I Love Fall? + Updates

Hiiii!!

Whew.

I haven't posted in over a month.  Graduate school has been keeping me busy busy.

So, here are a few updates.


1. I finished Round 1 of Insanity Max:30 and I lost about 8 pounds and 5.5inches.  I'm super proud of my results.  I attempted to start Round 2 at the beginning of this week.  However, the stress of midterm week (this week) and the subsequent lack of quality sleep every night made workouts not very feasible. That leads me to the next update....

2.  I ate like a pig this week.  Two reasons:  stress and the change of seasons.  I have been having the worst cravings and I haven't been eating any of the food I have been prepping.  Tomorrow I plan to start the 3 Day Refresh to reset my taste buds and help get me back on track.  My goal is to finish meal planning after I finish writing this post.

3. I ordered the 3 Day Refresh on Amazon and it's been waiting on me at the mail room. *sigh* I know that I need to drink warm lemon water first thing in the morning and then have my Shakeology (made with water) and a piece of fruit for breakfast. Sometime during the morning I have to have my tea and the Fiber Sweep. Unfortunately, the mail room doesn't open until 10 in the morning, and I'm planning on going to my WW meeting at 9, so I won't know exactly what I need to get started.  I've been searching the web for info to at least help me get through tomorrow morning until I can get my book.  Typically, I go grocery shopping after WW meetings and because WW meeting is so far from my dorm, it doesn't make sense for me to drive to WW meeting, drive back to campus to get the mail, and then back to Walmart.  That just seems like a lot of gas.  I thought about skipping the meeting all together, but I really need to get up and out in the morning.  That leads to the last point.

4.  For at least the past 3 years, I have dealt with  seasonal affective disorder AKA seasonal depression.  I don't talk about it much, mainly because I have never been formally diagnosed with it.  I have been reading and talking to my parents about it, and all of the symptoms are there. In fall, the weather is cooler (which I love), but the sun doesn't shine as much.  So I get extremely agitated, I don't like to be around people, I feel extremely fatigued, it's hard for me to concentrate (I notice that I ramble soooo much now), I have the worst cravings for sweets/carbs, and all I do is SLEEP!  It can only get worse from here--I need help. My school is holding depression screenings next week (right on time), and I have already put it in my schedule to attend one.  I'll figure out my next steps based on what the screening says.  Hopefully, I will learn how to keep a positive mood and stop eating all the carbs, the latter of which will help prevent the weight gain that I am trying to keep away! I am also going to push myself to stay active and try to get out of the room more.  As much as I don't like being around people during these times, I know that I need that interaction with society.  Staying cooped up in my room all the time (when I'm not in class) will only exacerbate SAD.

Today, I pretty much slept all day. It's like I'm in hibernation mode.  I'm wide awake now and I'm actually feeling pretty good for the time being. I'm trying to stay hydrated, which also really seems to help boost my mood.  I found some relaxing music to listen to on YouTube; it helped.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.  I'll be posting updates about my 3 Day Refresh over the weekend!

Stay tuned!