SparkPeople Seasonal Affective Disorder Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=25632 Are you "up" & motivated in the spring/summer; start dragging in the fall? How can we get through this? MARCH 9, 2014 - DST STARTS!! TIME TO SPRING AHEAD! SparkPeople Seasonal Affective Disorder Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=25632 Hello from Northern Minnesota http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x56897175 Hi everyone, I'm Marci. I've had SAD for years but have only recently decided that enough was enough and I'm tired of going through this every winter. In Northern MN, winter lasts a long time so that's a good chunk of the year that I feel like this! Anyway, my doc has diagnosed me with "major depressive disorder" even though this is seasonal. I mean, *I* know it's seasonal, but she doesn't ...yet. My husband is retired military so when we lived in places like AZ, TX, UT, Okinawa, I didn't hav... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:55:36 EST I've never had SAD before now http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x56658587 Hi - I'm Jennifer, 54yo, Texas. I usually have more trouble in the summer actually, but right now I'm DYING. I am SO tired - all I want to do is stay in bed & stay warm. So yeah - cold is part of it. But I have NO energy, NO desire to do ANYthing much except self-medicate with various things (not drugs ok). Everything seems overwhelming. I don't know if it's a lifetime piled up on top of me all at once, or it's SAD. This is the coldest winter we've had in awhile which may be contributi... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 12:53:56 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x55602895 Hello everyone I been on spark people since October 6 2013 new to this team i hate winter time when it gets dark so soon and is dark then i get up Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:40:49 EST Need help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x55490940 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm temporarily staying with a relative for 2-3 months. It might be longer, depending on how long it takes me to find a job and where the job is. I need to do work on my portfolio, website, resume' and job search, so need some decent workspace with a computer desk. I also have workout equipment (ski machine, stationary bike, exercise ball) here. <BR> <BR> There is plenty of space to put this stuff - in the basement. The problem is the basement is dark and there aren't rea... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 19:05:09 EST Did going to a doctor help with your SAD? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x55423480 I don't have good medical insurance and so have learned to manage my SAD on my own. Did going to a doctor help you or give you any tips you did not know? <BR> <BR> I am moving due to the SAD and do not want to take any medications for it, but didn't know if going to a doctor was helpful for anyone. Thanks! Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:03:12 EST Hi from "Moving due to SAD" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x55422815 Hey all, I saw this group and just had to join. I moved to Seattle last Christmas and had REALLY been looking forward to it for a long time. The outdoors scene, mild weather in the winters, proximity to skiing/mountains and the ocean, healthy and educated population, not to mention job opportunities... BUT THEN I FOUND OUT I HAD SAD VERY BADLY!!! <BR> <BR> I tried all different types and colors of lights, dawn simulators, etc, they helped a bit but I didn't feel normal and they worsened my i... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:14:38 EST Hello from the Mts of VA!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x55083787 SO glad to see this group!! Re-starting for the {mumble mumble} time....I don't *do* gray days very well, but have a full-spectrum desk light (actually bought for when I'm sewing, but it's AWESOME when nature just won't cooperate). Have to work on lighting in the garage since that's where the treadmill and weights are, but it's all good...my son will be my partner during this attempt, so we'll keep each other motivated...... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 08:52:39 EST Summer's coming! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x53713404 Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are heading towards summer! How's everyone doing?? Wed, 12 Jun 2013 12:22:46 EST Hello from dreary Pittsburgh http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x51261217 My name is Kiena and I am so happy to have found this team after reading the Daily Spark Blog. <BR> <BR> I've been suffering from SAD for about 8 years but only learned what it was a couple of years ago. I look forward to learning what some of you are doing to help cope with it. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 05:32:03 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x50783644 Hi all! I myself do not suffer from SAD, but my teenage daughter does. I hope that I can glean some tips here to help her through this time of year. We've had a much better go of it so far because she has been heavily involved in marching band which keeps her outside for several hours each day, but I am dreading when the season is over. Any tips or suggestions? She isn't a kid who likes to be "pushed" into doing something.... <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> ~Kelly Sun, 11 Nov 2012 14:07:26 EST Northern Wis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x50536712 Hello! What a great team! Just what this Northern Wisconsin girl needs! The fall has been gloomy! I am looking forward to the support from this SP team! Wed, 24 Oct 2012 19:58:00 EST An Early Autumn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x49989314 An Early Autumn - from The Old Farmers Almanac <BR> <BR> September 22—Autumnal Equinox <BR> The earliest autumn since 1896 arrives this Saturday, September 22, at 10:49 A.M. (EDT). At this time, the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator from north to south. <BR> <BR> As the weather cools, the days start to get shorter than the nights. See your local Sun rise and set times—it’s interesting to see how your day length changes. <BR> <BR> The word equinox comes from the Latin words for "eq... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 08:53:49 EST Hello from St. Bruno, Quebec Canada http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x49950137 Hi friends, I have just completed FastBreak with SP. In august I was so boosted especially after such a sunny summer we have enjoyed in 2012. Now September has arrived and my typical SAD behavior is becoming more frequent as it becomes dark in the early evening. I have a light that will soon find a home on my desk so that I can bask in full spectrum light for at least 30 minutes a day. This will get me through to the New Year. But I have a goal to lose 43 lbs by July 2013 so the light wi... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 17:48:25 EST September 2012 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x49710512 Okay, we spent the summer livin' life, but now it's creeping back to that time of year that is hardest for most of us to keep our healthy habits. So let's get back to tracking and accountability!! <BR> <BR> My Fitness Minute Goal for September: 1100 minutes. How will you challenge yourself this month? Fri, 31 Aug 2012 15:44:17 EST May 2012 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x47863351 Summer's coming! Eek!!! Tue, 1 May 2012 17:59:15 EST April 2012 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x47386840 My goal for April: 800 minutes <BR> <BR> Got to get in shape for warm-weather clothes! Mon, 2 Apr 2012 11:22:36 EST March 2012 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x46837890 New month! Daylight Savings Time and Spring will both arrive this month; Memorial Day is two months away. This is the time to get ourselves ready for warmer weather and smaller clothes. <BR> <BR> I'm going to do 500 fitness minutes this month. Really I am. <BR> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 21:50:16 EST February 2012 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x46346296 Okay, I guess I'll shoot for 500 this time. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 17:53:37 EST January 2012 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x45756140 Here it is, a new year!! I'm going to shoot for 800 minutes this month. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 20:26:48 EST rainy and overcast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8104x25632x45402814 We've had lots of rain and overcast skies since Thanksgiving weekend ended. So far, so good.....but I sure could use some sunshine! At this point, I don't even care if it's cold...just so long as there's some sunlight coming in the windows! Tue, 6 Dec 2011 18:02:29 EST December 2011 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x45326884 Here we go. Don't know how often I'll get to post here, but I'll try Thu, 1 Dec 2011 17:52:18 EST A Hoosier Howdy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x45157896 I decided to join a new sparkteam for my 6 mo sparkversary and this team is the perfect one...my next challenge...winter. <BR> <BR> I've met a lot of goals I set for myself in the past 6 months dealing with my weight, blood pressure, pre-diabetis, fibromyalgia, fitness, healthy eating, and the depression I was under when I started 6 months ago. <BR> <BR> Now is the time for me to conquer SAD!! Sat, 19 Nov 2011 16:54:04 EST November 2011 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x44885309 My Fitness Minutes goal for November: 750 <BR> <BR> 11/1 - 5 minutes (10 crunches, 10 double crunches, 10 push-ups, 1-minute plank) <BR> <BR> 5 down, 745 to go <BR> Wed, 2 Nov 2011 13:14:11 EST 10 Things to Savor in October http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x44819448 Before I jump into November, I need to review some of the joys and accomplishments of October. <BR> <BR> 10 Things to Savor in October - <BR> 1. Some really beautiful autumn days. DH and I actually took a couple of walks together; it had been awhile <BR> 2. My Dad turned 82 and the party was a really nice gathering. <BR> 3. Had many good things happen at work - helped a grantee make shift, had some good training events, grant decisions were made. A productive month. <BR> 4. Got to spend som... Sat, 29 Oct 2011 11:31:25 EST I am Struggling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x44613153 Help I am struggling to stay afloat with this cooler weather. Last weekend was beautiful weather.... it seemed to be our short indian summer, now this week has gotten cold once again. It has only been in the 50's this weekend. Brrrr. Last weekend we enjoyed the weekend by going to WI Dells with my DH's family. This weekend was my weekend to work but have started really feeling depressed and sad especially today is the worst. Luckily it was my turn to leave early. I just feel really sad and u... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 12:39:01 EST New from all over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x44609347 Hi! I'm new to the team. <BR> <BR> I've lived in North Carolina, Seattle, Shanghai and now Berlin. Unfortunately, no matter where I go the SAD follows. <BR> <BR> Up here in Berlin the winter weather is starting up and so of course my SAD is acting up even earlier than usual. Normally, I can make it without medication until November. This month I think I'm going to have to head to the Dr's early. Ugh. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to use the team for support and motivation during these tough winte... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 07:23:44 EST Hello from La Crosse, WI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x44403191 Hello All! I am new to this team but not sparkpeople or SAD. I have been diagnosed with Bipolar however I am unsure if that is the correct diagnosis. Once I moved here to La Crosse I was unable to afford my medications until I received insurance through my new job so I took myself off of my medications and mood-wise have been fine until now since the change of the seasons so I feel I may have SAD instead. My chiropractor suggested buying a lamp for light therapy that is often used for people ... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 12:15:17 EST October 2011 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x44362937 MIssed my September goal by quite a bit, so: <BR> <BR> My October Fitness Minutes Goal: 1000 <BR> Sat, 1 Oct 2011 00:19:14 EST September 2011 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x43839422 My Fitness Minute Goal: 1400 <BR> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 21:02:42 EST August 2011 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x43295852 My Goal for August: 1300 Fitness Minutes Sun, 31 Jul 2011 21:19:03 EST Beautiful Days!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8104x25632x43202505 The last few days have been absolutely beautiful in Cleveland. Today is particularly perfect because there is a nice steady breeze and a bit of cloud - just enough to keep the sun from beating down "too hard". These are the days that I would like to bottle and pull out in Jan, Feb & March!! <em>67</em> <em>214</em> <em>464</em> <em>88</em> <em>491</em> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 11:41:59 EST What is going good in your summer? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x43146404 It has been "good'n'hot"! The veggies are thriving. I even got more than 1 serving of blueberries off of my bb-bushes this year. <BR> <BR> Spending a lot of time at work which is really fun and fulfilling. It actually requires me to spend a lot of time at community events and just hanging out. That is so wonderful. <BR> <BR> What is going really good with your summer? Sat, 23 Jul 2011 09:30:39 EST The Reflection in the Mirror http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x43078716 Here is my latest blog on my blog site. It is called 'The Reflection in the Mirror'.... about true beauty. <BR> <BR> <link>http://worshipmelodies.blogspot.com/<BR>2011/07/reflection-in-mirror.html </link> <BR> <BR> Leave me comments. They are very motivational to me. Sign up to follow by email by entering & verifying your email address in the space provided. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:48:43 EST July 2011 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x42728157 My Fitness Minutes Goal for July: 1200 <BR> <BR> Set your goal however you want to; if you feel intimidated set it a little low and see how good you feel when you reach it!! There's no one "right" goal for everyone. <BR> SparkGuy is right; it's quite motivating to strive for and achieve your goals. Thu, 30 Jun 2011 12:22:08 EST My Latest Blogs: A Fun Series (30 in 30 Days) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x42385725 Day 12 of my 30 in 30. Today's topic 'A picture the represents you and a picture of something you love'. This series is turning out to be so much more fun and interesting than I would have expected! <BR> <BR> If you haven't read the first 11 days, go back & read them. I love the feedback! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4293996 </link> Sun, 12 Jun 2011 18:24:25 EST June 2011 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x42151519 My Fitness Minutes Goal for June: 1000 <BR> <BR> Let's Go, Team!! It's time for us to come out of hibernation and get moving!! Tue, 31 May 2011 17:55:34 EST Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8104x25632x42003077 I haven't seen the sun in two weeks. It's been cloudy and rainy, making it hard to get up, much less work out. Managed to get some in today. <BR> <BR> I think I am solar powered...I don't get much done without some sun. Mon, 23 May 2011 22:26:52 EST May 2011 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x41556445 Time to ramp it up. I didn't meet goal last month. <BR> <BR> My May 2011 Fitness Minutes Goal:900 Sun, 1 May 2011 17:05:00 EST Positive post for the day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8104x25632x41463766 The sun was out and it was beautiful today!! I got to mow a little of our yard (it's probably about an acre)! I went out to the field and petted several of my horses. I really miss when I don't get to go out and commune with them. <em>334</em> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 22:22:18 EST SW Missouri http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x41033471 Hi I just joined about 2 weeks ago. I never knew there was a name for my condition until a few years ago, but I've never been diagnosed. <BR> <BR> I know it's hard when the sun doesn't shine for 3 or more days, 'cause I'm so miserable and I make everyone around me miserable! <BR> <BR> Here in SW Missouri, we get a lot of rain and it's hard. So I've started leaving the lights on when it's dark. I open all the blinds and curtains and go outside whenever I can. That helps a lot. Tue, 5 Apr 2011 18:52:55 EST April 2011 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x40939831 My Goal: 900 Minutes <BR> <BR> 4/1 - 50 minutes pilates <BR> 4/4 - 20 minutes pilates <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Apr 2011 13:37:36 EST New and I suffer from SAD differently than normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x40314530 Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Susan and I live in Newfoundland which is on the far east coast of Canada. I suffer a really weird type of SAD in that I find March and November to be very depressing. I really don't like Spring but enjoy winter when they are cold and sunny. I like Summer and Fall too but only if it is mainly sunny. Does anyone else get like this? <BR> <BR> I've been diagnosed with Major Depression for many years now and I've noticed a trend that March is one of my very worst months to ge... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 17:39:24 EST March 2011 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x40261357 My goal: 850 minutes <BR> <BR> 3/1 - 20 minutes pilates Tue, 1 Mar 2011 16:31:40 EST Hello from Paris! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x40226065 I'm a 22year old english au pair currently living/working in france. I'm trying to control my emotional problems (SAD & an eating disorder) by eating healthy amounts and foods and exercising. I find it hard to eat within a healthy range as i have a habit of binging and starving, and after a binge i will over exercise but hopefully with the help of this website I will be able to create a better routine and turn myself into a good role model for the kids i look after. <BR> <BR> Hope to get to... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 11:06:01 EST Feb 2011 Check In! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8104x25632x40167662 So, I am checking in... <BR> <BR> Another snow day in Cleveland, OH today. My wonderful neighbors dealt with most of the snow for us with a snow blower. I really appreciate it. DH went out to shovel the back walks because he couldn't figure out what to do with his self. That is find too even though it doesn't leave me with much of an option to workout doing shoveling. I'll just have to get the gym in the next 36 hours. <BR> <BR> I wrote to someone earlier that I was glad we did get a good ... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 14:38:30 EST Hi from Louisville http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x39898773 Hi everybody. New here...trying to get through winter. It is supposed to be 65 for the next 2 weeks....happy, happy, happy! Love that groundhog! Sun, 13 Feb 2011 21:03:16 EST February 2011 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x39609613 My goal for this month is 700 minutes. How about you? Tue, 1 Feb 2011 14:16:25 EST February - Fitting it in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x39601120 Well, we have made it this far folks. It is the month of Love <em>129</em> 40 days and daylight savings begins(3/13th); then the really good stuff hits soon after! <BR> <BR> I have been sick the last few days- I will move forward through February by getting back to my workouts and push some work stuff to make sure it gets done. Vegetables and water will be the focus of my "fit it in". Shooting for a smaller swim suit this summer <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> What are you going to fit in? Tue, 1 Feb 2011 09:27:25 EST RIP, Jack! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x39398342 Jack LaLanne - I think he may have been the "pre" SparkGuy <em>205</em> <link>news.yahoo.com/s/ap/ap_on_sp_ot/us_o<BR>bit_jack_lalanne </link> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 06:52:03 EST Should I be insulted? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x39299241 Some of you have read on the boards that the Bally's I go to has been giving me a bit of the blues lately; just stupid stuff from management about locations and the having the "right" card. I think I got all that straightened out... <BR> Well tonite I go after work - not my usual time. It was very busy, but I figured out a workout for myself. <BR> After leaving the main cardio floor and going to do some squats and lunges in another room, I come back and do some abd&adductor reps on a machine.... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 21:13:14 EST January 2011 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x38798832 Let's start out strong this year! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 23:42:21 EST Sunshine 15 minutes a day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x38741034 What do you have to do to achieve the team goal "Sunshine 15 minutes a day"? Thu, 30 Dec 2010 15:48:58 EST Hello from NYC http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x38510639 Hello all! Soo.. I'm reaching out.. its winter time again.. and I'm pooped, tired, and bizarrely hungry. Anyone else feeling this way? I've suffered from SAD for years, and have a lightbox which is really helpful, but this year has been particularly bad. I think because my summer was a bit of a trial. <BR> <BR> What do you guys due to raise your mood and energy? I'm also hypoglycemic and have ADD (I'm a triple threat!) LOL So the only thing that's been working lately has been a burger, and ... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 14:20:33 EST Sun Lamps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x38436481 Hey, <BR> I just got a sun lamp to try to help with my SAD. Has anyone else used one of these? How much time did you spend in front of it and did it help? Sun, 12 Dec 2010 14:44:25 EST December 2010 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x38323436 December Goal: 1000 Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 12/4 - 40 minutes shoveling <BR> 12/6 - 20 minutes pilates <BR> <BR> <BR> 60 down, 940 to go Mon, 6 Dec 2010 13:52:43 EST Hello from eastern Canada http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x37787201 I am so thankful that somebody started a team for SAD and I'm even happier that I stumbled upon it by accident! <BR> <BR> I suffer from clinical depression with a touch of SAD although the later usually only affects me during the months of November and March. During the cold, crisp, sunny days of winter I am fine but it is the rainy, gray days that really get to me. <BR> <BR> I use light therapy when it gets really bad and this fall I joined Spark and am seeing positive results from eatin... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 13:01:10 EST Hello from the San Francisco Bay Area http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x37775766 Hi everyone. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm not looking forward to the grey, foggy, wintery days. I've always had a problem with sadness in the winter months. It seems to start with a let-down the day after Halloween, then moves on to my birthday in November, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day. I always thought this was due to emotional stress, family dysfunction, and never being able to live up to the hype of the holidays. But, I recently discovered that trying to get o... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 21:19:21 EST November 2010 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x37665919 Come on, team, let's move through Autumn! <BR> <BR> I'm pledging 1200 fitness minutes this month; hoping to make it. Can't work out until this vertigo goes away. Mon, 1 Nov 2010 14:04:08 EST Vitamin D Drops? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x37659982 Has anyone out there ever hear of the vitamin d drops? There was a girl at my work who takes vitamin D drops and it helps her through the winter months. I was just curious if anyone else has heard or has tired these and whether or not they work. Thanks. Mon, 1 Nov 2010 09:54:37 EST Change! [Blog repost] http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x37457634 Wow! <BR> This happens every year, so why does it still surprise me? <BR> <BR> I'm going to try to not complain too much, because it doesn't help. There are a few things that are different this year though. I'm feeling kind of good in my body and clothes. I know that I have so many choices and the only thing that I need to make those choices is a little personal determination. <BR> <BR> Today was one of those days <em>67</em> <em>27</em> <em>67</em> <em>27</em> . The rain was chilly ... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 19:47:14 EST October 2010 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x37332104 My Goal for October: 1350 <BR> 10/4 - 20 minutes pilates; 30 minutes cardio/strength <BR> 10/5 - 20 minutes pilates <BR> 10/6 - 20 minutes pilates <BR> 10/7 - 60 minutes dancing <BR> 10/12 - 20 minutes pilates <BR> 10/13 - 20 minutes pilates; 60 minutes yardwork <BR> 10/14 - 20 minutes pilates <BR> 10/15 - 20 minutes pilates <BR> <BR> 290 down, 1060 to go <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Oct 2010 14:28:12 EST Hello from the Dirrty South! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x36676332 Hey everyone! I'm A, a 25-year-old single mom to an 8 week old boy. I was diagnosed bipolar II at 18, and FINALLY ended up on Lamictal (bless that little pill) after years on Depakote. I lost some of the Depakote weight but have gained a lot of it back, and gained a good bit during the pregnancy as well. Coming off Lamictal to try to breastfeed was awful, but we ended up switching to formula so I can stabilize and we're both doing a lot better. I graduated with a bachelor's with concentration... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 00:11:18 EST Whine, Vent, Grumble, Groan, Complain thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x36602175 OK, I've been trying to keep it positive and make sure I post a positive thought every day. But in the back of my mind, here's what's been happening: <BR> <BR> It's already cold out...it's getting gray outside...It's dark when I get up in the morning...pretty soon I'm going to have to break down and wear socks and shoes again...it's getting dark earlier and earlier...I don't want to go through fall and winter again; I want summer back...it's not even actually fall yet and I can feel "IT" st... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 11:25:27 EST September 2010 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x36447975 September Goal: 1400 Fitness minutes <BR> <BR> 9/1 - 20 minutes pilates, 30 minutes cardio/strength <BR> 9/2 - 20 minutes pilates, 45 minutes cardio <BR> <BR> 115 down, 1285 to go <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 2 Sep 2010 18:15:07 EST Sucking Up the Last Days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x36097647 ... of Summer!! What is one thing you want to do before the holiday weekend? 1 thing before the first night below 65 degrees? 1 thing before October begins? <BR> <BR> I am going to get my new blueberry bush planted and the one have replanted; I'm going to have at least one yard sale; and before October begins, I am going to set one at least one more garden bed in the back yard. Mon, 16 Aug 2010 22:08:03 EST Look! SP in the news again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x35996359 <link>health.yahoo.net/articles/weight-los<BR>s/5-weight-loss-websites-work </link> Wed, 11 Aug 2010 23:21:30 EST August 2010 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x35730027 Okay, Team, we're heading towards autumn, as much as I hate to think about it. We need to make sure we have a good exercise routing in place BEFORE we hit that time! I'd like to see more participation on this thread! You can set whatever goal you want; this isn't a competition. It's more for motivation and accountability. If 100 minutes is all you think you can handle in a month, then make that your goal. Let's get moving! <BR> <BR> My August Fitness Goal: 1300 Minutes Fri, 30 Jul 2010 11:42:13 EST Hello from Birchwood, Wisconsin! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x35621627 Hello! My name is Sunny and I am from the far north of WI! I have been trying to put a finger on why I get so sleepy when it is cloudy for long periods of time. Well I think I have figured it out. I have SAD! Winter is the hardest for me. I just can not make myself do outdoors. I hate the cold! I am the biggest baby when it comes to the cold! <BR> I am looking for a light, but I don't know what would be the best. Any suggestions would be great! Hope your all having a great day! ... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 10:58:02 EST July 2010 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x35145168 My goal for July: 1000 Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 7/1 - 20 Minutes pilates Thu, 1 Jul 2010 13:25:48 EST i'm new to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x35068443 hello I am new to this team but not the site it's self..my name is rhonda I love the sun..I am out in it every second of the day when I can..leader in getting fit to be healthy <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid-43327 </link> Sun, 27 Jun 2010 23:00:13 EST June 2010 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x34608811 My goal for June: 900 Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 6/1 - 20 minutes pilates <BR> 6/2 - 20 minuts pilates <BR> <BR> 40 down, 860 to go! Sat, 5 Jun 2010 16:18:12 EST Spring has Sprung, and moving right along... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x33917771 Well, it looks like we are done with the the season that I despise most and one of my favorites is moving along almost too fast. <BR> <BR> I read somewhere that Spring is running about 2 weeks early! Looking at my yard, I must agree. My columbine and irises are blossoming already, and the bacchelor buttons are getting ready to pop. They haven't even reached full height yet and there are a few with flowers on them. <BR> <BR> So, how do I catch up with my garden and make some unexpected (an... Tue, 4 May 2010 22:02:58 EST MAY 2010 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x33880458 My Goal: 900 Fitness Minutes <BR> 5/3 - 20 minutes pilates Mon, 3 May 2010 14:15:39 EST Fitness Minutes for April 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x33317351 My April Goal: 800 Minutes <BR> <BR> 4/1 - 20 minutes pilates <BR> 4/2 - 20 minutes pilates <BR> 4/5 - 20 minutes pilates; 35 minutes cardio <BR> 4/6 - 20 minutes pilates; 30 minutes strength <BR> 4/7 - 20 minutes pilates <BR> 4/8 - 20 minutes pilates <BR> Fri, 9 Apr 2010 11:54:20 EST Spring rewind http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x33307344 So, the Spring weather has returned to normal. I was kind of wondering when it was gonna happen. It started last night,wind & rain. Had to put on a leather jacket & scarf today. Actually I'm glad. I like the "transition" seasons a lot. Thu, 8 Apr 2010 23:16:43 EST S.A.D. and light boxes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x33046155 Hi, I'm a mental health therapist and I suffer with SAD myself. I do have a word of caution about the light boxes. They can be wonderful, however, if you have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder in addition to your SAD, the light box can cause you to become manic. Enough said about that. Here are the other things that work. Thirty minutes a day (preferably outside) or sitting in direct light from your window. Yes, the dreaded fish oil capsules (or eating fish). And, in keeping with Spark..... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 10:48:53 EST I've got Spring Fever!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x32793848 It`s been SO SO nice out lately! I am just loving this weather. I have a bad case of Spring Fever it`s not even funny. I`m feeling active, frisky and playful! Man I missed this girl!!! She`s so much more fun lol. I can feel the change in the air, the birds are migrating, there`s buds on the trees! My stomach keeps turning with excitement and I just can`t seem to sit still!! Thu, 18 Mar 2010 15:53:42 EST Hello from Northern Wisconsin! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x32411249 Hi All! <BR> <BR> I often thought that something was wrong with me because I would get soooo depressed every February. February although is the shortest month in actuality for me it was endless. <BR> <BR> I had some anxiety issues a few years ago and the woman managing my medication went through a check list of questions and suggested that in addition to the medication I purchase and use a SAD light. I was religious about it and it helped! <BR> <BR> This past winter I have not used it at... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 16:07:07 EST New here and hoping for Spring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x32390340 Hi everyone! My name is Donna, and I just joined this team today. I've never been "formally" diagnosed with SAD, but my doctor does watch me closely during these months, and will "help" me if needed. So far, I'm hanging in on my own, but it's definitely a struggle every year. <BR> <BR> I live in Connecticut, which gets cold and snowy and drives me nuts. I really wish I could move somewhere out of the cold, but that's just not possible. So, I keep plugging along. <BR> <BR> Anyway, here ... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 21:45:12 EST Fitness Minutes for March 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x32340993 Okay, let's get moving! Spring's almost here! <BR> <BR> 3/1 - 20 minutes pilates; 25 minutes cardio/strength Mon, 1 Mar 2010 11:20:33 EST I'm just the opposite-- I welcome fall and winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8104x25632x32312382 I have the opposite problem. I dread spring because it's so close to summer. I can't go outside during the summer because I get heat stroke quickly. I have had several skin cancers removed which makes me stay out of the sun. Summer is very depressing for me. I live in Southern California so winters are a piece of cake. Does any one else suffer from this? Sun, 28 Feb 2010 12:18:54 EST Is Anyone Scared For Summer To Get Here Like Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x32103036 I am doing pretty good with all my daily calorie goals & wekly exercizing but this will be my 1st summer doing all this good stuff & everything i'v learned about to get my seff control to a good place. I'm worried about this summer & when the warm wheather hits, i realy would love any & all ideas on how to NOT avoid but help me make better choices through my anual summer events like "cook-outs, weekend get-togethers that include alcohol) & restaraunt eating. Thanks & i'll definitly start prac... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 13:02:47 EST Vitamin D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x31352293 Is anyone else taking vitamin D for their SAD? My doctor gave me a big prescription--5000 units a day and a 50,000 unit once a week. (don't try this on your own--you CAN get too much vitamin D, but I was found to be sorely deficient) I was supposed to start the first of the month, but I haven't been doing great at taking it every day with the amount of travelling I've been doing. It seems like any change in my routine, especially in Winter, throws off everything. <BR> <BR> Marie <BR> <BR> I... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 20:14:11 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x31296553 Hi, I'm Kendra. I was diagnosed with SAD last year. I live in Michigan and it's tough during the winter months. I look forward to seeing what you all do to deal with the long dark days. Thu, 21 Jan 2010 17:23:05 EST New with no energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x30958631 I'm not sure if I want to join yet another team since i do very little with any of said teams LOL <BR> <BR> And I'm not totally sure if I have SAD but I am set to go to the doctor's who told me a few years ago that it was likely I have SAD but I never followed through with anything. I will be getting a prescription for a light and I will get it this time. A portable one. My friend owns a business and will sell me one. <BR> <BR> And is it possible to feel ok about oneself but yet have depres... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 19:20:48 EST New here, but not to depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x30771147 Hi, my name is Theresa. I am a 36 year old mother to 3. I deal with depression allow year but it is unbearable in winter. I live in north Idaho and in winter it is dark by 4 and sunrise is around 7-8. I spend most of my day in bed watching movies as its too cold in downstairs living room. We have radiant heating and its pointless. Heat rises o whatever genius thought this up should have their head examined. Also super expensive and I am a SAHM. Anyway, I need ideas, support or something lol.... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 22:05:18 EST Fitness Minutes for January 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x30653926 OKAY, let's get moving again in 2010!! Fri, 1 Jan 2010 11:47:34 EST SAD Mommy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x30378417 I deal with seasonal depression every year. I live in Northcentral Utah so the weather is always unpredictable but this year so far its been too cold to even go out side. I am feeling hit hard this year and I just want to be a good mommy for my four boys who need a role model that isnt always unhappy. Thu, 17 Dec 2009 02:20:10 EST Chat off the fat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x30266615 Don't even ask me why I put that up there as the title. It got you to check it out though didn't it? <BR> <BR> I have just been so busy (and sometimes dreary) that I am just getting around to checking out the boards. It seems to me that there aren't as many folks on and active so I thought I might set up a new spot and see what happens. <BR> <BR> Ahhhh Cleveland,OH! HATIN' IT!! Winter finally rolled in over the last week. I'm really not complaining. We have gotten off easy this year. I just... Thu, 10 Dec 2009 21:25:15 EST Fitness Minutes for December http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x30042492 Already December? Geez. Mon, 30 Nov 2009 13:30:34 EST Does anyone else get cranky with their SAD? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x29991411 I'm usually the weepy type of SAD in the winter months, but over the past few days I have been super cranky. Snappy and rude are not who I am and this is a rather unpleasant development. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else get cranky with their SAD? Fri, 27 Nov 2009 13:34:43 EST Newbie here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x29801475 My name is Karen. I'm new here but not to SP. I have SAD. I've been wondering if I should get a light for this irratating SAD. I would like some of your ideas on what to do about it. I've read some articles but would like to hear what worked for you. Have a good day. Tue, 17 Nov 2009 13:06:28 EST Fitness Minutes for November http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x29518949 11/1 - rest day <BR> 11/2 - 20 minutes pilates <BR> 11/3 - 20 minutes pilates <BR> 11/4 - 20 minutes pilates <BR> 11/5 - 50 minutes pilates Wed, 4 Nov 2009 10:39:53 EST November Gathering (friends & thoughts) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x29440847 It is November and time change has happened. So let's step up our chats to keep each other active and motivated. Let's make sure we are getting all of the light we can by being lights to each other. <BR> <BR> My Halloween was quite nice. Although a bit nippy and wet, we took the grand kids apple picking and followed up with trick r treat. I cuddled up and slept well and am looking forward to a really nice November. How 'bout you? Sun, 1 Nov 2009 09:46:34 EST New here.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x29398949 Hey Everyone, <BR> I'm Bethany, married for 8 years and mom two a 3 and 4 year old. <BR> I was so happy to see there was a group on here for SAD! Just this week I decided to learn more about SAD and find ways to get myself through this winter. My stress and anxiety is pretty high this year so I am pretty worried about that making my SAD worse. I am huge into exercise and I think that is what helps keep me afloat with SAD. <BR> <BR> Well this year is the first year where I feel like I have f... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 23:28:36 EST You know it's winter when..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8104x25632x29238208 Yes, I am channelling my funny bone here and doing a fair JF immitation. I always try to see something funny in my challenges and this ones a biggie; so I thought I'd share. Come up with your answer to the question: you know its winter when... <BR> <BR> Thu, 22 Oct 2009 10:37:04 EST Hello ~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x29157629 I think I am a SAD sufferer. My husband recognized it this year; after a couple of weeks of gloomy skies, the other day, he said "You really ought to invest in one of those lamps - you're starting to show the signs." Boy, if he's noticing before I do, I figured it's time for me to take this seriously. So, I posted this message on the Panic Button forum: <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messa<BR>geboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=16902667 <BR> <BR> ... and a kind Sparker sent me her... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 22:23:33 EST getting nervous http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x28967226 I am getting nervous. The time change is coming. I have my blue light set up next to the bed, but I can already tell that I am having the urge to sleep more. I HATE this!!!!! Fri, 9 Oct 2009 14:26:54 EST How much do you know about SAD? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x28966726 <em>465</em> <link>www.lifescript.com/Quizzes/Health/Ho<BR>w_Much_Do_You_Know_About_Seasonal_Affe<BR>ctive_Disorder.aspx </link> <BR> Quiz on SAD - I rated a "SAD Expert" Fri, 9 Oct 2009 14:01:44 EST Hello from NY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x28881154 I'm so glad to have found this team :) I suffer terribly starting in October and going to April. I just cannot handle little sun and the cold temps. <BR> <BR> Look forward to getting to know everyone :) <BR> <BR> Willow Mon, 5 Oct 2009 20:31:20 EST Fitness Minutes for October http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x28771470 I'm on it this time!! I really need to get moving this month with the darker shorter days. Wed, 30 Sep 2009 20:36:41 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x28711770 I am new today not to sparks but to this team. I need to get ready for winter, I am one of these people that gets really down when I don't see the sun.. look forward to getting to know each of you and supporting you with your goals Mon, 28 Sep 2009 12:59:35 EST Embrace the Autumn! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x28385042 So, how can we embrace the beauty of this season, even as the days begin to shorten and get cold. <BR> <BR> 1. Take a brisk walk & breathe in deep the clear crisp air. <BR> <BR> 2. Sit in a sunny spot with a cup of herbal tea and peruse a magazine - in your favorite cuddle sweater and socks. <BR> <BR> 3. Take some time to enjoy the colors. The leaves are beginning to change already. And the mums are about to POP! <BR> <BR> 4. How about warm squash or sweet potatoes right out of the oven ... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 21:02:04 EST Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x28381826 Hi, I'm Trish. I HATE fall and winter. and i can tell it's gonna be worse this year, because i had no summer!!!! every day off was dark and rainy. no pool, no sun, just YUCK. i'm thinking i need to set up my light early this year.... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 18:26:26 EST Fitness Minutes for September http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x28161960 Hello, <BR> <BR> I saw that this thread had not continued for August so I hope it's all right if I start it again. It looks like a good motivator and I will need all the help I can get now that the days are getting shorter. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> Thanks for indulging me. <BR> <BR> I have exercised 30 minutes on 9/1 and 9/2 <BR> and 15 minutes today (9/3). <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Thu, 3 Sep 2009 17:37:22 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x27712812 <em>213</em> <BR> I thought it was such a boon to find this team!! <BR> <BR> My SAD is self-diagnosed. There is not much to be done by a doctor that I can see anyway. About 5 years ago I started noticing SAD. It has become progressively worse with each year, unfortunately. When it first started coming on my husband and I were doing a job that took us to different stores and we left with the sun up and came home after sun down. I just had no desire to work after the sun went down but w... Fri, 14 Aug 2009 22:55:13 EST Misdiagnosis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x26902205 Finally for many, many years I find out that I have a vitamin D deficiency. I only found this out because my regular doctor was away on vacation and I went in with terrible pain in my back shooting down my leg. The doctor rain some blood work and noticed I had never had my vitamin D tested. Turns out I come way under 50% of the normal. I think I hit every symptom there is to hit. I'm so happy and looking forward to the next 12 weeks to see how my mood changes and how much better I'll be ... Fri, 10 Jul 2009 10:05:56 EST Fitness Minutes for July http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x26761439 Haven't really worked out due to not feeling well, but yesterday, kicked butt around the house and outside. Hopefully July will be a better month! Sat, 4 Jul 2009 04:45:05 EST Hello from Iowa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x26388036 Another state with 6 months of winter! Sigh...I have had SAD for about 9 years now...every winter is worse than the previous. The last two years I have used light therapy, which does help some. I also take Rhodiola (it's a plant that grows & thrives in Siberia ~ I figure it's got something I can use, LOL!) <BR> <BR> June is my all-time favoritest, bestest month of the year, so I am happy right now. But I have a meltdown with the first leaves turning color in the fall.... <BR> <BR> I gai... Wed, 17 Jun 2009 13:58:35 EST Fitness Minutes for June http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x25996942 Although I have not been on the treadmill lately because of my back and legs, I did get plenty of walking and climbing steps when we went to the Dover Race on Sunday. Hope everyone is doing well and that June will be a better month. <BR> <em>41</em> Tue, 2 Jun 2009 03:24:11 EST "Summer" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x25651742 Well, that key weekend is creeping up on us (memorial day). How is everyone feeling? What are you looking forward to that is not food related? <BR> <BR> I am a bit relieved that I got a few veggies in the ground, although I won't reap benefits (no pun intended) for at least another month. It felt good to be out in the outdoors with my dirt and tools. Very therapeutic for me. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, DH's allergies will begin to subside so that we can begin long walks in the park soon! We went l... Tue, 19 May 2009 08:57:17 EST Grey skies again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x25213999 Just when you think it might be safe to put your light away here comes the rain and gray skies again. I am not sure the weather got the memo that it is May now. Sat, 2 May 2009 14:33:25 EST Fitness Minutes for May http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x25192150 Cindy, where are you? Fri, 1 May 2009 15:15:24 EST Aren't the season's changing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x24609899 I just wanted to introduce myself. I am 35, married, and a mom of 5. We lived out here in sunny California. Oh yeah, there is one small problem. It has been rainy and overcast where I am for the last 3 days. Me and my blue light have been best buds for a few days now. That light made things a heck of a lot better for me this year than I was last year. I didn't make it through the winter without a hospitalization last winter. December through February are horrible months for me. Almos... Fri, 10 Apr 2009 15:00:17 EST Fitness Minutes for April http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x24328756 4/1 - 20 minutes pilates <BR> 4/2 - <BR> 4/3 - <BR> 4/4 - Wed, 1 Apr 2009 10:24:22 EST I try to get 15 mins of sunlight every day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x24186772 HI I am new to this group. I saw the goal of getting 15 mins of sunlight everyday. I make myself walk outside everyday. I walk to my hubbies office which is 2 miles away from mine. I get the benefit of the sun even on cloudy days and I get to be outdoors which does wonders for my attitude and I get in some cardio. It was great to find this team. Some dark days are better than others but it helps me alot if I can get outdoors. Fri, 27 Mar 2009 15:44:50 EST How's Your Emotion Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x23803288 <em>46</em> <BR> Why's it raining again? Sat, 14 Mar 2009 23:43:15 EST Hello... Newbie from Barrie, Ontario, Canada http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x23653042 I'm new to this team. I've been part of SparkPeople since October 2008. I had already lost about 20 lbs when I joined. Since then I've lost more for a total of 57 lbs to date. I've suffered from depression for many years... on & off since I was a teenager. Winter is always my very worst time of year. It can get to the point where I have a hard time just functioning at all. I started trying to change my life a couple of years ago when I realized that the depression that had literally taken eve... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 00:16:45 EST IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - New Feature next week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x23631806 Please follow this link to read more about the new FriendFeed starting Monday! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1288 </link> Mon, 9 Mar 2009 12:47:45 EST Hello from Wisconsin -- it's still winter here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x23560871 Although I must admit the days are getting longer, and today it was warm enough to melt a lot of snow. I'm Kathleen, was diagnosed with SAD last November when I went into a deep crash around the time it started getting really dark. I am coming out of it now (surprise, surprise) and was happy to see this team exists. Hoping to get to know people here and get some ideas to prevent a recurrence next winter. <BR> <BR> <em>126</em> Fri, 6 Mar 2009 22:10:29 EST "Happy Weight" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x23392856 Here is a little something to think about. I feel there are some points to keep in mind while also addressing seasonal mood & weight changes. <BR> <BR> <link>tinyurl.com/czu5p8 </link> Mon, 2 Mar 2009 08:15:07 EST Fitness Minutes for March http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x23357288 treadmill - 85 mins, 4.06 miles Sun, 1 Mar 2009 06:13:02 EST Lenten Observers - What are you... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x23238584 giving up? meat <BR> <BR> doing? exercise 4x/week minimum Wed, 25 Feb 2009 09:29:21 EST Hello from Virginia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x23220972 Oh I am so over it being cold, dark and depressing. I did so well for a couple of days when it was nice outside......then bamm, right back into that wall. <BR> <BR> I just hope here I won't feel so alone. Got to get motivated! Tue, 24 Feb 2009 17:39:48 EST Anybody up for a "countdown to spring" challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x23220875 I'm thinking of doing a "countdown to spring" challenge for March 1-20; maybe some exercise minute goals and some nutrition tracking or weight loss goals, to help us count down the days until our season is upon us! Anyone interested? Tue, 24 Feb 2009 17:35:39 EST On self control [smile] http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x23184159 On Self Control... <BR> <BR> <link>www.gocomics.com/features/134/featur<BR>e_items/412745 </link> <BR> <BR> and preparing for summer... <BR> <BR> <link>www.gocomics.com/features/64/feature<BR>_items/412673 </link> Mon, 23 Feb 2009 16:28:44 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x23144600 I'm new to this website and I'm having a great time with talking to other people. I've been battling SAD for about three years. This year it seem to start earlier than before. I think it's because we had more snow this year in Michigan. I usually go tanning around the time of year to get a good dose of vitamin D. I hope that we can all help each other out with this disease. It's great to know other people who understand what you're going through. Sun, 22 Feb 2009 13:27:03 EST Daily Nutrition Feedback Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x23024921 Hey, has anyone noticed the "Daily Nutrition Feedback" report? You can get two points per day for using it. It's at the bottom of the nutrition tracker; you can only run it after you've input at least five foods; should be run after you finish tracking for the day. It's VERY good info - tells you where you went over/under and how it affects your health and weight loss. Cool tool! Wed, 18 Feb 2009 12:02:14 EST Fitness Minutes for February http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x22464453 Let's make it a good month. <BR> <BR> treadmill - 90 mins, 4.17 miles Sun, 1 Feb 2009 01:49:41 EST alternative weight loss. DO NOT DISMISS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x22455543 Yeah, believe it or not it's me! <BR> I have something, that I must share with all of you. I've had a difficult time getting back into the groove. But,I've made a discovery that has enabled me to lose 5 lbs. in just 2 short days. How is this possible you ask ? The process is a simple one. <BR> Make an appointment with a DENTAL SURGEON and have a tooth extracted. Yup, it's that simple. Have a molar removed and you're good for 5! <BR> Hmmmmm, if I repeat this process once a week for 10 weeks, I... Sat, 31 Jan 2009 18:49:18 EST Fitness Minutes for January http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x21337609 New month, new year! Thu, 1 Jan 2009 02:44:56 EST Ideas to fight the Winter Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8104x25632x21145896 OK, we're officially in winter now. So who has ideas to help fight our depression??? <BR> Tue, 23 Dec 2008 15:47:47 EST Fitness Minutes for December http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x20595558 treadmill - 71 mins, 3.11 miles Mon, 1 Dec 2008 06:45:54 EST NEW TO THE GROUP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x20529026 Hi, my name is Karen. I was diagnosed with SAD in Jan. this year. I deal with depression too. I really don't like seeing the winter days come. I love winter just not the gloom. Its nice to find a place to talk about this where people like me understand SAD. <em>247</em> Thu, 27 Nov 2008 10:25:58 EST Newbie to the group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x20314848 Hi everyone. I am a 28 year old stay at home mom to 2 kids. I was diagnosed with SAD as a teenager, and after my 2nd kid PPD. I have struggled with depression most of my adult life. I figured since I get worse in the winter months, it would be good to find support from people who understand! I have also been on and off meds for most of my life, which I have finally come to the conclusion that I am better with them! <BR> Look forward to making some new friends! <BR> Tue, 18 Nov 2008 17:48:41 EST Vitamin D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x20291586 I picked some up; 2000 i.u. tablets. So we'll see how well it works. I'll start taking it tonight and let you guys know if there's any improvement. Mon, 17 Nov 2008 22:19:35 EST Another hello from down under http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x20095217 Yes Australia does have winters! Particularly down south in Victoria/Tassie. I live in the mountains in Vic and we regularly get snow but fog/cloud is the main issue in winter with it not lifting many days and putting us in a permenant state of no daylight. I used to think I was a bit weird with my very dramatic mood swings in winter but now I know there is a name for it! I am a very different person in the summer and am contemplating moving north where the temperatures don't go below 20. I f... Mon, 10 Nov 2008 18:00:16 EST FDA Recalls Mislabeled ReliOn Insulin Syringes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x19975340 I don't know if anyone here uses insulin, but just in case: <link>www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2008/NEW<BR>01911.html </link> Thu, 6 Nov 2008 06:31:02 EST Fitness Minutes for November http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x19907295 I hope it's okay to start this thread. I didn't do much in the way of exercise at all during October. But this month, I've set my goals and am sticking to them. It's that, or go into hibernation! Mon, 3 Nov 2008 21:33:33 EST Hello from Aus! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x19878173 Hi there, <BR> <BR> I'm Michelle from Australia and I have S.A.D. We are just about to go into summer here, so its not that bad, but I do have bad swings in winter. They can be quite severe and require anti-depressants. The cravings for carves have hampered my weight loss efforts in the past, with me often living on a loaf of bread and coffee a day! <BR> <BR> Last week I had lapband surgery and I'm hoping this will help to curb my appetite for the "wrong" things. I also have PCOS, which... Mon, 3 Nov 2008 01:58:29 EST How to deal with Daylight Savings Switchover http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8104x25632x19817291 Spark article on dealing with the changeover: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=1236 </link> Fri, 31 Oct 2008 12:50:09 EST Snow tomorrow!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x19646965 I was so happy to see a group for SADs...I just learned yesterday that snow showers are predicted for tomorrow and I already feel depressed...I always gain weight in the winter from seasonal depression and I'm determined not to this winter!! I hope I can lean on you to get through and not get sucked into the blackhole of winter! Sat, 25 Oct 2008 14:06:08 EST Last night was horrible! IT'S HAPPENING.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x19643189 It was a cloudy, dark and rainy eve. I came home from work,chilled to the bone. I changed into my flannies, and with afghan in hand , headed to the love seat. Didn't cook for no-one. The food demons kicked in. All my choices were healthy,and I stayed within my caloric range. However,I was @ the high end which hasn't happened in weeks. Did not like that feeling of dissension. <BR> I just buried myself on the love seat,and fell asleep. <BR> This was probably a good thing. <BR> I think, no, I K... Sat, 25 Oct 2008 10:49:32 EST Light Therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x19588373 Does anyone have any information that light therapy even works? Thu, 23 Oct 2008 11:39:03 EST We really have to work together! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8104x25632x19543038 We're hitting the long dark days of fall and winter. Take some time to check in, let us know how you're doing, and lend each other support!! Whether you're having an "up" day or a "down" day, we need to be there for each other. Tue, 21 Oct 2008 22:01:31 EST New face in the crowd..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x19377336 Hello everyone... <BR> I finally made it here. I've been with SPARK for just over 3 weeks. <BR> Upon creating my SPARKPAGE, I stated that I LOVE sunshine and DESPISE winter. <BR> If you visit my SPARKPAGE/BLOG titled 'FEARFUL', you will understand why I feel I belong here. <BR> Oh, by the way....I'm down 13 lbs. so far. <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 15 Oct 2008 23:27:26 EST I'm Margaret http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x19364201 Hi everyone. Perfect time to find this group...lol. I've already been sitting under my S.A.D. lamp for the last few days. Anything you want to know about me is in my Sparkpage, and there's pics of all my loves. Have a sunshiny day! <em>67</em> Wed, 15 Oct 2008 14:42:56 EST Hi all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x19307458 I am from Montana and I just found out a few weeks ago that I have most of the symptoms of S.A.D. I am going to talk to my doc about it. I am open for all information I can get on it and I will be happy to give any information I can share to all of you. <BR> <BR> Thank you <BR> Cindy Mon, 13 Oct 2008 19:43:58 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x19043634 I have not been clinically diagnosed with SAD syndrome, but I think I have it. I seem to be really happy in Spring and Summer. As soon as Fall begins, I have no motivation, have a hard time getting up in the morning and I just seem to have a general melancholy feeling. The worst time for me in January/February. I just want to hibernate in my house. Last January, I felt so crummy that I actually bought a SAD light. It seemed to help somewhat. I hope that I can share and learn from this ... Fri, 3 Oct 2008 22:51:40 EST Fitness Minutes for October http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x18955758 Ok, its the start of a new month. <BR> <BR> I did 62 mins., 2.82 miles on the treadmill this morning. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Wed, 1 Oct 2008 07:13:31 EST Reasons to work out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x18922939 Makes me feel better, puts me in a better mood. Tue, 30 Sep 2008 05:51:43 EST Feel like chatting, this is the place http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7759x25632x18754682 I have added this forum so that we can chat about anything that is on our minds or questions we may have. <BR> <BR> Have fun! Wed, 24 Sep 2008 05:26:55 EST SAD definition as it applies to me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x18748094 From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: <BR> Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression, is a mood disorder whose sufferers experience normal mental health throughout most of the year, but experience depressive symptoms in the winter or, less frequently, in the summer, repeatedly, year after year. As stated by the U.S. National Library of Medicine: <BR> <BR> "Some people experience a serious mood change when the seasons change. They may sleep too much, have little ener... Tue, 23 Sep 2008 21:44:03 EST Welcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x18666698 Hi and Welcome new team members! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Cindy <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Sun, 21 Sep 2008 08:55:56 EST Do you have any tips for dealing with SAD? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x25632x18585212 I've heard of a number of them, including getting 10 minutes of sunlight a day, exercising, and the latest, taking vitamin D supplements. Has anyone tried any of these? How do they work for you? Thu, 18 Sep 2008 09:35:49 EST Figured I'd start this - can't find it anywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x25632x18361873 I suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). I'm more active in the sunny months and a slug come fall. Looking for others out there with the same so we can support and motivate each other to get through the winter. <BR> <em>249</em> Wed, 10 Sep 2008 09:27:31 EST