2016 ends with a swift kick in the face

As I get ready to say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017, I find myself “fighting” off a cold. Isn’t that cute? “Fighting off a cold” sounds like there’s some sort of even playing field here. Ha! Not so much. I’ve been relatively healthy this year, and I’m so grateful for that. Whatever bug I picked up this week though, has me down for the count!

Thursday started off like any other day. As I was starting a nutrition consultation with a new patient, I started to feel a little off. I shrugged it off as allergies and pushed through. As the day progressed, the other dietitian in my office and I noticed that I was definitely getting dramatically worse. By the time I left work and was walking home, I felt like I had been kicked in the face by an elephant. I bailed on a dinner with friends that I was really looking forward to and proceeded to crawl into bed where I spent the next 12 hours! Some meds knocked me out and allowed me to sleep.

Friday wasn’t any better. I got up and made it into work, I even walked to work as usual, but just a few hours in, I realized that I wasn’t doing myself or my coworkers any favors by bringing my germs into the office. Uber got me home and I crashed again. Soup, tons of tea and water, and a healthy dose of decongestants fueled me in between hazy naps. At some point last night I dumped a bag of chicken stock goodies from my freezer into a stock pot of water to make my own broth for homemade chicken noodle soup. Best. Decision. Ever.

Today I’m feeling a bit better. Definitely on the mend, but still feeling congested, sluggish, and fatigued. I’ve got some easy chicken noodle soup to make for a little comfort food and doggy snuggles to keep me warm. Thankfully, there were no crazy New Year’s Eve plans on the calendar, so this weekend is a take-it-easy kind of weekend. I’ll take this end-of-year beat down as a reminder to take better care of myself as I ring in the New Year!

On that note, 2016 has been a huge year of growth for me, personally and professionally. I have a regular meditation practice that has been keeping me sane and centered. I have a wonderful career that makes me feel good about going to work everyday. Oh, and I get to walk to work! I have amazing people in my life who make me feel good about being me and support me in reaching for my lofty dreams. I (usually!) have my health and remind myself to never take for granted even the simplest abilities like walking and breathing. I’m truly grateful for another year on this planet.

Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful New Year of health, prosperity, and love! Cheers to 2017!

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