Sick and tired of being sick and tired?

I know. The winter JUST started and we’re all sick and tired of it already. But WAIT! It’s technically not even winter yet! Not for another week! But if your anything like me, you fight winter depression too. Yes. Winter depression is a real thing you California, Florida, Texas PEOPLE! So on Christmas, be thankful you don’t have to deal with it – winter OR the seasonal depression! And then send me your sun! :)
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I really think the hardest thing for ME is the darkness. I mean, I don’t enjoy the frigid cold (like below 30) OR driving in that CRAP (I can’t ever bring myself to use the ‘s’ word), but not having sunshine for 6 months really gets depressing. And the fact that it turns into blackness around 4:30…You go to work in the dark, and you come home in the dark. (Why didn’t I stay in Colorado where the sun literally SHINES all year long?!?!) It doesn’t do a whole heck of a lot for your motivation, energy, or desire to do anything other than hibernate on the couch with comfort foods, Hulu, Netflix, sweats (although that is an all-year round thing regardless ☺ ), fuzzy socks, and a blanket.
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However, I KNOW that we can do things to help our winter blues. And when I came across this article the other day, it reminded me that I should take action NOW.

For starters, getting exercise – or keeping up with your exercise routine – is a key ingredient. If it’s too cold for you to go for that run or bike ride outside, take it inside. (I’m working on a post for this now.) ALTHOUGH, according to that article, it’s really good for you to at least get SOME “outside time”. Even in the cold, crappy weather. Even just 10 minutes a day will give your mood a boost. If for no other reason, the coldness wakes you right up! BUT, the coldness WILL boost your serotonin and dopamine levels, which are your “happy neurotransmitters”. And Omega-3’s help boost those serotonin and dopamine levels too. So I guess that bottle of Omega-3 that my Hus just bought 2 days ago, because being bipolar means he NEEDS those Omega’s ALL the time – he needs to share with me. :D

Along the line of supplements, Vitamin D is something else that helps because a lack of it will cause depression. I’m sure all you Floridians and Californians have never even HEARD of a Vitamin D deficiency, but it’s real. ;)

Another issue that leads to this seasonal depression (SAD, by the way….) is being cooped up all the time. Ya know, hibernation mode. We NEED to GET OUT! Even if we can’t take a little trip to the sunny beach for a rejuvenation weekend, we CAN get our butts off our couches and brave the winter. ;) Sure, maybe going out to dinner isn’t the BEST option, but ya know what, if that’s what you choose, it’s better than staying cooped up. I mean, ya still gotta EAT anyways! But there are other things – movies, hang out in a coffee shop with a book, meet up with a friend for coffee or lunch, go to the gym and sit in the hot tub (I’m partial to THIS idea), go see a play, take a drive to the country, ANYTHING to just get outta the house!

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Sleep is another thing that we need to make sure we’re getting enough of, but from personal experience, I think we DO get enough of THAT in the wintry depressing months. I know we do. ;)
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Oh, and just like any other time of the year, you are what you eat. Eat crap, feel like crap. ☺ So in the winter time, even though we wanna “eat crap”, question that decision because it is NOT going to help you get outta your winter funk. Keep eating your fruits and veggies! And really, since soups become a staple in the cold weather, add all the veggies to all the soups! ;)
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So there ya have it. Your tips to help you to NOT fall into winter depression this year. :)

If you live in areas that have harsh winters, do you suffer from SAD?

What do you do to keep yourself upbeat and motivated??

What’s your favorite soup???

Stitch fix #1!!!!

I think by now we have all heard about stitch fix. The monthly subscription box where you create a “fashion profile”, and then get a personal stylist to put together a box with 5 different items for you each month. Or however often you choose to sign up for. It’s $20 a month and then whatever items you decide to keep, the $20 goes towards that cost and you just ship the items back that you don’t want! Easy-peasy. They even send you a return shipping bag to just drop it in a mailbox within 3 days of getting your box.

Practically all the bloggers are doing it and then my friend, Rachel, just signed up last month too. Since about 75% of my clothes are workout-related clothes, I thought maybe this WOULD be a good idea since I need some “real clothes”. Is THAT why all the fitness bloggers signed up too?!

Anyhow, got my first ‘fix on Friday! Here’s what I got.

41Hawthorn Trinidad Chevron Print Henley Blouse. It’s hard to tell, but it’s white and a dark teal.

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Kut From The Kloth Emmett Boyfriend Jean. Eh, didn’t like these at all. Very UNflattering.

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Octavia Mondo Colorblock Cross Stitch Infinity Scarf. I like this scarf. BUT! Not keeping it. It’s kind of a little too heavy and bulky…

 

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Market and Spruce Berneen Graphic Print Dolman. This was fuchsia and navy. I kind of like this. But not enough to keep it and pay $64. It was just “o-k” in my book.

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And the Market and Spruce Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan. Which I had seen numerous time in other boxes. I like it a lot. BUT! After trying it on 100 times and going back and forth, I’m not keeping it. The sleeves are super long – which is typically fine because I like pulling them over my hands when my hands are cold :) but they just stayed pulled over my hands. And if you wear it zipped up, as you can tell, the inside piece really bunches up and looks sloppy to me. So, back it goes.

 

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So i’m keeping 1 top – the chevron blouse. It’ll be a good top for work. And i’m perfectly fine with keeping 1 item out of the 5. To me, if I only keep 1 of the 5 items each month, I’m ok with that. Because it’s at least 1 new dressy-er item a month that I normally wouldn’t buy, that I SHOULD, because all I ever buy are workout clothes. :) But if you DO keep all 5 items, you get a 25% discount on everything! I’ll just go back into my profile and update a few things so that my stylist has some good feedback for the next ‘fix! :)

Have you tried, or do you get, a stitch fix box? What have you got from it that you have kept and loved??

After a week of Friday’s, it’s FINALLY Friday!

This week seriously felt like THE longest week EVER! Like, could we HAVE any more “it-feels-like-Friday” days in 1 week?! Now it’s my typical “It’s-finally-the-weekend-so-I-wanna-stay-up-all-weekend-and-not-waste-a-minute-of-the-weekend”. Here I am at midnight wide awake, paying bills, drinking wine, blogging, adding tunes to my workout playlist, and online shopping. Pier One might be getting my paycheck tomorrow. Just sayin’. For wine glasses. Can you have too many wine glasses?? You guys. Just LOOK! And if you’ve been reading me for any length of time, you KNOW I’m a freak for mix-matched stuff…

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P.S. I really did do the paper plate workout on Wednesday! I just haven’t had time to take pictures of everything, and telling you the names of these exercises would leave you going, “Why do I even bother reading this chick’s blog. She makes 0 sense. It sounds like she just had a picnic on the living room floor with a stack of Styrofoam plates.” But on the real, my abs and back are STILL sore! So you should be looking forward to getting the DL on this “paper plate” workout.

Tonight I did 30 minutes of boxing on my bag and then 20 minutes of lower body strength. I was drenched. This was my 20 minute lower body workout:

 

Tomorrow I’m hoping to get in 10 miles. The running has been few and far in between lately so I’m REALLY looking forward to a “longer” run! Since my time has been stolen the last 5 weeks (3 weeks to go!), I’ve made it a point to at least get 3 workouts in during the week – Monday, Wednesday, Friday. And then whatever I can do on the weekend. I can’t wait to get back into a routine the first of the year.

Having you been having a hard time finding time to workout during the holidays?

What is your all time favorite place to go shopping?? I’m a sucker for TJ Maxx and Marshalls. And Dicks.

How to spice up a solo spinning sweat session.

Say that post title 5 times fast!

So maybe you can’t make it to a spinning class. Or you have a spinning bike at home! :) Either way, if you need to get a solo spinning class into your life, but find it kinda boring, here’s how I spiced up my solo spinning sweat session on Monday.

Weights.

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I just blasted some dance jams and turned it into a cardio-slash-upper-body-workout. It. Was. Fab.

Ya get your heart-rate up plus you get to hop off the bike to spice it up and pump some iron. Win-win. Your welcome. Totally something you could do at your gym outside of a spinning class, or at home if you have a spinning bike or even a bike trainer! You know you can turn your road bike into a stationary bike right? Just an idea for ya if you have a bike and wanna still cycle through the winter…

Anyhow, that was my fun Monday sweat session and tomorrow I’m gonna sweat with these:

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I’ll be sure to post that workout! ;)

Have a great hump day tomorrow y’all!

Finally forced into the Christmas spirit.

Well, now that I don’t have to spend every waking moment studying, I found time to get the tree up. The Hus is happy. And so is the cat.
Me on the other hand….

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The last few years I just haven’t gotten into the Christmas spirit. The years go too fast & without kids and all the family around for all the fun, it’s just not the same anymore. Very low key now.
This is my favorite part of the decorations. #allmyfavoriteornaments

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And The Hus’ favorite part.

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I did make The Hus find a cheesy Christmas movie to make it more festive too. Have to have the Christmas movies…

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And that’s that.
Now the important part. Three new wines my mom & I tried over the weekend.

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The zinfandel my mom bought because of the fleur de lis. The Riesling I bought because the Santa Barbara caught my eye because my cousin lives there. The cabernet we tried at TJ’s wine tasting & its amazing! Clearly we buy based on the look of the bottle. But we won every time.
Have a great Monday! 😃