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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.


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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

Support Your Online Weight Loss Plan

by Francisco Arnold

Batch cooking and the acquisition of fitness aids can help you succeed with your new weight loss plan. An online plan may offer a way to customize your goal. Based on the timeframe you wish to lose weight and the overall number of pounds that you would like to lose, you will be provided with daily diet and exercise tips.

The Plan

Severely restricting your caloric intake or minimally restricting your caloric intake are two vastly different options that will reflect upon the types of meals and snacks that you may be consuming each day. First, review some online weight loss plans. You will be furnished with some dietary guidelines, food prep and cooking suggestions, and exercise techniques that will support losing a small, moderate, or considerable amount of weight.

Upon reviewing the strategies outlined, you may be pretty confident about whether you will be able to stick to a particular plan or not. The key to success is having the tools needed to reach your goal. That is where the following steps come into play.

Batch Cooking

Batch cooking involves preparing a lot of food at once. This tactic can minimize cravings and ensure you always have the healthy food types and portions you need to support your online program. By having plenty of food prepared in advance, you can freeze or refrigerate portioned meals and snacks.

There will be no excuses that could potentially lead to you heading out to purchase unhealthy foods from dining establishments or retail stores. First, review the diet that the online plan suggests. Next, purchase the ingredients you will need to make multiple meals and snacks. After cooking, divide the appetizers and entrees and place them in storage containers that can be stored in your freezer or refrigerator.

Fitness Aids

Being equipped with exercise gear and accessories will allow you to perform the prescribed exercises that are part of your weight loss plan. Look at the plan that you have to follow. Do you have enough money to purchase gear and accessories? If so, stop by a fitness outfitter and pick up all of the equipment that you need to get started on your online weight loss plan.

If you cannot afford the items or if you are unable to find some of them in a retail store, you may be prompted to seek a membership at a local gym or fitness club. At one of these establishments, you will be supplied with all of the gear and accessories needed to take part in the online weight loss plan.

Contact a professional to learn more about online weight loss plans