My last post was about quitting my running streak, then... nothing.
So, what happened? Well, I did quit my running streak. Then I didn't run again for 5 days, until yesterday. I didn't bike at all. I did go to the pool a couple times, but that was pretty much it. My nutrition went out the window. I made cookies with the kids, which was fine. Then, I ate the cookies. Way too many of them. I even had cookies for breakfast one day. Seriously. Can you say tailspin?
I've just been feeling blah. Off. Even before the cookies. Like I'm putting on face and trying to act like everything is normal. And it is. Except not quite.
This time of year is hard for me. I'm not even going to blame the holidays and all the food indulgences related to them. What is hard for me is the darkness. The days are so short and the nights are so long. I get up and it's dark. I was driving home at about 5:00pm one day and it was already getting dark. I honestly think I get a mild case of SAD (seasonal affective disorder, or winter depression). This darkness gets to me. And the cold doesn't help.
So, what to do, what to do?
Well, there's the first steps, the easy ones. Open my blinds when there is light. Look at the mountains. My view of the mountains is a "peek-a-boo" view, as the other (expensive) side of the street gets the full view, but fact is, I can still see mountains out my front window - if I open the blinds. I like mountains. :)
Get outside. Spud literally jumps up and down in excitement when he thinks there is enough snow for a snowman. Now, sadly, we often get the wrong kind of snow (it's powdery rather then sticky), but it doesn't mean we can't still go outside and play in it.
Train. Seems pretty straight forward. I feel the most alive when I am getting some serious training in at least once a day, twice is better. The timing of this is pretty good actually. I have my coached swim session this evening, then tomorrow, I have a garmin testing session (where I'll run about 40 minutes. That much closer to my 910xt!), and I'll be going to spin class. So, I have solid commitments, giving me a good start to getting back into a routine.
I've been depressed before, and I'm not there yet. I'm kind of on the edge though. For me, it's a cyclical thing: my actions (or lack thereof) can lead me further into it or help dig me out. Exercise is like a drug, a good one. Time to get on it, full force.
Only 10 more days till the days start getting longer again!
How does winter and darkness affect you? Is it a bad sign when your blog goes dark?
HBBC - Getting back to it!
Sunday's points: 3 (2 mile run, f/v)
Week to date: 3
HBBC points from last week: 28