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Focusing on victories

Staci Greene


I'm really tempted to whine today.


So, couple things about me:

1) I have chronic pain; I've had it in my hip for 12+ years (I'm in my 30's, it started right out of college) and it also periodically migrates to my back, or causes other peripheral pains throughout my back and neck

2) I'm a woman working in a male-dominated industry and I get frustrated easily by the Old Boys Club. I'm working on letting it slide off my back, but there are times where I just have to put my foot down, and I'm just not a confrontational person, so it's difficult for me to deal with those times.


Today, my chronic pain is higher than usual. I also had to deal with a very condescending older man who wanted to argue over legal terminology with me (I'm an attorney, he is not). My schedule is pretty full, and I'm tired and bordering on anxious and depressed. Plus, I'm angry at myself because I scraped someone's bumper while parking a couple weeks ago, and I am now paying the repair on that, which is an expense I just don't need, but I will never be the person who doesn't leave a note for doing something like that (Plus... I left a note, and the person is STILL requesting a cashier's check, so I have to pay the fee for it! Lady, if I didn't want to pay you, I wouldn't have left a note in the first place and just gotten away with it!). 


To counteract this, I'm going to list off some positive things:


1) Tonight, I'm having a little bit of seafood for dinner (it'll be a little indulgent, but I'm not going to go crazy - I've learned I can actually handle moderation when I need to)

2) Soon, I will have my two puppy dogs by my side, wagging their tails and cheering me up with their kisses

3) I've made a little bit of money today, which is reassuring, as I'm a small business owner and sometimes get a little financially stressed

4) I gained some weight (1 pound) on vacation, but today I'm down to lower than I was before vacation

5) I managed to do my workout today, despite my back pain (it is pain that, if I keep active, won't stiffen up - it's better to be active than to rest, but sometimes I feel so defeated that I can barely move... today, I overcame that and even did some of my harder exercises on the TRX)

6) I managed to handle the condescending older man while still being classy and professional, but also firm and standing my ground.

7) I get to read a really nice book before I go to sleep tonight (Name of the Wind... almost done with it and ready to start on Book 2 of the series)


Time to power on through and finish the day strong!


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Staci, I am so glad you came here and posted.  I have heard that just writing things down helps and I have found this to be true.  I am sorry that you have pain and I will pray that it lessens for you.  When I read your post, I thought to myself, "Wow, this is a very strong woman"....to be able to realize all the good things you have going on is HUGE!  You listed 7!  Did you realize that?  I too suffer from depression from time to time, and to be able to see things that are good in your life is major.


Congratulations on your accomplishments and remember "this too shall pass".  Please keep posting on these forums....we are all here for you and if nothing else, this is a great place to vent.  



**would love to see pics of those puppy dogs :) 

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Thank you @Yo_Momz, that encouragement is so helpful! It's great that it's such a supportive community here, I look forward to meeting more folks and chatting and talking about our challenges and successes :-) 


I'll do a post soon with some puppy photos as well - they are my pride and joy! I don't have a lot of pics on this my work computer, but I can get some on my home laptop. I love bragging on my pups. I often tell people, I work hard so my dogs can have a better life, lol!

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