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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Hey all, the road trip is over now, and I've made it back to the Midwest with my Mom! Even though we had three long days of driving each day to make it from Seattle to Indiana, I am feeling good! I managed to work out each morning and stay within my calorie ranges, definitely tough to do when traveling!

The biggest thing was I was in full sun, all day, every day, due to the drive. I could feel the improvements in my well-being and energy each day from the SAD. I have come to the realization that although I just moved in December, am closer to my sister and have most of my things there - I don't think I can live in Seattle.

I think some people that don't have SAD don't understand, like my sister's husband, who sort of laughs off my concerns. But it is real - it's not just a "preference" for sunnier weather, it's a health issue as well as a quality of life issue.

I don't regret moving to Seattle because at least I know now. I'm not sure where I'm going to go but the top contenders are Denver/Colorado Springs/Boulder, Minneapolis, Albuquerque, and Northern California. They each have their pluses and minuses, so I'm doing a lot of research to see what the best option would be.

I don't have a plan for moving yet - will probably move to the chosen city short-term before moving all my things to see how I like it, and then fully move later on. I will probably go back to Seattle first, since I have a temp home office set up, and can work on my portfolio and other things I need to do before I seriously start searching for a job first, that I'd just be paying rent to do anywhere else. A part of me would rather just move sooner than later though, because I'm tired of living in "temporary mode."

I just know how much happier and how much more energy I have in the sun. I go back to being my normal Energizer Bunny self - and I love that!

Ok all for now... still recovering from the trip.
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    Hooray for wonderful road trips, sunshine and happiness!!! I am so happy for you!!
    1787 days ago
    Once you've found a job in the new place you'll feel less ambivalent towards moving, I'm sure! Your life's been on hold: time to get moving!

    Good luck!
    1787 days ago
    Hey TriBabe - SAD is real and as you know the sun shines a lot in each of those areas of Colorado, even if it snows here we have brilliant sunshine. Of the three choices you have there, Boulder is beautiful but can be pricey. I lived there about 10 years back in the 80's and early 90's. Loved it. It is a very health conscious city as a whole.
    1789 days ago
    Glad you made it back successfully! I can understand; I don't have SAD that I'm aware of, but I have way more energy and a more positive outlook once the sun comes out here. Have fun in the Midwest, and good luck as you check out other potential areas to live. I've heard that we're supposed to have a drier/sunnier summer here, but that remains to be seen.
    1789 days ago
    I can totally relate... I have awful SAD - much better now that I live in FL! I went to Seattle / Alaska for 10 days in 2011 - beautiful places, but I was so down and lacking energy for almost the whole time. It is amazing how fast the brain just "shuts down" without sunlight.

    Good luck with your move, wherever you end up!
    1790 days ago
  • TECH1960PS

    I know that feeling, up here in Labrador the winters are so long, I miss the sun and it effects how I feel. Good luck with your move. emoticon emoticon
    1790 days ago
    Figured you would come to this conclusion---Like some people can handle Alaska and others go bonkers up there---definitely not a place for you there---LOL
    1790 days ago
    Rest up and I am glad you are feeling like yourself again!
    1790 days ago
  • SHEILA1505
    Not sure about my US knowledge of geography and climate - but isn't it all snowy and cold in Colorado?

    Enjoy the sunshine
    1790 days ago
    emoticon It is great that you figured out about how SAD affected you. On your sunny road trip you brightened up so now you know cause your ill feelings. I have relatives who live in Denver and love it there with all the sunshine throughout the year!
    1790 days ago
    emoticon Wishing a lot of sunshine in your life. It is great that you found out how SAD was affecting you and now you can take care of that problem. I have relatives in Denver and they love it there!
    1790 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Glad your trip went well and you were able to eat right and exercise on the way. That is hard to do when traveling, emoticon
    1790 days ago
  • GLC2009
    i live in the pacific northwest too. i know some people can't handle it. i've always thought i was fine, but, the last couple weeks i have had so much more energy and enthusiasm, i think i did get a bit of the SAD too. my mom has a special light that you sit under for an hour or so each day. supposed to help. i have to remember to ask her if she used it this winter.
    but, for me, i would rather have the milder temperatures than sunny cold. i originally come from alberta and it's way too cold for me.
    btw -- when i was first reading you blog, i thought you meant standard american diet. i laughed at myself when it hit me. spend too much time thinking about my diet obviously. emoticon
    1790 days ago
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