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Arizona Medicaid considers tax on smokers, obese

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

For once I am not opposed to something the government is doing.
Normally I would be up in arms about them charging us more but coincidently I am NOT opposed to this idea I think its a good idea. All those things cost money to treat so why shouldn't we have to pay a little extra? $50 a year is not unreasonable its about $4.17 a month (give or take) NOW the slippery slope we have here is if we let them do this (like we have a choice unless we revolt) Whats to stop them from upping that anytime they want? NOTHING. You give them an inch and they will take a mile

I am ALL for this as long as they don't start monetarily raping us at their own discretion. And you should charge everyone alike. Smokers, Obese people, Drug Addicts, Alcoholics. Everyone pays. And if you are a government employee or politician you better be damn sure you are paying your extra too

They love passing laws to cover "us" but its funny how they are exempt from them ;)

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GREG32572 4/5/2011 4:03PM

    They will do what they always do. Make blanket policy and not give a rats A$$ if it helps people or not. They really do not care about us. They are there to push their own agenda and be part of the political machine.

Just look at all the campaign promises that are made and broken across the board every year. Now I do believe these people mean well and they might even want to bring about change, they say you can't fight city hall well this is the classic example of that.

You want to save money? then start cutting the bloated politicians paychecks. I REALLY love the ones who are rich as hell yet take a salary anyways. I do applaud the ones who forgo a salary because they are financially well off . You want to help your state? Take a pay cut like you expect all the union people to do, you want to help even further then stop wasting money on BS and pay more of your healthcare.

Now granted I don't know what politician health care is all about but something tells me its not a bad deal.

The bottom line is things wont change unless WE change them. Either by letting our voices be heard when voting or by letting our state reps know what we think and what we want.

The other option and this is by far the best and most difficult one is to say F the government and stop depending on them to save and help us.

We need to start pulling together as communities and helping one another out.

Depending on the government is like our dependence on foreign oil, if we cut that cord we will have freedom like we never dreamed about.

Its radical thinking but these are radical times, whats been done before isn't working, its time for change and only we can do it

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GREG32572 4/5/2011 12:01PM

    Well a large part of the problem is they don't want to do preventative stuff.

Like take me for instant, very overweight..lift threateningly so. Now one would think they would allow me to go see a dietitian..NOPE.. The only reason I was allowed my (2) visits with the dietitian is because i am diabetic. No other reason aside from that.

They will shell out $20,000 for me to have gastric bypass no questions asked, well ok maybe not THAT easy but they WILL do it. However they won't pay for a dietician once a month or even once every other month. They won't give gym membership allowances, they wont give you help on paying for personal training. All these things should be covered if not 100% then they should be helping out.

NOW the problem is why throw good money out if people are not going to use it? GREAT QUESTION. So you hold people accountable. Make the help available to them and require people to go to the gym X amount of times a month to make it viable paying for a membership. Make it so they have to see the personal trainer X amount of times to get their moneys worth. After a few sessions you really don't need to see a personal trainer all that often. Maybe once a month or once every few months to check in maybe change things up.

Everyone should have access to a nutritionist, especially if they are overweight. The help SHOULD be there.

Now if people don't use the help then thats once thing. If they don't go to the gym like they should or seek out the nutritional help or use the personal trainer then they should not get help with it. We have to pull our own weight as well so to speak. If they did all this stuff which is way less that $20,000 for one gastric bypass then in theory all these health problems would hopefully lesson or even dissipate as the weight came off

Diabetes: lose weight under control
High Blood Pressure: Same
Depression: In theory it should lesson but wont know till we get there
Sleep Apnea: If the weight comes off then this should all but go away.

Those are just some examples. It should not be that frigging hard to come up with a workable solution. If you do A. when we will do B to help you.

It wont be perfect but its a step in the right direction, but instead these politicians dick around and make more of a mess than they do anything else.

YES something does need to be done, we need to take action that actually HELPS people not sit around and fight about it which to me is what politics is all about.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 4/5/2011 11:54AM

    "Arizona's cash-strapped Medicaid program is considering charging patients $50 a year if they smoke, have diabetes or are overweight." I am not necessarily opposed to it; however, using the term "overweight" is a blanket statement. I weigh 239 lbs on a good day - I am overweight, obese if we want to get technical. My husband weighs 216 lbs and is also considered overweight. He's muscle! Even our medical insurance said the weight/height charts are flawed for those who are built of muscle, not fat. Putting everyone under the same umbrella doesn't work.

I'd also have to ask them, what are they doing to help the situation?

It is a thought provoking issue.

I do agree with your statement about politicians paying their extra and not being exempt.

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GLASSPAK22 4/5/2011 10:42AM

    Part of that requires that we engage the consumer in active, healthy behaviors."

That's the problem, they don't want to be responsible for their own health. When I used to smoke, the Dr. would tell me I need to quick and I'd say "yes, yes I know" It took me 10 years to figure that one out.


Like you said it's a slippery slope, but something needs to be done.


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Back in action and kicking ass, uh well maybe

Monday, April 04, 2011

After a long time away from sparks I have decided its time to get back to work. Now I have been logging on and getting my spark points and posting an article or 2 here and there as well as posting my words of encouragement in some groups, but as far as really using the site I cannot say that I have.

Looking at my page that 38 pound weight loss kind of stares me back in the face. Its been like that for I have no idea how long now. I guess its good that I initially lost the weight but the weight loss has been so very stagnant since then. I hope to change that.

Well I cannot hope to change it, I have to WORK to change it.

There have been alot of ups and down the last 12 months or so. Some very painful loss's and some personal setbacks that I have let weaken me and drop me to my knees.

Some days I don't care if live or die, not that I am suicidal it just doesn't seem to matter if I wake up or not. Each day seems to be the same they all blend in together. Feeling sh***y and grumpy and in constant pain.

So I feel sorry for myself and wallow in my own self pity. I forget how lucky I am despite my circumstances. There are people out there who would kill to be in my situation despite it being less than ideal. Its hard to overlook the small things we do have and should be grateful for yet we whine and complain and piss it all away because its not "better"

Life is what we make of it, no one is going to help us so we must help ourselves. The only person we can count on is God, now whatever your concept of God is thats your business, I am not here to preach or tell anyone how to pray or what they should believe in.

I don't really give a rats ass what Christians think you can believe in whatever you want. I believe if you live a good life and help your fellow man and do the best that you can to live a just life that when our time comes I don't think we will be kept out of whatever may be waiting.

I also can't help but think the 10 commandments are a great thing. I don't care what you believe or what religion you may or may not follow, they seem like great guidelines to follow and I don't believe you need to subscribe to any particular flavor of religion. I believe you can be spiritual without religion. Find your own path, find what YOU believe in and follow your heart, and if other people don't agree or try to tell you that you are wrong who gives a flying f**k its their opinion only. Maybe they are right and maybe we will go to hell for not drinking their brand of kool aid, but then again what if they are wrong ;) I think as long as you go to God it doesn't matter the path, just find something to believe in.

Now that my religious rant is over *chuckles*

At the end of the day family and friends will let you down no matter how well meaning. We must dig down and find our own personal strength and fight our own fight. We cannot count on other people or even Dr's and the medical community to help us, because at a certain point they can only do so much and they can do no more. Its up to us, now we CAN band together and help each other and give each other the support that sometimes we cannot get from family, friends, or the medical community.

Each of us has a path and a life, its ours to do with what we want how we see fit. We can either sit here and waste the gift of life or we can get up and kick some ass and find a better quality of life where we don't feel like we are worthless and nothing. It doesn't matter what other people think of us, sure we all want to be liked thats just human nature. but once you break free of that need life can be SO much more rewarding when we live for ourselves and not trying to live up to what we THINK we should be because other's tell us.

I say f**k that!! blaze your own path, who cares if no one believes in you, who cares if they all tell you that you will fail. NONE of that matters, all that matters is you and what you have in side of you. It might take some digging but inside each of us is a rock star who is just dying to get out.

My father told me not too long ago I would NEVER lose the 200-300 pounds I need to on my own that gastric bypass is my ONLY answer at a better life. I reject that, and once I got over the sting of yet another person telling me I will fail, I smile. I smile because I know that I have the capability to overcome anything, its just buried under years of self doubt and abuse, I have been beaten down so far that getting back up even to my knees seems impossible.

But it IS possible and only I can do it, and only you can do it for yourself. The only thing we need is some spiritual guidance from whatever we believe to be our higher power, with that we can accomplish anything.

I challenge you to get back on your feet and find the life you are meant to live as I struggle to gain my own footing.

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GREG32572 4/4/2011 11:22PM

    BMEARES: Sure I could use an accountability partner. I am not sure how to contact you as you don't have a page I can log onto, so drop me some sparkmail or tell me how to get in touch with you ETC.

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GREG32572 4/4/2011 11:21PM

    oh I neglected to mention that aspect of my diatribe, YES its scary as hell. I am terrified
I have reasons, health reasons to be scared I am walking a razors edge and its only a matter of time if i don't smarten up I won't be here. I am gonna talk about that stuff in future rants but yes. change, path blazing, standing alone when the rest of the world calls you crazy and makes fun of you is amazingly difficult to do, which is why most people don't do it, won't do it or even attempt it.

And its not like anyone is more special than anyone else or that the people who do these things posses skills that the rest of us don't, the ONLY thing that separates them from us, is they did it . Its as simple as that, no more no less

My favorite quote sums it up "You don't become brave by not being afraid, you become brave by being afraid yet finding a way to do it anyways"

That might not be word for word but its close enough, that always struck me. I always felt like I needed this or I needed that, I needed courage, or I needed willpower, its all BULLS**T we feed ourselves because we lack courage or we lack self esteem or someone else told us we cannot do it.

Actually this is a great spot for another quote thats fantastic

All your life you are told the things you cannot do.
All your life they will say you're not good enough or strong enough or talented enough;

They will say you're the wrong height or the wrong weight or the wrong type to play this or be this or achieve this.
THEY WILL TELL YOU NO, a thousand times no, until all the no's become meaningless.
All your life they will tell you no, quite firmly and very quickly.


I love that, its all we need to live by and be successful we just need to find the strength to be a bit stronger than the fear.


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GOANNA2 4/4/2011 10:26PM

Good that you are now more psoitive about doing this for you.
emoticonJust don't worry about anyone else.
Do what you believe is best for you and as you say blaze your
own path. emoticon

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BMEARES 4/4/2011 8:59PM

  You are such a strong person, Greg! There is no doubt in my mind that you can lose the weight that you need to lose to be a healthier you! I have my own personal weight loss battle. If you need an accountability partner, let me know. Life throws us curveballs and sometimes it's just hard to get out of the bed when we think about it. BUT I know that the people we have loved and lost would not want us to wallow in our pity. They would want us to put our big girl panties (hehe) and get on with it!

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KSGROTHE 4/4/2011 8:58PM

    emoticon back! It's good to see that you're pumped up and ready to kick some @ss!

Much of what you said here touched a chord with me because I am in the midst of big career changes. I have to just go out there and blaze my own path, but it can be scary to take risks!

Get back on your feet and find the life you are meant to live! emoticon

- Karen

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8 reasons carbs help you lose weight

Thursday, January 27, 2011

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GOANNA2 1/27/2011 5:51PM

    Great article. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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KSGROTHE 1/27/2011 4:52PM

    emoticon for sharing this! I had missed this article!

- Karen

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7 Habits That Make You Fat

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Again good stuff to know, if it applies and is useful take it, if not then leave it

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DKELLEY35 1/23/2011 8:18PM

    Great article, thanks for sharing it.

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ARDELIAC 1/23/2011 4:36PM

    Nice stuff, thanks for sharing.

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The 15 Worst Health & Diet Myths

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Good stuff to look over if it helps take it, if not leave it

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TWOTIMESS 1/23/2011 4:23PM

Very interesting and sensible. Thank you for the link!

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