Slumps come in all shapes and forms. Sometimes you don’t even realize you’re in one until you’re treading water with no ladder to get out of the pool.
After my wedding a few weeks ago, I came off a really big high and found it really hard to adjust to my new reality. Colin was super busy with his new school and MBA recruiting events and I was home alone all day. I didn’t have the energy to get out of leggings but I was also struggling to put my legging-clad nod to work and leave the house for any sort of physical activity. The more lethargically isolated I got at home, the less I wanted to eat, even sweets which are normally my go-to craving.
One of the questions I get asked all the time when people look at my Instagram is: do you eat all of this? Yes and no. I’m constantly craving sweets, but I put my incredible self control to use to make sure that I’m eating all of these sugary treats in moderation. When I’m not working out, being social and generally taking care of myself, I stop craving sweets. I also lose all motivation to make sweets. Not ideal for a sweets blogger.
The good news is, I’ve been battling depression for long enough that I’m pretty quick to recognize the symptoms when they come around. I allowed myself an extra few days to mope around the apartment (I knew what was happening to me but I wasn’t quite ready to deal with it) and then I set about to turning around my slump.
First up, eating real food at mealtime. This sounds really obvious but if I was going to work out more, I was going to need some fuel to help me succeed. No skipping meals and no eating cereal for every meal because it’s quick. Next up, moving more! Colin and I were talking about bringing home a rescue pup and we finally bit the bullet with Rocky! In addition to being an amazing emotional support dog, he gets me out of bed in the morning.
I’m still wearing a lot of athletic clothing on a daily basis but I’m regaining control over my mood so I’m allowing myself to enjoy some comfortable clothes while I work all day. Isn’t that one of the perks of working from home?
I was hoping that I after the slump I’ve been in, I could come back strong with a yummy frozen treat to help get y’all through this never-ending post-summer heat. That’s not really what happened though. My food slump was met with one more hurdle. A melty, chocolate-y, delicious hurdle, but a hurdle nonetheless. I’ll keep reworking this and hopefully will have a recipe for some cookie dough pops coming for you soon!