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Accomplishments and Giving Back

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

First, a big emoticon for the start of week 4 of my life emoticon

When I made the decision to change my lifestyle, I choose walking and riding my bicycle as my primary forms of cardio. For one reason or another, I have not been on my bike in almost 3 weeks. I got my bike in working order and decided to take a ride yesterday. Now, when I stared this plan of change, I would ride just over 5 miles. I slowly worked up to just over 6 miles, but I was really working. I'd get off my bike and my legs would feel like Jell-o. When I started yesterday, I decided I would check my time at my turn around point. If it was 15 minutes or less, I would keep going. Sure enough, 15 minutes, so I kept going. As I would approach a new traffic light, I would think to myself, "I'm doing okay, so let's go to the next light." When I reached Makaha Valley Road, it came as a shock. I decided to turn around there, with the thought that if the trip back became too much, I would just stop and wait for the bus. As I pedaled back towards Nanakuli, I realized that school had gotten out, and that the bus would be packed, and all I can say is I DO NOT enjoy riding a bus packed with High Schoolers. I pushed it until I had no choice because the next bus stop is the one I get off at anyway. When I got home, I was breathing hard, but not on the verge of gasping. I got off my bike, and my legs did not feel like they would crumple out from under me at any moment. I was feeling good, and proud of my accomplishment. When I mapped my trip, I was completely shocked to see how far I had actually gone. My round trip was 11.66 miles. I have NEVER ridden that far. The furthest I had gone was just over 6 miles. I am amazed and proud and feel like a champ! emoticon

I have an appointment at 11:45 to donate blood. As a Nursing Assistant in the major hospital and trauma center for Honolulu and as someone with one of the rarer blood types, I know how important blood donation is. It is not unusual for the Blood Bank to call me and request I come in to donate. I have not made a donation for a while, because the last 2 times I tried, my blood clotted off before they were able to collect the full pint. I felt like I failed, because they can use the blood for research, but it won't be able to be used for transfusions. I have found that when I am eating healthy, drinking plenty of water and exercising, blood donation is a snap. Not only do I not clot off before they get enough, but the blood flows quickly and I fill a pint bag in 10 minutes instead of 30. I want to earn a spot on the 100 pint wall of honor, so I am determined to donate as often as I can.

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