Day 40, Is Eating Right, or Are Insurance Companies Better Health Insurance?

Morning

 
 

Weather

 
This morning I am in a good mood.  However, the weather has turned cold, even colder than yesterday.  The weatherman predicts that at 4:00 PM today, it will get up to 40 degrees F.  However, that is when our cosmetologist will be here, and getting out for a walk at that time could be problematic.  I could get out in colder weather earlier this afternoon.  This weekend, today will seem warm.
 

Reminders

 
Take a look at the reminders for today.  I already completed the meditation and weight check this morning.  I also scored 286 points in JV Life Tracker (Vibrancy) for yesterday.  Unfortunately, I forgot to tally yesterday for Wednesday.  That was a tough day so that we can forget it.  Unfortunately, my body has not entirely forgotten the binge.  Next is my green drink.
 
I lost 0.5 kilos last night, so my body is correcting Wednesday’s binge.  We bought some more spinach and kale mix yesterday, so I am ready to make a green drink this morning.  I will put some parsley in it as well.  
 

Wildfires

 
I hear the TV news.  Severe forest fires are forcing evacuations here in Colorado.  Hopefully, the colder weather will help fight them.  We are supposed to get snow this weekend.  However, I hear that fires can burn under snow cover.   We need relief fast.
 
I do not want my consternation about the fires to dampen my good mood.  I am grateful that, so far, we have not had fires right here.   Minutes ago, I watched the news.  The governor came on live from his vehicle as he is traveling to the affected areas.
 

Breakfast

 
I have now had my breakfast green drink with delicious fresh parsley.  If you do not like parsley, leave it out.  However, I hope you are like me, finding parsley enjoyable because it is a nutritious food.  I need something chewable.  A few raw baby carrots will be just right.   With sauerkraut, a green drink, and carrots, the potassium for the meal is 2631.4 mg.  That is considered an adequate daily intake for someone my age and gender.   However, even more potassium is better.
 

Blood Pressure

 
Let me measure my blood pressure to see how it responds to my breakfast electrolytes.  It is 123/88 mmHg with a 75 bpm pulse.  Considering that I used to take medication for blood pressure, that is fantastic!  Both my parents have high blood pressure.  My aunt said I would eventually have to stop taking lithium and switch to something else because of high blood pressure.  So far, that has not happened.  With Cronometer, I can control my blood pressure naturally.
 
Minutes ago, I had 26 grams of unsalted cashews.  That could threaten my plans to eat 1200 calories today.  I predict I can eat as many as 1400 calories and still do okay.  I do not want to eat more than 1400, though.  Let me see how well I hold my appetite until lunchtime.
 

Afternoon

 

Lunch

 
I had lunch of Mini Joy with a few extras.  Our cosmetologist called and said she is not coming today.  She has a medical appointment.
 
That will work out.  I can go for my walk during today’s warmest hours.
 
I ordered a pair of extra-wide walking shoes.  I will tell you later how well they fit my needs.
 
It is almost three hours until 4:00 PM.  I want to make the most of them.
 
I have sometimes forgotten to take my thyroid pill in the morning.  I attached post-it notes to the wall above each bathroom scale that say, “Take Thyroid. ”  I plan to associate the medication with weighing so that I do each activity first thing in the morning.  I do not weigh every single day, but I at least think about it.
 

Medical Insurance

 
Now is the time for Medicare Open Enrollment.  I plan to sign up for Part D, which is for prescription coverage.  For over a decade, I have been paying out-of-pocket.  However, I may need financial help in the future.  With my current drugs, there is no advantage to Part D; they cost less than the deductible.  One of my three drugs is not even covered, so I would have to pay the full price for it anyway.
 
I got out of my depression naturally, so I do not need the exorbitantly expensive drugs my doctor recommended.
 
I could sign up for the lowest premium insurance to be on Part D.  Oh, here is a possibility–a higher premium coverage that covers two of my medications fully.  Upon closer examination, though, that coverage does not predict drug prices.  It says N/A or not available.  I thought they were fully covered.  That is too bad because I was ready to sign up for it!
 
It appears that there is no low-cost option for Latuda or Vraylar.   It costs at least a $14.50-a- month premium to sign up for anything (plus a penalty for not getting on Part D before).  With my current drugs, there would be no benefit.  What should I do?
 
Also, I have not found an insurance company without a coverage gap.  That would not matter for the drugs I am taking now, but if I take Latuda or Vraylar, the donut hole could last for months.
 
These numbers do not even add up right.  It is impossible to tell whether the insurance will save me any money.  What good is insurance if it does not cover you six months out of the year?
 
I will wait for another day to make a final decision.
 
[I later decided to get Part D.  It appears that it will work out okay.]
 

Diet Diary

 
I think the better health insurance is my diet.  Today has all my nutrients except calories.  I chose to eat more than yesterday.  It is now 8:22 PM, and I feel hungry but can get through my fast until breakfast tomorrow.
 
 
 

Walking

 
Between 4:00 and 5:00 PM today, I walked to the library and park.  For the coming winter, they had shut off the fountains.  It was cold but not below freezing.  The library was decorated for Halloween with black curtains all around and fake spider webs.  At the entrance to the library was a mock ship complete with cannon and black sails.  Tomorrow, the library will be closed most of the day for a private event.  I did not check out any books today, though I did have my eye on one that promises to increase your brainpower.
 
While walking, I was a bit unsettled over the medical insurance situation.  I came home, scratched my husband’s back, did some laundry, and read a book.  I did not eat anything.
 
I checked off all the reminders I set up this morning.  There were many other things I could have done, but I took it easy today.  I napped; I read; I took care of my husband.
 

Next Morning

 
 
Though the road has been bouncy, I am back to my lowest point.  I have 1.45 kg more to go on this journey.
 
Maybe, I need health insurance too, but insurance companies do not cause good health; they only try to help pay the bills if something goes wrong.
 

Prayer

 
 
Morning PRAYER
 
Lord,
 
Thanks again for helping me get back on track with my diet today.  Here is my mindmap of reminders for today.
 
This blog journey has been 40 days so far.  It may last 110 days.  Please, help me to keep it fresh and exciting.
 
I just finished my breakfast green drink.
 
What can I do to encourage my readers to make green drinks?  Some of them may already do it.  I have shown how much of a difference it makes in the nutrient facts of a diet diary.  
 
Lord, I am at a turning point.  Last year when I reached this weight loss point, my weight went back up, and I gained and gained.  The fight is not over.  To lose more and maintain, I must continue to work on my process.  Intermittent fasting, green drinks, and Cronometer are perhaps the most potent weapons I have.  And I cannot discount the power of prayer and my gratitude practice either.
 
Back in the 1980s, my weight soared to close to 160 pounds.  I decided to get help.  I paid about $1,000 for it, which is a lot even now.  Thankfully, my husband was supportive.  I encourage my readers to get support for their weight loss, even if they have to pay for it.  Friends and family can and will sabotage their efforts.  My mind can interfere with my progress.  Weight reduction is a mental and spiritual endeavor as much as it is a physical one.
 
Fortunately, I get a lot from books.  However, they do not motivate everyone.  There is nothing like the human touch.
 
Thanks again for your help so far.  Thanks for giving me the ability to write.  Please, bless my readers with the desires of their hearts.
 
Amen.
 
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This article, with its diet diary, shows what worked for me.  I do not claim that it will work for you.  Consult a licensed medical provider to determine your diet and medical care.  These blog entries do not diagnose or treat any disease.  If I provide any clues for you or your provider, I will be happy.
 
 

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