Well look what we have here….It’s FRIDAY! Yay! I’m ready for a couple of days off from work, how about you?
Workin’ it Out
Today’s workout included 30 minutes on my elliptical at home and a 25 minute walk with my dogs. I’ve been putting the elliptical that Andy and I purchased in the fall to good use these past few weeks! I’ve been hopping on every other day or so right when I wake up. I take this time to watch the Today Show or some other news program and get my day started. It’s been nice, actually!
At work I also taught a 45-minute Turbo Kick class. Out of all the classes I teach each week, this one is by far the toughest. It’s not only tough physically (definitely whips my booty!) but also mentally. I have to constantly think about what move is coming up next and when to cue it. This class also takes a ton of prep work, especially in the beginning. But once you get the main moves down, new rounds don’t take too long to learn. It’s all worth it!
But I really enjoy the mental challenge, it’s fun! I’ve been teaching for about 7 years and I feel like I am always learning ways to improve my instruction. I actually think I enjoy teaching now better than I used to. It’s just a fun job!
I mentioned on Tuesday that I was really tired and possibly needed an extra rest day this weekend. Well as the week went on I felt like I caught my second wind! I’ve been full of energy and slept really well last night. So I may not have to take tomorrow off from exercise after all. I most always take Sundays off though. It’s all about listening in to your body and how you are feeling.
A First Time
Yesterday I did something for the first time that I had been scared to do…I donated blood to the Red Cross!
I’ve considered giving blood quite a few times but have not done it due to being afraid of needles. My fear is completely irrational because each time I get a shot at the doctor’s office, it doesn’t hurt. But right before I’m about to get the shot I’m all full of nerves!
I even have a tattoo, which is the king of all needles. To be honest, getting a tattoo hurt, but it was not horrible pain and it was quick (I have a butterfly on my stomach…along with the other millions of others who thought this idea was cute!) So why have I been putting off donating blood for a good cause?
The Red Cross came to my workplace and I decided that it was time to get over this fear and give for a good cause. I prepared myself by a pep talk in my mind reminding myself that it’s not excruciating pain and that I need to take deep breaths and relax. My technique payed off because I remained cool as a cucumber!
Some of the perks I found to giving blood were:
- You get a ‘mini’ physical. I got my blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and hemoglobin levels (iron) checked. That alone would have a co-payment in the doctor’s office. This was all free.
- You get snacks. I’m a sucker for free food. After giving blood I enjoyed a cup of apple juice and a Nature’s Valley granola bar. I was happy!
- Not Working! I got to be doing something at work that wasn’t work and still get paid. That’s always nice! Plus, I got to lay down and relax. It was a nice break!
- You feel good about helping others. Nothing beats the feeling you get when you do something for others. This makes it all worth it!
And honestly, it doesn’t hurt. It feels uncomfortable at most, but even that is going above what it feels like. I was not in pain at all. I’m officially over my fear of giving blood and will definitely do it again in the future!
Click here to find out how to donate in your area! I recommend it if you are eligible!
Andy is out of town visiting friends in North Carolina and so my weekend is pretty laid back. Pizza Friday will be happening though, I’m not ashamed to order a whole large pizza by myself 😉
I have my good friend Sam’s wedding shower tomorrow, which I am looking forward to! I might also be getting together with Andy’s mom and sister-in-law, Lindsay, for a girl’s day on Sunday. Those plans are still in the works!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Have you ever given blood before?