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For Those of Us in the North, It’s Time to Take Your Vitamin D, Kids… What a Good Shot of Vitamin D does for Me.


December 2020

I am a notoriously positive person. A local radio personality, Paul W. Smith, likes to push listeners to a “relentless positive attitude” on air and I’ve tried to live that. However, every stinkin’ year around the middle of November, when the weather turns to crap (cold, wet, gloomy), I basically lose my $#!+. I don’t necessarily suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, but I don’t do well without the sunshine. Between, say, May and October I get plenty of sunshine (a minimum of 15 minutes a day without sunscreen) but that’s impossible from November through March. It’s just too cold to run around with more than a few square inches of skin showing.

My positive attitude becomes a lot more work.

Invariably, long about the first few weeks of January I remember that my doctor once prescribed Vitamin D for me and maybe I should take it.  I do, and that’s about that.  I may have noticed a minor change here or there, but I only take the little capsule when I remember, so it’s sporadic at best.

This year, I started early and managed to take my 5,000 IU capsule regularly and what a difference!

Now, being a person having recovered from (and who is continuously in the process of recovering from) addiction, I spend a lot of time paying attention to what goes on in my head.  The difference isn’t some magical creature that sprinkled pixie dust over me and has me all happy now.  No, only cocaine and a few other illicit drugs do that well, folks.  Not that I know… erm… you know what?  Let’s just move along! 

Anyway, the difference is in my thought process, or more specifically, the quality of thoughts that pop into my melon out of nowhere or better, that second thought is vastly superior.

Now, if you pay attention to what goes on in your melon, being a person of exceptional nuttiness, if you want to be normal you come to find that you can’t do anything about those crazy first thoughts that pop into your head.  You can’t control them.  They’re just there, like a stinky fart you walk into at the grocery store.  It’s not like you could see the flatus sitting there in the air, right?  Nope, all of a sudden your eyes start watering and you’re forehead deep in fart.  Well, that first crazy thought is a lot like that.  What matters is the second thought.  I can control that one.  It’s what I do with the first thought that matters.

As an example, let’s say the random thought that I’d like to get good and $#!+-faced pops into my head (it has in the past, though it’s been a while).  I can’t do anything about that first thought, it’s just there.  I don’t entertain that thought, though.  I don’t allow it validity.  Who gives a flying f*** why it popped in there, crazy $#!+ happens!  My second thought it, “Man, that’d be stupid.  I’ll throw that first thought in the garbage.”  With practice, this works and doesn’t require more drugs.  

Now, what Vitamin D does is it makes those second thoughts faster, better, and happier.  It makes the response to the crazy “better”.  Therefore, I’m dealing with less “crazy” rattling around up in my melon, therefore life feels happier… so let’s say it isn’t necessarily a lack of crazy, it just makes handling “crazy” easier.

UPDATE: It’s 1,000, not 5,000.


  1. Heidi Jane says:

    I started a vitamin regimen a couple of weeks ago that includes a multi-vitamin (contains vitamin D) and fish oil and I have already noticed a big difference in my energy levels. Never managed to keep up with taking vitamins regularly when I was drinking, and I probably still would have felt like crap even if I did haha. But yeah, sobriety plus vitamins = good stuff! 🙂

  2. I used to take Vit D in the winter months when I lived in England, definitely made a difference. In fact in England it’d probably make a difference all year round! I hear it’s a bit cheaper than cocaine too…

  3. Tony says:

    Jim, I am aware of SAD in the winter months. Have you considered investing (minimal) in a full spectrum light? Your can get the same feeling as being out in sunshine. I got one for my aunt with Alzheimer’s as she had suffered from SAD in the winter months. It worked. Just don’t do it around bed time as your body will think it is noon. Happy holidays!

    • bgddyjim says:

      I have, yes, though only to the extent that it was a tanning salon option in lieu of being blasted for actual tanning. My wife tried it once. I’ll have to look closer at bringing it home. Thank you for sharing that.

    • Brent says:

      I also suffer from SAD — I get hit twice a year, typically in mid-February and (surprisingly) mid-August as the days get shorter. I have been using a pair of daylight LED lights bought on Amazon next to my computer screen. As soon as I get to my office, I turn them on and go with them all morning. I may turn them off after lunch or keep them on until quitting time depending on the weather outside. I bought them after my August cycle was way worse than usual, so I haven’t seen whether it makes the February cycle better. But that’s a good addition to the 5,000 Vitamin D that I also take daily. At $30 apiece, they’re cheap insurance.

      • bgddyjim says:

        Thanks, Brent. I’m going to have to give that a shot. Thanks, man. Erm… do they make fat bikes with daylight LED’s?!

      • Brent says:

        Why, yes, they do make daylight setups for fat bikes. Get a Son fat bike dynamo on the front hub and you can get lights throwing enough lumens on your handlebars to burn toast (and to keep your hands warm enough in the cold winters). The lights bouncing crazily through the trees at night are a real hoot. And with a light setup, not only will you keep SAD at bay, you’ll keep your tan at that crispy brown shade you like all winter long. Way more fun than the trainer.

      • bgddyjim says:

        Well how about that!

      • Tony says:

        Thanks for sharing. I am guessing that those LED lights are full spectrum, right?

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