Today marks the beginning of Week 6, the end of the week-long break I took from Nooming for Christmasing… and four-ish pounds lost.
I started this weight-loss program at 146.4 pounds. During the last 35 days, I have:
- Weighed myself everyday
- Switched from no-breakfast (or an Rx bar) to a dairy-free breakfast smoothie every morning because Noom Keystone Habit #1 is to Befriend Breakfast — recipes to follow in a later blog
- Learned six more Noom Keystone Habits and all the #PsycheTricks and #PracticalTips Noom can shove into a hashtag (Oh, and a ton of other things.)
- Made conscious decisions about what I ate for lunch — and only went out to eat once while I was at the office!
- Sometimes gotten my steps in (and blew them out of the water on cleaning day at the office)
- Entered custom dishes for dinners throughout, which I LOVE doing
- “Passed” most of my Noom quizzes, except when I was tired and couldn’t remember what friggin’ acronym they decided to use for a term that really didn’t need an acronym
I have not:
- Eaten the appropriate green-yellow-red ratio — but I have added arugula to nearly everything just so I can say I ate greens
- Used Noom’s personalized “workout plan” (read: disappointing PDF)
- Stopped eating salty and sweet treats (Seriously, all month I’ve been surrounded by chocolate. It’s December.)
And I lost four-ish pounds.
Surrounded by chocolate I didn’t stop myself from eating.
Maybe it works ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Remember: “Abs are made in the kitchen.”
While I’m not a fan of all Noomisms, including the acronyms for everything and hashtag bonanza happening in every daily lesson, their #PsycheTricks and #PracticalTips seem to work for me.
I learned about all-or-nothing thinking (“I’m just going to be in pain anyway, so why bother working out?”), decision fatigue and why weight loss/maintenance is so hard SCIENTIFICALLY for people who have already lost weight.
It’s stupid metabolism’s fault.
In addition, while I understand the purpose of the Goal Specialist — she’s there to help you — and see the value in the Group — you’re not alone, I don’t have time for either of them. Every notification buzzing on my phone throughout the day gets ignored unless it’s work-related — and nearly nothing gets my attention until 8 p.m. after the toddler’s gone to bed and I’ve had a
glass of wine cup of tea.
Basically, I want the education and the food-logging functionality — it’s so much better than Fitbit’s — without the added responsibility of connecting with other humans.
I’ve already got so many humans.
If Noom could offer that and drop the price tag a tad, I think it’d be a forever solution to weight loss and maintenance for me.
Noom’s pre-determined goal weight for me is 136.8 pounds. I have no idea where this number came from — and I don’t care. I’ve got six pounds to go and four weeks (I think?) left in my subscription. We’ll see how I do.