I donated blood last Thursday for the first time since early 2013! My iron level was a 12.8! (You have to have a 12.5 to donate.) When the lady was checking my arms to see which vein would be the easiest, she commented that my veins were the smallest she had seen all day. She even got one of the other staff to verify her choice. (That made me a tad nervous–I hate getting the new girl.) Well, she took her time (which makes it sting more), but she hit the vein on the first try and we were in business! She told me my blood was flowing like the Mississippi River! Ha!
It has been a looong time since I donated blood. I go through bouts of anemia, and it is hard keeping my iron levels high when I am constantly training. (My dad says I should suck it up and learn to like beef. Bleh.) Plus, I don’t like to donate when I am in the middle of training, and the following experience reminded me exactly why.
On Monday morning (3.5 days after donating), Shawn and I went for an easy 4 mile run. Holy crap. That was the hardest 4 miles I have run since the last 4 miles of the marathon in March. Wow. I felt like death. And we ran relatively slow for us. I was incredibly weak. It was hard to breath. I was a little dizzy when we finished. It felt like I hadn’t run in years. I didn’t remember how hard losing a pint of blood was on your body. It definitely shocks your system.
We ran again on Wednesday and I felt a bit better. I didn’t feel as weak. I got more tired sooner than I should have, but the run wasn’t a crazy shock to my body like it was on Monday. We are running again tomorrow, and hopefully that one will go even better!
In other news, I think I mentioned Envy and I are taking an agility class. She looooves it. So, I totally bought a plank for us to practice her “two-on, two-off” target practice. Can we say spoiled?
A is visiting again this weekend! Last weekend we did a cycle class (RPM) on Sunday. The plan for this weekend is to try to run Saturday (if it isn’t raining) and head to the gym again on Sunday. In that vein, research has shown that after participating in an exciting joint physical challenge or novel activity, couples reported feeling happier in their relationships. And a recent survey revealed that 85% of twosomes who work out together said that it has improved their union. I like the results of that research!
Food for Thought: Research shows that organic milk is 62% higher in omega-3 fatty acids–which help lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation–compared with nonorganic milk.
Quote of the Day:
“You can do more than you think you can and you’re better than you think you are.”
Oh my. I can’t even remember when I made this pound cake or what the occasion was. That is kind of sad. I feel like there was an occasion, but maybe there wasn’t? I honestly have no idea. What I DO know is that it was delicious. I also know that I will be making it again. Yeah. It was that good. Try it. It’s worth it.
Cookies and Cream Pound Cake
– 1 1/4 cups butter, softened
– 3 cups sugar
– 6 large eggs
– 1 teaspoon vanilla
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 3 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 cup heavy whipping cream
– 25 Oreo cookies, crushed
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 12-15 cup bundt pan.
- In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium speed until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Beat in the vanilla and salt.
- Add the flour alternately with cream, beginning and ending with flour. Beat until just combined after each addition.
- Spoon half of batter into prepared pan. Top evenly with half of crushed cookies. Using a butter knife, gently swirl the crushed cookies into the batter.
- Add the remaining batter to the pan and top with remaining crushed cookies. Using the knife, swirl the cookies into the batter again.
- Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.
- Allow cake to cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
Courtesy of Let’s Dish