THESTRALKNIGHT's SparkPeople Blog THESTRALKNIGHT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Depression I've been tired recently. Bone deep tired. Almost to the point of needing to go home from work to take a nap tired. I've also been puzzled, why so tired? I think I have the answer. Depression. <BR> <BR> For me it comes and goes. It is a part of my life, not looking for sympathy. It is more annoying than the allergies that are also just part of life. What is causing it? Well, aside from the fact that I just am, an acquaintance is severely ill. I expect to get word that she was taken off life... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:34:15 EST Happy Walk, benchmark 1 I did it. I walked my virtual 1 mile race. I did better than I thought. 15 minutes and 32 seconds. I was shooting for 16 minutes. <BR> <BR> I noticed several things on this walk, first and foremost is I have a happy walk. I have a bounce or a spring in my step when I walk for exercise. This amused me. This made me happy. This will not give me a good race time. That's okay. A happy exercising walk. I really like that. Just typing that is an encouragement to walk more. <BR> <BR> I thought a... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 10:17:43 EST Mirror mirror, please show me the truth They say people with anorexia and bulimia look in the mirror and still see fat. I am opposite. I had my brother take some good pictures of me a couple of weeks ago. It turns out when I look in the mirror I see thin – well not thin, but less fat than I am. I know the camera adds 5 pounds, but from what I see in the mirror it adds 50 pounds. I don’t know how to change that part of it. So I will focus on what I know how to change. I know how to exercise and I know how to eat healthy, so that wil... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:13:05 EST A finish for old goals and a start for new goals. My big goal, the one I really needed to achieve -- I made it! My goal was to get back to a healthy glucose reading by my May checkup. I did it. My fasting glucose was down to 93. I'd like it to be lower. I will work on getting it lower. I still count myself as pre diabetic even though my numbers say different. However I consider myself out of the immediate danger zone. It may still be a matter of time, I have too many risk factors that I cannot change, but I will postpone that dreadful day as... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:59:58 EST Scared Straight I joined a couple of diabetes groups on my crafting site, and after reading what some of those people are going through... <BR> <BR> Well, I am pretty sure I have been scared straight. I know Diabetes is a terrible disease. I know it does horrible things to our bodies. I know it can worsen a whole host of other conditions. But somehow, I didn't know how bad it can get. <BR> <BR> I know it can cause blindness, that people have to have limbs amputated, but somehow know that intellectually is... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:10:10 EST My Nutrition Goals 1. I will have a healthy glucose reading on my next doctor visit. <BR> 2. I will reduce the dosages on my blood pressure and cholesterol medicines <BR> 3. I will reduce my risk for osteoporosis <BR> 4. I will eat between 5 and 10 servings of freggies every day. <BR> <BR> And below, doing my best to make them S.M.A.R.T. goals <BR> <BR> 1. I will have a healthy glucose reading on my next doctor visit. <BR> --I will finish reading my book on Reversing Pre-diabetes by Monday, March 3, 2014. <BR... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 09:54:55 EST Report on Week 1 of Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge. I am in the 8 Week Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge team. I did well on tracking, and reading, but very bad on exercise. This week I add in Exercise. Today I am county quite a bit of walking. My job is almost completely sedentary and today I am up walking around and standing and carrying. <BR> <BR> I will be repeating week one because I didn't complete the exercise portion of the goals, and I want that trophy. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to do some healthy shopping this evening and get some items t... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 12:15:00 EST High Glucose Readings My last blood test showed high glucose readings. 115 non-fasting. This was my first high reading. I guess that at almost 54, it isn't bad when you consider all of the risk factors I have. <BR> 1. Obesity <BR> 2. Parent with type 2 diabetes <BR> 3. High Blood Pressure <BR> 4. High Cholesterol <BR> 5. Poly-cystic Ovary Syndrome. <BR> <BR> The doctor's lab reading just said high, start watching carbs--call me. <BR> <BR> My reaction was, I had just eaten, it isn't that bad, but I decided it wa... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:00:25 EST The 'salt' tooth Yesterday I took the sugar craving quiz, then blogged about it. Today I'll talk about where my pitfall is. Salt! I love chips of any kind. Doritos are probably my favorite. Chips are what I should never bring into my house. Once I start I don't quit. I will eat them till I am sick. A bag of chips and a carton or jar of dip and I go into a type of coma and don't quit till I hit the bottom and then I wonder where they all went. It is bad. It is ugly. There is no good. <BR> <BR> I went lookin... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 08:22:35 EST SparkQuiz Sweet Tooth Just took the spark quiz on how sweets affect me. I found it an interesting yet frustrating quiz. Frustrating in that it is rather generic, but then it has to be. Interesting because it assumes that the answers they provide for us to choose from will fit most people on this site. They probably do, but what is interesting is it gives me some insight into how others react to sugar. Or maybe interesting because my reaction is so different. I love the occasional donut - the sweet creamy filling -... 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