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We have eighties and high humidity, but I still love it.

Doing my best...one day at a time.


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Going to be another hot day, Going to 93 with another excessive heat warning, high humidity.

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Today's only in the 60s and gray and rainy. Not helping my motivation any!

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Had another really bad storm yesterday, going to be 86 today and looks like we are in for more storms for the next week.
I don't ever remember having this many t-storms, tornadoes. Thank God and our Angels for watching over us all.

good news, was able to get walking in at work on friday :-)

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We're about the same. It makes me feel more alive when I have the warm and sunny thing going on.

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It's going to 86 today with t-storms coming, just hope there is no hail or tornados.

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We've been mid-to-upper 80s and humid; I'm loving it!

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We really didnt get spring, went from winter to summer. We have had some really nasty storms, flooding and even a tornado. Thank God we are all ok

Today is 90 and very humid

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Very dark and rainy for us today; I really wish spring would hurry up and straighten itself out!

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Snow again and now wet and sloppy and rain/snow mix supposed to come during the nite and then rain. In the forties tomorrow but i can'remember the last time I saw the sun. Really gets depressing after so long especially in April. Trying to keep busy and ligh emoticon ting candles.


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I'm starting to get more sunlight, which is good because I don't know how much more dark and cold I could have stood. It's in the forties right now, which is better than the twenties but I really need some seventies.

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Another day of cold, snow in the forecast. Hope there is no wind, didn't feel any earlier. Another day of taking winter clothes on and off., that i do get tired of. I will be lighting candles again. Yes, she does keep me moving but that is good for me except when my knees are sore, then need a pain pill. Hope it is sunny where you live. even if it is cold, the sun helps. Georgine emoticon


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Georgine,
Dogs can certainly help keep you going, can't they? When it's cold and gray, they still have to go out.

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sun is still shining but that wind is still with us. I don't know what the temp is but it was 0 degrees this morning.. As i said, at least the sun is a plus.I know it is because of the puppy that i lost this weight. the surgeon going to do my knee said she will be the best therapy for me after. Hope your day has been going well. Georgine emoticon emoticon


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Wow, down 10lbs over the winter??? That's fantastic!!
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I, too, am "shack wacky" and hoping to see some 70 degree weather SOON!!

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We had such nice sunny weather and then for Easter Sun

day it turned cold, windy, blowing snow---miserable. Thank goodness we did get some sun. Yesterday was still cold and windy and I just dug out my heavier long underwear as about froze taking the puppy out!! This is almost as bad as no sun and gloom. It is clear and blue but not enjoyable to be out there. Everybody is getting what i call, shack whacky cause we are so tired of being inside.
I have lost 10 pounds--how? I have no clue, can only guess it is because i am so busy with the puppy and trying to keep up with everything else. I went to the clinic and was shocked to see the drop on their scale even with clothes on, just hope i can keep it going. Have a great day everyone! Supposed to be 44 here tomorrow so hope no cold with with it! emoticon


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Keep working it, Georgine. I, too, am trying to get back at it, moving slowly but still in the game. I'm glad we're past the Winter Solstice, at least, so the sunset is later. Need more sun!

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I am having trouble getting started on program again but slowly it is coming back. Started off cloudy again but it is brighter and I can see blue sky. When we see the sun here it is always cold but that is fine with me. I light my candles on dreary days and keep busy. Hope everyone is having a sunny day or at least not lots of clouds. Georgine emoticon


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I'm afraid of needles so not likely to get testing but I do take 1000 mg supplement daily just because of where I live. I work at an alternative vet and everyone does supplements. Vitamin D is just so important for everything.

On that note I got out in the sun today for quite a bit of time and I'm feeling great. Only had a bit of a lull at work tonight when I felt depressed a bit.

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Welcome to the team. Yes, it sounds like classic SAD. We know what we should be doing, but the lack of sunlight and warmth just makes the draw of carbs and couches too hard to resist. I'm right there with you this year. See if you can get your hands on that SAD light, just to see if it will make a difference for you. Also see if the doctor will test your vitamin D levels.

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I just joined this group because I'm struggling too. I finally admitted to myself that it is SAD doing it. I'm not sure why I couldn't admit it sooner. I was blaming myself for being lazy and a pig with food but the compulsions are so strong lately that it can't just be me. I joined an eight week weight loss challenge to lose the last 10 lbs but I've lost little. I can't seem to get a grip on the food. I've been exercising, but I find rather then being happy to go to the gym I'm really cranky about it. I'm always better afterwards but lately just to get there is so hard.

I really need this team to get me through. I suffered SAD a long time ago but getting more active in the winter and losing 40 lbs really helped. This year is different. We haven't really had winter. We alternate ice storms with warm balmy days. I haven't been able to pull out my cross country skis, not once. But the mucky wetness (and sometime ice) makes it unpleasant to walk outside. I get home from work and lay on the couch and not move. I have a hundred things to do and yet all I can do is obsess about food and lay around.

Really, I'm functioning but the problem for me is that I'm having to force myself and I feel crappy about it. I'm not enjoying what I'm doing. I'm wishing I could be in bed and not at work or at the gym. Yesterday was sunny and I should have gotten out, but I couldn't bring myself to get up off the couch to go outside. And then I feel guilty, I missed my chance because today is gray and gross and wet.

I really just need someone to listen. I know what I should do. I will ask a co-worker to borrow her SAD light. She offered it last year but I declined because I don't have much room in my house but I will have to make space. More then anything I just need people to listen.

Thanks for being here.

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KickingIt ~ you brought something to the surface that I was chewing on while reading the streams. We are talking a lot about activity, food, and chemical reaction type stuff.

The big reminder is the importance of positive social interactions with people. Even when we are feeling all bad inside, put on a smile and make the moves to "act" like you are feeling good. SMILE!! really! Smile at people, get people to smile at you. I know it sounds silly (but you know it works!). Get those wonderful husbands to look you in the eyes (with loving adoration) and smile! Take some time and talk with someone about some positive events. Instead of the standard "how are you" say "tell me what is good with you today." And be ready to share what is good with you today too!!

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I think there are many weapons in the arsenal that can be used to combat SAD. Finding the right combination is a trial-and-error procedure. For me the most important is exercise, outdoors, everyday. The 2nd most important for me is to stay connected with family and friends. When all I really want to do is curl up under a warm blanket with a bag of chip or bowl of ice cream, this is more of a challenge than the exercise.

I think there are safer ways to get sunlight than tanning beds. Be careful with that one.

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I use talk therapy to counter my SAD. It works well for me. It was as a parish pastor that my district superintendent encouraged me to talk to a therapist. It was the best thing I've ever done and it became life changing for me. I've been with the same therapist for about 11 years now. At the beginning I used antidepressant meds to deal with my symptoms, but now I use nutrition and exercise to deal with my mild and moderate symptoms. A few years ago, I made some dramatic changes to deal with stress. One was making a career change. I now work as a psychotherapist and work with clients who have some of the same symptoms as you describe. Talking through what you are experiencing with a third party is a good thing to do. It can relieve some of the pressure you might be feeling. The pastorate can be a difficult place to be and there is a lot of anxiety and depression among clergy. You have to find what works for you and be sure you have the support you need to deal with your symptoms.
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Cindi - thanks for your concern. I've done talk therapy - esp the first couple years before SAD was diagnosed and I used meds - have also for about 14 years, though it's taken about 10 years to find combinations that work. Earlier efforts were meds that just made me EAT! Until about 3-4 years ago, when I got off them, I didn't realize how strong that side effect was.

I'm open w/the congregation I serve and with others because I think it is important to understand that no one human is perfect and that clergy have 'flaws' like everyone.

The anxiety is physical, not emotional, if that makes sense. That is, I feel the 'fight or flight' reaction in my body, nerve endings extra aware. There is a disconnect, of sorts in that my mind is 'normal' - I'm not having worrying thoughts, concerns, anxious thoughts either - but my physical body is on high alert. It can be exhausting and certainly not as bad at some times as others. Balance works for me...giving myself time to be alone, time for a nap, making sure I eat 3 meals a day plus a snack. Plus, just years of experience; recognizing that while what is going on can be exhausting and frustrating, it won't kill me and it will end.

My family is great support - my 16 year old daughter has literally grown up w/this as my symptoms began when she was 2, pre-seminary. I was a business sales person who lost 6 weeks of work for 2 winters, the second year I even had an MRI as the MD's were concerned I had a brain tumor. I couldn't get out of bed some days, or be touched...hard w/a pre-schooler. My symptoms are no where as bad now, in part because I'm not fighting to get out of them. Plus my daughter and my sons recognize when I 'can't' - ie last week take the cat to the vet - my 22 year old, recently graduated and home looking for work - drove Hil to the vet.
Also, my husband is a clinical psychologist (does substance abuse work for the VA) - and no, he doesn't treat me, it sure helps having a spouse who is understanding.

I hope some of this detail may help others struggling w/SAD.

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PastorJo: As another clergy person and having been married to a pastor who struggles with extreme anxiety and depression, I would encourage you to talk to someone about what you are experiencing before it affects your job. Talk to your doctor about the possibility of some meds to help your symptoms and also do some talk therapy to talk about situations that cause more anxiety. It's important that you get a handle on this before it causes more problems. I know personally that meds and talk therapy can help when your symptoms are out of control.
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Casey - I hope you're using sunscreen. I have friends who've used tanning in a pinch to get their "sunlight" break.

PastorJo - anxiety seems to come with the territory. I hate it when I start feeling that way. Just want to put the sweats on and curl up on the couch. And it's not even really "winter" yet.

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Just got back from a choir/band concert at my daughter's school. Very small district, K-12 all in one building. Choirs were ok, but 5th grade, 6th grade and jr high bands were just painful. almost 2 hours. I practiced a lot of breathing and saying prayers. Fortunately we were a bit late so sat in the back.

I was out most of the day, not sure if I can do visits or not tomorrow. We have a mid-week Advent service at 7:30 I need to be up for.

I am so anxious..my SAD sometimes comes as anxiety. It hurts to be touched, too many people overwhelm me. Thankful to be home, in sweats, away from noise

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Tanning in the winter helps me. I just have to get up enough energy to even go. I know I'll feeel better once I go...I just struggle to go after work because I'm so down. Today was one of those days.

I'd love one of those light boxes but can't afford it right now so I'm doing the tanning. 10-20 minutes once a week helps tremendously.

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Pastor Jo- if it seems overwhelming, scale back. It's hard to tell yourself "I'm going to exercise for a half hour". It's been easier for me to tell myself "I'm going to do ten pushups today". Takes about one minute. Try it.

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It's been a rough day...I've felt very small, vulnerable. Finally got dressed about 6 pm. Mondays are usually my day off, but I did work from my computer. I work from home.

My question, my struggle is with exercising. I'm not sure what to do. by 6:30 it is pitch black outside. I was able to do strength exercises Sat while watching football. Now I don't want to get out of my chair.

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Thanks for the advice. I did not know that it can interfere with birth control, which I am on also, so I may need to check into that further. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


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I'm sorry you're having such a hard time. This time of year really is difficult. I've had some success with St. John's Wort before; just keep in mind it can interfere with birth control!

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The beginning of November we went to WI Dells (just my DH and I) to celebrate our birthdays. Well I was an emotional wreck on my birthday. Left the waterpark early and sat in our hotel room crying. My DH is so supportive. I felt terrible as it was suppose to be a fun get-a-way but I have been so stressed and frustrated lately that I ended up an emotional mess instead. My body has hit a plateau lately even with consistent exercise. My chiropractor suggests I need to cleanse my body to restart it. I would love to start the cleanse but money-wise is tight (December I get 3 paychecks so may use my 3rd paycheck for the cleanse). The chiropractor has also given me 2 supplements to try (Omega-3 and St. John's Wort), however I need to work on taking them consistently. The St. John's Wort needs to be take between meals which is hard when I am at work to remember to take it. We are also looking at becoming members at the YMCA though money is tight since the Chiropractor would really like my DH to be swimming as it would be easier on his joints since breaking his leg. I love to be in the water to, so would benefit us. Just recently started eating eggs on a regular basis and that seems to be making a difference since eggs have Vitamin D in them also helps me to eat less. Also, had a massage done at the Chiropractor. The massage therapist would like to see me on a regular basis which I would love since that would be my ME TIME I don't seem to get much of but with money tight not sure I will be able to afford massages on a regular basis. I am so thankful to have such a supportive husband and also to loving cats that help bring my mood up too with how lovable they are!


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We're pretty much all dealing with that, Slim. You're not alone!! I get to a good weight in the summer and then become a lazy tired carboholic in the winter. I've been trying to fight it, but as we all know, it's not easy.

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Well, let me just say I am SOOO glad I found this group! I am soo struggling with SAD right now. Living in the midwest and now into November, it is on full force. I have been told that the lights in the tanning bed are not the right kind of lights for sad. I do tan, but not for that reason. I have a small light box from panasonic that was rated super high and is small enough to hold and be on computer, etc. I work at a high school and lose some weight every summer only to pack it back on in winter. Am feeling rather depressed even though I have a great husband, kids, job, holidays to look forward to. I fall asleep at 7:00 every night and sleep till the alarm rings at 6:30. I crave sweets like crazy. Is anyone else suffering like this? I am also on pristic, after gaining this 40 pounds onlu when I went on Lexapro. I am not exercising, but know I need to make myself.

So excited to lose this extra weight I've been carrying for 4 years and want to get it off before the 5 year mark.


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The comment about the goggles in the tanning beds made me think about something I read quite a while ago. If you are outside in the morning, don't wear sunglasses so your eyes can get the full benefit of the sun. Up until recently I've had a very long commute in the morning and I tried this and I think it was helpful.
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Happy -
re tanning...it may make an individual feel better but the light that helps SAD needs to get into the body through the eyes. That's why full spectrum lights (my happy light) helps. In tanning beds you have to keep your eyes closed and even wear those little goggles. Plus, tanning can be bad for the skin.

Do check out full spectrum lights!

$ is very tight but we (my husband and I) are still going somewhere sunny and warm in January for 1 week. It helps me w/something to look forward to and the real light is so wonderful - however at the equator there isn't really longer days. We've gone the past 4 years and it does help me get through the winter

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I know this weather is really not helping this year!!! Our Indian Summer was great, but now with the cold again...uck. I have heard of some people using tanning to treat their symptoms, but it's not advised; getting a therapy light is better for you because there's no cancer risk.

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I am feeling a little better now after spending time with my DH watching the Packer football game. He is very good at changing my moods around most of the time! Today he teasing me and tickling me, it sure gave me a good laugh. Also, my two adorable cats always put a smile on my face. They are entertaining and also so loving. My DH and two adorable cats keep me going. So now I need to figure out how to stay positive and more motivated when I am not around them, which is at work. I was depressed today while at work. Work seems to be a big problem for me... I have a hard time staying motivated at work especially those work days that seem to drag on and last forever. I work in a hospital so its either feast or famine. This weekend was a slow weekend so that's why I was asked to leave early. Well that's all for now!


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I do several things to deal with my symptoms. I get outside when I can and exercise. I eat a whole diet that is balanced with good carbs. I try to find things I enjoy doing. I'm wanting to start crocheting again this winter. And I try to stay positive. I also manage my depressive symptoms with talk therapy. When my exercise drops off I start to see a increase in my symptoms. I also notice that my symptoms increase around Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas because I eat more sweets and rich foods. I've noticed recently that when I eat candy I actually start to feel worst both physically and emotionally. I'm really wanting to not bake this year for Christmas and I'm going to try to be extra diligent about my food this Thanksgiving. Another factor for me seems to be sleep and stress. When I have a lot of stress, I tend to have more symptoms.
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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 unmotivated. I have still been exercising consistently. I drag myself out of bed in the morning at 5 am (though really tough with how dark and cold it is outside) just to exercise before work and yet exercise is not energizing me lately with this cold weather. All I want to do is sleep and lay around. I am so trying to fight this as I do not want to have to go back on medications.

My one coworker today suggested going tanning as that is what she does to help her symptoms. She stated she goes once or twice a week for 10 to 15 minutes just to feel the warmth. She states it helps her. Has anyone heard of tanning for decreasing SAD symptoms before? I have never tanned before. Curious if this acutally helps or not and if it healthy and safe to do.

Any ideas on how to stay motivated would be appreciated. Exercise is not helping much. What to do, What to do? I will not give up, there has got to be something natural that will help get me out of this slump!


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