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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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    emoticon for you!

    emoticon 11.66 miles - wow!!

    And going on 4 weeks smoke-free... I am so happy for you and you should feel very pleased with yourself!! Keep going forward... soon it will be 4 months, then 4 years!
    2349 days ago
    Congratulations! 11.66 miles - that's awesome!!

    I hear you about riding the bus with lots of high schoolers! And if that's the motivation to keep you biking, more power!

    Thank you for donating blood. I've actually never donated, but have considered it. In high school, with the girl scouts, I volunteered at a number of blood drives and even organized a couple. Although I had the clearance of my doctor, I was turned away from donating (I'm on medicine for my epilepsy, and was turned away for "my health"). I really need to go to the blood bank here and donate.
    2349 days ago
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