taking stock

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Well, it's now almost month and a half since I got my great lab results. So what have I done since then? Stuck to my Wheatbelly food plan; exercised great on some days but not as consistently as I was; and gained a pound. So I'm just in a holding pattern. And this is okay, I needed a break after the intense push I'd been on. But where does the break end and the long slide into laziness and procrastination begin? I think right about here. My next goal is just 10 pounds, I just want to get into the 140s.

On the work/retirement front, I've done some research and I think I could make a go of it with social security and part time work, but the big problem is health insurance between now and turning 65. I'll be 63 in July, husband 64 in September. I'm tempted to take the gamble that nothing expensive will happen to us before Medicare, but I realize this is a big gamble at our age. So I'm thinking if I can hang in there for 7 months, the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges will start covering people in Jan. 2014. I can do anything for 7 months, I tell myself... well, we shall see.
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    I am 65 and retired three years ago. It was probably the scariest decision I have ever made. I could not believe the phone calls and mail I received from health insurance companies. They are the ones in control of our health care. I'm still nervous about our future if we experience any health issues that are not covered by our plan.

    Good luck to you. It sounds as though you are thoroughly investigating all of your options. A part-time job would be nice, in that it keeps you mentally and socially active. My husband doesn't want me to work, so I keep busy with grandchildren and volunteer work.
    1272 days ago
    Hello, friend. Thanks for your blog post and well wishes....I am feeling much better now. You are very wise to carefully consider your health care coverage....certainly not worth the gamble. Sounds like you have your game plan in hand: life, health, fitness. You go, Girl! Enjoy your weekend.
    1303 days ago
    It's a hard choice... to figure that you'll both be fine for 7 months, or to stick to the job with the benefits... not sure which I would choose. Everytime someone from the U.S. comments on health care, I say thank you to the very wise doctors (including one I worked for in his later years) who, with the federal and provincial governments, organized Canada's health care system, which is really good.

    As for the weight side of things, I'm definitely on the slippery slope right now... I realize that when I get busy (and in the spring that means a lot of extra things at church plus all the gardening), I get careless with my eating. Lots of activity points, butnoo much snacking and unplanned meals.

    Take care of yourself; remember you can deduct some vacation time from that 7 months... any plans for this year? The yurt last year was a terrific idea.

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    1304 days ago
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