ACADEMENTED's SparkPeople Blog ACADEMENTED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Asthma Treatments and Blood Sugar Warning: this post contains science! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I recently went to the physician because my asthma was not well-controlled. She prescribed an inhaled corticosteriod to help control my asthma. Then I had blood work done: I had a (high) normal A1C 5.8 and high fasting blood glucose 140. I'm wondering if my blood glucose was high because of the inhaled steroid. If I was on a oral steroid like prednisone, it absolutely would cause an increase in blood sugar. You see, that's ... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 21:44:59 EST I go in spurts Sometimes with my career, I feel like all I can do is go in spurts, periods when I have the time to workout/concentrate on my dietary habits. Then there are other periods when I don't have time to do anything but work. At least that's how it feels. I know that the best way to live would be to have the habits built, where I almost have to exercise at least once a day, and I have to eat well all the time, instead of grabbing whatever food I come across. <BR> <BR> After going to my yearly,... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 20:34:22 EST Prodigal Daughter Returns... First of, hello everyone. I did not fall off a cliff, but I think I had a bit of a funk after we moved, and I kinda withdrew into myself and my family. <BR> <BR> That said, I have decided to do a couch to 5K program. Over the course of the next eight weeks, I am going to walk and run at intervals to train myself to be able to run a 5K in a decent time. The first day was a 5 min warm up, 6 runs at 1 min each, and 1.5 min walking between runs, followed by a cool-down of 5 min. That first... Fri, 25 May 2012 21:06:33 EST Moving Stresses Sometimes I think I was a little crazy to move two weeks after completing all requirements for my PhD. I find myself having a really hard time adjusting to my new place of residence and employment. Instead of being able to walk to places in the evening or on the weekend, we have to drive to get anywhere. Living out in the country definitely highlights some of the advantages of city living. I like the outdoors and the quiet at night, but I find myself missing Baltimore. I miss 'our places'... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:14:03 EST My Daughter, My Inspiration My daughter is really amazing. She prefers to eat her vegetables and fruits, and the stronger the flavors, the better. She is so happy in her body. Her body allows her to walk, to run, to play, to eat. Every time she learns how to do something new, she is so very proud of herself. Every time she eats a new food (recently black olives and red onions), she takes such pleasure in the flavors of food. But she does not eat beyond her hunger. When she is satisfied, she stopped eating. <BR>... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 12:00:48 EST Time to Focus Not on my defense. At this point in time, there is not much I can do. I either know what I've done and can defend it, or I can't. What I want my focus to be now is on my health. I want to have the energy to keep up with my very active toddler. I want to have start focusing on eating healthfully, and not giving into the emotional eating. I also want to start exercising again. Working on my thesis has consumed most of my time and energy, so I haven't been able to exercise. I miss it: I ... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 23:26:26 EST Just when I think I couldn't get any more stressed... I find that one of my committee members is stuck in Argentina due to the volcanic ash. Unfortunately, we can't continue with my defense unless all members are present, so I have to reschedule. With this defense hanging over my head for a month now, I was ready and looking forward to being done. But now I have to wait another week. <BR> <BR> No big deal, I just have a job waiting for me that depends on successfully defending my thesis. No big deal, I just have given notice for my current ... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 21:32:41 EST