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Health Insurance Health Pledge

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My health insurance is through my husband's company. The new thing they are doing is giving a gift card incentive to have a biometric screening, and then do an online assessment. When the assessment is over, it asks you to take a pledge to take ownership of your health, including logging your exercise on their website, completing an online wellness course and having at least one telephone discussion with a Disease Management coach. I know its just a gift card now but think its likely it will grow into more than that next year.

My work gives you a discount on your deductible for doing the screening and assessment. I've heard of companies being more aggressive about people's health but this is the first I'm seeing it.

I don't like the screens and assessments because the people lecturing you on being healthy have no idea what you are doing to improve, or what barriers you have hit trying to improve your health. Both last summer and this summer at my work, I got dinged for my HDL being too low. Yes it is, but the only advice they give it to exercise more. Well, last year this advice was given to me one day before my back procedure. I told her that is why I wasn't exercising and she looked at me like I had three heads.

This is my first time going through this with the group through my husband's work. Trying to keep an open mind . . .

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NHES220 9/17/2014 9:07PM

    I earn a discount if my husband and I get a screening - cholesterol, BMI, BP and check for smoking. We take a no smoking pledge as well. We get a discount for doing the screening and then we get points in our wellness program for doing things to improve our health - being physically active (linking my Fitbit, participating in races, going to the gym), taking educational cources on line, setting goals and meeting them. The points convert to dollars which you can spend on gift cards or merchandise. I also get my health club dues covered as long as I go 12 times a quarter. They cover a portion of my husband's health club dues as long as he goes 12 times a quarter. Pretty nice benefit. We have to jump through a few hoops, but worth it.

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GEORGE815 9/17/2014 4:45PM

    I earn a discount if I do some health assessments. It seems to be a trend.

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UMBILICAL 9/17/2014 4:36PM

  Sounds good

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SPARKBJOK 9/17/2014 4:36PM

    My husband's company does that! So glad you're getting this benefit.

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This has to be a wake up call

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

So I was very sick last night, food poisoning. Warning to all, reheat those leftovers fully!

So there I am, sick as can be, and I catch a good look at myself in the mirror. The pale drained complexion did nothing for me, and I just stood there and looked at myself. I've heard other people talk about being honest with yourself in front of the mirror, but I never did that. Wow, I did not like what I saw.

I dress well for my body and use different clothes to "hide" my obesity. Generally I think I do look overweight but not obese. But its hard to deny that standing only partially clothed in front of the mirror.

I don't want to look or feel this way. Part of my mind says, but you were sick and that made you look and feel worse. But the truth is I'm obese, I've been obese since my pregnancy, and now that he is six, I can't blame baby weight.

I know only I can make the change. But I'm struggling with motivation and drive. I'm hoping facing the truth about my body helps me continue making healthy changes.

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NHES220 9/3/2014 2:49PM

    You did not get that way overnight and it won't change overnight. But you can make changes as long as you commit to it. I was like you and did not like what I saw in the mirror, but I also was fooling myself for a long time. Now over a year and a half later, I am a lot happier with what I see. I look forward to buying clothes and I even went out in public in a bathing suit! I also don't feel deprived or like I am on a diet. Good luck to you!

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GRACEOMALLEY 9/3/2014 2:01PM

    The teams on the 5% challenges really help to motivate and keep you honest. Stick it out, stay with the plan and believe you can do anything you want to as long as you put your mind to it!
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Back on the horse, wagon, whatever it is

Monday, August 25, 2014

Got off track again. Why? The usual. Busy, stress, easier to grab something unhealthy. All the usual reasons.

So what am I going to do different this time? Well, there are some things I've changed and I'm sticking with, such a menu planning and having healthy breakfasts. I haven't been so good about moving, but I did start some of the sparkpeople videos for sitting exercises. That way I won't anger my SI joint, I hope.

Tonight is grocery shopping night and I need to pick up some healthy snacks, because snacking is one of the things I've been doing. I'm also going to plan some chicken recipes, because my freezer is full. I buy it in larger packages and freeze what I don't use, but I've been bad about going back and using it.

I've been trying to focus on taking responsibility for all aspects of my life, so this is just part of the journey.


Crazy day on Tuesday

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

So I'm driving to work on Tuesday, and as I go along an overpass connecting two very busy highways, I do a doubletake. "Did I really see a kitten there?" So I drive on and think about it. Is there someone I can call? I don't know the local non-emergency number for the police and I don't know animal control's number. The radio is on and the weather report said that with the heat index its going to be over 100 degrees.

So I pull off and circle back around. Yes, I do see a kitten. She is half-way out on the concrete wall, so if she goes one way she falls to the highway below. The other way is the traffic rushing by. Praying no one hits me, and that she doesn't freak out and bolt, I pull over when I can and walk along the highway to get her. Thankfully she just tensed up like a stone and didn't move while I carried her back to my car.

So, I have a new kitten. The vet thinks she is about 6 months old. She is underweight and has some skin issues but no major health concerns, and she isn't pregnant! My husband is less than thrilled, he isn't a cat person and he is mildly allergic. But he understood that I couldn't just leave her there to die.

Meanwhile, speaking of my husband, he had his biometric screening yesterday for our health insurance. He admitted his cholesterol was a little high, but debated how they calculated his BMI because he said his height wasn't right. I didn't ask the number but whatever height they put in didn't really matter. We are both obese. He just isn't ready to admit it yet. He will admit he is overweight, but doesn't think it is that serious. So he said he isn't going to eat eggs anymore because of the cholesterol and he would eat more oatmeal.

Meanwhile, he told me his total cholesterol was high but his LDL was normal. Makes me thing the issue is with his triglycerides, which is a problem in his family. I'll continue to cook healthy meals and encourage exercise, but until he is ready to make changes, I know I can't make him change.

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MEGAMINION 8/20/2014 2:57PM

    Thank you for rescuing the kitten. It's good to know there are still people out there that will do the right thing.

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Weight not down, but other signs good

Monday, August 18, 2014

So I am disappointed, I did not meet my goal of 5% weight loss for the summer challenge. But, I am seeing other positive signs and making healthy changes:

I am continuing to meal plan and cook healthy foods. This has helped me stay away from processed foods and try new things.

My pants are fitting better, which makes me feel better. I also think I am sleeping better. No signs of more energy yet but that may improve as I'm able to add in more exercise. Unfortunately its going to be brutally hot this week. But I can go over to the main hospital for my walks.

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JENNY888 8/18/2014 1:50PM

    I am glad you are seeing all of your NSV (non-scale victories). They are so important. Keep up the good work and the scale will follow when it is ready. In the meanwhile enjoy your NSV progress.

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ADRIENALINE 8/18/2014 1:48PM

    It's great that you can stay focused on your goals and can focus on all of the other good NSV's. I'm so lucky that our area never gets too hot or cold. I can exercise outside all year round!

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ATHENAFOREVER81 8/18/2014 1:07PM

    Congrats on staying focused on your goals! It's supposed to be brutally hot here too which I'm not looking forward to since I planned to run outdoors this week. Keep up the good work!!

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