Thursday, January 24, 2013
Jessie, my female cockatiel, kept me from going to the gym tonight. As usual, I had the cage open. Jessie is not the best flier; she tends to crash land, but never gets hurt. I have soft carpet everywhere, so that cushions her.
This time, though, when I picked her up from the floor, she was bleeding. In all the years I've had birds, that's never happened. I had some quick stop powder and liberally applied it all over anything that seemed to be bleeding; when I calmed down a bit and examined her better, I realized the bleeding came from one of her tailfeathers, which had broken. This seems to be common in birds and no cause for alarm, as long as the bleeding stops, which it did. I was alarmed anyway.
I thought about taking her to the emergency vet, but none of the clinics answered the phone, and anyway, I was worried she might get even more worked up during the transport and hurt herself more.
She happily ate the millet spray I gave her and started to grind her beak (the sign of a happy bird), so she seemed to be alright. Still, I kept monitoring her for bleeding, and I definitely won't leave tonight. I'll get up early tomorrow to give her a bath so I can wash off the powder and blood residue.
I guess I did burn some calories by running around hysterically trying to take care of my bird.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Yesterday started somewhat badly; I forgot to take my diabeted medication and had to turn around on my way to work to go home and take it. Luckily, my colleague covered for me for the couple of minutes until I arrived. Since I didn't take the meds with food, my stomach got upset. I was also sore from exercising the past few days.
So after running to the bathroom several times during the day, I was just happy to go home, even though by then I had a headache. I took some Tylenol and slept. It was supposed to be a nap, with swimming and doing laundry planned for later, but I didn't wake up until after midnight. I really wish there was a 24 hour gym in town, because at that point, I was rested and wanted to do something.
Oh well, I think an occasional rest day fits very well into my program. As an added bonus, I didn't have dinner, since I slept right through it, so my calorie count was very low.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
I swim like a frog, but I can do it for a very long time, and I enjoy it. Added bonus: it pulls my blood sugar down more than any other sport I've tried. Today, I swam for 30 minutes, and my glucose level went from 148 to 87. That's as good as another dose of medication, and a whole lot healthier.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Since I was off work today, I finally had a chance to try the beginner's low Zumba class at the health club. I figured that would be the right beginning for me, and I was right.
The crowd consisted mainly of women in their 50s and up. The instructor spotted me right away as a new participant, welcomed me and asked my name. She was really nice, none of that attitude that some fitness instructors have.
I brought my towel and water bottle, and I needed both. The nice thing about the class was that there were mini breaks between the songs; just a few seconds, long enough to get a drink and get ready for the next song.
I was surprised how well I did. I worked up a sweat, but I did not get exhausted. The steps came pretty easy to me; I guess all the jazz exercise and dance classes in the 80s and the line dancing in the 90s helped out. Muscle memory.
Anyway, I thanked the instructor at the end. Then I had enough energy to swim a little after cooling down and taking a nice shower. Great workout, I actually had fun. I think I'm almost ready to try the full length regular Zumba class. If I build up my endurance just a bit more with swimming, I think I'll be able to go to an hour long class next.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
My stomach was a bit queasy this evening, and I didn't feel like going grocery shopping, so I stopped at Walgreen's. They were out of bread, but had whole wheat flat bread, so I decided to try it. Heated it up in the microwave with ham and cheese and rolled it up like a burrito. It tasted pretty good. I also got some diet A&W root beer; one of the few sodas that tastes almost like the original. I'm becoming a pro at this low carb thing!
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