Friday, October 16, 2009

What A Prick!

I am feeling drained. I gave blood today and it just really took it out of me. The nurse who was taking care of me told me that I wasn’t allowed to workout for six to eight hours after my donation, so the day was unfortunately a tad lackluster when it came to the exercise. I did manage to squeeze a couple of things in at the very end of the day after my required down time, but overall the energy has been pretty low.

On the positive side of things, the readings that were taken the last time I gave blood are better than they were in August. Although they were a little questionable when I went in two months ago, my iron levels today were good – which is rather astounding considering the time of month – and my blood pressure was normal. The numbers (120 over 61) were apparently so excellent, in fact, that the woman remarked as she removed the cuff, “Wow! That’s a really good reading!” Apparently she was expecting a lot less from the pudgy woman sitting across from her.

- 10 glasses of water throughout the day
- 2 cups cobb salad with chicken, hard boiled egg, bacon bits, grated cheese, lettuce, grape tomatoes, green onion, black olives, and fat free rancher’s choice dressing
- 2 Mandarin oranges
- 1 small bite of a pumpkin spice blizzard
- 1 glass of a strawberry breakfast drink
- 1 glass of peach juice
- 2 shortcake biscuits
- 2 cups of beef and broccoli
- 1 cup yellow pepper with fat free rancher’s choice
- 1/2 glass of caramel macchiato soy milk

- 25 minute step workout video
- 4 sets of 50 stomach crunches (2 straight, 1 right, and 1 left)
- 10 sets of walking up and down stairs (not all at one time)
- 30 minute walk


  1. Oh, thanks for the reminder -- I can give blood in a few days!
    Congrats on the low BP, too.

  2. That is a good bp. It's wild how getting fit drops it. I read about the mechanism for that somewhere but I forget. Mine dropped before I lost any appreciable weight because of the exercise.

  3. Wow, from the title of your post, I thought you had met & were writing about my ex-husband.

    That IS a great blood pressure!

  4. I just looked at your updated picture. OMG, what awesome progress. I see losses everywhere--arms, mid-section, legs, & even your feet don't look puffy in the current picture. Way to go!!

  5. I didn't expect what I read from your post title! Very funny...very clever. Amazing to see medical changes with weight loss. Yay you!!!

  6. OMG your title is hysterical.
    Awesome blood pressure reading!

  7. Great title!!
    Just think, you may not have gotten to exercise, but you lost one whole pound! (of blood!) And, your body burns calories to rebuild that blood. I always give myself an activity credit when I give blood. Hey, I do sweat!!
    And good for you donating blood. That's such an awesome thing to do.

  8. Good for you for donating blood! It can be draining. I never exercise after donating, and even the next day I don't go all out.

  9. Well done! I often wonder how many extra calories one can consume afterwards, but never really figured it out.

    The BP reading is excellent!

  10. Good BP!!!

    They say and I have proven that a 10% reduction in weight can have a substantial impact on your health.

  11. Kudos to you for giving blood!! And congrats on the great BP!

  12. Well Done you, love the BP reading.

    Great play on words too;)


  13. Lol! What on earth did you all think I had meant by that title (snicker); this is (by and large) a g-rated blog, you know... grin!