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I not only survived – I’m victorious!

February 4, 2011

I’m not going to sugarcoat it—it’s been the week from hell. I had a pile of time-sensitive work to complete, I got a cold and…More. Frigging. Snow. I really can’t deal with one more icy road, an iced-up car or the idiots who insist on driving their usual above-80mph speeds on the roads, despite these treacherous conditions. It’s just more stress on top of an already existing, heaping mound.

But here’s the thing. I survived the week, and emerged victorious!

I got through my to-do list, made the big announcement I’ve been planning for months (I work in public relations) and just secured a story in the Boston Globe. Not too shabby. Then, I received a call from an industry peer who is interested in my providing some freelance PR and writing support for her marketing department at a major museum. Considering I’ve been questioning my skills, thanks to a micro-managing, lunatic of a company president who thinks he’s a communications whiz, all of this was exactly what I needed to save my waning confidence.

The cold…thanks to Cold-Eeze, generous amounts of ibuprofen and a lot of sleep, I’m feeling much better. I have an incredible immune system—I’m never sick—but when I get super stressed, I become a bedridden, sneezing mess. I’m prescribing myself a lot of couch camping, chick flicks, some gym time and relaxation this weekend to ensure I stay healthy.

Lastly, the snow. Absolutely no control over it whatsoever and, guess what? Another blizzard coming this week. I’m just going to staple snow shoes to my feet.

But the biggest victory of all this week is I stayed on point (I’m on the Weight Watchers PointsPlus plan) and found that I’ve dropped a pants size! In the past, the setbacks of this week would have sent me right to the store for cookies, or I would have stuffed my sorrows with pizza. And during office hours? Chocolate fest at the desk. Instead, I remained focused on my personal goals and put myself first. Not only a victory, but a true miracle!

Now, I feel like I’m on fire, like nothing can get in my way. Granted, I have a lot of work to do to get to where I want to be, to a point where I’m comfortable with myself and take care of myself. But for the first time in a long time, I can see myself getting there. And that’s pretty exciting.

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