Thoughts: Back in July 2004 I tried to donate blood as usual when the Florida Blood Center Bloodmobile made its usual monthly stop at my office complex. I figured that I’d just go through the motions of filling out the questionnaire, answering the verbal questions from the technician, getting my temperature, blood pressure, and pulse checked, and then pump out my two cups of ichor, collect my cookies and go on my merry way just like I’d done 8 weeks earlier. No such luck–they pricked my finger to obtain a drop of blood to test for iron count, and I failed. My little blob of pale, thin blood refused to sink to the bottom of the vial. Talk about mortifying!
I was in my 5th or 6th week of BFL, I was eating SO healthy I would probably vomit chicken feathers, egg whites, and blueberries if you poked my stomach, I worked out 6 days a week, and yet I was getting dissed by the Bloodmobile in favor of tubby office workers who habitually chugged three 36 oz Cokes from Nature’s Table a day? That just wasn’t right.
I sank into a grouchy mope for the next seven months with the specter of BFL-induced iron-deficiency hovering over my head.
The Bloodmobile was back again this morning, however, and I decided to test my luck (and iron count) again.
My chances weren’t going to get any better than they were today: I’d had a nice, juicy, rare steak on Saturday and leftovers from it on Sunday. I was singlehandedly responsible for the complete decimation of four big bags of washed spinach in the past seven days. I haven’t missed a multivitamin with iron in 7 months. If I got rejected again, I’d have have no choice but to go get myself checked out for anemia.
I hopped into the bus around 10:30, filled out the paperwork and waited nervously for the fateful finger pricking.
I got a bit worried when it looked like my stupid finger wouldn’t give up enough blood for the test. Low blood pressure on top of anemia…just what I needed. I wanted to shout, “Squeeze harder, dammit!” but restrained myself. No need to throw off my blood pressure and pulse count later, right?
Finally, the tech got enough blood in the minipipette for the test and THANK GOODNESS my blood drop sank like a stone to the bottom of the test vial.
It looks like I’m back on the A (positive) list for the blood bank, and safely out of iron deficiency territory. 😀
I leaked out my pint of blood, drank a free cup of cranberry juice, and picked out a pack of Grandma’s Peanut Butter cookies to foist on one of my co-workers. The blood bank folks also punched the final pip in my Club Red card, so I should be receiving a $15 gift certificate to use at Olive Garden, Red Lobster, or Smokey Bones BBQ next week. Guess where my next free day meal will be?
Even better, I just hit my gallon mark for donations, so I got a darling little brass keychain with “A Positive” engraved on the back in case I should get into a horrible car accident and require an emergency blood transfusion into my mangled body. Nifty!
Nutrition (2000-2200 calorie maintenance/bulking menu)
1: 3 slices French toast with high fiber WW bread and SF maple syrup (Chocolate banana shake)
2: BBQ chicken breast with couscous, sweet potato, and spinach (Chocolate banana shake)
3: Coconut banana bar
4: Catered dinner at work
5: BBQ chicken breast with sweet potato chips
6: Nutty vanilla pudding (eDiets EFL)
Multivitamin with iron
Calcium 500 + D
1 T. flax seed oil
1 t. GNC Creastack (5 g creatine, 2 g l-glutamine, and phosphates)
Calories eaten / deficit for yesterday = TBD (target 0)
Water: 12 cups
Ratios: 50% carb / 30% protein / 20% fat
10:30 pm Bar Method DVD workout
Max-OT back/biceps/abs postponed until tomorrow due to blood donation restrictions
The Awful Truth:
1. Didn’t make it to the grocery store and am out of bananas, eggs, spinach, and Kashi. :: sobs ::
2. Had about 7 pieces of candy/chocolate coated dried fruit yesterday.
1. Finished setting up the Athlon 1100 and will ship it out tomorrow at lunch.
2. Donated blood today!
3. Grilled up some chicken breast, baked some sweet potato chips, and cooked some garlic herb couscous last night.
4. Got both loads of laundry started this morning.
Short-term Goals: (Same as yesterdayâ€™s goalsâ€¦)
1. Make another batch of bars.
2. Go grocery shopping (again).
3. Pack the Athlon for UPS shipment tomorrow.
4. Set up the Dell.
5. Finish laundry and organize closet