Navel Gazing on Weight and Weight Loss

Exercise and weight loss

Exercise (Photo credit: sanchom)

The thing is, I do eat healthy (mostly). My lunches consist of a salad, my breakfasts are usually cereal or fruit or yogurt or some combination of the three, and when my husband makes high fat dinners (as he often does) I eat small portions because generally I don't like high fat savory foods.

But (and) I have a sweet tooth, and I don't get nearly enough exercise. So I snack on chocolates and those Aldi strawberry licorices that are absolutely amazing, and chai tea with plenty of sugar and milk, and other high calorie goodies.

And I'm not giving those up. But moderation? Maybe. Continue reading

I’m Faking Wellness Again

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Faking Wellness when out of spoons (Photo credit: Snowflakesarewhite)

It's a chronic thing. You see, I have depression and what is probably chronic fatigue syndrome. I am also recovering from a bout of flu and strep throat simultaneously. So I got through my work week last week and planned a weekend of working on the house, as the temperature had gotten warm enough – and collapsed on the couch for most of two days.

I did get the laundry washed. I also worked twenty minutes to get the back patio straightened up. I'm holding on to that, and the fact that I wrote 500 fiction words each day in my current project. Otherwise, I was largely useless. Yesterday, other than when I was switching over laundry, I was not even vertical most of the day. I didn't even read, as it took too much energy. Continue reading

Some Facts About ‘Obamacare’ for People Who Have Been Listening to Stories

Obamacare is here Here are a few basics about "Obamacare" that often get missed in the conversation:

  1. While a few middle class people in very good health are paying more for their health care than they did before January, most of those are paying more for significantly better benefits.
  2. The original plan was to supplement those with an income up to 133% of poverty through expansion of Medicaid in all states. When the Supreme Court said that was a Federal overreach, several states decided that they would not expand Medicare. There are private organizations in each of those states ticking away exactly how much money those states are leaving on the table by not expanding Medicaid.
  3. If you are poor and you still have no access to health insurance, please refer to point 2. You may live in one of those states. If so, write your representatives and/or governor and ask that they reconsider.
  4. It is no longer legal for a new health care plan to deny coverage for a pre-existing condition. Claims that this is happening are either a) lies or b) misunderstandings about grandfathered plans that were in effect before January 1.
  5. “Mental health parity” is a part of the law, which means that new plans must have mental health coverage comparable to their physical health coverage. It is my opinion that there continue to be major issues with how this is implemented, but it's still an improvement.
  6. While Obamacare is unnecessarily complicated and unnecessarily a gift to insurance companies, overall, the vast majority of Americans will have their health care improve under the program. If you have issues with the program, ask yourself whether they're logistical or philosophical. Most people who object to logistical issues with the law have begun supporting “Medicare for All” style plans.
  7. If you “want Obamacare to be repealed,” what do you want to take its place? How well will that policy work? Has it been tried elsewhere? What's its track records. Contrary to “common knowledge,” things weren't “just fine” before Obamacare. The United States has atrocious health care compared to most first world nations, and health care access remains among the worst in the world, with many factors contributing to it. Would your solution solve the problem?

This is the bottom line: The law is with us for awhile at least, and it would benefit us all to work to fix the problems with the law. What issues have you had with the law? What have you heard about other people having? What solutions do you think might work? How do you advocate for the solution you prefer? What compromises would you be willing to consider?

My perspective as a health care practitioner who takes both public and private insurance is this: Both Medicaid and Medicare often provide better coverage for basic preventative care than many private insurances, including those bought on the exchanges created by the new law, sometimes at the cost of having fewer choices of providers. By and large the people I work with who use Medicaid and Medicare rarely have finances get in the way of getting to their psychotherapy appointments. Those who use private insurances often have prohibitive co-payments and deductibles. It's worth looking at.

Don't allow the complexity of the law intimidate you into stepping away from the conversation. Your voice matters. Speak up on your own benefit, and ask for clarification when you need it. You'll make the situation better for all of us.

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The Longest and Most Boring Elder Scrolls Online Beta Review Ever

The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online (Photo credit: Javier Domínguez Ferreiro)

You're used to lots of screen shots and PVP review and a video of game play and all that. Didn't do any of it. I was having too much fun playing. What I am going to give you is a playability review of Elder Scrolls Online (ESO), from my slightly different perspective.

See, I'm an old woman, by gamer standards (47 years old). I started tabletop gaming at 1st Edition D&D when it was the only edition, and I started video gaming at Pong. My first MMORPG was FFXI, then WoW, then LOTRO, then SWTOR, and I've been hanging around Neverwinter lately because it doesn't demand a lot of me. Continue reading

Simplify, Simplify, Simplify (Back to Blogging Basics)

I created six new blogs between December and January. Was I nuts? Actually, yes, yes I was. I was thinking of blogs as money makers rather than creative outlets, so I split my personality into seven parts. Do you have any idea how overwhelming it is to attempt to maintain eight blogs?

You know what? Neither this blog nor any other is likely to make me much money, but I love blogging, so I'm going to return to my roots.

Blogging is, for me, like it is for a lot of writers, a way of exercising my brain, of noodling and doodling over ideas that come from all over the world. Sure, I could maintain a single subject blog that doesn't rove through the world as I see it. I've actually done it before. But for me, that's neither as fun nor as useful as simply noodling here is.

Blogging Basics

Blogging Basics (Photo credit: owenwbrown)

This blog. This, and the professional notifications and articles on my therapy business website are it. Screw SEO. Screw trying to fit a niche. I am who I am, and my mind wanders far and wide. Might as well own it and embrace it. The extra blogs are going to be erased over the next month, with placeholders set until they're back out in the aether. Any new articles that should have been here will be moved here. And then? And then I work my work, write my writing, and blog here when the mood strikes me.

Sure, I'll keep the affiliate links and Adsense. Might as well link you all to interesting stuff, and maybe make a penny or two to rub together, but that's it. If you like my writing, come aboard. If you don't, that's okay. No one's making you read it (and if I'm wrong about that, I'd be interested in hearing about it.)

Wednesday is the start of Lent. While I am not Catholic, or even Christian, I often use the energy of millions of people trying to change their lives to change something in mine. This lent my goal is twofold: to increase my physical activity level (which has been near zero), and to write actual content in a fiction piece *every single day*. Blogging in a half dozen difference "content farm" blogs does not go with that goal.

I've drifted away from fiction not because I don't like writing fiction, but because I had a massive crisis of confidence and have spent years recovering. Now the goal is to return and to power through the fear.

In any case, I'm back, at least part time, at least more often, and at least for those who think the weird things that matter to me are worth reading.

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