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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Bed

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Yesterday morning didnít start well and it only seemed to get more stressful as the day went on. I was woken early by my kitty howling in pain because her back hip was hurting her. She has arthritis and I think the recent wet, damp weather has really affected her. I was so upset hearing that sound Ė itís an awful sound an animal in pain. I tried to get her to take her kitty motrin but she wasnít having any of it. I ended up calling my mom to come and kitty-sit because I couldnít stand the thought of leaving her alone but I couldnít stay home, especially that day!

For the past 4 days I have been using every spare minute to prepare a 10 minute presentation that I had to give as part of an hour-long interview for a promotion that I have been wanting for literally years. I had a chance to do it in an acting position last year but it wasnít permanent and I reverted when the acting period ended. This one is permanent and I want it BAD. My competition was my coworker who I work next to every day who is perfectly qualified, a formidable opponent and just as deserving as I was. So I knew I was up against stiff competition.

I got dressed in my suit (I normally wear casual pants or jeans to work Ė but this is a special occasion!) I was thrilled that it actually fit Ė because 4 months ago Ė it certainly wouldnít have. And then I dumped coffee on my blouse at breakfast. Not awesome. Frantically find something new to wear. Fuss over the cat. Shed a tear when she looks at me with those imploring eyes Ďplease donít leave here alone!í but trying to reassure her that my mom was coming to be with her!

On top of worrying about the cat and mentally preparing for the interview and sneaking off every few hours to practice my presentation in a break-out room, the day was really busy Ė so many things going on. And Iím running around in this suit which, while it fits me, always makes me feel trussed up like a turkey. Itís just not my style of comfort.
Interview time comes, Iím put in a room with a piece of paper that lists the 4 questions that will be asked and given a Ĺ hour to prepare my answers. I read the questions and then completely panic. WTF? How am I going to answer that! Omg, Iím going to fail, all this work on the presentation and Iím going to fail the verbal question period. But then I calmed down. Read the questions again, absorbed them, let my brain start ticking and soon I had mocked up what I felt were reasonable, quality answers to all 4 detailed questions.

The rest of it was a whirlwind Ė I barely remember what I said. But I do remember suddenly becoming very calm when I walked into the room with the 3 panel members. The truth is, all I can do is my best. And if my best isnít better than my coworkerís, then I guess thatís the way it is. I answered the questions, I did my presentation. And I Ďthinkí it went well. Lots of smiling, head nodding when I made certain points and even a Ďgood answerí on one.

We had after-work drinks planned with a group of people that had recently completed a project together. Coincidentally, two of those people were on the panel of the interview I just had. When people teasingly asked them how I did, they both answered Ďvery well, really goodí. Obviously they canít say much, but Iím taking that as encouraging.

I was completely mentally exhausted by the time I got home at 7pm. Iíd had a few nachos with my rye and diet cokes (least calories!) but other than had not had dinner. This would be an epic opportunity for me to overeat and then lie on the couch. Even taking the bus home I was thinking, man Iím going get this monkey suit off, put on my pajamas, vegetate in front of the tv and go to bed early. But today was a c25k run day (Sun/Tues/Thurs) and I knew I hadnít done my run. And I was going over in my head whether I was really going to do it, or when else I can do it Ė maybe tomorrow.

But what was strange was that the more I thought about it, the more I felt like I needed to shed the stress of today by going for a run. Not stuffing my face but instead running off the stress. It was the weirdest phenomenon and has never happened to me before. So once I had reassured myself that the cat was fine, I put on my running gear and went out for the 30 minute session. Came home, quick shower, comfy pjís Ė and I felt amazing. The stress had melted away. My shoulders felt like they dropped 3 inches.

That is the first time Iíve ever craved exercise over food to deal with an emotion I was having. So thatís my huge NSV for the week.
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EFFRAYECHILDE 7/29/2013 9:29AM

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MONTREAL12 7/20/2013 3:41PM

  Looking forward to reading the outcome of your interview. Trust that your mom's presence made the cat feel better. Hope you get the promotion. You're a winner either way. Thanks for sharing your day with the rest of our Spark community. emoticon

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SHERYLP461 7/7/2013 10:03PM

    fantastic

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CHERYLHURT 7/5/2013 6:05PM

  Sweetie, YOU ARE VALUABLE! You are smart, valuable, and you WILL be rewarded. Sometimes things just don't work out when we want it. You were still the better person, they were just too blind to see!

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 7/3/2013 12:31PM

  A great blog. So glad to hear that you found running to dump the stress versus eating.

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-AIMIE- 7/2/2013 4:51PM

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What a wonderful blog! It's awesome that you put yourself and your health first and still did that run even though your day had been pretty crazy. I am glad you got the amazing payoff of relieving stress and being proud. Good luck with the promotion!
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MAMAOWLS 7/2/2013 2:09PM

    It is truly amazing that exercise will melt away stress. I hope you get the job.

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LISA_FRAME 7/2/2013 11:19AM

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SUSIEMT 7/2/2013 11:08AM

    Woo Hoo! Good for you! What a wonderful NSV! Keep up the good work!

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 7/2/2013 7:32AM

    Way to go... Hope you get the job if you really want it, and i REALLY hope Mr. Kitty is okay... so sad when one of our kids is sick!

Thrilled that you choose running and not vegging, WAY TO GO!!!

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DSPURLOCK4569 7/2/2013 5:11AM

    There are not many people who can function effectively while having their mind on a sick loved one, whether it is a pet or person, it is hard for a lot of people to compartmentalize and be able to perform. I have seen it over and over again with both men and women when just an argument will affect their job performance and here you went in knowing that your kitten was in pain and still managed to give an awesome presentation. Not many people have those skills. You have every right to feel pumped and yourself. Exercising was a great choice. I hope that your kitten gets better and that you will get promoted it sounds like you are the best person for the job.

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FLMOMX2 7/1/2013 4:56PM

    emoticon emoticon . Hope you get the promotion

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SJKENT1 7/1/2013 11:57AM

    Fabulous!!! emoticon for you!!

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MANILUS 7/1/2013 12:37AM

    That's awesome bravo! Hope you cat is better soon!

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DEEGIRL50 7/1/2013 12:36AM

    emoticon Stress Release!! Good choice. A huge mental shift.
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Good luck with the promotion. You did your best and now the decision is out of your hands.
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CLOVER2 7/1/2013 12:06AM

    Isn't it amazing when those mindset changes start to happen! When thinking about moving your body becomes a natural way to think. I was surprised at first, I really thought it happened to others, I envied them, but not to me. Then it did, again and again. WOW....

Great Blog!
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FLEXTYFAMOUS 6/30/2013 11:38PM

    Way to go!

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SHAKESALOT 6/30/2013 10:22PM

    Way to go!!

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MISSBOOBOOKITTY 6/30/2013 10:19PM

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MOINSDEMOI 6/30/2013 9:31PM

    Alright Girlfriend!!

Let us know if you get the promotion.

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TNFAIRY 6/30/2013 8:35PM

    Good luck with the promotion. I hope your cat is feeling better. Knowing your animal is in pain, makes you want to take the pain away. I have a dog with arthritis and it is painful to see her in pain.

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JINXIFER 6/30/2013 7:59PM

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MYAKAYAH 6/30/2013 7:37PM

    good luck on getting your position and good for you on the run

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LILI2G2000 6/30/2013 7:04PM

  I hope I can get there one day!!

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DAWNDMOORE40 6/30/2013 6:34PM

    emoticon I hope you get the promotion! You really deserve it! emoticon I am glad that you chose to do your run! That is emoticon I hope your cat is feeling better! We have two cats and they are just like our children! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHYLONESTAR 6/30/2013 6:05PM

    Fantastic read...enjoyed how you pulled it all together. At the risk of coming off like a flake...regarding your kitty: (Please, Google this: Bar of soap in bed). Thousands of people puts a bar of soap at foot of bed under bottom sheet. No more leg cramps (I'm forever grateful!) and pets with aching bones sleep/lay where the soap bar is...with amazing results. Please again...don't take my word for it...Google it! Good luck on promotion!

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KIMBOLEENA1974 6/30/2013 5:10PM

    I enjoyed reading about your day :) That is such a GREAT job with running off the stress! I hope you get the job and that your kitty is feeling better soon.

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IGOTFATFAT 6/30/2013 3:00PM

  Hi, Awesome story! I was glued to my seat, I am wondering what the questions where...and what is NSV? anyhow, kuddos to all of you wonderful people! you all rock! this place is awesome . Let's do this!
Betty

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RENATA144 6/30/2013 2:58PM

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12913BABY 6/30/2013 2:54PM

    You Rock!!!! What an inspiration. You are on your way. I am so proud of you for making all of the right decisions. Please let us know about the job. You made me smile today.... emoticon

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AJB121299 6/30/2013 2:36PM

    Nice

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GETTHERE7 6/30/2013 1:48PM

  For GINAHEALTHY, NSV stands for "non scale victory". Anyway just wanted to add to MINEA999 that it's great to hear she wanted to exercise over overeating to relieve stress.

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SHANNONY84 6/30/2013 11:46AM

    Way to go on the exercise over food... I hope it stays with you!

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GINAHEALTHY 6/30/2013 11:22AM

  Wow! Great inspiration! I'm new to sparkpeople...what is NVS?

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RADIATIONMAMA 6/30/2013 9:23AM

  Loved your attitude. Hope you get the outcome you want with your interview. Sounds like you did great! Either way, you are a winner!

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TWEETYKC00 6/30/2013 8:54AM

    Wow, good for you! Keep up the good work!

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WISHICOULDFLY 6/30/2013 8:23AM

    Wow. This entire blog is so inspiring for so many reasons! emoticon

1. Not talking yourself out of it because your kitty is in pain and realizing that your Mom CAN comfort her. emoticon
2. Keeping cool during your wardrobe accident and quickly problem solving. emoticon emoticon
3. Doing everything in YOUR power to make it happen, i.e., preparation, preparation, preparation. emoticon
4. Pushing through emoticon and sticking it out being "trussed up". emoticon emoticon
5. Not falling apart when thrown a curve ball (the 4 questions) emoticon
6. Putting your big girl panties on and facing the panel and doing your best. emoticon
7. Taking the emotion out of it by realizing, you have done your best and that the competition is stiff and that the rest is out of you hands now. emoticon
8. Not letting yourself overeat emoticon when you got home and
the most important breakthrough of all, running your C25K emoticon program and using exercise as a stress buster!! emoticon

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JUST_BRENDA 6/30/2013 7:47AM

    Great NSV!!!
I wish you best of luck on the outcome of the interview...

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SANDYCRANE 6/30/2013 6:54AM

    Great NSV. Keep up the good work.

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TRYINGHARD54 6/30/2013 6:51AM

    lets us know if you get the job.....sounds as though you did emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 6/29/2013 11:31PM

  Good for you! And congratulations on doing your very best at the interview. Awesome!

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JIBBIE49 6/29/2013 11:27PM

    Great to see you featured in the Spark Mail.

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EMERALDELEPHANT 6/29/2013 10:48PM

    Way to go!! I laughed at your "trussed up like a turkey" comment...I hate wearing suits too! Sounds like you had an awesome day, an awesome interview, and an awesome workout. Great job!!

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WALKINGBYFAITH2 6/29/2013 10:29PM

    WOW! That is such a GREAT NSV!! It is really such a great example of making these healthy living choices that we practice with the challenges etc.. into real habits. That is so wonderful that you paid attention enough to yourself to realize that the run was your preference AND then you acted on that preference!! No matter what happens with the job, it is clear that you have some really great things happening in your life. You really are creating a healthy lifestyle. Congratulations!!! emoticon

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