Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Yesterday, I swam for 40 minutes. Then, my best friend called and suggested a bike ride. We rode for 30 minutes on the nature trail. Afterwards, we went to eat at Country Buffet (I love that place because I can eat lots of meat and veggies and go easy on the carbs), and after that big meal, we went for a walk at the local nature center, where we saw several deer crossing the river, and two owls. Altogether, I logged about 90 minutes of exercise, and I had nice nature experiences with it.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
So everyone is writing about their motivation, and there are lots of articles and videos on SP about it. Most people have a whole list of good reasons: kids, family members, running a marathon, living better, climbing Mount Everest, etc. Very good.
My motivation is much simpler. Life is nice, but whenever it's my time, it's my time. I've hopefully made a difference in quite a few people's lives, especially my students, so no regrets, no unfinished business. (Other than cleaning house, bringing my affairs in order, and finding a teacher to take over my German program.) I've seen a lot of the world and had my fair share of experiences. I don't have a husband or kids, so I think everyone will get along quite nicely without me. Of course, I will probably live for many years or decades more, but there is no telling for sure. So, a longer life span and a higher quality of life are nice side effects I will appreciate, but not really my motivation.
So, why am I determined to get my diabetes under control and get healthy? Very simple. I don't want to go blind. I'm terrified of going blind. I've had bad eyesight since I was little, but luckily, so far everything can be corrected with glasses or contacts. Diabetes, however, can cause blindness, and that's the only thing I'm really afraid of. (Going deaf is right behind on that list, but luckily, that's one of the few things that's not a direct complication of diabetes.)
My eyesight is my livelihood; without it, I probably wouldn't be able to teach anymore, and I would not be able to drive and live alone. I value my independence above everything else, and I would hate to have to live with a bunch of other people and depend on others for daily needs.
So, I need to get healthy and get my diabetes under control permanently to keep my eyesight as good as possible. There's my motivation. Simple.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
I'm really internalizing the Spark People philosophy. Last night I had a dream where I explained to someone how the body uses a certain amount of calories just for everyday activities (Basic Metabolic Rate). I even got the numbers right in the dream!
Oh, and Jessie, my cockatiel, is fine this morning. She's sitting in the corner trying to lay an egg.
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.
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