Aetna sucks. No really they suck. They’re a shining example of why Health Care Reform was needed, and is still needed. Over the past 3 years we have had them, their rates have gone up significantly and the coverage has been less. We are now being forced to use mail order for certain “maintenance medications” which has significantly raised the prices of said medications. We were sold that it would be cheaper than going to the pharmacy. They, of course, lied.
I was insulin-dependent a few weeks ago, but thanks to Aetna I’ve had to go with Plan B. At the suggestion of a friend, I’ve started the Couch to 5k program. It’s designed to get you in good enough shape to be able to run a 5K, or 3.2 miles. I’ve personally never been able to run over 1 mile and that was back in 8th grade but I’ve always loved running so hey, what the hell right?
I’m in the middle of the second week in the 12-week program: Walk 5 minutes, 6 intervals of run 90 seconds, walk 2 minutes, then a 5 minute cooldown at the end. I’ve actually been doing a lot better than I thought I would. I’m having to do a lot of stretching before and sometimes after the runs but I can definitely tell a difference in my energy and my mood. I’ve also changed my diet a bit to eliminate bread and pasta and add a lot more fresh veggies, fruits and lean meats. Still working on totally eliminating bread. I’ll make it eventually…
Hoping I can stick with this and not get bored and give up like normal. I have 30 pounds to go and the motivation is simple: no more hospitals, no more insulin. I have too many little ones in my life to not be there to see them graduate/get married/have kids/make mistakes/live.