Posts Tagged ‘Free’

Ok.. first I have to admit that I am SO ADDICTED to my iPhone that it almost never leaves my hand and…. I don’t even have the PHONE SERVICE for it!!! I wasn’t into paying the bill when I knew I was getting laid off so I cancelled the phone and got one of those unlimited text / unlimited call phones for 39 bucks a month.

But anyway… so I’m always downloading new apps and stuff like.. ALL the time.. and OMG!! This app is so. freakin’. awesome!!

It’s called My Fitness Pal and while it’s basically a calorie counter / diet tracker.. it is SO MUCH MORE!!!

I think everyone probably knows that I’m a size 16 by now and even though I’m kinda okay with that, the fact that my uber-chef husband will die believing that EVERYTHING tastes better with butter, bacon and deep fried means that I have to really be careful to not gain anymore weight.

I used to be a size 24 and got down to a size 14 by watching what I ate and walking.. walking.. walking. It took about 2 years but if you understand that it’s healthier to lose the weight at the same pace you put the weight on,  it’ll keep you clear of “quick fix” diet pills or starvation or unhealthy stuff like that.

So really, going up one size isn’t so bad considering the meals he used to make us ( since I’m in control of dinner now, we eat a lot healthier ) but I noticed that a pair a shorts I haven’t worn since last year were tighter then I remembered them, I said to myself, “.. Self! There has to be an App for that!!”

So I found MFP and when you first sign into it, it asks you your current weight.. height..  how active you currently are.. how much time you want to devote to exercising and how much weight you’d like to lose in a weeks time.. and then it does it’s magic and tells you what your projected calorie count is per day.

So you start logging what you eat .. they have a HUGE database of almost everything you can think of.. and then you enter the type of exercise you’ve done and for how long (.. that is, if you even get around to doing it) and the app keeps a running tally of how many calories you have left to consume.

It also starts accumulating the foods you routinely eat for easy finding!

The funniest thing is that KNOWING I’m going to log what I eat made me more selective and careful about what goes in my mouth and how much..

And I’m now drinking more damn water then a water buffalo instead of the usual coffee cup glued to my left hand!!

So maybe I should warn you know of potential caffeine withdrawal!!

The other think I like about this app is that it’s synced with MFP’s website so you can track your stuff and log your stuff online without having to use our iPhone… or your iPod Touch ( it’s compatible with both! )

And it’s free!!!!

It doesn’t cost anything to download or utilize the web site.

So if this is something that you can use :: if you don’t need it then I hate you!! LOL!! :: then give it a try and let me know how  you like it!

DISCLAIMER: Healthcare, Hospital Revenue, Insurance Companies, et al is my field. I’ve been working in the industry :: on both sides :: for almost 20 years. Whether I worked on the insurance side or the hospital revenue side, my role was alot more then just punching keys or answering phones so I know of what I speak.

I’ve been hearing about National Healthcare since the days before Hilary had a make over

NOTE: Not to get off topic but did you see her recently? Maybe about a week or so ago when she was being questioned about something by some committee. Good Lord Woman, do you NOT have a mirror in your plastic surgeons office?

And then.. as it is now.. National Healthcare is NOT a good idea. At all.

The health system that I work for has an extremely high uninsured demographic. Most people that walk through our door are below the poverty level.. do not work.. and if they DO work.. they don’t have coverage through their job, can afford independent insurance and make just alittle too much to quality for state aid.

So they come through the ER with such minor ailments like stomach aches, ear ache or my personal favorite: I just don’t feel right :: that was a true statment made by a patient :: because they know that in the ER they have to be seen and treated. They have to be seen, treated and we are under state mandates that does not allow us to even MENTION anything financial until the patient is released. The yea.. Good luck running through the parking lot to catch up with them.

And even though my health system recognzies the fact that the majority of people walking through their doors don’t have the provervbial pot to release waste .. and even though they’ve gone through great pains to try and alleviate some of the challanges to receive payment from these types of patients, there is only so much they can do.

So I understand the need for everyone to be covered by insurance. And every body SHOULD have health benefits.

BUT NOT NATIONALIZED HEALTH COVERAGE.

I’m almost certain that every state has an indigent program available. I’m almost certain that every state has an low-income program and I know that in my state, every child CAN have coverage, all you have to do is apply for it. Every major insurance payer in my area has some sort of very low cost coverage for adults that is around 35.00 a month.

There is no reason, in this day and age, for a person NOT to be covered.

What people WANT though… is the best of the best and not pay for it.

They want the insurance that I pay over 200.00 a month for.. for free.

And that’s the point. You get what you pay for.

Do you really think that if the government implements nationalized health care you’re going to get the best of the best?

The thing about free enterprise, even in health care, is that it makes companies compete and that bodes well for the consumer.

Think about physicians. If there was no incentive :: not that physician’s are in the field just for the money :: that what would make them want to excel in their studies?

NOTE: Just to give you something to think about. My sister-in-law is a kidney specialist who was schooled who attended med school at Georgetown and did her residencies and interships at University of Pennsylvania. People assume :: and I did to :: that she was pulling in major bucks. In truth she was.. but a majority of her major bucks went to her student loans.. of which, almost 20 years later she is still paying back.

Anyway.. do you really want the government to dictate your health? To dictate what treatment you can, can’t or have to wait for? Do you REALLY want the government to tell you or a family member that they aren’t a “good” candidate for a procedure because they are too old or too sick and it would be a waste of resources to treat them?

You think I got that out of a sci-fi novel?

Nope. All true.

And if you don’t believe me.. the BEST place study nationalized healthcare is NOT Canada… is NOT England..

It’s your local VA hospital… a governement run institution

You REALLY want nationalized health care then go talk to the veterans at the VA Hospital and ask them how THEY feel about the treatment they are getting then come back and try to convince me that I’m off base.