It is scary how closely tied I am to the weather.
Yesterday a low pressure system came through in the afternoon. Cloudy, on the verge of rain, barometer dropping quickly. As it dropped, so did my energy level.
I also have another sore throat, probably from allergies. I have had the windows open in the house for the past four days, but on Thursday morning I closed up the house and turned on all 4 of our air cleaners (in each bedroom and in family room) to suck out the ragweed because my eyes and throat were burning and scratchy. Last night my throat started hurting like mad, and it still does today. It's not strep, I don't think--at least it doesn't look or smell like it yet. I'm not sick, really, my throat just hurts.
Anyway, last night was a total bust. I skipped Sophie's Girl Scout meeting (just parents, Sophie didn't miss anything), I skipped church choir. I dove head first into food. I was tired at 5 pm, but instead of sleeping I ate. Actually, I did pass out for about 45 minutes in the recliner after a carb binge. I kept eating most of the night. I felt worse--very, very moody--but I couldn't stop.
So... obviously I have discovered another trigger and need to watch myself during these dark and stormy seasonal transition months, and get a plan in place to deal with them. This won't be the last time I am hit by a weather change.
I have my old SAD light on at work, for several hours yesterday, and several hours today (it is lower lumens, so I am using it for longer time periods and hoping it starts to help). My new SAD light should be delivered today or tomorrow. I plan to use it at home when I first wake up.
I am eating well today. I am going to run this afternoon, 3 miles. I am signing up for a 10k that is tomorrow morning. A couple of my girlfriends are running it, and it is a JUST DO IT thing for me. I need the accountability and motivation--they are there for the taking, so I am taking them and going to run with it.