Sunday, February 12, 2012

Is It Spring Yet?

Good morning! Finally, the grey gloomy winter weather seems to have given way to sunny, spring-like weather (at least for now). It does wonders for my mood and energy level when the daylight lengthens and the sun is shining. SO glad to be closing in on spring!

The month is almost halfway gone, too. My weight has not gone down (yet) but I am pleased with the changes I am gradually making for my health. Two more weeks and I know exactly what higher-carb veggie I will be adding back in first: sweet potatoes. I can hardly wait! I saw some locally grown sweet potatoes at the market yesterday and just imagining one baked and cut in half with butter and sea salt is enough to keep me on track! That will be a reward worth waiting for.

I have my spring and summer and even fall visualized in my head already; the fresh produce from local farmers, the long walks, the strength training and biking and skating are all fresh in mind. I can see myself back in those size 10 jeans, and I can feel the ocean air on my skin as I hike in the forests with my children on vacation this summer. I can almost taste those garden tomatoes drizzles with olive oil and paired with basil. Yum. I have had a taste of this life already, and can't wait to get back to it.

I'm not sure why I let winter suck the life out of me every year. I try using my light box and I always take extra vitamin D3, but it just isn't enough. I strongly dislike winter and being cooped up and cold. Maybe next year I can make it my business to turn winter into a season I look forward to. It sure would make 1/4 of the year happier for me if I could figure out a way to do that!

Today I am having more leeks and asparagus (so yummy) and probably Greek yogurt.

Enjoy the things you love today!


Anonymous said...

I sympathize! I grew up in the NW, and have since moved, but even going back I find it always sucks my energy.
That said, I find it really helpful to go for long walks when I'm back there. At 30 minutes is when I start to notice my mood lift. I really recommend it. It's usually the last thing I feel like doing, but it really helps. Otherwise I get really down.
Good luck!

Debbie said...

Lyn -

Consider moving toTexas sometime... In the southern half of the state, we have about 4 minutes of winter!

Sweet potatoes are my favorite vegetable in the whole world, next to peanut butter!! What?! PB is NOT a vegetable...? Hhhmmmm, I think I now know why this losing weight thing is so challenging! Anyway, hoping that you pass on any good sweet potato recipes that you have!

DesertNails8 said...

I love steamed & mashed sweet potatoes with coconut milk and ground cumin. Yum. I call it pudding!

Mary Ellen Quigley said...

I can't wait for Spring either. I find it easier to motivate myself to exercise when the weather is nice.

I've never been a big sweet potato fan, except for the candied ones at holidays. Yeah, those aren't good for you. LOL!

Anonymous said...

When I was younger, the weather hardly mattered at all. I grew up in New England and barely noticed the winters. But over the past couple of years it's become a real problem. I feel awful through broad swaths of the winter, downright despairing, and nothing seems to help. I'm seriously considering moving to Florida when our lease is up next year, if we can swing it with my husband's job. I think the impact of sunshine on quality of life is drastically under-reported and under-considered by most of us.

Vanessa Joy said...

Passion for good and fresh food, passion for outdoor exercise, passion to spend time with loved ones...that sounds like a plan to me! In my humble opinion your body will settle where it wants to be and you'll be enjoying the journey. I'm still envious of your leeks and asparagus :)