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SparkPoints and Fitness Minutes

Saturday, March 19, 2011

When I first joined SP, in typical "overachiever" mode I decided to go for 100 SparkPoints a day - just like in the old days in school when 100 was a perfect score.
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However I am learning it's more important to DO than to "keep learning" as it were.
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So from here on out, I'm going to aim for 100 in fitness minutes instead. emoticon

Just like wearing a pedometer and working up to 10,000 steps a day will improve our health, getting more active CONSISTENTLY will impact my weight loss efforts. emoticon

I have learned that SP encourages us to track cardio workouts as our fitness minutes. Tracking other "routine" activities is not actively promoted because they are considered part of our basal metabolic rate - the calories burned daily in routine living. So I won't look for ways to add housework and so forth anymore, just assume those are bonus activities. emoticon

This month my TOTAL fitness minutes are half of my SparkPoints (11,000 to 22,000).
From here on out, I'll try to increase the percentage of my SparkPoints that are fitness minutes emoticon
(we can earn up to 24 SparkPoints a day for 120 minutes of activity).

With my "new and improved" attitude and approach, I expect the scale to cooperate.
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"Move it to lose it."

  
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ERIKO1908 3/19/2011 10:42PM

    I currently have a goal to get my Fitness Minutes higher than Spark Points...seems like an obvious plan the will bring wonderful results!! Good luck on your challenge to yourself!!

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 3/19/2011 10:23PM

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LJCANNON 3/19/2011 12:17PM

    In terms of weight loss, the Fitness Minutes are the most important SparkPoints, IMHO. As much as I love Sparking (especially with this new Computer!!) I cannot burn very many calories by typing.

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REDDIRTRUNNER 3/19/2011 11:49AM

    That's the attitude! Love it! emoticon

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POKIEFUZZBUCKET 3/19/2011 11:09AM

    Sounds like a great plan! At a certain point I remember also making the change from focusing just on the sparkpoints to looking at how I was earning them.
Hope you have a great weekend!
Patti

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PAIGESMAMA 3/19/2011 10:36AM

    I am working on that too. I know to get my body into the condition I want it will take more that just losing the weight. I want to be toned too. So exercise here I come.

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STRINGI719 3/19/2011 10:28AM

    Awesome decision, can't wait to see the results!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 3/19/2011 10:08AM

    emoticon thinking & doing!

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FRANCESCANAZ 3/19/2011 8:55AM

    Now that is a smart switch!

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/19/2011 8:48AM

    This is a great challenge to yourself. Good luck with it, you will sure be healthier doing fittness points

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CYNTHIALEE45 3/19/2011 8:02AM

    I agree with you. Actually, 100 Spark Points is a lot of time spent on your butt at the computer!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/19/2011 7:28AM

    I agree with you! MOVING it is more important than all the points there are in the world! emoticon

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HEALTHYME47 3/19/2011 7:02AM

    I think you will see that extra "intentional exercise" make a big difference in the scale. Being more active overall and taking more steps does help too, but this new challenge sounds like a very motivating goal for you.

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GEMINISUE 3/19/2011 7:01AM

    I like your plan, and you are so encouraging, in presenting it to us, thank you!

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Linda

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/19/2011 5:50AM

    Great attitude. I cut myself loose from the drive for Spark Points a while back, noting, as you do, it's more important to live the life than to record it. Still, coming and posting or commenting helps encourage one another and the Spark Points come along anyway. Motivation is a tricky little thing... we use whatever works... and keep on keeping on!

To life... well lived... with attitude! emoticon

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PICKLEDGINGER2 3/19/2011 5:46AM

  Well said.

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Sampson County Super Sprint Triathlon Report

Saturday, March 12, 2011

emoticon First, a disclaimer. If you want to do a triathlon or any distance event,
PLEASE TRAIN for it.
You will both feel more confident going into the day, and enjoy yourself more.
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This event was held in my father’s hometown, so I had an incentive to participate even though it was an hour and a half away from home. When I arrived for the prerace orientation, the show of hands for first timers and relay participants was impressive. I managed to follow the bike and run directions after dark to familiarize myself with the course.
For dinner, I opted for Mexican. Because I wanted to arrive at the venue early, I picked up some Greek yogurt for breakfast.

I wanted to get lots of photos, but discovered I need a new camera – hopefully in the future! emoticon
So got up this morning and had to scrape frost off my windshield! Really?! What did I sign myself up for? emoticonMade it to the site nice and early and set up my transition area. Getting marked makes one feel official, even when your real age is evident to the world. I decided not to compete as an Athena because they were truly competitive, and I was out simply to finish.
My personal goal for the day was to finish and the time I had in my head was under an hour and a half. Since it was super short, there were 8 year olds participating. I am trying to imagine how proud would I have been of myself to complete any triathlon at that age.
emoticonThe pool swim…let’s just say it was not my cup of tea. I finished but couldn’t bear to run barefoot, dripping and freezing to the transition area, so I had a small towel and my socks and shoes near the exit and put the shoes on before I headed across the first mat. Someone called my name, but I just thought they had the list of bib numbers – turns out it was my cousin who had come to cheer me on! emoticon
emoticonSwim to bike transition took time because I had to dress. Then out to the mount line and off on the course. No music, nothing to set my cadence to or gauge my speed, so I had to find another focus. David Goggins became my inspiration again. I remembered he ran on the painted line on the street in the desert races to keep his shoes from melting. It also is the smoothest part of the road. So where possible, I rode the line.
As people passed heading back, I’d cheer them on. emoticonMostly, I was riding by myself. I kept saying, “just 30 minutes, like two laps around the block at home.” So I didn’t stop, but I did have to walk one hill. Normally the bike is my best event. I miss my racing bike with the clip in shoes!
So bike finished, it is back to transition and I decide to keep the shirt on for the inspiration on the back. "LAST is just the slowest WINNER" I’m just going to finish, not win an age group award, so my role is to encourage others. My fanny pack with my bib is full of jelly beans, and I grab a nutrition drink for energy. Wish I could have grabbed my playlist and earbuds, but I’m following the rules. Then it is off for the final leg.
emoticonThe course overall was really FLAT, but when you’ve never tried it you don’t give your best effort. Also, even though the police made sure we had the right of way at intersections and turns, there were cars on the course. The run was through downtown, and there were some (ahem) senior citizens who I wondered if they even could see us, much less were aware there was an event in progress. A good incentive to pick up the pace and get back to the side street! emoticon
emoticonSo down the last hill and up to the finish line, where they call your name and city (at least for me, I was from out of town). A new friend I made helped me unstrap the timing chip, and then I got to hug my cousin. I was glad to be done (and be alive, LOL!) Seriously, it wasn’t bad, it just would have been better if I had trained more.
emoticonMy Garmin recorded an average of 10 miles per hour on the bike (max 22mph) and over 1000 calories burned. Average heart rate was 155.
Final official total time was within my goal – 1 hour 25 minutes and change.
And I wasn’t last.
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-PAULA 3/20/2011 7:30AM

    You are amazing. Sorry I'm late reading this blog. Keep up the great work!

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GEMINISUE 3/18/2011 2:23PM

    Congratulations, for running the Triatholon, and finishing it and doing it in less then the time you wanted, to do it. So proud of you.

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Linda

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CATIATM 3/17/2011 7:13AM

    I am impressed! I've often wondered what it would be like to do a triathalon. Good for you!

"Last is just the slowest winner" is AWESOME! emoticon

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STRINGI719 3/16/2011 10:53PM

    AWESOME job!!! I am so impressed. I really AM going to do one of those someday!!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/15/2011 11:46AM

    Great report and great job! WOO HOO for you!!

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ABSOLUTZER0 3/14/2011 8:16PM

    You are some athlete! WAY TO GO!!! I wish I could have been there to cheer you on, too! Woohoo! Again, congrats on this accomplishment!

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CRYS828 3/14/2011 2:15PM

    emoticonAwesome Job! emoticon


LOVE the saying on your shirt!
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MAMAFEELGOOD 3/14/2011 12:01PM

    I am so proud of you! Congratulations!

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FITWITHIN 3/14/2011 8:15AM

    OMG! I'm so happy for you. I was thinking about you and the race I couldn't wait to log on and find out. emoticonjob! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/13/2011 12:21PM

    yea, you did it and it sure wasn't an easy event......great job on doing it.

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DUKEFAN86 3/13/2011 8:48AM

    Wow, you did it! Awesome! Congratulations! Enjoyed your race report! Do you think you'll do another one?

My grandmother was from Sampson County, as well as several generations before her. Since I'm into genealogy, I've been to Sampson County a lot!

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FUTUREYOGI 3/13/2011 7:48AM

    emoticon sounds like you had a great race! Absolutely love the shirt! Wonderful effort on your part.
Any plans to do another?

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LAURIEB27 3/13/2011 6:27AM

    Way to go!!! That was a great report! I definitely am considering a triathlon but I would have to train a bunch - bad swimmer! Awesome that you completed it in under your planned time and enjoyed it!
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NOELLIEMAE 3/13/2011 1:28AM

    AWESOME!!!!! :) You should be SUPER proud of your finish :)

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SLEEPYDEAN 3/13/2011 12:19AM

    Very cool! You're getting me even more excited for my first tri next week.

Mine is a reverse sprint with a very short pool swim at the end but it is still a daunting distance to me.

I'm slow on my running, even though I love it, so I'm going in it just hoping to finish as well. (And hope my family isn't too upset having to wait for me for an hour and 45 minutes or so.)

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OJIBWEEQUAY 3/12/2011 11:03PM

    so cool!!! That is impressive! And you blew your goal time outta the water!!!! yay!!! You are a true inspiration!!!! emoticon

ps....I knew you wouldnt be last emoticon

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PAIGESMAMA 3/12/2011 10:45PM

    Great job!!!!

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LILPAT3 3/12/2011 9:39PM

    Very nice! That is an awesome t-shirt! Any time you compete....you win simply because you make the effort. So.when is the next one? emoticon

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Sampson Super Sprint Triathlon tomorrow

Friday, March 11, 2011

Well, it's been a decade since I did a triathlon.
Rather than try to drive a couple of hours in the very early morning, then shake my legs awake, I've opted to drive down today, review the course, and get a good night's sleep at the hotel.
Race check-in begins at 6am Saturday with start time at 8am. I gave them the super SLOW swim estimate, so I won't be surprised if I am the last person into the pool, which means there will be no one to bike or run with, either. emoticon
Oh well, as I put on my race shirt "LAST is just the slowest WINNER."
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Super short, do-able, and almost here!

So I am setting out my clothes (plan to swim in my sport bra and bike shorts, then towel dry and add layers), thinking about the transitions, and take deep breaths to stay calm and not freak out emoticon
Looking forward to seeing my cousins as a bonus tomorrow.
Then back home to do my hair emoticon
Don't forget we "spring ahead" and lose an hour Saturday night!

BUT FIRST - GO TAR HEELS! MARCH MADNESS IS HERE emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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TURTLETALK 3/12/2011 9:33AM

    Have a wonderful time!

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PAIGESMAMA 3/12/2011 9:25AM

    I hope you have a great race. You have already won by signing up and showing up.

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THENEWME43 3/11/2011 9:35PM

    What a WONDERFUL idea! I'll be rooting for you and looking forward to hearing all about it! You inspire me so much!
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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 3/11/2011 7:45PM

    What a wonderful thing to be doing! It doesn't matter where you are in the pack as long as you finish, and who knows, maybe you'll surprise yourself! I have faith in you and look forward to hearing all about it. emoticon

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FUTUREYOGI 3/11/2011 6:22PM

    Good luck, don't forget to come here and let us know how you did. You are already a winner no matter if you come in first or last. emoticon emoticon

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MJK0430 3/11/2011 5:20PM

    Have a GREAT time.

You are going to have a lot of fun and we are all winners for trying!

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CRAZYSTEPPER 3/11/2011 4:47PM

    Good luck! Like I said before - you are awesome!

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FITWITHIN 3/11/2011 4:30PM

    You will do just fine. Think of that strong person you have featured as your background. Slower winner who cares; you will be a winner, because you will finish strong. I will be rooting for you. This is something that I'm going to look into doing myself. I love emoticonand I just start riding a emoticonagain just last year after not riding a emoticonsince I was a teenager, and I going to start emoticonagain when the weather breaks. Slow and steady. Oh yeah, I haven't decided what I'm going to do when I reach 100,000 fitness miles. You diffently gave me something to think about. Hmmmmmmmmm!!! I'm sending you an early emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STRINGI719 3/11/2011 3:32PM

    That is so AWESOME! I would LOVE to do one of those, but I don't have a bike!
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Guess that's something I need to start saving for!

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LAURIEB27 3/11/2011 3:28PM

    Good luck! I'd love to know how it goes. I am considering a triathlon but I am not the best swimmer! I look forward to hearing about it!! i love the race shirt - that's perfect!!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 3/11/2011 2:35PM

    I am so excited for you!! What fun!!!!! I always think I am going to be last! But I never am! Either will you! And if so, woohooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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HEALTHYMEEMS 3/11/2011 12:52PM

    Go Girl!!! You're already a winner, just by trying it.

and - go Heels!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/11/2011 12:13PM

    Oh, have a WONDERFUL time! I think it's emoticonthat you're doing this! Please let us know how it all turns out! I LOVE the logo, "LAST is just the slowest WINNER"!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/11/2011 12:09PM

    Very definitely do-able--you're going to do great, I'm sure! Smart to stay at a hotel with the early morning check-in; be sure to post a report when you're done tomorrow.

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Snacking vs Grazing

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I read with interest the recent Daily Spark blog about how "dieters" who used apps had better success than those who wrote their food log on paper, possibly because there was more feedback. I love feedback. It helps me make course corrections along the way, rather than once I reach a destination.
So I was thinking today about how am I using my food tracker to the best of my ability. One of my downfalls in going over my daily calorie count includes unplanned snacks. At what point, I wondered, does a snack become grazing, where you are just eating and piling on the calories?
And I decided it was when the snack is unplanned, hasn't been written down and accounted for BEFORE you eat it. Some are habits - like my salty popcorn at night to prevent me from eating a sweet snack. But it's a mindless habit, not a planned snack. So that gives me the abiliity to make changes, to improve.
And by tweaking my menus, I'll be more successful.
Hope you are having a great day, and staying on track with everything.
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PAIGESMAMA 3/12/2011 9:23AM

    I have been tracking everything this week and feel really good about it.

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LITTLEGIRLSMOM1 3/11/2011 7:19PM

  Thanks for the tip!!!! emoticon

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CRAZYSTEPPER 3/11/2011 4:37PM

    Wow, I'm a grazer! Good luck on your race tomorrow!

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STRINGI719 3/11/2011 3:30PM

    I do best when my snacks are fruits or vegetables, since I don't get enough of those anyway!
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LJR4HEALTH 3/11/2011 1:40PM

    So on about snacking I do better in my range when I plan a snack instead of sneaking 1 in

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/11/2011 10:06AM

    I agree that tweaking our menus can make all the difference

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 3/10/2011 9:37PM

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THENEWME43 3/10/2011 8:33PM

    Revelations like that are SO helpful, aren't they? For me, it's the waiting too long to eat that will have me reaching for whatever is handy, instead of something healthy. I have to stay a step -or two- ahead, to stay on track!

I'm reading a great book, _Made to Crave_, and it mentions the difference between beneficial foods and permissable foods. Just because a food isn't considered "junk food" doesn't necessarily mean it's in our best interest to consume it!

Hope you're having a great week!

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HEALTHYME47 3/10/2011 7:51PM

    This is just what I needed to read today! Thank you!

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/10/2011 5:48PM

    SO right! If I take time to log it before I eat it (or at least check my calories to be sure that there's room), I do so much better at staying in range. Grazing is part of what got me up to over 250 pounds in the first place, cannot go back to doing that again!

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LADYGWEN25 3/10/2011 5:47PM

    i actually track as go along during the day.. IF i know what i'm having tomorrow i'll even pretrack..makes life easier. :) My nightime issue is ignoring the hubby on his snackfest.. But i find if i've eaten properly during the day.. resistance is good. :)

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KJNLDE 3/10/2011 4:55PM

    Great blog! It's so true! I'm going to plan out my snacks for the next week and see where that gets me. Thanks!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/10/2011 4:33PM

    Oh, my GOSH! I have been thinking on a similar vein all day long! Here in the library, there is always a little celebration of the birthday of an employee, and today, the treat turned out to be carrot cake! I went back there to support my sweet co-worker's birthday, but once I got in the break room and saw that delicious looking cake, all my resolve fell through the roof! If ONLY I had checked really quickly on my tracker, to see the amount of calories for that teeny tiny slice (420!!!), I would have had a forkful, NOT an entire piece! Yes, you are 100% right! emoticonI'm going to remember this lesson! emoticon

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Be a blood donor

Friday, March 04, 2011

I am a VIP blood donor, and recently was informed with my next donation, I will cross the 4 gallon mark. That's 8 pints per gallon and each pint can help 3 people... (drum roll) 96 people helped!
So here's a link to 56 reasons to donate blood (1 tip for each day between potential donations) and hoping you will also consider helping to save a life.
http://www.bnl.gov/hr/blooddrive/56facts
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HARMONY2011 4/5/2011 10:49PM

    DRB13...
Kudos to you. I also have been a donor since I was 19. I cheated and drank a quart of water the first time so I could make weight of 110. Later that night I passed out while enrolling for college night classes. There is a reason for weight restrictions. I passed my 4 gallons last year. As a former teacher of high School Health Careers students and now a community coordinator, I get to give and encourage others. Thanks for posting this and bringing the awareness of need to the front of our consciousness.

Some can give. some cannot, but all can contribute in some way. emoticon

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CATIATM 3/9/2011 1:02AM

    WOOT! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ABSOLUTZER0 3/7/2011 8:04PM

    Woohoo! I used to be an avid blood donor myself. I had given 3 gallons and then I received a rash from the iodine and I have not returned since. *shakes head* My doctor said that if I ever give to make sure it is on one of my running rest days. He said if not, be prepared to pass out.

Big ups to you for that though. Blood donors are definitely needed!

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STRINGI719 3/7/2011 9:13AM

    You are amazing! I've always put it off due to my irrational needle issues, but I really need to do this! Much easier than growing my hair out for 2 years to donate it, and also MUCH easier than giving away my kidney! (I can be such a baby sometimes!)
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OK, I just went online & searched for a local UBS location. Of course there's not one here in Deming (I figured as much!), but there IS one in Las Cruces an hour away. I usually go out there once a month anyway, so I need to schedule my first donation!!!

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LAURIEB27 3/6/2011 8:41AM

    That is so awesome!! I haven't been allowed to give this year because I was in Costa Rica in 2010 which is a high risk area for Malaria. I'll be able to give again after May 1 and I'll be right in line!!

Way to go with your donating! That is so awesome!!
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WANT2BEFIT10 3/5/2011 12:11PM

    I've donated a gallon in my lifetime...I've always felt strongly about being a donor...thanks for the link and great job!

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FUTUREYOGI 3/5/2011 6:52AM

    great job! I used to do this all the time, my employer has blood drives every 3 months right there in the office can't get any more convenient than that! But the last 5 times I went I couldn't donate because my iron count was too low, I will try again the next time there is a blood drive now that I'm eating much better the iron shouldn't be a problem anymore.
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/5/2011 12:33AM

    That is wonderful! emoticon

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SKIRNIR 3/4/2011 11:40PM

    I also recommend donating blood. It really is fairly pain free. (Not completely, but not anymore than a regular blood test at your doctor's office. Sometimes less, as they know what they are doing more.)

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MSCAPALDO 3/4/2011 11:25PM

    Great Job!! Thanks for the reminder emoticon

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