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Thomas T. commented on April 2, 2012
I Will Do My Best, After all its my Health at stake!
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Lynne S. commented on April 27, 2012
I do't make New Year's Resolutions.
Michelle L. commented on May 12, 2012
I don't make New Year's Resolutions. I do, however, respond to wake-up calls. Two Summers ago, My HgbA1c (a measure of blood sugar control over about 2-3 months) jumped from normal to near-diabetic. I'd switched from unsweetened iced tea to sweet ice tea, and continuing that habit might have literally killed me. This Spring, my doctor began to monitor my blood pressure, as it was doing the 'creeping up thing' that can happen in your late-40s; though the creeping up took a spike and I was pretty sick. I changed my diet to the concept behind the DASH diet. Salt intake was not the problem, though. The problem is more likely due to being overweight. I walk a great deal, and I figured that I must be pretty healthy even though overweight. That was probably true for a while, but I've lost 8 pounds since I realized that I was developing hypertension. I take medicine now, but it's a low dose and hopefully I can keep it that way. Preventative medicine can't work without the patient taking responsibility. Your doctor can tell you you should lose weight and you may even know it, but the blood pressure cuff and the blood sugar tests don't lie. That's when it's time to make a choice. The tried and true lab tests and basic vitals the nurses do before you see your doctor are the best. I don't look at all of the sub-categories of the lipid levels: my total cholesterol is on the high side and my triglycerides vary. Those are the only two things you need to keep in mind on those tests. Your doctor can worry about the details. Most of us know what to do to lower our cholesterol. Telling yourself your 'good' cholesterol' is good is pretty much rationalization, if the overall number is high. I think that New Year's Resolutions about diet and exercise likely encourage the denial, rather than alleviate it. Make your resolution as soon as you know about the problem. It's likely not on New Year's Day for most of us, as our doctors' offices and labs are closed that day!
Larissa M. commented on May 27, 2012
My resolutions were to get 8 glasses of water a day, work out 3x a week, and to not put junk in my body. Also, I promised to go to bed before 12:30am and get up before 9:30am. Noticing the huge difference in how I felt after implementing all those changes (more energy, being calmer and feeling happier and more in control) has been enough to keep me on the wagon!
Lynne S. commented on June 5, 2012
I did not make a resolution.
kathy k. commented on June 5, 2012
I never made one, so I don't have to feel guilty for not keeping it.
Sandy A. commented on June 12, 2012
Still working on losing weight.
SARAH M. commented on June 26, 2012
I am learning new ways to watch what I eat eveyday. Mostly the biggest obstacle is know what is healthy and what isn't. Even healthy foods can be unhealthy if over done in proportions.
Joan M. commented on July 7, 2012
I did for 3 months and then it was over with a little help from my brother.
WANDA B. commented on July 10, 2012
I would like to start on losing weight an sticking to it. But for me i need a partner who is going to be with from start from finish.
Debra H. commented on July 11, 2012
We almost always get off the beaten path but don't beat yourself up over it, just get back to it asap and just know you are human and humans make mistakes. It will be fine!
Gidget W. commented on July 12, 2012
I do not make New Year's Resolutions.
Sharon W. commented on July 12, 2012
putting your mind to do what needs to be done you will succeed.
Debbie M. commented on July 18, 2012
yes i joined a health club and do water arobics 3 to 4 times a week
Thomas T. commented on July 18, 2012
Never give in when it comes to something that will help your future health. I'm starting to ride my bycicle, and hike more, plus use my home machines.
Janet J. commented on July 29, 2012
You have to have your mind set completely on it and not let anything or anyone interfere.
Christine S. commented on July 30, 2012
Don't make New Year's resolutions.
Deborah P. commented on August 9, 2012
Exercising everyday for at least an hour. I break it up somedays 2-15 min and 1-30 min. It works good that way for me. I walk my dog in the morning and evening for 15 each. It gives him some exercise also.
Meissa G. commented on August 13, 2012
I always start off well but then changes in my everyday routine also change what I'm trying to do.
kathy k. commented on August 13, 2012
I did not make a resolution per say!
Susie S. commented on August 14, 2012
I don't usually make New Year's resolutions.
Brittany J. commented on August 14, 2012
Don't make a goal that is too hard... Make an easier one first, then make another harder goal
megan s. commented on August 19, 2012
It's difficult to stick with any long term goal with life being so unpredictable. Things change everyday and finding a constant can be a rarity, but I've found that being flexible to these changes and utilizing the support of friends and family, any goal is within reach. Setting a goal just to have one rarely is achievable, but with a sincere reason and desire to make a change, anything is possible
Teresa S. commented on August 19, 2012
For 2012, I made no resolutions.
Myra O. commented on August 22, 2012
I have kept my most important ones.
Theresa C. commented on August 23, 2012
Why is it so easy for "Life" to get in the way. Be nice to have personal trainer and chef to follow me every where I go. lol
Beth P. commented on September 5, 2012
I didn't really make one this year
Ron G. commented on September 6, 2012
You have to make it part of your daily routine, also don't shoot for the moon set your goal to be realistic.
Thomas T. commented on September 14, 2012
I feel obligated to continue my excerise routine no matter what!, This seems to really get into your head, and pushes you.
Donna L. commented on September 26, 2012
Love the Blue Points and the accountability they give me to keep up with my goals.
patience s. commented on September 28, 2012
Im 35 ..why is it that everything goes right to your midsection????
BETTY S. commented on October 1, 2012
BUT I HAVE STARTED ON THIS YEARS RESOLUTION.
Wanda J. commented on October 7, 2012
Have increased my exercise but have not lost weight.
patience s. commented on October 9, 2012
the year is almost over...i think i weigh more now than i did when the new year came in...im still a wrok in progress!
Kathy S. commented on October 23, 2012
I drink diet drinks. I have cut down to only two per day. I would love to cut down to only a couple of soft drinks per week.
Laura L. commented on November 8, 2012
I don't make New Year's resolutions. I am either commited to something or I am not. A date on the calendar is not going to change it.
Iysha A. commented on November 8, 2012
I did give birth to a beautiful baby girl this year so completely keeping my new years resolution was not realistic. I did however loose 56lbs from July.
TERESA W. commented on November 14, 2012
It's so easy not to truly stay motivated. The desire is there, but definite lack of motivation. :(
Nichole H. commented on November 28, 2012
I didn't really make one.
Lacrystal M. commented on December 5, 2012
i Do not do new years resolutions no point in it
CANDACE J. commented on December 16, 2012
ITS BEEN HARD BUT I HAVEN'T GIVING UP
Beatrice W. commented on December 19, 2012
The main thing is not to give up just keep on trying.
Lacrystal M. commented on December 19, 2012
I no longer do resolutions I never keep them up I just pray for the best each day
yvette m. commented on December 28, 2012
Slightly off track-but manage to get back on track.
sandy g. commented on December 30, 2012
new ones for 2013
Libby D. commented on January 3, 2013
No bread and no sweets - tough, but doing it so far.
emily h. commented on January 3, 2013
I have decided to commit myself to working out 5 days out of 7 for 1 hour a day.
Diane W. commented on January 9, 2013
Each year I resolve to not make any resolutions at all, an so far, I've succeeded!
Milissa H. commented on January 14, 2013
I have joined the get fit challenge at work and joined a gym which is convenient enough that I can use it 24 hours a day. I have also resolved that if I say or think something negative about someone, I need to acknowledge a good quality in that person. This is helping me to look for the good in people and, hopefully, not be too judgmental.
eleanor b. commented on January 15, 2013
sometimes it is hard to stay motivated with so much high calorie food around but it is worth it when you try on clothes
Greg W. commented on January 18, 2013
Watch "Food, Inc." If you've ever thought about cleaning up your eating habits...that documentary will be a big motivator.
Suzanne B. commented on January 19, 2013
i AM TRYING TO
Shirley L. commented on January 29, 2013
I back slide, maybe 1 day out of a week or sometimes less; but overall I get back on track.
Suzie J. commented on January 31, 2013
The awesomeness of this depends on what was resolved!!! Lol!
A K. commented on March 10, 2013
I blame health insurance companies, such as yourself, for part of the problem of rising health care costs. According to a report by WRAL-TV, "Even though NCBCBS's net income fell from $177.1 million in 2011 to $57.7 million last year, it's top nine executives earned an average of 43 percent more in compensation last year than in 2011. President and Chief Executive Brad Wilson earned a $1.6 million bonus to drive his annual compensation up to nearly $2.5 million – a 37 percent increase. The other five who topped $1 million saw raises between 41 and 68 percent. Spokesman Lew Borman said salaries and premiums aren't related. Executive compensation is in line with comparable companies, he said, and it's not the reason for rising costs." I think this is unconscionable. If BCBS REALLY cared about rising health care costs, all those executive raises would be returned to policy holders to keep OUR costs lower. My God, how much do those executives NEED to earn???? While you are pointing fingers at other sources of rising costs, you should notice the other 4 fingers pointing back at you.
Jennifer Arnold commented on March 11, 2013
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Pamela F. commented on March 20, 2013
As a Masters trained health educator who has chronic diseases, I see serious patient education gaps and lack of opprtunistic outreach to work with patients when they are most likely to be a captive audience. Also, simple solutions exist to reduce unneccessary hospitalizations and ER visits, but it requires insurance companies and guideline based practice to see their patients as collaborators. Prime example - heart patients with angina could test their blood troponin levels at home similarly to a diabetic to determine whether their angina requires ER intervention. The technology and medical testing supplies exist. The key to making it work is a combination of availability, portability, and patient education to create effective use to save costs.
Diane H. commented on March 27, 2013
I try to.
Paul M. commented on May 24, 2013
Most lasted about a month, ol