I wrote about donating blood for the first time in my post My First Pint.
I gave my second pint on April 11th. Thankfully, it went smoothly. The day before, I made sure I consumed a lot of fluids and the hydration train kept running the morning of (smile). I choose to stick to my norm of not having breakfast so I would learn if I needed to have breakfast on donation days. I even wore a sleeveless shirt for easy access. I did not experience any dizziness or light headiness. In fact, other than the Band-Aid on my arm, I felt no differences and my blood sugar was just fine.
So far, I have donated whole blood via a OneBlood bloodmobile. I need to learn more about the four methods of donation are available.
Cool beans. I will make donating a regular occurrence.
More to come…..
I recently came across a wellness article 7 nutrition trends you’ll see in 2018. It then occurred to me: since when is nutrition “trendy”? Maybe this is part of the problem? An eagerness to jump on the latest dietary bandwagon rather than pausing, thinking and doing the work to figure out what dietary lifestyle achieves wellness for an individual long term. If what you have been doing isn’t getting you healthier, is it time to consider a change? Do we need to consider that what we have been told may not be what is right or true for us individually? I have.
There are hot topics and debate in the community within which I regularly read regarding the food and medical industries, but I thought it would be good to look past the controversy and examine a number of basics that I believe would be generally acceptable within any dietary lifestyle. This post is about iterating the basics, the foundation, of where I would recommend to anyone beginning their journey whether you are vegan or stone cold keto (like me). From my point of view, the following are universally common across all dietary lifestyles are: awareness, cooking and limiting processed foods.
Recently, I had a very positive experience donating blood for the first time. I have been considering donating blood for a while, but I never took action on that thought. A Big Red Bus was right outside the building where I work so I decided the time was right to donate. The staff was very nice, the needle was not bad, I scored a t-shirt and a coupon and I left feeling healthy and proud of myself.
I have previously written on the Value of Practice. It is helpful to create tools to assist with the habits and behaviors you are building. I have come up with two fill-in-the-blank sentences to use in my journal on the mornings when I may be less engaged or feeling fatigued. These questions prompt me to get with the program (smile). Continue reading
Keeping my eyes on my own paper. Keeping my eyes on my own journey. It is month 17 and I happily report that the plateau continues. Well who in the world would be happy about still experiencing a plateau of many months you ask? This girl. Now let me share why this is my case.
Today is day 9 of the 30 day Affirmation Challenge. I felt it was time to update my personal affirmations and why’s. In the spirit of keeping things simple, my updated version has be streamlined a bit. I have also recommitted to consistently saying them out loud at least once a day. I hope you find the practice as valuable as I do!
I was recently listening to Primal Potential podcast 352: Overcoming Doubt & Creating Consistency . This is one of her longer podcasts and is totally worth the listen. About 15 minutes into the podcast she began talking about how she wants to feel amazing every single day. And you know what, so do I. The context of her statement was related to actively striving to feel amazing and how that goal can shape our choices.
I wrote about affirmations in my post Believe It. Say It. Repeat It.
I am taking time now to update my affirmations as well as modify my goals. A post from speaker Brian Tracy’s Facebook group came to by timeline issuing a 30 day affirmation challenge. Well, that was right on time!
Pursuing squirrels is quite an exciting challenge for my dog Ginger. She approaches this activity with enthusiasm daily. It is amusing to observe her pursuit during squirrel patrol, but I have realized there is a lesson here. Continue reading
Lately I have been thinking about what will make my time on this part of the path, the weight loss portion of my journey, the last time. What is different THIS time? Sure, I can SAY this is the last time, because I have SAID that before. I am fully aware it takes more that wanting, wishing and saying. Continue reading