Feeling Good

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It’s been a good couple of weeks for me. I’ve been trying to make some pretty big changes in my life, including trying to be more fit and healthy. Of course, that goal also involves losing weight, but I’m trying (and learning) to not make it all about the number on the scale.

I signed up for Noom about a month ago, and it’s going okay. I’m not over the moon about the program, but I have seen results from the effort I’m putting in. My disappointment is that the effort from others, particularly the ‘support coach’ they have assigned me, is pretty lacking. The ‘cohort group’ they put me in doesn’t appear to have been made with any thought other than our date of sign up.

After I voiced my concerns to my coach, she asked how she could help – and then promptly went on vacation for 2 weeks. :/ So it’s been a bit disheartening to not have all the support that was promised when I signed up. However, I am going to see the program through (and not just because they’ve already hit my bank account for the fee). I do genuinely want to make changes in my lifestyle so that I can get where I want to be.

So far I’m exercising more, eating less, and feeling more energetic. Which is good, because I have a lot of plates spinning in the air right now. I have this blog, my Etsy shop, my YouTube channel, as well as my ‘real life’ tasks, like work and taking care of my home and family. I’ve also launched a second YouTube channel for my diamond painting addiction, and I am knee-deep in everything diamond painting whenever I have a spare moment. 😀

The school year is almost over, which means that hopefully I can devote more time to my other projects, including the last batch of miniatures I have left to paint. I’m looking forward to the summer and hopefully a move north sometime in the near future!

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?