Bizarre as it may seem, I don’t have much to say!
The past week wasn’t too bad. Work has started to pick up, so there’s no more boredom eating, thank goodness. The flip side, however, is that exercise time has been cut shorter than I need. So, the balance equation has to shift again. This time, though, it’s more about finding ‘holes’ in the schedule to do what I need than about berating myself over what I’ve done wrong.
Quite a shift in perspective, isn’t it? Turning away from emotion and looking at this as a problem-solving exercise. I’m good at those.
The Alzheimer’s mom started new meds this week, and otherwise, she’s had a decent week. Last weekend, we put some plants into flowerboxes. I’d hoped that it would be a task she could do without help, but it wasn’t. Seeing this avid gardener unable to figure out how to get the little plant out of its plastic container, and into a pot of dirt was heartbreaking. So, after her manicure, we went to lunch at the local diner, where the waitresses always insist on bringing her the largest dessert they can find.
The news had several items on obesity programs for children. It’s becoming a major business. And that has its good points and its bad ones. A number of programs are hospital based, and, as with just about everything to do with weight control, insurance programs won’t cover the costs. Once again, we have an identified health problem, one with long-term consequences, and there’s a real opportunity to make lasting changes, and there’s no financial help for it.
Maybe the tuition reimbursement model might work for something like this. Many companies will repay some percentage of tuition costs for classes, contingent upon a decent grade. Insurance companies could, at least theoretically, reimburse some percentage of the cost if the person met a certain weight loss goal at the end of the program, and then reimbursed a greater percentage if the loss was maintained for, let’s say, 6 months.
It would take a major policy change, but considering the costs of these programs, people could use some help. And a little extra motivation wouldn’t hurt.
Another interesting item was the fact that one of the country’s major ‘fat camps for teens’ providers has started another program. This one is open to children between the ages of 5 and 10. Five year olds at fat camp! At least one parent is required to attend along with the child. The goal is to manage this as a family issue, and that makes sense to me. After all, how many 5 year olds are responsible for buying and preparing food?
Let’s consider this to be a good week. Nothing major went wrong, and there were some opportunities to breathe, and to tweak. Works for me!