Have You Noomed?

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One of the changes I’m trying to make is to get healthier – trying to eat better, stay active, etc.

I started walking in the mornings with my youngest, and although we took a bit of a hiatus due to the crazy weather, I’ve continued to walk on the treadmill. I’ve managed to continue it for long enough that I now feel worse if I don’t walk. Even if I really don’t want to, I can usually manage to cajole myself onto the treadmill with the assurance that I will feel better afterwards.

However, we all know that just exercise isn’t enough. While I am feeling better, I would also like to shed those pounds that have crept up on me during the last few years. I never had to watch my diet when I was younger, and as I got older and my life got more sedentary, it’s become a never-ending battle.

I love sweets. I crave sweets. And if I force myself to not eat them, I end up bingeing on them because my brain/hormones/body chemicals insist that I need them. So, after reading various things about Noom, I decided to give it a try.

They are offering a free 14-day trial, so I signed up. I gotta say, so far I’m not all that impressed. You get what you pay for, I know, so I didn’t have a lot of expectations for this free trial. However, what I’ve gotten so far hasn’t been much different than what I would get from a free app like MyFitnessPal.

You weigh in every day (which seems a little crazy to me, given that your weight fluctuates so much daily). I used to weigh myself once a week, but fine, I’ll do it every day. Then you log your meals. Again, pretty much the same thing you’d get from other apps. Logging every piece of food you eat is ANNOYING. I’ve decided that’s why they make you do it – because eventually you get so tired of having to log foods, you eat less just so you don’t have to log it. :/

The way they classify foods is strange to me. The system is fairly simple – green, yellow, red foods. Green foods are better, yellow foods are ok, and red foods are to be eaten sparingly. However, lots of foods that I would think to be green or at least yellow, like flavored popcorn, fall into the red category. I’ve done several Atkins-type diets before, but oils and fats, which are preferred for Atkins, are red for Noom. Also, Noom does not tell you outright how many calories you get each day. It wasn’t until I was logging my meals that I noticed the daily calorie allowance.

Noom does give you daily articles to read about the psychology of their program, but so far, there’s been no real help from the app. Oh sure, I can log my weight, my water intake, my daily step count, but there’s been no real interaction with anyone. I thought I would at least get some feedback/help from the ‘Goal Specialist’ they assign to you, but I think it’s just a bot, because there is no real conversation or information from mine. Just platitudes every once in a while with maybe a question thrown in. But when I answer the question, silence.

The ‘community’ they tout doesn’t kick in until you pay – AFTER your free trial ends. Apparently, when I actually pay the fee, I then get assigned a group of people they’ve ‘hand-picked’ to be a support group and some kind of coach (I can’t remember the fancy name off-hand) that will hopefully be an actual person. We’ll see.

So far, it’s not been anything I couldn’t get for free elsewhere. However, I do recognize that I need help with this goal, so I am going to suck it up, pay the fee, and then see how things go.

Have you tried Noom? Did it work for you?

Paradox of Change

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If this year has taught us anything, it’s how to be adaptable to change – whether we wanted to or not. In addition to rolling with the punches from 2020, I’ve been trying to make smaller changes in my life.

Being debt-free is a large goal, but I also have smaller ones. I’ve been trying to get healthier – eat less, exercise more, eat cleaner, that type of thing. What I have discovered while trying to make these changes is that there is what I’m calling the ‘paradox of change.’

The paradox is that if you want to be successful at making changes, you need to stick to a routine. Which is paradoxical, right? Whatever change you’re trying to make isn’t a part of your routine, which is why it’s a change. The trick is to make the change part of your routine, so it becomes something automatic – something you just do without even thinking about it anymore.

Sticking to a routine is hard, but so beneficial. Most people crave the structure of a routine – we are comfortable when things go as expected. And having a routine that fills most of your life means that when something unexpected happens, it’s easier to deal with it. (Although 2020 is sure testing that theory for me!)

As we get closer to the end of the year, I thought things would start to calm down. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case. As things continue to escalate, my job has gone remote. Which is good, but also challenging. Figuring out how to effectively deliver instruction to preschoolers virtually is a challenge – we’ll see how it goes and how well we all (students and teachers) adapt to this new change.

In the meantime, I plan to continue to keep working on the small goals in my life and incorporating them into my daily routine. Here’s hoping I can overcome the paradox of change! 😀

Resisting Change

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Change is scary for most people. You get used to something, and when it gets changed, it can be frustrating. Take the new switch here at WordPress. Everyone is being moved over to the new Gutenberg block editor.

I tried to like it, I really did.

It does have a lot of features that the classic editor doesn’t. However, it has some stupid changes, imho. For instance, I hate that I now have to click through a menu to see my word count. With the classic editor, it’s right at the bottom as I type.

Even doing routine things has become a chore. My Monday Mandala posts are a weekly thing, and I used to be able to copy the post, insert the new image, and off I’d go. Now it’s become a huge hassle, because a large majority of the time, my images do not show up when I am writing the post. I’ve tried preloading them into my image library.

Nope.

I tried ‘replacing’ the image as the new block editor suggests.

Nope.

Something that used to take me a few minutes has now become an exercise in frustration. And I get it. They want to keep things new and shiny to attract new people. Maybe if you do everything on your phone, this way works. I don’t, and it doesn’t. And now, it keeps prompting me to change all of my old posts into the new block editor.

I don’t want to.

I can just keep using the classic editor – and for many of my posts, I probably will, because it’s easier and faster. After several months of trying the new editor, I have yet to see the appeal. Something that you could do in a couple of clicks with the classic editor, like batch edit old posts, doesn’t work anymore. I have to go searching around for options I want, while wading through all the new ones I don’t.

I’m not giving up yet – I’m going to keep trying to use the new block editor and see if it grows on me.

Like a fungus. :/

Change is Hard

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I have hit a patch of blogger’s block. That doesn’t usually happen to me. I have tons of ideas and generally don’t have trouble creating a post.

For the last week, it’s been a struggle.

It’s likely because I know I need to make some changes and I’m resisting. Which is crazy, because the only person who has a say is me. 😛 When I started this blog, it was with the idea that I would use it to further my online business. As I started writing, though, it became more of a place for me to just write about things that interest me. Which is fine, except now I find myself wanting/needing to make a pivot, because I do want my online business to be successful.

I purposely branded everything using the Introverted Hermit – my Etsy shop, this website, my social media sites. I could start all over, but I don’t want to. I’ve already bought the domain, have everything set up, etc. So the other option is to pivot and start using this site for business rather than the more personal blogging I’ve done up to this point.

I’d like to find a way to balance the two – to still have some personal content but mixed in with more business content. I haven’t figured out how to do that yet. There’s also the fear that making changes will hurt the progress I’ve made attracting readers.

Change is hard, y’all.

I spent some time today looking up editorial calendar templates because I need to get more organized with my writing – maybe that will help me focus and create the blend of business/personal I’m looking for. I found a few, but I got annoyed at the number of sites that wanted an email address before I could download the ‘free’ template. So I made a mental note that if something on my site is labeled ‘free,’ it is actually free – won’t even cost you an email address. 😛

Changes

The more things change, the more they stay the same, right? Lots of changes for me now and in the future. The pandemic has made everything very fluid, so it’s hard to plan ahead without knowing what will change.

I have an interview for a new job next week. I’m less nervous than I thought I would be, but I’m afraid that will make it hurt more if I don’t get it. :/ My youngest has now had 3 tentative dates to reschedule graduation, but it hasn’t happened yet. I’ve decided to go ahead and send out the announcements with a note that explains we don’t know when/if it will happen. Even if it doesn’t, or people can’t attend, I at least want them to know how proud we are of his accomplishments.

The university that both children will attend in the fall has said they intend to hold in-person classes, but they will end those early right before Thanksgiving. Everything after that (the final two weeks of classes), will be done remotely. I have to wonder, then, why bother? Everyone has been doing remote classes for most of the year, so why go back just for 2 1/2 months? My oldest has all online classes anyway, and we can probably arrange my youngest’s classes to be all online as well, so we’ll see how it all shakes out. We still aren’t sure whether my job will reopen in August, but we are planning as if we will. The new health regulations are sure making things interesting.

In the meantime, I am continuing on with my own plans. I’ve opened my Etsy shop, I’m adding additional items this week, and I am taking steps to get back on track with what I want to do for my business. I’m trying to improve my health and fitness, and I’m continuing to work on various projects, like painting more minis. 😀