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Details on my trip and presentation....

Monday, May 09, 2011

The trip went great! I was SO nervous prior to getting on the plane to Denver, but once I got to Colorado Springs, I was good. Of course, the Adivan probably helped.
Since I had a few hours before my presentation, I took advantage of the hotel's fitness center and spent an hour on their elliptical. Then took a shower and got dressed for the presentation. I still had about 2 1/2 hours to wait, and some of the reps took me out to lunch at "The Black-Eyed Pea." I had the spinach salad. It was so good, but way too large of a salad for me!
After lunch, I went back to my hotel room and went through the material for the last time. I honestly lost track of time and didn't go down to "mingle" with the reps before the presentation. Oops. I guess it didn't really matter much, as I got the call from the head rep that they were ready for me, so I gathered the material and headed down.
When I got to the meeting room, the door was closed so I opened the door and started in when every one of the reps in the room stood on their feet and gave me a standing ovation! I was stunned! Something I did not expect at all!! Then I find out why....the head rep said that I was brave to come all the way out to Colorado Springs to present at the seminar as a supervisor for the first time in my career, when last year two of my co workers went and presented together, one of them is seasoned in these presentations but it was the other co worker's first time and so they did the presentation together.
The presentation itself went really well. I took my time going through every item they needed to know and let them ask questions as I went. Some of the questions I was able to answer right there, but there were a few that I asked them to email me so that I could research and get the answers for them. I wasn't nervous at all during the whole presentation. I still can't believe I made it through without a problem! And I have no idea how long it took me to get through it all. All I know is that when I finished they applauded me again, then it seemed like everyone of them came up to congratulate me on a job well done! It really meant a lot to me to get the support of these reps for my first seminar!
It also meant a lot that the head rep, who had already been to 3 of these seminars in different parts of the country, said that I did a really good job also!
Today, being the first day back to work, I received several calls from some of the reps that had been there telling me how great a job I did! Today was a good day! Even my manager received calls about how well I did! Did I already say that today was a good day?! emoticon

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NATURALLYJJ 5/10/2011 9:47AM

    I knew that once you were done you would look back and say, "I stressed way to much over that!" Glad it went so well!

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BRANDTSGIRL 5/10/2011 7:29AM

    emoticon I knew you could do it & you did, WOOHOO emoticonyour the WIND beneath my wings:) emoticon

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ELISADENK 5/9/2011 10:13PM

    OOohh, I am soooo pleased, proud and..... (geesh, got teary eyed)....

Is now a good time to ask for a raise???

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Ready for the flight

Friday, May 06, 2011

I'm at the airport waiting to board the plane. Had to take an Adivan to calm down enough to even get on the plane. I have 3 of those left so I hope I don't need more than the one before the presentation this afternoon.
Thanks to all of you for the encouraging words and prayers! I know I'll be taking you all with me in spirit to keep me sane on this trip. You're all the best!!!
Wishing you all a happy day today and a great weekend!

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BRANDTSGIRL 5/6/2011 9:19PM

    Good luck to you, and take real deep breaths, you'll do great!

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ELISADENK 5/6/2011 4:29PM

    Wishing all the best!

I'd be having to take something to get on an airplane, again!

You are very brave, my dear!!!!

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Quote for today...

Thursday, May 05, 2011

"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Something I need to remember on this trip and presentation tomorrow!

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RESULTS361AP09 5/5/2011 8:50PM

    Great quote-wishing you the best of luck tomorrow. You will be fantastic!!

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BRANDTSGIRL 5/5/2011 7:02PM

    Be safe:)You'll do great!

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ELISADENK 5/5/2011 4:21PM

    ENJOY the growing.... emoticon

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BARCLE 5/5/2011 2:29PM

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JESS0107 5/5/2011 1:53PM

    A very good reminder!!!!

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TERRYT55 5/5/2011 11:44AM

    Excellent Quote......I needed to read this today! Thanks you. Good luck with your presentation.


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Trying not to panic!!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

It's not as bad as the title sounds, but being as I have panic disorder, it certainly is a problem for me! I have to present at a supervisory seminar Friday in Colorado Springs, CO. I'm panicy about the trip because I have to be at the airport by 6:00am and it's an hours drive from home, then I'll have a few hours to kill once I get there to prepare, which I'm worried I'll over prepare. Then once it's my turn, I'm scared that I'll get stage fright and not be able to do it! There won't be anyone else there who can do it for me, so I HAVE to get it together!
Has anyone ever taken Ativan and know what kind of symtoms to expect? My doctor gave me a prescription for it, but I'm unsure whether to take it once I read that it may cause drowsiness. How will I be able to present if I'm yawning?! YIKES!!!
I'll be able to get through this....I keep telling myself that there's nothing I can't do once I put my mind to it, and this is something I CAN do. It's just my first time doing it and I'll be going in alone so I'm naturally worried about it.
Thanks for reading. I'm feeling a bit better just getting it off my chest! lol

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FROSTY99 5/5/2011 6:24PM

    Relax, breathe and just remain calm. Others have faith in you so they are pretty certain you can do it. The anticipation of anything is nearly always worse than the actual event.
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BRANDTSGIRL 5/5/2011 12:20AM

    I know you can do it!

You'll do fine, your amazing.

Once your prepared just look over the info briefly before your presentation I think you'll be surprised at how well you'll do.

I know you can do it!

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RESULTS361AP09 5/4/2011 8:12PM

    I know you can do it. Look how well you have done at your weight loss! It seems like once you make up your mind about something, you can do whatever needs to be done. Know that all your Spark friends will be there in spirit cheering you on! I know that you will do a great job!

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ELISADENK 5/4/2011 3:23PM

    Others seem to be confident that you can do this!

Can you take someone with you?

Can you try the meds BEFORE you go to see how drowsy you can get? I think that the adrenalin in you will counteract the drowsiness.

Can you go to the airport the night before, spend a relaxing night in a hotel close by?

What happens to me is I get so caught up on what is happening, my focus is off myself and I do fine.

Can you have a backup plan? emoticon

Let us know how it goes, okay.

I'll be praying for you.


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ANGIEMAY22 5/4/2011 12:42PM

    Sounds like you have some positive self talk going already-keep that up!Do you have time to take th Ativan in advance to have an idea of how you will respond to it? That might make you feel more confident or make you realize ahead of time that you can't take it. The fact that you are talking about your fears is really an awesome thing-so keep it up too! Have confidence in yourself, continue to plan for how you can handle things. I can relate to the nerves about presenting. A few years ago I presented at a national conference. Once I got into it I did fine. I told myself that I was the expert and did just fine. I know you will do awesome too!


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NATURALLYJJ 5/4/2011 9:56AM

    Take a sudoka or crossword puzzle book to distract you on the flight and if you are prepared before your presentation than pull it out again. You can do it and next week you will be blogging about what a success it was!

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PATTYKLAVER 5/4/2011 9:07AM

    emoticon Good luck!

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DEBBIEDAY 5/4/2011 8:20AM

    You CAN do this!!! On the flight try to relax and visualise it going calmly and smoothly. It is well documented that one of the most common fears anyone has is the fear of speaking in public so remember the people you are talking to would all be just as nevrvous.

Best of luck and do post a follow up and let us know how it went!!!

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SUZBOISANNE 5/4/2011 8:16AM

    Hi ... best of luck with your presentation. I can empathize with what you're ing through. Do take the ativan... I have taken it on a need to basis. I take one .05 mg tab. My experience is that it takes the edge off. It slows the thoughts running through your mind. It allows you to settle yourself. I have not had any adverse effects myself.. Hope this helps you! Again, your positive attitude will help ! Go girl!!!

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    I find it helps to pray before doing *whatever* it is, I ask for courage and calm.

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A better day and decisions...

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Today was definately a better day than yesterday. Eating wise and stress wise. Didn't have to watch the kids, which was a big plus. Took the dog for an hour walk. Not a slow paced walk either, the dog had to keep up with me during the last 20 minutes! LOL I feel really good after that much exercise, and it was a beautiful day to boot!

Tomorrow is a new day, but also a day of uncertainty. I have an appointment to see my surgeon to set an appointment for surgery to remove the rest of my thyroid. I'm not going to take a chance that there is cancer there that could spread to other organs. I love my life now that I've lost all of the weight and I deserve to enjoy my life for a long time to come. I will not let cancer take it too early. I plan to watch my grandkids grow up and hopefully be around when they have babies! I also want to spend the next 40 to 50 years with my loving husband, who has been working as hard as I have to get healthy and stay healthy. I want to die a happy, loving person in good shape for my age and as healthy as possible, God willing.

Wish me luck.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 4/18/2011 12:28PM

  Best of luck today with your surgeon.

Love the comment about your doggy having to keep up with you towards the end of your walk. ;)


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ELISADENK 4/17/2011 11:04PM


I've been wondering about your thyroid situation. Thanks for the update.

When I read that you took your dog for a walk, I immediately thought about you taking your grandkids for a walk. LOL

Did you ever read Suzanne Somer's book, "Knock out!" ?

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MSHUFFNPUFFN 4/17/2011 9:42PM

    Shawfan--I have this visual of the dog lagging behind and being forced to run, jump and skip a little to try to keep up with you--Tee-Hee!


Good luck tomorrow with the procedure--I'll say a prayer for you and you'll be in my thoughts!! Please update us when you get a chance.

God's blessings to you!!!

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