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3/23/13 9:16 P

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Hmmm. I hadn't made those connections, K8...that is a mystery! So maybe moving to the tropics is not the answer...but I sure would LOVE to find out! LOL!!!

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3/23/13 1:18 P

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Most of the happiest states have long, cold winters, & 8 of the 10 unhappiest are in the South. Maybe people are happiest when they have to fight the elements somewhat? Makes them hardy? Just makes them glad when it's NOT cold?
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3/23/13 2:34 A

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the only good thing about snow it does look pretty and I get a day off if the weather is bad enough, i don't want my piano student driving on bad streets

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3/21/13 1:28 P

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Boni, we are having a cold day here today, too. It's so sunny and pretty outside, but the wind that's blowing has a real "bite" to it!!! A cold, mean wind!

I know what ya mean about sunshine. But that's the odd thing with me: here we are getting lots of sunshine today--and I do feel better inside--but this cold still keeps me indoors and still having those feelings of unmotivation. I think I need "both" sunshine and warmth to feel alive, or something. I hate to be such a baby, but I think that's just how I am.

Hey, Tammy and Boni! I've got an idea! Let's all take the first plane to the tropics and just forget all our responsibilities and become "island natives" somewhere? What ya say?!!! emoticon emoticon

Course with all that paradise, I'd probably find myself feeling too good and relaxed to exercise!!! LOL!!!! emoticon

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3/21/13 1:19 P

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Tammy-- I'm glad to hear of others who are as sick of winter as I am! Ha! It sounds like you experience some of that winter SAD, too. I'm very much like you in that I hate getting outside in the cold in winter--my "natural instinct" seems to be to be "stay inside the nest" to survive.

My fitness plan for this year was to "embrace the winter", for once in my life, but I'm afraid the winter won out---again! It didn't want my embrace! Ha!!!

But I truly commend you on being able to both eat right and exercise most days during winter like you did! That is indeed something you should be very, very proud of! At least now I know "it is possible" thanks to your experience!

Up to now, though, I think SAD has affected me so much that I'm often not even able to exercise in winter (motivation-wise). And I tend to crave carbs in winter (a thing people with SAD seem to have in common). So weight loss has always been a challenge for me.

But I'm not hopeless...I always believe in tomorrow and I think I'll figure out something in time--whether its to install more light in my house, or to move south. And of course Spring is right around the corner now!!!

Thanks for sharing your story--it makes me feel less alone to know others are having this issue, too.

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3/21/13 11:47 A

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I totally agree with you Vegan mom. I had an awful time getting out this winter was well. I just got out today for a decent walk now that the roads are dry. But it is still unseasonably cold. I think like you Terry, I need the sunshine to get motivated.

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3/21/13 11:08 A

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Terry, I don't think this off topic at all. Part of the vegan lifestyle is not only taking care of yourself physically, but also mentally as well! I live in the Midwest and I can tell you that I, along with everyone else that lives here, are SICK of winter. I'm so tired of being inside all of the time. I wish I could be one of those people who can be outdoors no matter the weather, but I'm not. I hate the cold. I hate the snow. Many days are a struggle to find the motivation to work out and eat right. However, most days I have been able to find the motivation to do both of these things, and it helps my psyche tremendously. It's so much easier to have a positive outlook on even the crappiest of weather days when you know you've eaten foods that are good for your body and you have gotten your exercise in for the day.
I find that the older I get, the more I crave sunshine and warmth. Maybe it's a biological thing that's been passed down in our genes since the caveman days or something. Anyway, I can tell you that as soon as my husband and I retire, we will be moving somewhere warmer, as long as we're not too far away from our kids (and future grandkids!)
I signed up for a 5k for next Saturday and I'm really worried what the weather will be like! If it's too cold, I may just walk, but I'm really looking forward to running outside, since I've been running on a treadmill all winter. Spring weather just cannot arrive soon enough for me!!!
Hang in there! Surely spring cannot be that far away. Before long, we'll be smelling the flowers and freshly cut lawns, soaking in rays of sunshine, and complaining how hot it is! emoticon

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3/21/13 10:51 A

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I know this is off the topic of veganism, but sometimes it's good to throw a "life topic" in now and then just to get us all chatting about life in general.

I read this today about the happiest states in America, and it says Hawaii is the happiest, and West Virginia is the saddest. (So you are living in the happiest place in America, Shiva!!)

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This interested me, because more and more I believe I have a pretty severe case of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). I don't sit around and cry all winter, but I do feel a very strong sense of lack of motivation and drive in the winter months. The motivation was there in summer...but it leaves me in winter. (And yes, there is that occasional feeling of sadness, too, in the winter months.)

Of course, some of the happier states listed in the "picture article" are not necessarily near the sunbelt of the earth...so I'm not so sure how that works (maybe they have less cloudy days than some states, and get more sun?) Of course the article does not bring SAD into the discussion, but talks about other things...like a good economy in that state affecting peoples mood. But I do believe sunlight factors into it, too.

It does seem like SAD is one of the most common mental health issues and a lot of folks have it, who otherwise have no mental health problems. I keep thinking I need to move somewhere warm and sunny, and may have to do that someday if my winter experience does not improve.

I did actually once try using a light box treatment for this condition (about 10 years ago) and it didn't seem to help. (For some reason some folks don't respond to artificial light. Perhaps it's that their bodies need "both" sunlight and warmth to experience that feeling of "well being"?)

So it's just an interesting topic.

Do any of you wish you lived in a warmer, sunnier climate?
Do any of you experience "the winter blues", like me?
Are any of you as excited as I am over spring coming soon? (Woohoo!!!!)

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