Blood donation day and new things!

Thanks for the comments on my 2009 wrap up post!  Funny how the year looked better on paper than it felt sometimes, know what I mean?

Lots of new goodies to blog about today, but first I must write about my workout!  😀

The gym was pretty crowded this morning (for my gym, anyway).  I think a lot of people must have today off.   Hit the weights today:

  • Chin up:  2 sets of 2
  • Barbell squats:  3 sets of 8 at 85 pounds
  • Widegrip lat pull down:  3 sets of 8 at 60 pounds
  • Pushups:  3 sets of 10
  • Static lunge:  3 sets of 10 with 25 pound plate
  • Prone Cuban snatch:  3 sets of 10 with 10 pound dumbbells.
  • Incline reverse crunch: 3 sets of 10.

I challenged again with 30 second rest periods.  That’s kind of hard, but in a good way.  Then it was 40 minutes walking on the t-mill.  All during the walk, I was thinking about breakfast!  We got a new toy with one of our gift cards:

A waffle maker!  Woo Hoo!  Take that Kellogs and your waffle shortage!  I was dying to try my protein pancake recipe to see how they came out:

Worked pretty well!  I think I am going to try the heat on high to see if I can get them to crisp up a bit.  I am never buying a waffle again, although I do have a few to use up 😉

Snow today.  It was just starting to snow when I left for the gym this morning, and by late morning it looked like this outside:

Sloppy wet stuff.  So, I bundled up for work in the Broncos snuggie my parents got for me for Christmas 😀

Too bad my team stinks this year….  This is my usual work spot, too.  I like it because I can look out the window at the birdfeeder.

Yearly HIPAA training this morning, then break time for lunch, where I tried another new item:

My stocking starfruit!  It turned a nice yellow shade over the last couple days, so it was time to eat.  Served with some tuna salad and FSTG chips:

The starfruit was not really sweet.  It was kind of a cross between a grape and a cucumber.  Quite interesting and quite juicy.  It was a fun food, though.

After more work and a latte snack, it was time for the last blood donation of the year.

It was incredibly crowded.  We were very surprised at the long line waiting.  It actually took almost 2 hours from start to finish, which is double the normal time.  I was pleased that my iron levels were 14.1, again higher than John’s LOL!  Go broccoli!  The tech had a little trouble with my vein, which was annoying because it is very large and visible, but I am pretty sure he was new.  We got a nice t-shirt and I decided on another iron powerhouse for my post donation snack – raisins.

I decided against Lorna Doones today because I got into the Christmas cookies yesterday in a big way.

It was well past dinner time, and I was so hungry, even after the raisins.  I wanted a quick dinner that was warm and came up with a grilled wrap made with chicken, laughing cow cheese, and cranberry sauce – plus the standby broccoli and a clementine.  T’was yummy.

I had to flex hours to donate blood, so I have to get back to work tonight.  Hope the receiver of my blood appreciates that 😆   Picture me in the snuggie again with the laptop and a cup of tea and you’ll have the right image for my evening.

Question:  Do you waffle – be it frozen or homemade?

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22 thoughts on “Blood donation day and new things!

  1. Pubsgal

    Looks and sounds like a nice, cozy day! I’m still due for my gym visit today…wishing now I’d gone in the morning….

    Oh, yes, I waffle; protein pancake recipes do work nicely in waffle form. I like my waffles with peanut butter and sugar-free maple syrup. Here’s a tip I learned from a friend of mine: when you use whole eggs, beat the egg whites until they are stiff, then fold them into the batter. Waffles turn out lighter and crisper that way. Also, waffles freeze really well…good to know if you are ever tempted to go back to the convenience of toaster waffles.
    .-= Pubsgal´s last blog ..Merry Christmas Eve! =-.

    1. Lori Post author

      Interesting. I just put everything in the bullet blender and whiz away because I am lazy 😀

      I must try nut butter on waffles…..

  2. Shelley B

    I don’t own a waffle maker but will always choose them over pancakes – love the crispy edges better. The last time I ate a waffle it was covered in melting butter and syrup – this was a few years ago, obviously! I never thought I would want to eat a waffle unless I could have it that way, but after seeing your fruit toppings for the past year, I am ready to try them!

    The star fruit looks so cool when it’s cut…would you buy one, now that you’ve tasted it?

    As I sit in a long-sleeved t-shirt, layered with a short-sleeved t-shirt, down vest, huge fleece pullover, jeans, wool socks and a down throw on my legs, I’m envying your Snuggie! Wish I could move my computer away from the window – it’s too darn cold!
    .-= Shelley B´s last blog ..Introducing… =-.

    1. Lori Post author

      I don’t know if I would buy another starfruit because they are so expensive here. There are so many other fruits that are inexpensive that I love (strawberries…).

  3. suzanne

    I actually don’t eat waffles very often, maybe once a year. But the more i see people making their own i’m getting tempted to buy a waffle maker and come up with some interesting brekkies :=)
    .-= suzanne´s last blog ..What an afternoon!! =-.

  4. Foodie Girl

    Your Broncos are not having as bad a year as the Chiefs are. My BF is really not in a talking mood when those games are on. I stay far, far away. One time, I had a basket of folded socks in the living room and when I walked in, they were all over the floor from him throwing them at the big screen. hehehehe…. boys are so funny!
    .-= Foodie Girl´s last blog ..Work Beckons =-.

  5. Ang

    I love your Broncos snuggie! Don’t feel bad about your team. I’m a Redskins fan. I think that says it all. LOL!

    I have a George Foreman grill that has changeable plates and one of the options is waffle maker. It’s a lot of work to get out of the cabinet and find the right plates so I usually buy frozen gluten free waffles. Laziness is a big problem for me! 🙂
    .-= Ang´s last blog ..Christmas accomplished! =-.

  6. Heidi

    That wrap looks awesome! Do you use a panini grill to cook it? I work part-time in a gym and ours is always crazy on Mondays. Tonight was extra crazy due to post-holiday guilt/resolutions, I suppose.
    PS – Can’t wait to see your first HOMEMADE protein waffles 🙂
    .-= Heidi´s last blog ..and i’m spent =-.

    1. Lori Post author

      I use a GT Express 101 to do the wraps (guilty of infomercial lure), although I have been known to use to fry pans to do it as well!

  7. Louisa

    I love waffles but it’s hard to get a great waffle in the UK!

    More people should donate blood so well done for leading by example! I keep trying to but they keep turning me away because my iron count is so low and I can’t get it back up to a respectable level 🙁
    .-= Louisa´s last blog ..The seven dieting virtues =-.

  8. Jody - Fit at 52

    Big congrats on the workout of course! Yes, the people that disappeared for a few days were back to work off their holiday food in my gym too! I do a circuit training workout with the weights which means no rest & I go from one move to another, switching body parts so I am still strong. When you are ready, give that a try. I also sometimes do core/abs in between moves!

    As always, I love the pics & man, those waffles look YUMMY!!!!

    Course that snuggy looks very warm & making me want to get back under that heated blanket of mine very soon for my after gym sleep! 🙂
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Holiday Hangover Help! =-.

  9. MB

    Thanks for donating blood. I have to get back on a donating schedule.

    I’m afraid to think how crowded the gym is going to be next week.

    I can’t remember the last time I had a waffle. ENJOY!

  10. Fran

    Thinking about it: I never eat wafles, yours look very good!
    I also don’t eat pancakes for breakfast often, maybe once or twice a year on Sunday mornings. I will get back to making breakfast for us in 2010 on Sundays. We do have a bread baking machine which I hardly use anymore and fresh baked bread in the morning smells so delicious!

    Great that you donate blood. I’m afraid of needles so I don’t give blood but I do give money to the cancer organization in our country.
    .-= Fran´s last blog ..A year in my life: 2009 =-.

  11. Jinx

    My Cowboys are doing wonderful!!!!!!!! We are not HUGE football fans but when i do claim somebody its the Cowboys. They squeaked out a play off berth Woo hoo!!!

    I NEVER eat waffles, can’t tell you the last time i had one. But hubby he’s a waffle eater. I like pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream on top. MMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmm!

    Starfruit was the neatest thing to give my daughter for school lunches. She liked them, they are okay but i’m crazy about them.

  12. Cindy

    ohh a weekend waffle breakfast sounds nice! I need to create a healthy waffle recipe for JJ! I make a mean hearty pancake…should work not so bad in a waffle maker~

    I have never tried a starfruit but I think they are GORGEOUS!

    I am giving blood in a few weeks. Good for you!
    .-= Cindy´s last blog ..The last week =-.

  13. Susan

    YAY!! You got a waffle maker!!! I always cook mine till they’re a nice dark brown to get them crispy. I have yet to burn them. Sometimes I’ll also throw them under the broiler in my toaster oven. Can’t wait to see your creations!

    It just occurred to me that our gyms may get a whole lot busier with the new year. Boo.

    Oh, and interesting about the starfruit! I always assumed it would be citrusy…
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Not Ready To Leave =-.

  14. South Beach Steve

    As I am sure you are aware, I don’t eat waffles, although they are good. My wife and kids do eat them though. In fact, one item on my to-do list before I go back to work is to repair the waffle iron. My wife has a really old one that does great, but, as most really old things do, it needs repairs.

    I have never had the blood mobile give me my iron number. I’ll need to ask next time.

    I thought the start fruit reminded me of strawberries, but it has been years since I have had one. They are too expensive to eat often.
    .-= South Beach Steve´s last blog ..Lifestyle Changes for a Better You =-.

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