Must... Not.... Give..... In.....
Thursday, May 26, 2011
I got some bad news at work today. Budget shortfalls and internal transferring of staff has left my unit short one position. As of next week I will be the only full-time attorney handling 4 counties worth of cases. This means an huge increase in my workload, which I don’t know how I’ll be able to handle. I’m going to have to start turning away more cases, which means more and more folks without legal help. Or I can try to help everyone and run myself straight into the ground with that crazy level of workload. Neither of these is an appealing option.
This level of stress and frustration I am feeling right now is overwhelming. It makes me realize how closely I tie food to comfort. My initial reaction to all of this is a desire to grab something sweet or something salty and just gorge
myself. I want to get a box of cheez-its and let myself devour the whole box this afternoon, or run to the store after work and pick up a few pints of Ben & Jerry’s and spend an evening binging and feeling sorry for myself. The good news? I haven’t done those things yet. It’s taking all of my willpower, but I’m not stuffing my face full of food. That is not the way to solve this. I’ll still feel stressed and overwhelmed tomorrow when I get up, and I’ll also have the guilt of a binge to deal with it. Plus my body will not be happy with me if I cram it full of fat and sugar when I’m just not used to that stuff anymore (at least not in large doses).
Honestly, I shouldn’t even been writing this blog right now. I’ve got work to do! But I needed to get these feelings down into words and out into the world, for my own sanity.
I’m not going to give in to this. I’m not, I’m not, I’m not. I’ll stick to my planned food for the rest of the day. I will not let this stress cause me to treat my body badly! I did a nice long run this morning, and I refuse to “undo” all that hard work! I am stronger than this!!
Resist…. resist….. resist…..