Break The Fast {For Real}

September 23, 2011

The reason for today’s delay was not a lovely fall morning run or an extra special pancake breakfast.

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It was needles and blood. Eww. Matt and I are getting life insurance and I had to share my body with a lab for approval. I hate needles! It wasn’t too bad – except at the end when she “put the sponge on the end” it felt like the inside of my arm was being pulled back out.

I’m such a wuss.

Reward for fasting until 9am:

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Super quick-to-assemble breakfast

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Yogurt with banana, Carrot Raisin Walnut muffin from the bakery and sunflower butter

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Vanilla tea

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My blood feels much better now.

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Happy Friday!

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1 Lisa Fine September 23, 2011 at 8:48 am

I. Hate. Needles. With a passion.

Every time I have shots or get blood drawn, I have to look away to avoid passing out. Sometimes I think it’d be great to be a nurse, but I’d have to get over my fear of needles first.

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2 katie @KatieDid September 23, 2011 at 8:48 am

cutest bowl ever! glad you survived the blood draw, those are never ever fun. And having to be fasted usually doesn’t help the light headed-ness that can come on either.

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3 Cait's Plate September 23, 2011 at 8:49 am

I’m a total wuss too when it comes to that stuff too – sorry you had to start your Friday like that :( At least you had a fabulous breakfast to make up for it!

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4 Bethany I. September 23, 2011 at 8:52 am

I had to get some tests done today also and I had to fast. I really hate fasting because as soon as I’m awake my body wants food and I had an appointment at 7 am so I had to be there at 6:30 and so we left the house at 6 meaning I’ve been without food until now. Yuck.
I have tiny veins so I totally understand what you mean when you feel like your arm is getting pulled out! They always try to use the big needles but I keep telling them I have baby veins and need the baby needles, but they never learn until they poke my arm to death…

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5 Hillary September 23, 2011 at 8:52 am

Ugh. Getting blood taken is the WORST. Every single time, I apparently turn a ghostly shade of white. The techs are always asking me if I’m going to black out on them. Hasn’t happened yet, but I’m sure it eventually will!

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6 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 23, 2011 at 8:55 am

I’m not a fan of needles, but when I was on accutane i had to get blood taken every month or so… not fun!! Your brekkie looks gorgeous – perfectly seasonal!

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7 Caitlin September 23, 2011 at 8:56 am

Just wanted to say these photos are particularly beautiful! Really fall-like

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8 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 23, 2011 at 8:59 am

I get 4 shots every other week for allergy shots and they don’t bother me in the slighest. Drawing blood however, really makes me nervous. Knowing they’re going into my vein freaks me out!

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9 cat @ cat's belly fat cure September 23, 2011 at 8:59 am

Your breakfast looks devine. We’re having french toast made with cinnamon raisin bread. Having blood drawn is a pain. Good luck on a great report & low insurance rates. I’m thankful my husband and I purchased liIfe insurance when we were first married, because I had cancer about 3 years ago.

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10 Stacey September 23, 2011 at 9:02 am

Yuck. Having to give blood first thing in the morning? No, thanks! Glad you were able to keep your hunger at bay :)

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11 khushboo September 23, 2011 at 9:04 am

I always pleasantly surprised with blood tests. I go in assuming the worst and walk out thinking ‘is that it??’

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12 Jo September 23, 2011 at 9:05 am

Fasting blood work is the best way to determine cholesterol count. Bring some fruit with you so you can eat as soon as the tech is done.

I donate blood for Canadian Blood Services regularly, so I’ve gotten used to venipuncture. It’s not fun, but it’s for a good cause!

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13 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries September 23, 2011 at 9:06 am

I hate, hate, HATE needles too! I had to get some blood test work done a few weeks ago, and I cringe when I even think of that needle. I could never be a nurse… having to deal with needles all day.

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14 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey September 23, 2011 at 9:09 am

Gah, poor you. I hate getting blood drawn. (Who doesn’t, I suppose?)

Happy first day of autumn! I was refusing to break out the pumpkin until today… but now, bring it! :)

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15 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather September 23, 2011 at 9:14 am

Getting blood drawn is the worst! I hate needles too.

Love your bowl!

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16 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 23, 2011 at 9:16 am

I don’t like needles either. I’m so used to it now though. I hate that more than anything. I’m glad you got through it and got the reward in the end! I hope you have a great day Kath!

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17 Di September 23, 2011 at 9:18 am

I think this is a wonderful opportunity to see what’s really going on with your body and keep tabs on how well things are going health wise. I have to have blood draws every 6 months to get a new script for meds. I hate large needs too and now I actually look forward to the lab work.

Since I have dropped 33 lbs by exercising and eating better my competitive nature has me trying to improve my reusults from the last time. My doctor is always impressed and he said he wishes all his patients would do the same by exercising and eating better. Are you able to get your results? If so, ask for them. P.S. Since I started eating oats everyday back in April my cholesterol dropped down 10 more points (it was never high anyways) and my bad LDL (which was high) dropped to a good range for the first time! Woo Hoo!

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18 KathEats September 23, 2011 at 9:22 am

Yep – they send the results. I asked. I’m curious to know about my insides too. She said my blood pressure and pulse were excellent … ” you must work out ” :mrgreen:

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19 Kerry September 23, 2011 at 9:21 am

Looks delish! What do they do to you with the sponge after they’ve taken your blood? Sounded mean!

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20 KathEats September 23, 2011 at 9:22 am

I think it stops the flow?

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21 Angel7 September 23, 2011 at 9:31 am

I am not good when it comes to giving blood either. However, I have gotten a little used to it over the years, and turn my head when they draw the blood.

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22 Cat @Breakfast to Bed September 23, 2011 at 9:31 am

I’m not working as a nurse right now, but I always feel bad for the fasters. I want to hand them a muffin when they’re done.

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23 Sweet and Savvy September 23, 2011 at 9:33 am

The worst part about blood work is not getting to eat! Bleck! I can’t do That.

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24 Emily@SavoryandSavage September 23, 2011 at 9:38 am

At least the needle part is all over.

I am always curious about the results of my blood work.

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25 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 23, 2011 at 9:40 am

I can’t think of a more perfect reward :) Have a great Friday!

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26 Elisabeth September 23, 2011 at 9:44 am

For some reason, needles have never bothered me! I am a clinical lab scientist (same as the person who will be testing your blood) and had to learn to draw blood during my clinicals in college. A lot of people were grossed out by drawing other people’s blood, too, but that didn’t bother me either ;)

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27 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 23, 2011 at 9:46 am

I must be weird because needles don’t bother me at all! I ask them to use a butterfly needle and take it out of my hand; it goes so quickly and almost painlessly.

Yeah, I’m just weird… haha

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28 lynn @ the actor's diet September 23, 2011 at 9:50 am

a year ago i had to get blood drawn a lot. it always helps not to look

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29 Cait @ Beyond Bananas September 23, 2011 at 10:02 am

Needles and blood dont bother me.. b ut my fiance can’t even be in the same room if I am getting blood taken (which sadly has been pretty regular occurance lately!)

Glad your needlework is done with!

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30 Laura September 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

I just got my life insurance in August…I’m a wuss with needles. It makes me really light headed like I’m going to faint, the nurse didn’t want to leave because I was home alone lol. The fasting killed me…so used to eating breakfast so early in the morning but it definitely is more satisfying when you’re starving!

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31 Shannon @ My Place In The Race September 23, 2011 at 10:07 am

Needles don’t bother me but…why is it when you are fasting you are 1000x hungrier than you would be if you weren’t? So annoying ;)

Hope you have a great day!

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32 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 23, 2011 at 10:18 am

I don’t love getting blood drawn, but it is def not my fav! Glad you made it through.

I LOVE break the fast :)

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33 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 23, 2011 at 10:28 am

I hate fasting for test like that! I am a wuss too haha :)

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34 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled September 23, 2011 at 10:29 am

Ouch! That’s one of the most uncomfortable things, to get blood drawn. They always say it won’t hurt, but how about mentioning how weird it feels?

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35 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 23, 2011 at 10:31 am

That’s an awesome Break-Fast!

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36 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy September 23, 2011 at 10:39 am

I hate needles too! I had to do all the lab work for life insurance on Tuesday, I was a nervous wreck when they told me they had to draw blood! I rewarded myself with apple pie oats when they were done!

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37 Anastasia September 23, 2011 at 10:51 am

Oh gosh, I *hate* needles too. I get so, so nervous before doctor appointments. Just reading this post made me a little woozy haha. At least it’s over for ya!

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38 Johanna B September 23, 2011 at 10:52 am

I’m a dedicated blood donor. I give as often as I am eligible. Anyway, I’ve gotten past the fear of being stuck. I don’t look at the stick though. I look away and concentrate on taking slow deep breaths. Glad you survived yours.

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39 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 23, 2011 at 10:55 am

Ahhhh I had to get my blood taken for the first time since KINDERGARTEN a few months ago and I had to look away the whole time! It totally freaks me out!

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40 Namaste Gurl September 23, 2011 at 11:24 am

Eh, blood tests are the worst! It takes me about an hour just to calm down and go into the room :)

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41 Anna @ On Anna's Plate September 23, 2011 at 11:47 am

I’m a total wuss with needles too…I don’t mind having bloodwork done, but I just can’t WATCH. Makes me queasy just thinking about it!

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42 Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites September 23, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Giving blood is no fun… I am often very dehydrated and it usually takes multiple tries on each arm to get enough blood… I always end up leaving the lab looking like an addict of some sort because of all the marks and Bandaids on my arms. EW that sounded gross but I am learning to down insane amounts of water before I ever need to give blood.

On a lighter note that carrot muffin is mouth watering and I just ate lunch!! LOVE Muffin mornings… I need to jump on that bandwagon.

Happy Friday INDEED :)

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43 Lindsay @ bike before bed September 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Needles are no fun. The best advice I ever got was to blow out like you are blowing out your birthday candles. By the time you finish the shot should be done!

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44 KathEats September 23, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Oh that sounds like excellent advice. I take deep breaths and try not to faint

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45 Chad @ thebreakupnote September 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm

You should donate a pint of blood… once you’ve done that all fear of needles dissipates!

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46 Anna September 23, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Mmmmm that combo sounds so good. A fabulous reward for braving the needles :)

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47 Katie @ Plates and Paste September 23, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Ugh, I LOATHE getting my blood drawn. It’s a requirement for us at work to get a discount on our health insurance at work. They’re trying to make sure we are conscious of our health, which I get, but I hate that it requires needles.

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48 Meghan @ Day-to-Day Crazy September 23, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Fasting for blood work is no fun. :(

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49 ashley September 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm

oh man! I’m a freak, I think, because getting blood drawn/donating blood doesn’t bother me in the slightest. We have optional annual biometric screenings at work, and I always do it because we get free gift cards to target for it and it doesn’t freak me out. I do pass out EVERY time I donate blood, though, but I think that’s due to loosing the blood, not the act of donating. I HATE shots though, with a passion. I think I’m 6 years overdue on a tetnus booster – I keep saying I’ll get it done when I finally cut myself, and I guess I’ve been lucky!

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50 Rebecca September 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm

eeew, I hate needles too. I literally pass out every time my blood is taken — they know me at the lab and always bring me a special chair haha! I don’t think I’m meant to be a blood donor :) Looks like breakfast was worth the wait though. Great way to get the blood a-flowing again!

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51 kathleen @ the daily crumb September 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm

my husband (also matt!) and i did the life insurance exam a few weeks ago. the pricking is yucky, but the info you’ll find out is really cool!! they basically measure levels of EVERYTHING in your body from cholesterol to antibodies to things i can’t even pronounce. as a science girl, you’ll love what you find out!

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52 Emily G. September 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm

True Story (and probably TMI): When I was getting my lab work for my life policy, they used an independent lab so it was in this HUGE building that had about 500 random offices (lawyers, cpas, etc). The bathrooms are not in each office, but one for each hall. Not only did I have to get my blood drawn, but I also had to pee in a cup. Well..it wasn’t a formal lab so they send in the work. Not only did I have to pee in a cup, but I to pour it in the tubes myself THEN I had to walk down a hallway carrying a cup of pee. I was completely red in the face sooo embarassed.

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53 KathEats September 23, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Haha – so embarrassing! I was totally embarrassed today just carrying it in my house from my bathroom to the nurse!

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54 JenATX September 25, 2011 at 10:24 am

oh i think i take the cake on this one- i got really sick in Mexico from the food & I was still sick when I returned to Texas, so my doctor needed to get samples from me to see what kind of bug I had… not urine samples if you catch my drift… i didn’t label them like i was supposed to so when I carried them into the office they made me sit there and label them in the front office. So embarrassing :-/

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55 Sarah@The Flying ONION September 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Ewww…I feel your pain. I’m such a wimp with needles and blood. Hence the reason I decided that nursing would never be right for me. ;)

I had to let you know that I just went to my very first Great Harvest the other day. It was after my RD exam, when I realized there was one right across the street from the building. I got a hummus sandwich on Dakota bread with vegan mushroom soup on the side. The meal was delicious! And I thought of you…haha. :D

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56 KathEats September 23, 2011 at 4:22 pm
57 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 23, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I’m ok with getting my blood taken… as long as I don’t look over and see my blood in the tube. That always freaks me out!

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58 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs September 24, 2011 at 7:46 am

I’ve never gotten blood drawn. I’m terrified to get pregnant because I know blood drawing will finally happen. You’re so brave.

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59 Lara @TresLaLa September 24, 2011 at 3:35 pm

In college (my freshman year before I had a job) I sold my plasma. I kind of got over the icky-ness thing of blood draws from that. Now that I work in pharmaceuticals and require people to get their blood drawn for a living, I don’t think much of it. I even “sell” my blood to my company’s labs for their own testing. I’m not allowed to donate blood right now because of our recent trip to Africa though… :(

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