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Giving back

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

I have discovered a "possibly" new benefit of losing weight. I may now be able to give blood. I have been donating blood since my early twenties and did so just about every year until a year or two ago..

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The first time I gave blood I worked for a big corporation. It was my first "real" job and I was a receptionist. At the time I was quite small and weighed about 110 lbs. Everyone on my floor was donating so I decided to also. I knew my mother had a very rare blood and I was wondering if perhaps I did too. I went down to the lunchroom where they were donating and they made me get on the scale to see if I weighed enough!!! Oh, those days of yore!! I just made it. They handed me a wad of paper to squeeze and a handful of jelly beans to eat to bring up my blood sugar. I was so nervous I ended up squeezing the jelly beans and had many colors running down my arm!!! Ha!! Pretty funny! When it was all over, I remember looking at the guy who took the blood and saying, "Umm, I rather light headed" and then I passed out cold! Spent the next hour on a stretcher!! I still get light headed but no one asks me to get on a scale anymore LOL-

Anyway, I had gained so much weight it became impossible to find my veins. Yesterday, as I was driving, I noticed that I could see the veins in my arms quite clearly. Since I had to give up this part of my life simply because I had gained so much weight, maybe, just maybe I can reclaim it. I'm going to try at the next opportunity.

BTW, I did find out that I indeed do have rare blood. It is AB-. Do you know your blood types? Giving blood is easy, painless and saves lives. You all should try it.

Wonder how much a pint of blood weighs!!

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BLINDBETH 7/6/2008 11:33AM

    Good girl! I need to go tomorrow and give blood. I used to do Apheresis - where they just take the platelets. My father and brother both received platelets before they passed away. It is something that has to be scheduled and I don't have as much time now. But I do like to run in and give blood since it is quicker and doesn't involve making an appointment.

My veins have always been great. I'd have made a good junkie... emoticon

Thanks for the reminder to give blood!

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BARCINTL 7/4/2008 5:20PM

    If I give blood, don't eat the cookie afteward or drink the OJ, how much less do you think I'd weigh than before I gave blood? *grin*

Hey, I had a Brazilian to weigh less than you. I'll do whatever it takes!! Yes, I'm THAT competitive!!! :)

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NAOMIJGH 7/2/2008 7:34PM

    If you're looking for a blood drive, there is one at Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library on Rt 202 in Garnerville next Thursday, 7/10 from 1-6:30 pm. I usually give at ours, but I will be on my way to California for a wedding.

Happy bleeding!


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LB2SKINNYB-2010 7/2/2008 9:52AM

    That's awesome, girl! AB- is rare; don't give Life Blood your number. They'll be wanting you to come down every month! LOL!

No, giving blood is an awesome way to give back. I do it each year during our annual blood drive. But I wish I would do it more often. I have the universal donor type -- O+ (or is it O- ?)

Congrats on your skinny, vainy arms!!! :)

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GIRLINMOTION 7/2/2008 8:49AM

    Gayllynne, I am glad you going to try and give blood again. You know "it is in you to give". In the last few years I have been donating on a regular basis. Last month was my 51st time and I am scheduled to give again in August. I am B+.

I consider giving blood like a mini-physical. They check your iron levels, blood pressure and temperature. I have found though that as I have got older though if I try to do anything physical afterwards I become faint. This never happened when I was younger, so I don't know if this is an age thing or something else.

I read that you burn 600 calories when you donate blood. So make sure you get plenty of rest afterwards, it is quite the workout.


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Getting back to normal

Sunday, June 29, 2008

First and foremost I'd like to just say thank you to all the lovely comments that were left for me. It's been a tough time around here but we are doing ok.

My dad is home and feeling ok. That in and of itself is just great. My son has left for camp, complete with a cast on his hand but the good news is he can have the cast off in about 2 weeks. After that he can have a normal time at camp and just be a kid. Hooray!!

As for me, I'm really ok. I have been working a lot and just trying to return to normalcy in my life. I haven't lost any weight in two weeks but I haven't gained any either. I'm still a little off in the exercise but hopefully I'll be back to that again soon.

I am really anxious to get into the 130's. It will make me feel like I've really come a long way. Don't get me wrong, I really HAVE come a long way as losing 25 lbs is a big accomplishment. In terms of goals, again I'm ahead by a week. I had hoped for 25 by July 4th. Maybe I'll be in the 130's by then!!!

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer. I do love the warm weather.

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BLINDBETH 7/1/2008 10:45PM

    I've missed you! And I'm glad you are back! It sounds like you are doing remarkably well! Now that everyone has been taken care of - don't forget to do something relaxing for yourself. You'll need some down time after going through all that you did over the past several weeks.

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BARCINTL 6/30/2008 10:31AM

    I'm right on your tail at 140.8! Heh heh heh.

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CANUCKER08 6/29/2008 7:00PM

    I'm in the same boat as you in a way. The last month for me has been very difficult and my nutrition hasn't necessarily suffered but my regular exercise routine has a bit. I haven't gained or loss though either.

Sorry to hear that your mother has passed. We just got through a senseless death that has been the cause of our stress as well as my child graduating and finishing off exams, etc.

So like you're blog title, I'm hoping for the same. Getting things back to normal!

Good luck and my sympathies. emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 6/29/2008 3:52PM

    Gayllynne, I just caught up on reading your last blog. You been having a very stressful time. Sorry to hear of the passing of your mother, I know it is never easy, but I am sure it was for the best. Good supportive care is hard to find and do yourself when there are so many obligations and not enough hours in a day to fulfill them. I hope everything is fine with your father, it is never easy for the spouse that is left behind.

I hope you are finding time for yourself to get some rest to relieve the stress. I guess your son going to camp has helped, but your still his mom, and the worry never goes away (at least for me it doesn't and I think it never will unless my son can show more responsibility, but then I have to get him to take more, lol).

Take care, hugs,

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saying goodbye

Saturday, June 21, 2008

This has been the most difficult week of my life. My mother passed away this past Sunday. She was in the end stages of Alzheimers and we had just found a mass on her pancreas. She died peacefully at my father's side.

We had the funeral on Tuesday. We were at a cemetery that was very far from where we live as my grandparents bought the plot many, many years ago. My father, who is very frail and in a wheelchair, collapsed at the funeral (it was held graveside) and had to be ambulanced to the nearest hospital. My brother went with him in the ambulance and I stayed behind to finish the funeral.

The hospital was very uncooperative. They kept doing tests on my dad that were unnecessary and refused to release him. It wasn't until we went to the president/ceo of the hospital that we managed, after three days, to get him out of there. It was a total nightmare for us.

Last night my son's team lost the playoff tournament. He came home distraught and tried to put his fist through a wall. We spent the night in the ER and his hand is broken.

Needless to say, yes, I've lost weight. This isn't the way one should do it.

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TAMMI1963 6/24/2008 7:07PM

    Oh I am so sorry for your loss of your mom and for everything else you are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I'm sending hugs and good thoughts your way. emoticon

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NAOMIJGH 6/24/2008 11:26AM

    All my sympathy on the loss of your mom. Both my parents are gone now, and memories are what keep them alive for me, and I hope, for my daughters.

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PERKYDEBI 6/22/2008 2:10PM

    My heart goes out to you during this time of your loss and all the stress and sadness that has accompanied it. I'm so sorry that you are having to go through it. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.


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RENA1965 6/21/2008 1:53PM

    So sorry to hear of your lose. Try to remember her as the women you knew before Alzheimers and know she ain't hurting no more.
Both my husband's mom and my grandma had demens, so I totally understand your pain and helplessness..

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BLINDBETH 6/21/2008 11:23AM

    Oh no! I knew that you had been strangely quiet and I had hoped that everything was ok. Something told me that life might be throwing you some curve balls - but I had no idea that you were going through all this. It made me tear up to read all that you have had to deal with.

I know that we are miles apart, but I am thinking about you and your family. I wish there was something I could do for you.

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JOSEFSROSALITA 6/21/2008 11:21AM

    Oh honey, my thoughts and tons of prayers are with you.Sometimes life is like a 90mph merrygo round that just drags us in circles. It will get better. What a wonderful mom and daughter you are.

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BYRONSGIRL1 6/21/2008 11:17AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. My mother also has alzheimers and I feel it is the most terrible disease. Our memories are what make us who we are, and withour memory, who are we? Your parents are fortunate to have two caring children to watch over them in their old age. It sounds like you had a terrible week, but you got through it. Good for you. byronsgirl1

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It moved, it moved!!!!!

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Finally, after three long weeks of no movement in that darn scale, I'm down 2 lbs!! Hooray!!! It seemed to take forever and really was frustrating. I was told my body had to adjust to being the new weight and somehow that kept me motivated. There was no way I was going to change what I was doing anyway because this is a LIFESTYLE not a DIET!! Well, I keep telling myself that anyway LOL.

It's really, really hot here in NY this weekend. Going to get near 100 today and of course, my son has a baseball game. Hopefully his team will win and then we won't play again for a few days. If not, we play again on Tuesday when it is supposed to be a balmy 89!

Hope you all enjoy your weekend.

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AGING_HIPPIE 6/10/2008 1:00PM

    I totally relate: today after 8-9 days at exactly the same weight --despite 99% adherence to my low-carb plan--I've lost 1.4 lbs. I'm really pleased and grateful for every bit of support I've gotten. My thinking is beginning to shift from: Oh Lord not this again! to ...Can I ... this?

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BLINDBETH 6/10/2008 6:49AM

    By the way, are people starting to notice the weight loss now?

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DORY.A 6/9/2008 1:10PM

    Woohoo!!! 3 weeks to wait for that movement doesn't seem so long compared to my 6 weeks back early in 2008!!! But I know it is FRUSTRATING!!!!

We're getting the heat too here near Toronto... but I refuse to complain... I will take this any day over the snow we had this past winter!!

Congrats on the movement... here's to moving more in the downward direction!!!

You ROCK!!!

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BLINDBETH 6/9/2008 7:09AM

    Yay! It's always encouraging to see a pay off for all the hard work. And I love your attitude about making this journey a lifestyle change.

BTW, I do LOVE grilled veggies! We don't have any veggies that we are growing but we do have the herbs to add to them. My favorite summer dish is Caprese Salad with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil. Yum!

Have a great week!

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JRANZ22 6/8/2008 8:48AM

    Oh my gosh, I totally understand. It sure gets discouraging but I had the same thing happen on Saturday. However, when I am plateauing I usually gain a pound or two and then hold and then finally I will lose that # a couple of more pounds. But like you I keep saying "I am not going to Quit"

I sure enjoyed your Blog. Thanks!!

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The good and the bad

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

It's been difficult. I haven't lost any weight in close to 3 weeks now. This is the first time this has happened and I know that my body is adjusting and I am just plowing ahead. I would love to see the scale move and I know it will, I just have to wait it out. Not to worry, I've been good. I haven't gone over my calorie count but the exercise isn't as much as I'd like. Also, in these past three weeks there have been birthdays, BBQ and Bat Mitzvahs. All in all, the bad isn't so bad. At least I haven't gained!!!

As for the good. Well, I've started to not wear huge baggy tee shirts anymore. Suddenly people are noticing. I like that. Just last week a client said, "Are you trying to lose all that weight?" and today another client said to me, "I didn't recognize you from the back! You're downright skinny!"

Ha! Thinner, yes, but skinny, no not yet. It's nice that people are starting to notice but I'm still not ready to buy clothes. I am waiting until I'm in the 130's to even think about it. Soon, soon, I keep telling myself, soon!

I'm still hoping to be 25 lbs down by July 4th. Not as doable as once was thought but I'm still trying!!

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BLINDBETH 6/11/2008 6:53AM

    Wow! I totally missed this post! Yay! Isn't it great when people start to notice?!

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VIDABELA 6/5/2008 7:30PM

    wow 3 weeks - you are so strong and persistent! haha here i am complaining about 3 DAYS! i'd like to be down about 20-25lbs as well too...keep going strong, we can do it! =)

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DORY.A 6/5/2008 9:00AM

    You are doing GREAT!!! I got stuck on the same two pounds for 6 weeks back in Jan/Feb/March.... And then suddenly another 5 or so fell off...

Don't get discouraged - your body may just be catching up for a bit... You are doing all the right things!!!

As for the clothes situation - I know what you mean about not buying anything until you hit the 130's... I had planned on that as well but I just look horrible in pinned and belted clothes... my pants FALL OFF!!! My golf skirts from last summer swim on me or can sit way low on my hips... not classy for a 44 year old!

I plan on visiting one of our Goodwill or Salvation Army stores for something in the meantime... I cannot afford all new clothes so as long as I wash the stuff I get from the "used" places, I think I'll manage until I find that magical stable number in the 130's too!

You ARE doing great... it's all GOOD in my eyes! :)

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TAMMI1963 6/4/2008 8:26PM

    It does make you feel good when people notice your weight loss doesn't it?? Keep up the good work and you'll reach your goal. emoticon

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