“Hey, I know it’s Monday. But it’s also a new day and a new week. And in that lies a new opportunity for something special to happen.”
It is Monday morning. Mondays have the reputation of being gloomy. However, it is within me to have joy and cheer. Yesterday, I re-read Tony Robbin’s Six Steps to Emotional Mastery in Awaken the Giant Within. I did them when I transitioned out of my last depression last month.
Minutes ago, one of my two computer monitors died. I ordered another one from Dell. I will have to make do with one monitor until the new one arrives.
It is 5:30 AM. I only slept until 3:30 AM this morning for the second consecutive day. My husband asked me to sleep on the living room floor with him last night, so I did.
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Exhausted, I went back to bed for several hours. Now it is 10:09 AM, and my eating is following a pattern of its own. Maybe I can fast from now until 1:30 PM or so and then make a green drink. [That did not happen, however.]
It is snowy outside. That has been good news for the wildfires. The plans I set up yesterday for today seem overwhelming. I decided to catch up with the snail mail today. I have a whole box of it.
I got upset about how much my Medicare Part D penalty will cost me, and I had an eating binge. I tracked most of it, then lost track altogether. It will set me back.
I was so upset I called the crisis line. My counselor said to “get back on your horse.” Figuratively, that explains what I should do. I decided to admit that I had another binge and then do what I can to recover.
Now I feel okay. I still want to eat, however.
Life has a way of teaching you things you did not want to know. I thought I was a “delay gratification” sort of person, but that is not entirely true. When I want something, I want it now. I do not think I would have passed the Stanford Marshmallow Test at four years old.
What can I do now to make do with the less than ideal decisions I made when younger? First, let me acknowledge myself for some things I did right. I got a college education, I did not drink, smoke, or use. I did my homework, usually on time. I took all the requisite tests.
Years ago, I was warned that if I did not get back on Part D, I would later have to pay the penalty to do so. I never imagined how painful it would be.
However, it could be a more tremendous pain to need medication insurance down the road when I do not have it.
Today is Day 43 of our journey. My birthday flowers are still on the table. Sadly, the irises are gone, but the sunflower and everything else is still there. Minutes ago, I cut the stems on the diagonal to give the blooms a little more water and life.
Flowers are here today, gone tomorrow. They do not pass the Marshmallow Test.
I feel a bit glum tonight. I planned to lose another pound this week. However, I will need to do Plan B. I have not decided what that is yet.
When I had FMTV months ago, I watched a video about Dr. John Demartini who spoke of his Demartini method. He believed that depression was when reality does not match your mind’s fantasy of what you think life should be. The mismatch leads to despondency. The cure is to find something wrong with the illusion and something right about the actuality that will lead you to accept it.
Tonight, I did not want to accept the Medicare penalty. That was a bit of reality that did not seem fair. I was mad at myself for not doing something about it sooner. I did not know until today that the penalty is permanent. It gets tacked onto your premium as long as you have Part D. I thought there must be some forgiveness somewhere. Perhaps the penalty was only for a year. Not so.
You can beg the authorities for mercy. I may do that. However, the best approach is probably to accept reality for what it is. The system encourages all eligible Medicare holders to pay a premium, not just those who need expensive medications. Without penalties, more people like myself would probably opt out of Part D to save money when their prescription prices are low.
Obviously, I have been shortsighted.
I lost track of what I ate last night, but I pieced it together as much as possible this morning.
First, this is what happened to my weight.
The food log shows my excesses. Fortunately, I did not eat any sugar or bread. However, my net carbs and net calories were more than 100%. Do not try this at home! This is an example of what not to do. However, if you do binge, try to stick to healthy foods.
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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.