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These Days | Mojo Rising

About a month ago, everything suddenly got worse, but that was the motivation I needed to get serious about getting better. I briefly considered finding a therapist, but then I remembered that talk therapy has never really helped me before and that we would be better off investing that time in trail therapy instead. So now, a couple of times a week, JK drops me off at a local trail to literally run off some steam on a five-mile loop while he takes Nora out on a dinner date or to run errands.

They like to send me motivational photos from their adventures, which gives me a bit of FOMO but I know I need to be out there.

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It’s been so, so helpful. And I feel so much better. I get to walk (and even run, when the ol’ pelvis and this bladder-hugging fetus allow) fast enough to get that endorphin rush that I just can’t achieve on my toddler-led walks. I get to zone out to a podcast or delve deep into my thoughts. I get to feel connected to the world again by observing the changing of the seasons. I even get biology lessons, like when I came across these two canoodling slugs and learned that they weren’t eating some sort of alien life form – that blue blob is a tangle of slug penises! Oh, nature.

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In addition to my solo adventures, we’ve gone on more wonderful hikes as a family. We’ve stuck mostly to the lowlands to look for chanterelles, but this past weekend we made it out into the mountains again (that one deserves a separate post)! I’m so thankful that my SPD is much mellower this time around – it’s still not at all comfortable, but it only gets really cranky if I pull a dumbass move like getting up while putting all my weight on one leg. I’m going to give myself credit for this one and claim that it’s because I lost a fair amount of weight pre-pregnancy, so there’s just less weight on my joints this time around. No matter what the reason, it means that I can hike 2000 feet of steep elevation gain, something that would have been impossible in the third trimester last time around. (Also, OMG THIRD TRIMESTER ALREADY WHERE IS THE TIME GOING.)

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I’ve also finally starting eating better, moving back to the Fuhrmanesque diet I ate this winter when I felt so good, with extra focus on cruciferous vegetables in hopes that I can get some of the antidepressant effects of sulforaphane. Bring on the cabbage!

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(Cabbage Rolls from Vegan Bowl Attack | Homemade pasta sauce with vegetables, arugula, and red lentil penne from Tolerant Foods | Mushroom Gravy Tempeh from the Green Cuisine cookbook with mashed cauliflower/potatoes, broccoli, and cabbage | ginormous serving bowl salad using the enchilada sauce from Veganomicon as the dressing)

Oh, and I switched out the contrast showers for straight-up cold showers – Ray Cronise mentioned a study that showed a five-minute cold shower could be as effective as an antidepressant. I haven’t even bothered to look up that study, because I tend to just trust whatever Ray Cronise says. It seems to be helping me sleep a little better too, so there’s that.

It’s hard to pinpoint what’s working, but something definitely is, and it’s likely a mix of all these things (plus some work I’ve done to reframe my thoughts). I expect that things will keep going up and down, but that’s normal in life – I just need to keep working on preventing the downs from going too far or staying too long, especially in light of our ginormous upcoming life change.

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  • Reply Lisa September 14, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    I’m so glad that things are looking a little brighter! It sounds like you are finding what works for you. I love the “trail therapy.” It’s so true. Running, hiking, whatever…just getting outside and breathing in the fresh air and getting some endorphins DOES work.

    The cold shower??? Eeeek…I don’t know that I could try that. ;)

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz September 15, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      Heh, I’ll admit the cold showers were easier a couple of weeks ago when the temps were in the 90s!

  • Reply ARC September 14, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    OMG cold shower? Sounds scary. I also had no idea that cruciferous veggies would help, too. (Scribbling note to self.)

    Is it bad that I can identify almost all of the locations of their adventures? ;)

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz September 15, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      I would expect nothing less from a fellow Redmondite! I think I’ll have to teach Nora what the different grocery stores are called, because if we just say we’re “going to buy groceries” she immediately starts talking about driving the PCC car cart. I wish all stores had those!

  • Reply Marie September 14, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Good on you!!!! So glad things are getting better and you are finding things that work :) It is all a bit of trial and error because we are individuals and there is no single ‘fix’. You are doing a fantastic job!!! I also think there is nothing like the basics to help: good food, fresh air and moving :)

  • Reply Rachel Vdolek September 14, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    I am so glad that you are doing better! And that you are getting lots of trail therapy, because that always works wonders just curious, but have you tried EFT? Its helped wonders for my anxiety and depression. Its basically like acupuncture without the needles! Hugs!

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz September 15, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      I’ve never even heard of it! But I’m generally never able to relax when I get massages or acupuncture or whatever, plus it would just be hard to find time without childcare right now.

      • Reply Rachel Vdolek October 1, 2016 at 6:35 am

        EFT is something that you can do to yourself so you don’t have to go anywhere! If you look up Brad Yates on Youtube he has a ton of videos on it, but I will warn you that he is really goofy. The process will feel weird and dorky the first few times, but if you keep practicing it, it works wonders!

  • Reply CarrieH September 15, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Glad you are feeling better. It all comes with hard, concentrated work that isn’t easy or necessarily fun or a quick fix. You are amazing and an inspiration. Take care and keep it up (and keep sharing, I’ve gotten so many good ideas). Here’s to a better third trimester!

  • Reply Adam Haesler September 25, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Hi Ingunn,
    Glad to hear things are improving, and really impressed by your persistence to make the improvements necessary to minimize the lows.

    Have an awesome day,

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