The Tale of a Chic Vampire

Have you ever been so sick that you just felt like an entirely new person when you finally felt better? It’s such a wonderful feeling, isn’t it?
I recently had some health issues and I was going to keep this between close friends and family but I figured, why not share my story?

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After almost two months of feeling exhausted, weak, anxious, irritable, and fainting in the middle of the streets of Birmingham, I decided to finally go to the doctor. I spent so much time thinking I would just get better if I stopped drinking alcohol, only drank water (PH balanced water to be exact) and worked out more. The problem was, I still felt crappy after cutting out alcohol and I didn’t even have the energy to work out. It go to the point where I was completely out of breath when I walked up stairs or farther than an inch. Seriously, it took so much out of me to walk from my living room to bedroom some nights. I would cry because I was so stressed out from being tired ALL. THE. TIME. But still had so many sleepless nights because my legs were hurting from restless leg syndrome.

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After seeing my doctor, she looked at my hands and eyes and could immediately tell it was my anemia. Blood work was done and I found out my blood count was a 5. In case you didn’t know, your blood count should be at least a 7 to function properly. It was so severe that a blood transfusion was ordered for me. I’m like a modern day vampire, I guess? I was injected with two units of blood and my iron pill dosage was upped.
Not going to lie, I was scared shitless to get the transfusion. I’ve never been admitted to the hospital; never even broken a bone. Almost had an anxiety attack when they put the IV in. But let me tell you, it was the best thing ever! I literally feel like an entirely new person and I’m back to living life regularly and feeling healthier.
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The point of this was to inspire you to LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! Don’t wait for symptoms to worsen before you seek professional help. Even though I feel so much better, I’m still kicking myself for waiting so long to make a doctor appointment. There were so many days I knew something wasn’t right but kept saying to myself, “You’re too busy today, call the doctor tomorrow.” or “Eat this fruit and you’ll be sure to feel better!” I missed out on some things and I don’t want anyone to have to feel pain or suffering like I did.
I also want to give God the glory for healing. May God bless anyone reading this who isn’t well. We’ve got lots more living to do, people!
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Outfit Details:
Bodysuit – Fashion Nova – this is my FAVORITE bodysuit. I have it in 3 colors.
Duster Vest – Target (similar)
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My Top Tips to Help You Stay Healthy This Winter

You may have noticed that I’ve written a few pieces about staying fit in recent weeks. Well, there’s good reason for that. Living a healthy lifestyle is important at all times, but is particularly crucial at this time of year. After all, the winter months are just around the corner, and a time when we all let our diets go out of the window.

There’s no reason to feel guilty about it. The knowledge that you are likely to enjoy a little more of the bad stuff than usual should be your motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you are generally pretty good, you won’t feel anywhere near as bad when you do have a treat.

Here are my top tips to help you stay fit and healthy this winter.

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Get The Right Workout Clothes

Assuming that your diet will go somewhat out of the window over the coming months, burning more calories is a must. Whether that means more time in the gym, or on the hockey field is entirely up to you. Either way, though, it’s vital that you have the right clothing for your exercise activities.

You won’t stick to your guns unless sport is comfortable. After all, nobody in their right mind is going to spend their spare time doing something uncomfortable and awkward. The right footwear is necessary at all times. If nothing else, investing in these items will make you feel guilty if you don’t work out.

Embrace The Available Resources

When working out by yourself, one of the main reasons for giving up is that there is no competitive edge. We all respond better to a little healthy competition, and teaming up with an exercise buddy is one of the best ways to get it.Alternatively, there are plenty of smartphone Apps that can monitor your progress. This gives you an incentive to better your performances. As you do, you’ll notice that you feel a lot fitter and healthier. Not only that, but it will also encourage you to stay healthy in other aspects too.

Drink Smart

I’m not going to tell you to employ a totally strict diet throughout the winter months, because food is a major part of enjoying the colder seasons. However, one area where you can make a huge difference is your drinking habits. Most adults will have an alcoholic drink from time to time. A glass of wine is actively good for your body, and let’s face it, it’s more enjoyable for a relaxed evening too. You can find the best French wine online to ensure it delights your taste buds too.

As far as non-alcoholic drinks are concerned, try to stick to water. It will keep you hydrated while improving your skin and hair too. More importantly, the 0 calories will allow you to enjoy your food with just a little bit less guilt.

Sleep More

I don’t know about you, but the bed is my best friend throughout the winter. But rather than simply being a place to keep warm and snug, sleep is a great way to improve your general well-being. We all know how a great night’s rest can improve our waking hours. Rather than spending hours on social media each night, make sure you’re getting your 40 winks.

Try these few tips, to stay healthy this winter. 

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