February 4, 2004

How I Lost 1 Pound in 20 Minutes!

I lost a pound in 20 minutes yesterday, and you can, too!

I gave blood. A pint weighs approximately a pound. (a pint's a pound the world around, and blood is mostly water)

When I went in to donate at Children's Hospital, this time they asked me to choose from a long list of reasons why I had chosen to donate blood that day. Nowhere on the list was "I can park in the garage for free if I donate" so I told them that it was because my daughter had an appointment at the hospital.

The parking is only half a joke. Without validation it costs $12 to park. With validation it's $8. With blood donation, it's free. So giving blood nearly pays for a couple of chicken pesto sandwiches at Au Bon Pain in the hospital lobby. As I said to my daughter, "Your Dad will do some weird things to save a couple of bucks."

But, really, there's got to be a little more to it than saving on parking if I'm going to let someone shove a needle in my arm. And the reason is summed up on the billboard of the blood donation center's waiting room. There are pictures drawn by children who benefit from blood, platelets and globulin. They say things like "Thank you for donating your blood. It makes me feel better. Before, I was tired and sad. Now I can play." How can that not hit you like a ton of bricks?

I'm lucky. My blood always seems to flow very quickly. I'm never in there long before they tell me "go drink some juice" and a hop over to the kitchenette for some fluids and a cookie or two.

OK, so perhaps giving blood won't really help you lose much weight in the long run. But it can help you both feel good about yourself and help someone. And how often do you get to be a hero in today's world? How often do you get a chance to save lives?

How does "every couple of months" sound?

Posted by James at February 4, 2004 4:14 PM
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Every single calory counts... 600 calories lost will also compensate the couple of chicken pesto sandwiches at Au Bon Pain.

Does this qualify for the Atkins diet?
As long as you don't eat the starchy snacks they give you at the Red Cross?

Posted by: Jose Anes at February 5, 2004 12:33 PM

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