How is everyone doing this week?! I was pretty busy this week and super thankful for my meal prep! It really helped keep things less stressful. That said, it wasn’t an easy week and I’m sharing some about that on here towards the end of today’s post. but first couple quick announcements!
If you’ve followed my journey for little while, you’ve seen how much I love the Gixo app! It’s one of my favorite ways to workout and it’s getting better all the time! They are constantly improving it and adding new classes. And you can try it for free for 30 days! And if you use my link to do it, I get a little something extra if you decide you love it as much as I do and sign-up! Check it out here!
Second announcement is mostly for Iowa locals – I’ve created a Facebook group and page for my POUND classes and events! Right now it just shows my YMCA classes, but there are more events in the works! Plus I have some fun ideas for the group that I can’t wait to put in motion. So I would love it if you join me on there! Check out the group here and the page here!
This week I tried to keep things super simple since I had a weekend market to handle along with meal prep. Everything turned out delicious!
- Healthy Baked Italian Sausage and Peppers – Some of this was packaged with brown rice, the rest I ate with steamed cauliflower rice. This was probably my favorite meal this week!
- Low- Carb Deconstructed Pizza Casserole – Always a favorite of Draz’s, I love how quickly this casserole comes together! And it’s super tasty too! One of my favorite dishes with mushrooms
- Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken – A go-to for quick, easy and healthy in our house, this one was an easy choice for this week!
- Protein Balls – Draz has a couple of these each day at work and I usually grab them between jobs. They are the perfect snack when I’m on the go, which is most of the time!
This week I only got in 3 days of workouts. I was hoping for more, but at least the workouts I got in were pretty great! 2 days of POUND class and practice and one day of bike riding with Draz! We went on a nearly 20-mile ride and it was wonderful!
Now for the part I’ve been struggling with (pardon the pun)….My goal is to always be honest on here and not make it seem like things are better than they are. But how honest? So, I’m just going to lay it out here. Maybe it will strike a cord with you.
In many ways, this was a good week. First market of the season went well, some exciting things are happening. I got in some workouts, didn’t get sick, etc….But depression doesn’t care if you SHOULD be having a good week. Most of the week I felt creatively and emotionally drained, more than a little down and just de-motivated. During this time, I made a couple really bad eating choices, but I’m trying not to feel too bad about them. A couple of days of bad eating don’t mean I’m failing, just that I stumbled a bit.
Thankfully, this was not a serious bout of depression. In some ways, I struggle to even name it depression, because I’ve suffered much worse and much longer bouts in years past. But that is really the only thing I can call it. I seem to be coming out of it now and my energy is coming back a bit. I’m still struggling with motivation and focus, but I think I’m past the worst of it for now.
A bit about Depression
I went back and forth with whether I should share this one here, but I think it’s important to acknowledge. Sometimes we just feel bad. There doesn’t have to be a reason that we can point to, some event that MADE us feel that way. Everything could be going wonderfully and we still feel horrible. Sometimes, like this bout, these feelings don’t last for long. Other times, they may. You may even need help in dealing with them, either through therapy or medication.
I’ve used both in the past and I’m pretty sure they saved my life.
The point of me sharing this on here? I want to encourage all of you to give yourself some understanding and compassion if you need it. And, even more importantly, if you need help in dealing with your depression (or something else), please get it. There is no shame in getting help, no shame in taking medication.
To find somewhere in your area to get help, you can go to this website.