Woke up this morning to beautiful sunshine once again! I don’t know about you, but for me, waking up to sunshine makes a very big difference on how my day starts. There is something about the feeling of warmth and light streaming through the windows that makes me wake up with a smile. This is the best time of year for morning sunshine, at least in our part of the world.
How many of you find it hard to wake up early in the morning in the dead of winter, when you know the sun won’t be rising for several more hours? I remember when I had to train through the winter for Ironman Arizona in 2007-2008 – I would wake up to train before 6 am during the week and complete one workout before the sun came up. Then I would often go for a run outside just as the sun was rising about 2 hours later. It was tough to get up and train when it felt like the middle of the night. I’m sure some of you might not even see the light of day during the winter, depending on the hours you work.
I used to think that S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) was just a myth, but what I realized is that supplementing with vitamin D (year round) actually made a difference for me in how I felt during the winter months. We really do need that daily dose of vitamin D! Does anyone else know what I mean?
As I start today with a smile, I am reminded that spring is just around the corner and that the winter that was not to be (at least in Southwestern Ontario) might have actually passed us by. I am eager to head outside for a walk in the sunshine and get my daily dose of vitamin D.