tea, melatonin, lavender sachets whatever works for you.

Wish you all the best

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TERRIJ7 10/29/2012 8:44PM

    I'm sorry that you're struggling so much already. Did you say that using a full spectrum lamp doesn't help either? That would really make it hard! I hope the light-based alarm helps with the wake up issues.

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SISSYR75 10/20/2012 1:03PM

    I am having days like that too. I get up at 6am with my daughter to get her off to school. I should stay up, but after she goes off to school I go back to sleep. :-(
It makes my day start off sluggish if I don't stay awake and see the moring light come up. My SAD seems to be more in the Spring though. I would think it would be worse in fall/winter since it gets darker earlier and colder. Maybe cuz I was born in spring. IDK, I'm no expert.

Hope your days get better.

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 10/17/2012 8:59PM

    I used one of those dawn awakeners for about 6 months and it didn't make any difference for me. If you get one, I hope it works for you. The only thing that improves my insomnia, problems waking in the AM, grumpy moods, depression, and eating way too many unhealthy carbs, is using my full spectrum light every day for about an hour without fail. Every time I begin to feel better and think that I can skip the light to save time.... all the symptoms come back.

All the best and feel better soon; hopefully before spring.

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DIANNEMT 10/17/2012 5:15PM

    I haven't looked at the light based alarms but the right lights do help lots of people. Can you get some outside time at lunch? That may help a little!

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GARDENCHRIS 10/17/2012 7:11AM

    get outside more to get the sun, rake leaves, take a walk, sit in the sun and read a book, clean up a friends garden.... anything to get outside in the light more. emoticon

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ISHIIGIRL 10/16/2012 6:14PM

    I just bougth a HappyLight from Costco on Sunday for $49.99. I used it for the first time Monday morning. You are supposed to use it just a little at a time. I think I felt the effects of it pretty quickly. The strange part is that if you feel jittery you have to stop. emoticon . The funniest thing about this is that since I bought the light, it has been bright and sunny. I will blog more about it as the fall progresses.

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DAWNO64 10/16/2012 6:07PM

    Thanks, Glinda, but I know about SAD; I'm in the midwest, and I CAN"T get enough good sunlight. Even sitting in a car or by a window, between September and around April or May. I have a light lamp, but it's really bad this year and nothing seems to be helping. Not going to take drugs; the side affects for me are worse than the
SAD.

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GLINDAGOODWITCH 10/16/2012 4:49PM

    Wanna know a quick and easy way to combat SAD? The reason why you have it is because you aren't getting enough UVA and UVB sun rays. All you need to do is sit near an open window or sit outside and expose your arms and face for 15 minutes. I'm guessing you live in a colder climate? I understand that it can get pretty cold. (I used to live in Michigan) but it's only for a few minutes. You can even get these rays when it is overcast or cloudy outside. No lie! emoticon

UVA and UVB sun rays are crucial for the production of Vitamin D. They are also directly correlated with the production of Seratonin. It's a chemical that is responsible for and increased sense of well being.

Give it a try. While your at it you can also get some fresh air. Breathe deep. That'll make you feel better also.

Be well!
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BARBARASDIET 10/16/2012 4:09PM

    I have a problem with this as well. It hasn't kicked in for me yet, since we are still having lots of sun which helps. Good luck.

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KARENGMT 10/16/2012 3:59PM

    I'm only okay because I increased my antidepressant on the first day of Autumn. I wasn't taking any chances this year--last year, I slipped into such a bad depression with the change to standard time!

Progress for me is learning from experience!

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Never Quit Pledge

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and
downs I pass through,
I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today,
and forgive myself for my past,
and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself,
To Stop making excuses,
And stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best
Friend,
Because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race
and to be a WINNER!

Thanks, Willow49. I needed this today!

****Original from blog of from Linda S. Jayne (Geminisue)

Will you blog and post the Never Quit Pledge, today/soon?
Let's spread it through Sparks, so all can have the choice to commit

  
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GODIVADSG 6/5/2012 8:48AM

    I needed this today. Thank you.

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KICKINGIT@56 5/11/2012 11:10AM

    That was great! Like watering a dying plant and watching it perk up!

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ZAICHENOK 5/5/2012 12:57PM

    I needed this today too! Thank you!

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MAYBER 4/29/2012 7:57PM

    Great reminder of why we are really here
Never quit strive to be who you are or want to be
One day at a time
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TERRIJ7 4/29/2012 5:33PM

    This is a great reminder! I need to print it and put it on my bathroom mirror!

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SEASONS__CHANGE 4/28/2012 9:30PM

    Love this and very happy to see that you're blogging. If you haven't done so already, I recommend taking a look at some helpful links located in the Spark Class team.

Maintain that positive attitude and never look back.

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My Personal Holiday Challenge DAY .....what the heck?....Results

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Wow. Sorry about that. Got super busy with work and then family and haven't had a minute to post. And it may get worse. But, heck, it's my challenge and I ain't got to be perfect.

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My goals:

1. Log my nutrition EVERY DAY

Nope. Really fell off on this one. I'll try to get back on track with that tomorrow.

2. Try real hard to stay within my calorie range

um, no, most likely not, with everything going on and various holiday meals

3. Get some form of exercise in EVERY DAY, even if it's only ten push-ups

Yes, this one I have kept up. I have done AT LEAST twenty a day, and sometimes FORTY a day, with the exception of yesterday. Had too many people in the house!

4. Continue my water intake at 72 oz per day

Yup

5. Work on getting said chunky butt to bed at a decent time every day.

Mostly unsuccessful at this one with all the company. I spent time catching up with the young'uns.

6. Post daily results on my blog page (at the suggestion of SURLYGIRL)

FINALLY, I am here again.

Weight - I don't weigh on Sundays, so we'll leave it at 169.8 (0)

Yes, it was many days since I last posted. And I caught myself thinking "Well, now I screwed that up, so I might as well not bother." Wait a minute, it's MY challenge, and it's just that, a CHALLENGE, and therefore won't always be easy, or even doable, but that doesn't mean I get to just GIVE UP. So, here I am in all my glorious imperfection.

  
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KITTYROXX 11/28/2011 5:42PM

    Congrats on getting your water and workouts in with the holidays!

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MOMSLIM 11/28/2011 11:48AM

    AWESOME!!!!!

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GOOSIEMOON 11/28/2011 7:00AM

    Being accountable is so important in this journey, and you definitely met that goal.

Keep up the good work!


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TTLEELEE 11/27/2011 11:00PM

    You are FABULOUS!! emoticon

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LAURENELISE 11/27/2011 10:30PM

    You inspired me to set some goals everyday and write about them on a blog as well. Glad you are back on here today, but it should always be on your terms, as you say, it's your challenge. emoticon

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SURLYGIRL 11/27/2011 10:23PM

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What an AWESOME revelation you've had - It's a real break through Dawn.
No need for an all or nothing mentality - just get right back to it as soon as you can. I LOVE IT !

I had lots of family staying with me too and didn't track and I know I went way over on food intake, but ... hey $hit happens, right ?

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My Personal Holiday Challenge DAY 19 Results

Sunday, November 20, 2011

My goals:

1. Log my nutrition EVERY DAY

Done

2. Try real hard to stay within my calorie range

Better; only went over by 50 calories

3. Get some form of exercise in EVERY DAY, even if it's only ten push-ups

Did TWENTY pushups - yeah, that's right, TWENTY. Granted I'm only doing modified pushups, but for a person with little upper body strength I find it quite impressive, if I do say so myself...oh, sorry, is my modesty showing?

4. Continue my water intake at 72 oz per day

Yup

5. Work on getting said chunky butt to bed at a decent time every day.

Hit the sack at 10 and slept in.

6. Post daily results on my blog page (at the suggestion of SURLYGIRL)

Yes, I'm here again

Weight - I don't weigh on Sundays, so we'll leave it at 169.8 (0)

Oh yeah, I get an A for this. Not a solid A+ because I did go over on calories, but hey, not looking for perfection here. Oh, yeah, I feel good about it too. Just sayin'.

  
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LAURENELISE 11/25/2011 4:15PM

    Miss reading your updates!

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SURLYGIRL 11/20/2011 9:44PM

    WooHoo - You go Girl !

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LAURENELISE 11/20/2011 8:59PM

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My Personal Holiday Challenge DAY 18 Results

Saturday, November 19, 2011

My goals:

1. Log my nutrition EVERY DAY

Done

2. Try real hard to stay within my calorie range

Went over, but had NO snacks last night.

3. Get some form of exercise in EVERY DAY, even if it's only ten push-ups

Did fifteen pushups

4. Continue my water intake at 72 oz per day

Yup

5. Work on getting said chunky butt to bed at a decent time every day.

Got eight hours of sleep, so it counts even though I went to bed late.

6. Post daily results on my blog page (at the suggestion of SURLYGIRL)

Yes, I'm here again

Weight - 169.8 (0)

I'll say a B- . I went over calories but didn't snack. I got eight hours of sleep, even though I went to bed late. I did my pushups, tracked my calories, and generally had a pretty good day.

  
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TTLEELEE 11/20/2011 11:16AM

    Look at you! Dang, you make me feel .... emoticon proud of you! emoticon Keep it up Darling! I'll catch up one day

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60DREAM 11/19/2011 9:19PM

    keep the good job

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LAURENELISE 11/19/2011 7:07PM

    Great job at sticking with this accountability blog! You are inspiring me to start something like this as well.

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