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Thank you all so much for you sweet comments on yesterday’s post. It means so much to me. I know my goal is a long way off but I am really excited about my view change towards my training and I know I will get there! I also loved reading all of your goals – it is so inspiring!


Yesterday – oh yesterday. I guess I forgot to watch the weather and see that we were supposed to get the snow storm from hell.

I had to work in the morning so I was a bit rushed by not leaving enough time to get my car scraped off.

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Yep it isn’t beautiful anymore. I’m over it and will be perfectly happy when spring comes and I don’t have to look at it anymore.

After our workouts, which I will spare you the details of since they looked just like every other day, we decided that a day like this is only good for one thing.

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Frozen yogurt! I know most of you are probably thinking who eats frozen yogurt in the middle of a blizzard, well this girl does!

My yogurt combination of choice:

Vanilla Yogurt
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Cookie Dough Bites
Cool Whip (on top!) 


I learned very quickly when you live in a city like this, during the winter you have to enjoy the things you can. I’m sure many of you have heard of the term of Seasonal Affective Disorder.  I am here to tell you it is 100% real.

I had never really thought much about it when I lived in North Carolina because even though we had winters they weren’t anything like this. We saw the sun, it was mildy cold, and when we saw snow everyone got so excited they didn’t know what to do with themselves. Things changed a little bit when I moved to Erie. We don’t see the sun for weeks, it is miserably cold, and we see the snow every single day for 4+ months. Sometimes it feels like the winter will never end.

Of course, there are days when it is beautiful. Days where I am thankful to be able to see the snow.  


I first realized I had problems with seasonal affective disordered the second winter we spent in Erie.  I was working full time and Wes was starting his second year of medical school and I had a hard time even making myself get out of the house. I would go to work and come home. I sat all night watching TV and had no motivation to go and do anything. I was moody and hard to get along with. Not to mention it took a toll on Wes and I’s relationship.  

The key to dealing with seasonal affective disorder is to sometimes force yourself to get out. You have to do things even when you don’t feel like doing it, and believe me some days it can be hard.


Some of my favorite things to do in the winter to get myself moving:

1. Go to the gym

2. Go walk around stores (even when I don’t buy anything)

3. Take my dog out in the snow

4. Watch movies with the husband

5. Treat ourselves at night (i.e. frozen yogurt!)

6. Plan nights out with friends


Every winter I really dread when it begins because I know that some days I will have to struggle to keep myself busy. This winter by far has been the hardest winter (weather wise) but I have done the best job managing the struggles that come with it.


Final thoughts today, remember this pretty little girl?

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In case you don’t know, this is my precious puppy Zoe.  I believe she is also dealing with seasonal affective disorder.

I was hoping to reach out to dog owners out there for some help.  We have been reverting back to pre-potting training days lately.  Her schedule really hasn’t changed at all but recently she has started using the bathroom in the house, not signaling that she needs to go out, and just seeming to not care at all.

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I love this sweet girl but boy is she driving us crazy!

I was wondering if any of you pet owners have had this problem. Is it a winter issue due to the crazy snow and temperatures we are having? I have read online and most people say it happens when you have a change in schedule, however, we really haven’t. I take her out at the same times morning, afternoon, and night. 

Any help would be awesome :)


What is your favorite combination of frozen yogurt?

Have you ever dealt with seasonal affective disorder?

Any tips or help for Zoe’s potty training issues?