Tuesday, February 18, 2014

So Much Catching Up To Do!

I suck at this blogging thing. I always have thoughts of blog posts running around in my head, but then the kids need me, or my house needs cleaning, or I have to work, and it doesn't get done.

So, everyone wrote about their Valentines' Day, and of ourse I didn't. Ah, I guess that's as good a place to start as any.

Around here we make V-day about the kids. They wake up and have gifts on the table, and usually the house is decorated. I had already decorated the house earlier in the week for a play date we were hosting, but the girls did wake up to their gifts. I really shop all year long and grab things when I see them at a deep discount, so even though it looks like they get a lot of presents, I spend pennies.
They each got a new pair of sunglasses and a beach t-shirt for our upcoming trip to Florida. I threw in a couple of other trinkets and they were happy as can be.
Later in the day I volunteered at each of their V-day parties at shool. It's always fun to get to see them in action in their classes with their friends.

I made dinner, since we never go out on V-day (too many crowds and hype, not my thing). It was nice, and we had fresh strawberries for dessert, which was so refreshing in this horribly cold weather.
I really wanted to have a glass of wine but that was not possible since I knew I was doing kick boxing first thing in the morning. That class is killer when I'm at my best, I couldn't have wine and expect to get through it.

Speaking of kick boxing, I added another class to my week. I now kick box Fridays AND Saturdays, along with my regular weight lifting class on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
I remember my surgeon telling me that your body gets used to the exerise you do, no matter how hard you work out, and that it's a challenge to increase the intensity, or change things up. So, that's what I'm doing.

On top of that the kids and I have been doing a family fitness program 3 days a week, which means I'm at the gym twice a day on those days. It's tough to get through a class in the morning, and another class in the evening, but I've been sleeping great after all that activity!

And if all that wasn't enough, I do this on my non-gym days, before I get ready for work, and on Sunday...

I want a butt like that! This DVD sells at Target for $16.99 but we found it on Amazon for $6! Not sure if it's still available but I can tell you, it's worth the $6.
There are 5 exercises to choose from, and each are 10 minutes long. I choose 3 and make it a 30 min. work out. The cool thing is that it's set up so you can choose your 3 in the beginning and then play them all in a row, without going back to the main menu after each one.
No, my butt is not lifted and is a far cry from the woman on the DVD, but I'm working at it! Bathing suit season will soon be upon us, and my booty  needs some help.

Today my oldest is home from school, supposedly sick, but miraculously better now that she's not in school. I'm making her go with me to run errands later today, which I'm sure she won't mind.

We leave for sunny Florida on Saturday. After the storm we got yesterday I'm more than ready to get the heck out of Dodge. This winter has been brutal. One week won't fix that but a little sunshine sure could help!

I hope to check in again before we leave, so until then, be well and stay warm!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Denied! You Go Home Now.

Well folks, I tried to donate blood again. Once again, I was denied.

Here's the back story. I gave blood last year at this time with no problem.

I went again in September, on my birthday in fact, figuring that was a good way to spend part of my day.
My iron level was too low to give.
At that time I was training for a 10K and the woman at the blood center explained that running really depletes a woman's iron levels quickly. Once I was done running, it would probably go back to normal.

Then, when I was in the hospital with my band slip, the ER doc told me I was really anemic. No big surprise there since I wasn't eating much of anything, or taking vitamins.

Since band removal I've been eating TONS of fruits and veggies, making sure to have lots of citrus and spinach every day. Citrus (vitamin C) helps the body absorb iron naturally.

The week before the blood drive I even made more of an effort to get the iron in, adding spinach to lots of stuff every day.
It didn't work.

I haven't eaten red meat in a couple decades. I often border on vegetarian. I think I eat pretty healthy most days, but obviously not healthy enough for what my body needs.

I actually stood in the meat aisle of the store yesterday pondering my ability to stomach red meat. In the end, I just couldn't do it. It sort of made me gag just looking at it. I think I might do OK if someone else cooked it for me and I didn't have to touch the raw meat myself. Who knows.

So, for now I'm taking an iron pill every other day. I can't do every day because I get constipated. Sorry for TMI!

I will try again in a few weeks to donate blood and if I'm still not at a good level, I'll have some decisions to make about my diet.

Until then it's more black beans, spinach, nuts, and other various veggies!

Have a great night everyone, stay warm, and enjoy the winter olympics!