Confessions of a Fat Girl 143: Leave Of Absence

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August 3rd, 2010

Yesterday was such a mentally draining day, but the first time I actually went to bed feeling at peace with this situation we find ourselves in. I got so much rest that I was actually able to get myself to the gym, nice and early.

I completed a high intensity stage 1 workout with my trainer. It’s a deceptively challenging workout, and it left me pretty sore. Despite that, it went really well, I completed the full set, and on my second set of the seated row move, I increased the weights from 48 to 60 pounds. I left there feeling pretty accomplished with myself!

When I got home, I brewed a cup of a genmai-cha tea I bought yesterday, and it really did the trick. It’s really tasty, and the rice gives it such a unique, almost sweet flavor that really rounds out that green tea bite. Green tea has loads of health benefits, but I just love the way it tastes and that gentle green tea buzz is heaven!

And then I watched the documentary called Food, Inc.. Watching it cemented the reasons why I’ve become interested in knowing what is in the food I put in my body, and where it comes from. It’s a powerful film, with many disturbing images. It may seem that making a change in the food system is insurmountable, but each time you read a label in order to make a better choice, it is important you choose something healthy instead of processed junk, and to say no to fast food.

I had such a relaxing day that by the time Chidera returned from work, I wasn’t even anxious. And from the look on her face, neither was she. In fact, she looked downright relieved.

“Guess who I went to see today! Maxwell!!!” she declared, without even waiting to even sit down, lest of all waiting for me to answer.

My eyes popped. Maxwell had been her boss for a long time, and had moved to the head office years before Chidera finally had. He had risen through the ranks quickly and had been recently been appointed the bank’s Deputy MD.

“He sent for you?!” I exclaimed.

Chidera shook her head. “Nope. I just decided to go and see him. I’ve been so bothered since…well, you know who…came her this weekend, and I didn’t think I should just sit and wait for yawa to gas…so I decided to go talk to Maxwell about it!”

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It turns out Maxwell, and indeed the entire executive, had already heard the whispers. He had been happy that Chidera had finally come to confide in him, and after scolding her for her indiscretion had gone on to tell her there was no way they would have let her go, even if Okei hadn’t already resigned.

Well, it turns out that was the first time Chidera was hearing about Okei’s resignation.

“He didn’t tell you?” I exclaimed, shocked.

“I haven’t spoken to him this week. I just haven’t been in the mood, especially after his…after those people came to the house this weekend.” she said, surprising me. “I just haven’t been in the frame of my mind to speak with him.”

“I thought this was something both of you had discussed and decided!” I exclaimed, not knowing if I should marvel or be worried.

“He’d mentioned it as an option, but I didn’t think he was serious. But that’s not even the story!” Chidera said, clearly excited to tell me all about what had happened today.

I crossed my arms, waiting to hear.

“He agreed with me that I need to take time off. There’s a lot of gossip right now, and to be honest, I’m not keen on facing it anymore. So, he’s said he’ll talk with HR so that I can take my annual leave as well as my maternity leave combined!”

“That’s just 4 months.” I said, thinking that was hardly a leave of absence.

She smiled broadly. “Ihunna, can you believe Maxwell said he’d pay me from his pocket for an extra 2 months?!”

I squealed and hugged her. Six months, though not luxurious, was definitely better than 4 months.

“I told him I would like to take an additional 6 months unpaid, making it a full year off, and he agreed!!! He said it’s as good as done!!!” Chidera squealed back.

This time, I was genuinely happy as I hugged her. A year away from this craziness was exactly what she needed, not only for the gossip mill to settle down and find something else to talk about, but for her and Okei to really figure out what they were doing.

In the perfect demonstration of perfect timing, that evening, Okei came to the house, breaking the wall of silence Chidera had imposed. Leaving them alone to talk about the new developments, I couldn’t help but be happy about how everything was all working out.

Now, I can go on my vacation next week in peace, without having to worry about my cousin’s fate. Later tonight, we will talk about what she has decided to do.

Phew! I thank God that the nightmare is over!

 

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Catch up on Ihunna’s story here:

  1. Confessions of a Fat Girl 1: Grubbido
  2. Confessions of a Fat Girl 2: Fragile
  3. Confessions of a Fat Girl 3: Defiant
  4. Confessions of a Fat Girl 4: Progress
  5. Confessions of a Fat Girl 5: The Gym
  6. Confessions of a Fat Girl 6: Killjoy
  7. Confessions of a Fat Girl 7: Pain
  8. Confessions of a Fat Girl 8: Frenemies
  9. Confessions of a Fat Girl 9: Exhilarated
  10. Confessions of a Fat Girl 10: Popcorn
  11. Confessions of a Fat Girl 11: Free-fall
  12. Confessions of a Fat Girl 12: Sunday Morning
  13. Confessions of a Fat Girl 13: Mission Reactivated
  14. Confessions of a Fat Girl 14: New Things
  15. Confessions of a Fat Girl 15: Bad Business
  16. Confessions of a Fat Girl 16: Luxury Items
  17. Confessions of a Fat Girl 17: The Solution
  18. Confessions of a Fat Girl 18: Magic Formula
  19. Confessions of a Fat Girl 19: Date Night
  20. Confessions of a Fat Girl 20: Quinoa
  21. Confessions of a Fat Girl 21: Perfect Fit
  22. Confessions of a Fat Girl 22: Keeping In Touch
  23. Confessions of a Fat Girl 23: Delete
  24. Confessions of a Fat Girl 24: Philosophical
  25. Confessions of a Fat Girl 25: Keep it Moving
  26. Confessions of a Fat Girl 26: My Co-Wife
  27. Confessions of a Fat Girl 27: Old Jeans & Old Friends
  28. Confessions of a Fat Girl 28: Prawn Stir Fry
  29. Confessions of a Fat Girl 29: Facebook Tagging
  30. Confessions of a Fat Girl 30: Detox Part 2
  31. Confessions of a Fat Girl 31: Abs & Crunches
  32. Confessions of a Fat Girl 32: Making Notes
  33. Confessions of a Fat Girl 33: Christmas Party
  34. Confessions of a Fat Girl 34: Ashiedu
  35. Confessions of a Fat Girl 35: Willpower
  36. Confessions of a Fat Girl 36: Packing…and TV
  37. Confessions of a Fat Girl 37: Last Minute
  38. Confessions of a Fat Girl 38: Body Image
  39. Confessions of a Fat Girl 39: Christmas Trip
  40. Confessions of a Fat Girl 40: Christmas in the Village
  41. Confessions of a Fat Girl 41: Daddy’s Girl
  42. Confessions of a Fat Girl 42: 2010
  43. Confessions of a Fat Girl 43: Uzoamaka
  44. Confessions of a Fat Girl 44: Sugar Binge
  45. Confessions of a Fat Girl 45: The E-mail
  46. Confessions of a Fat Girl 46: She whose name must not be repeated
  47. Confessions of a Fat Girl 47: Smokescreen
  48. Confessions of a Fat Girl 48: Running away
  49. Confessions of a Fat Girl 49: Fry-Up
  50. Confessions of a Fat Girl 50: The Only Solution
  51. Confessions of a Fat Girl 51: The Intervention
  52. Confessions of a Fat Girl 52: Tri-State Sisters
  53. Confessions of a Fat Girl 53: Manhattan
  54. Confessions of a Fat Girl 54: Daddy’s Girls
  55. Confessions of a Fat Girl 55: Stunned Silence
  56. Confessions of a Fat Girl 56: Bereavement
  57. Confessions of a Fat Girl 57: The Reconciliation
  58. Confessions of a Fat Girl 58: Staying Back
  59. Confessions of a Fat Girl 59: Friends & Marriage Proposals
  60. Confessions of a Fat Girl 60: Colourful and Happy
  61. Confessions of a Fat Girl 61: Sweet Potato & Chicken Salad
  62. Confessions of a Fat Girl 62: Miss Amerikana
  63. Confessions of a Fat Girl 63: Tragi-Romantic
  64. Confessions of a Fat Girl 64: Dead to me
  65. Confessions of a Fat Girl 65: Love Triangle
  66. Confessions of a Fat Girl 66: Forever my lady
  67. Confessions of a Fat Girl 67: Fight to the death
  68. Confessions of a Fat Girl 68: Hard choice to make
  69. Confessions of a Fat Girl 69: Back to reality
  70. Confessions of a Fat Girl 70: Life Reflections
  71. Confessions of a Fat Girl 71: Oatmeal, Blueberry & Banana Pancakes
  72. Confessions of a Fat Girl 72: The Engagement
  73. Confessions of a Fat Girl 73: Pillow Talk
  74. Confessions of a Fat Girl 74: Secretive Sister
  75. Confessions of a Fat Girl 75: Homemade Soup
  76. Confessions of a Fat Girl 76: Nna Men!
  77. Confessions of a Fat Girl 77: Comfort Food…Healthy Food
  78. Confessions of a Fat Girl 78: Miracle Working God
  79. Confessions of a Fat Girl 79: Lumps, Bumps and Jiggles
  80. Confessions of a Fat Girl 80: Oyibo Boyfriend
  81. Confessions of a Fat Girl 81: Wedding Gowns 
  82. Confessions of a Fat Girl 82: My New Friend
  83. Confessions of a Fat Girl 83: Emotional vs Physical Hunger
  84. Confessions of a Fat Girl 84: Look like an Mgbeke
  85. Confessions of a Fat Girl 85: Food Cravings
  86. Confessions of a Fat Girl 86: Who am I?
  87. Confessions of a Fat Girl 87: Separation, Counselling…Divorce
  88. Confessions of a Fat Girl 88: A Man’s World
  89. Confessions of a Fat Girl 89: Envy, Weight and Love!
  90. Confessions of a Fat Girl 90: Regret
  91. Confessions of a Fat Girl 91: Time to move on
  92. Confessions of a Fat Girl 92: Have some fruit!
  93. Confessions of a Fat Girl 93: Family Easter
  94. Confessions of a Fat Girl 94: Sister Reunion
  95. Confessions of a Fat Girl 95: Perfect Fit; Perfect Surprise
  96. Confessions of a Fat Girl 96: The Love Story
  97. Confessions of a Fat Girl 97: Caught in the middle
  98. Confessions of a Fat Girl 98: Kisses…and Blood
  99. Confessions of a Fat Girl 99: Past…or Present Tense
  100. Confessions of a Fat Girl 100: Jewel
  101. Confessions of a Fat Girl 101: “Ill find you…and I’ll kill you”
  102. Confessions of a Fat Girl 102: Homecoming
  103. Confessions of a Fat Girl 103: Fever Pitch
  104. Confessions of a Fat Girl 104: Whodunit?
  105. Confessions of a Fat Girl 105: The Hypocrite
  106. Confessions of a Fat Girl 106: Message from Mom
  107. Confessions of a Fat Girl 107: Accountability & Responsibility
  108. Confessions of a Fat Girl 108: It’s for the best
  109. Confessions of a Fat Girl 109: Port Harcourt
  110. Confessions of a Fat Girl 110: While you were away
  111. Confessions of a Fat Girl 111: Planning…and a little bit of Salmon
  112. Confessions of a Fat Girl 112: Putting yourself first
  113. Confessions of a Fat Girl 113: Fruit Crumble
  114. Confessions of a Fat Girl 114: Resting Heart Rate
  115. Confessions of a Fat Girl 115: Shishi, he no get
  116. Confessions of a Fat Girl 116: The truth hurts
  117. Confessions of a Fat Girl 117: Veggie Burger
  118. Confessions of a Fat Girl 118: Weight Watchers Porn
  119. Confessions of a Fat Girl 119: The Worst That Can Happen
  120. Confessions of a Fat Girl 120: Baby Dady
  121. Confessions of a Fat Girl 121: Not a Player
  122. Confessions of a Fat Girl 122: Fat versus Fit Brain
  123. Confessions of a Fat Girl 123: Aunty Caroline
  124. Confessions of a Fat Girl 124: Delete his number
  125. Confessions of a Fat Girl 125: Meal Planning
  126. Confessions of a Fat Girl 126: Food Shopping
  127. Confessions of a Fat Girl 127: The Baby Bump
  128. Confessions of a Fat Girl 128: Cavorting, Prevention & Spunk
  129. Confessions of a Fat Girl 129: The secret is out
  130. Confessions of a Fat Girl 130: Postpone the inevitable
  131. Confessions of a Fat Girl 131: Queen of Wishful Thinking
  132. Confessions of a Fat Girl 132: Fat Prison
  133. Confessions of a Fat Girl 133: Some time away
  134. Confessions of a Fat Girl 134: Taking life too seriously
  135. Confessions of a Fat Girl 135: Is this really me?
  136. Confessions of a Fat Girl 136: Soothing
  137. Confessions of a Fat Girl 137: Welcome to the real world
  138. Confessions of a Fat Girl 138: The Storm
  139. Confessions of a Fat Girl 139: Head up!
  140. Confessions of a Fat Girl 140: Half-Year Check
  141. Confessions of a Fat Girl 141: Leave him for his wife
  142. Confessions of a Fat Girl 142: The Plan

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