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Feeling almost normal :)

Saturday, January 05, 2013

I thought today was going to be a giant fail. Feeling sluggish, I stayed in my sweatpants for most of the morning, not wanting to do much. I wasn't sure if I was going to have to start taking the Sam-E to help control this seasonal depression. It is an over the counter natural amino acid, however I still don't like taking pills. I also wonder if I gained weight when I went off it last time. On the other hand, if I am stopped from my normal routine due to this lethargy, maybe taking it would be OK for now.

So I forced myself to go running around 1 PM. I ended up going for around 5 1/2 miles, including long hills on roads and a very tough/steep trail. It was so beautiful, I was reminded of why I moved out here, and I wanted to keep going for hours. I knew since I haven't been running consistently since my Dad died, that I needed to keep it in range. I came home and felt "normal", was able to focus on a few things I needed to get done, and that has lasted the rest of the day until now.

I used to not workout later in the day because it amped me up too much and interfered with my sleep. However now it may be more of an option. Exercise does help with the SAD. I am continuing to use the lights, Vitamin D, a good multivitamin, as well as a magnesium supplement before bed. I fell off the wagon on these things for a while due to the move. I am going to try some other suggestions from others too, including bright posters (thanks Lecates) and aromatherapy.

The strength workouts have been hard, but good. I am using a phone app from the book, "You are your own gym: the bible of bodyweight exercises." I can feel it all over, especially my hamstrings. It's a good thing. Running is great, but you are not really working your whole body. I miss that from my former workouts as a group exercise instructor and gym rat, which I gave up in part due to my increased participation in endurance sports.

The strength workouts are 4x/week and my goal is to return to doing cardio 6 days/week. I am on track this week for 5-6, depending on what I do Sunday. As I am just coming back into it, if I need a day off, I will take it. Not only have I added back running, the area I now live is all BIG hills, so the intensity is increased as well, plus the strength work. I've determined that if I am able to stay in this area, I am going to be in crazy good shape.

Happy weekend everyone! I might go to a group run tomorrow, I am not sure yet.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DOGSTARDADDY 1/10/2013 6:00PM

    Nice job pushing through things. Keep at it.

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 1/9/2013 9:56AM

    You are adjusting and doing it well. Keep the positive attitude and take one day at a time. Establish a routine that works for you.

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/6/2013 1:52AM

    Way to go! So glad you're starting to feel a little more normal and figuring out what you need to do to take care of yourself here. You can't beat the scenery in the area, and with all the hills, you can get a great workout.

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LOVESTOWALK49 1/5/2013 3:36PM

    Some days it's hard to get out of bed, but I'm always glad I did. You got up and had a wonderful time. That's all it takes to keep going. I'm already hating winter with the ice and snow getting in my way.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/5/2013 9:57AM

    One mile @ a time! You did it. HUGS

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PYNETREE 1/5/2013 9:52AM

    emoticon You are doing it, just keep on pushing yourself! emoticon

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JACKIE542 1/5/2013 9:16AM

    It's great that you are getting out there. emoticon emoticon

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JSTETSER 1/5/2013 6:41AM

    Go girl go! It sounds like things are slowly improving for you. That is the best kind of progress-the kind that lasts.

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LECATES 1/5/2013 6:32AM

    I knew if you got moving your spirits would improve---sounds like you really enjoyed the added difficulty of hills and different scenery---looking at 4 walls all day was not helping you at all. If you move, make sure you are in an area where you can just go out the door and head to a walk/run track. Since you are in a new area, do you have a gps system in case you get lost?

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SHEILA1505 1/5/2013 3:34AM

    Let's hope you have turned the corner - and that you are going to settle well in Seattle

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MOONSTORMER 1/5/2013 2:51AM

    sounds great! wonderful to hear you're active and feeling like yourself again!

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