Wednesday, April 16, 2014
I'm considering picking up an activity tracker, and just wondered what people's experiences are with them. Do you think they are effective? Have they actually added to your motivation? Do you have any favorite activity trackers? I would guess they are not all alike. Thanks, Glenn
Saturday, April 05, 2014
Well, we're the generation. Aging in greater numbers than any other generation. And we've got a potential legacy. That is, being the greatest consumers of healthcare. Our costs will skyrocket. It will, from time to time, be a political issue as to how much society should spend on us. I took a stand on it 2 weeks ago. If you have a GP who likes to refer you to other specialists, the amount can grow, and the costs can add up rapidly. Becasue of my medical complaints, I was seeing eight specialists. I found that once referred, the specialist will often keep you on their caseload for the smallest thing. I had been referred to, and was seeing two urologists, a nephrologist, a cardiologist, a neurologist, a neurosurgeon, a social worker, a dermatologist. Most of these were without need. I had been cleared by them, but they maybe prescribed one medicine, and they were making regular visits to see me just to keep me prescribed. I began to realize that I could have the individual specialist refer me over to my GP, and he could keep track of the medication refills. So since last week, I have dropped my two urologists, my neurosurgeon, and my social worker, who had given me the go ahead to go on my own. This is maybe a drop in the bucket for my insurance companies, but it is a step the right direction in terms of my own feeling of health and in terms of medical costs. Since I have federal Medicare and I carry supplemental insurance, there was no cost to me to see these people. But my contention is that someone was paying for it, and if all of us boomers decide to use our own discretion and prudence when seeing medical people, we will bring the costs down for all.
I know some people need all of the extra care. But for those of us who are just a part of the system, we can stop. We don't have to follow every doctor's whim. We can think for ourselves and benefit both us and society. Glenn
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
I am now 62, to be 63 in five days. If I live as long as my dad, I will be 92. What should I do with next 30 years? I think I want to be a writer, and it would most likely be nonfiction. I think I want to perfect the craft of writing for 30 years. I would make some money, keep myself occupied, and still be able to attend to my wife, who is quite disabled and at home. I would be able to live in my house in the woods. I would hear the frogs in the spring, clear the needles in the fall and winter, enjoy those long sunny summer days. I would have my stereo, my music. I would be near all of these great parks, where I could hike. I could go to Haggen or Freddie's, or Bayview. I could visit Island Market for a slice of pizza, Steamboat Annie's for a burger and fries, or Steamboat General Store and say, "Hi" to Joon.
I could attend St. Chris's, if they ever get the leadership I would like, or go to the Unitarian Church. I could drive out to the ocean, or up to Mt. Rainier. I could go to Seattle from time to time. I could take the train, just to get away.
And I could write. I could write about butterflies and beasts and bees. I could write about living and cruising, and taking naps. I could write about meditating and exercising and eating right. I could write about retirement. I could write about people and anxiety and schizoaffective disorder, which is more like bipolar disorder with a touch of unreality at times. I could write, in short, about my life. Through this, I could reach out to others. I could live the genuine and authentic life. What's not to like?
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
I started with this newer way of eating last summer. I got it from one of the hosts of the Spark Radio show who took off sixty five pounds and successfully kept it off. It consists of two princlples: Eat only when you are hungry, and eat only until you are satisfied, not full. It takes a little practice to do this effectively. It helps to recognize when you are eating emotionally, instead of out of hunger. However, I have incorporated this into my eating practices, and have lost 15 lbs since last summer in a very gradual (and satisfying) way. This was after a big weight gain that wouldn't stop when I went off the Atkins program. Using these principles, I stopped the gain, and began to ever so gradually lose. Thanks to you Spark Radio.
Friday, January 31, 2014
They do. According to studies cited in an article I just read on the MSN network, they live an average of 6 years longer. I wonder where that puts Atkins' people and paleo people on the spectrum? Glenn
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