Early Morning Nature Walk with Bird Sightings
Friday, November 23, 2012
Behind my apartment complex is a small reservoir that is being turned into a park. The walking/biking trail around it was finished last year, and even though I have walked parts of it, I've never walked all around.
Well, this morning I did. It took me exactly 60 minutes, counting from the front door, and 6054 steps, making it roughly 3 miles! Even though there was a bit of frost on the fallen leaves, the sun was shining warmly, and so the temperature was quite comfortable. A few joggers, dogwalkers, and bike riders had the same idea.
Being a hobby birder, I also enjoyed the wildlife: sea gulls, starlings, Northern Flickers, and a big hawk I could not quite identify, but I'm guessing it was a Swainson's. Next time, I'm taking my camera, but today, the focus was just on fitness and getting an idea what the trail is like.
My blood sugar was 190 this morning, due to a 2 a.m. snack (nuts and tangerines, healthy, but still full of carbs), but after the walk, it was 122. That's not really scientific, since I had oatmeal for breakfast and took my medication with it, but the walk definitely pulled the sugar down.
Now I'm getting ready for my eye appointment. The only true fear I have related to my health and especially diabetes is going blind, it terrifies me, probably because I've already had bad eyesight all my life; so far, nothing that can't be corrected with glasses, but still, it's scary.
And yes, I have to reluctantly admit, the fitness nuts have a point with their statement that exercise makes you feel good - at least, for me, when it is combined with nature.
It's also good for creativity. On my little excursion, I came up with a cool plan for a virtual walk through parts of Europe I want to start on New Year's Day; I'll let you know the details soon and invite you all along, so keep checking back!