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Yup, I'm hungry ...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Yup, I'm hungry. WHAT? What's going on here? Oh, that's right . . . I'm stressed. Well, isn't that just a kick in the teeth. It dawned on me, as I looked in the frig and cabinets for the THIRD time, that I think I'm hungry but what I really am is stressed.

This waive of emotion has been brought on by a medical insurance company and their underwriting process. My husband's application has not been a problem but mine has apparently. Before they will approve my application they want a third party medical provider to come out draw blood, urine, blood pressure, and document my height and weight. (insert evil laugh here)

I called and spoke directly to an underwriter and after she recovered from her own discomfort she admitted that I'm being asked to do this because my height and weight has raised a red flag with the company - it's tough being a fatty. It was not a big surprise to me.

I likely won't pass the requirement ... my weight is all over the board but I can dream. I might be excepted if I pay a higher premium but that remains to be determined.

After I spoke to the underwriter the third party clinic called my office to set up the appointment. I'm sure she was relieved to reach me, I was avoiding her like most people must avoid collection calls (insert evil laugh here). I put her off until May 21 @ 8:30 a.m. in hopes I can come close or meet the weight goal of 231 by then.

With all that I became instantly stressed, which caused me to "patrol" the kitchen. Luckily I know the signs, nothing was consumed but two glasses of water. I have step class tonight so I can sweat out some of the stress. I'll be able to mentally process this latest development on my 20 minute walk home. Until the 21st all I can do is eat well, think good thoughts and workout - the rest is up to a higher power.

Since I started with blog my hunger has left, I'm now exhausted (insert yawn here). This is also what happens when I come down from a stress situation. Knowing this helps me not avoid the gym - it will pass as soon as the music starts.

Keep on sparking and love yourself - you are fabulous and a ray of sunshine!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DESERTFLOWER8 5/12/2010 1:48AM

    Wow..I think it is absolutely aswesome that you were able to work yourself through this! Cos isn't that the very battle that all of us who have reached these weights have fought in our pasts and lost? It is that VERY thing that you did tonight, that is going to see you through to your goal here. You conquered the beast..congratulations!!!

nd I have alreaady commented previously on my utter disgust at the state of medical affairs in this country, so I will leave that alone. Suffice to say, I am entirely sympathetic and empathetic to your predicament. (((Hugs)))

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DIVALOUNGER 5/12/2010 1:18AM

    Sleep, stretch, breathe, love yourself!

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RENA1965 5/11/2010 9:41PM

    If your scanning cupboards for something to eat and don't see anything healthy as a decent snack. Stress and boredom alert, finger rule if you have to search for something and are critical and doesn't hit it your not hungry..
Just make sure you don't have anything junk in there- to say bingo to...

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TX-STEPH 5/11/2010 8:26PM

    Cobgrats...realizing the problem is the biggest step!!! Keep your head up...you can do this!!!

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Eating out at the Macaroni Grill - Fabulous

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Just back from a dinner out at the Macaroni Grill, we were celebrating a birthday. There was so much giggling and oh the food was just fabulous. It was a great night out!!!

I really wanted to stay within my calorie range today so I went armed with how many calories I had left in my bank for the day and hoped for the best. The universe was on my side tonight and I listened. Out of a group of 12 people my menu was the only one with a nutrition guide in the back ... I picked it off the table at random. The pressure and anxiety melted away.

I picked the "simple salmon" meal which came with: Salmon, asparagus, broccoli, and grape tomatoes all for 420 calories, 5 grams fat, sodium at 770, carbs at 6 - I also ordered a side of asparagus to round it out. It was all done on the grill, with the exception of the broccoli which appeared to be steamed. It was the perfect portion and oh so tasty!!!

I kept the menu with the nutrition guide because I wanted to be armed with the facts when they started talking desserts. Glad I did! One dessert alone - the one I would have ordered was almost 1900 calories. Yeah that's right .... WHAT?! The one with the least calories was still at 220 calories but I couldn't have it due to it having dairy in it. I skipped all together. I even skipped the two offers to "just try a bite."

Happily, I stayed within my calorie budget. Happy, happy dance!!!

Knowledge really is power.

Side note: I almost got a salad too but when I looked at the nutrition break down the house salad was 320 calories and the Caesar was 260. First, I was shocked that the house salad had more calories and second, a tiny salad isn't worth that many calories. Not tonight anyway.

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MRSSTRONGE 5/11/2010 11:13AM

    Awesome! I love when menus have nutritional information on them... it makes it so easy to make a wise choice! I'm excited about that becoming the norm in a few years. Congrats on a successfull dinner out and for staying on track!

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SINCEKINDER 5/9/2010 1:36PM

    You are doing an awesome job! emoticon You deserve the Happy Dance. emoticon

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I'm celebrating

Friday, May 07, 2010

What? Could it be? Why Yes, it was a small weight loss today! I did a happy dance and Almost woke my husband to tell him but thought better of it - that would have been rude. LOL!

I still smile like I swallowed the Canary when I see where my ticker is at. Yup, mental happy dance just happened, again.

To celebrate I am doing the following:

I packed a lunch - measured and weighed - instead of going out for my favorite salad
I am taking a bit of a walk this afternoon - getting fresh air and sunshine is a good thing
I am walking with my husband tonight - at least 60 minutes - before we go shopping
I am in charge of food on Sunday for the monthly party we have - there will be more fruits & veggies than chips & dip this month and sparkling water with lemon shall be the drink of the day
I am also putting myself on notice - giggle more and stop being so mellow dramatic

Today I celebrate!

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SINCEKINDER 5/9/2010 12:26AM

    I love your attitude and the way you celebrate. You go girl!

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TSEWARD 5/8/2010 8:28PM

    Positive and refreshing! Love the giggle more.

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Medical Coverage in America - it's not fabulous for us Fatties

Thursday, May 06, 2010

I've been trying to obtain different medical coverage for myself and include my husband. If approved it would be a great cost saver - that's a big IF.

Insurance companies in America do not like to provide coverage for fat people- yes, it's that cut and dry. They find we are a risk - to much of a risk. I pay an extra premium for my individual coverage with Anthem Blue Cross because of my weight, so it's a high monthly rate. It can only go up when I turn 40 in August - you know because I will still be considered fat and then old. NICE!

My insurance broker assured me that the process with this "other" company is easy, no big deal. Fill out the form, he'll submit it, they'll talk with me a bit and then I'll be approved. HA! I actually laughed out loud when he was so matter of fact about it. He was perplexed, so I asked him if they had a height/weight chart. They do, of course!

I did what they asked and a little more but yet that isn't good enough. This company wants to send a third party out to my house to give me a physical and take blood. Great! If I weigh high that day - outside their little chart - they deny coverage immediately.

All I can do is hope for the best, eat right, workout, and pray. If I'm denied coverage due to weight I at least will have my coverage with Anthem. I need to get my husband covered as well, at least until he finds a job that has a group plan.

Deep breath, in and out, in and out. I can do this! I'm Off to the gym for that fabulous Step class, ab class and then a 20 minute walk home.

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SINCEKINDER 5/9/2010 12:25AM

    I have come across the same thing for life insurance. This was before I started to have issues with my knee. I was healthy in every aspect except for being too fat. I was declined due to my height/weight ratio.

Many employers will not even consider over weight people. There is a lot of discrimination out there.

I wish you all the luck, hopefully your husband will get his job and this won't even be an issue for you all.

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SAMPEANUT 5/6/2010 10:10PM

  It's not fair that anyone should be unable to get health care because of weight. It's discrimination!

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DESERTFLOWER8 5/6/2010 8:54PM

    That is just so disturbing. I grew up in Canada so I am used to their heathcare. I have lived in the States for years now, and was covered under my ex-husbands plan, but due to a recent divorce, I now find myself without any healthcare coverage at all. And I know damn well I cannot get any, and if I could, I could not afford it. Something wrong with that...

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More thoughts on my 40th Birthday Celebration

Thursday, May 06, 2010

As I stated in an earlier blog, I have come to realization that my dream of spending my 40th birthday in Australia is not going to happen. I've processed it and I've let it go. I'm on to more important tasks now, trying to figure out what to do for this special time in my life.

In my fit of anger, I originally announced to my husband that it was either Australia or nothing. He sat quietly and then asked, "you mean you want to do nothing for your birthday?"
"YES, that is correct Sir, Nothing!" How's that for self punishment and pity?! I told him I would work on my birthday - not that uncommon for me - and come home to cook dinner, etc. He responded with silence, which is a good option when I'm all "twisted in the head."

My fit is officially over and I'm no longer twisted in the head about this issue. I have to keep in mind the following when planning for the day. . .
1) For many reasons, pennies are tight around our house - this celebration changes nothing
2) My husband, unemployed now, might have a job where he can't actually get the day and/or days off to celebrate
3) Who to invite - some of my peeps don't play well together

My list of possibles has grown since I last posted about this. Here is the list - in random order.
1) White Water Rafting (Class III action) with overnight camping
2) Spending a few days at Folsom Lake where we can swim, hike, bike ride and rent jet ski's
3) Hiking at Yosemite National Park & staying over (this might be difficult - things book up)
4) Cruise to Mexico (might be too much $$ and hard to plan around possible job offers)

I haven't come up with anything else, yet. It's fun to explore possible ideas!


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