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Emerald Bay Half. October 2016


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    Hi Teri, I was looking back through my Mutt Strut picture blog and your comment about Emma made me smile, again. It also reminded me of "Cooper". They could have a real contest on loving ice cream. You'll probably have to copy/paste this into your browser. I'hope it works! I was feeling sorry for Cooper; smiles.

    1 day ago
    Thanks for your thoughtful comment on my "BMI is Stupid" blog. The reason that I know my body fat percentage is 17% is my health coach ordered the more accurate tests. She actually works for the health insurance company, and has latitude to make decisions. BMI is used by insurance companies to estimate potential health risks because they make decisions on the rates they charge based on the average of a large populations.

    Since the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as "Obama Care" insurance companies have to offer complete coverage to segments of the population that are heavy users of the healthcare system at capped rates. So they hit everybody with the same rates, even those that don't use the healthcare system much.

    I don't feel sorry for insurance companies because they wrote most of the legislation. They did away with catastrophic healthcare policies that were affordable for healthy people. If you got hit by a car, you were covered. If you got cancer, you were covered. If you had a stuffy nose, you paid for that yourself.

    Even though I am on a company-sponsored health plan, my payroll deduction has skyrocketed and my deductible and out-of-pocket expenses have shot through the roof. To make matter worse, there were tax deductions for medical expenses that they effectively did away with.

    They also put the squeeze on healthcare providers with Medicare and Medicaid. The Government has lowered the reimbursement rates so providers lose money treating people on Government sponsored programs. Private insurance makes up the difference, hence the high rates.

    Unfortunately, there were problems before Obama-Care that were getting worse and worse with an aging population. Obama-Care was an attempt to head-off problems. Where would we be if the legislation did not happen? No one knows!

    Thanks, Bruce
    6 days ago
    How exciting that you'll be running a HM at Emerald Lake in October! Love that lake!!!
    9 days ago
  • v DEB9021
    I've been mostly using my phone to Spark lately, I guess, because when I just looked at my page I realized I had a few Spark goodies I didn't know about. Just saw your note about getting the watch. What do you think? I love it!

    Probably by now you've figured out that you tap the green check mark to complete the run, or the right button to continue. Lately I have been obsessed with trying to get something logged for every sport it will track. Lol. I've run (indoor and outdoor), walked, paddled (canoe), biked (indoor and outdoor), and swam. I took a golf lesson last week but have yet to use it to track a round of golf. I've wanted to try stand up paddling, and recently found a place that rents the boards. That leaves indoor rowing (which I can do at the Y, but haven't yet), XC and downhill skiing. So close! Downhill skiing is unlikely ... But the rest of it I will do! :-) Well ... If I can actually stand up and paddle. I will try it; not sure whether any paddling will be logged. Haha.

    Do you find the numbers overwhelming? I enjoy looking at and comparing all the stats. But really, they should have a course along with the watch to help you figure out what it all means and how to set and measure goals to improve those numbers. Hope you are enjoying it!
    9 days ago
  • v AMYJO1967
    emoticon for taking time to read and comment on my blog post. I'm THRILLED to have entered Onederland, thanks for the ticket! emoticon
    17 days ago
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