I’ve been trying to lose weight in a “healthy” way for about 15 years. As far as healthy, I mean no help from pills, surgery, or meal replacement shakes. I’m not against these things for other people, but I have had bad luck with them in the past. I have never had weight loss surgery but I’ve known people who did, and I did not want to have that kind of experience .As far as pills or shakes, the weight easily piled back onto my body. I took weight loss pills when I was in my early 20’s, and it felt like my heart was going to explode. This was an especially bad experience because I already have high blood pressure.
I have tried so many different kinds of diets, and nothing seems to fit my lifestyle, which seems nuts because I know a lot of people with my lifestyle. I work hard and I work a lot. I am in charge of two young boys with picky appetites. I barely have the energy to exercise, and I’m really behind on “Outlander”. I love a glass of wine (or three) after a really hard day of work. I love food.
I know that Weight Watchers is wonderful, but I think I’m burnt out by it. I’ve tried it a few times and I can’t stick to it. I know this is because I don’t have enough motivation, but Weight Watchers doesn’t really seem to understand me.
I just saw a post on Instagram that advertised a free 2 week trial with Noom, and I’m willing to give it a try. It is a lot more expensive than WW, but far more personalized. If I can lose 5 pounds in 2 weeks, I will consider sticking with it.
Last night I filled out a bunch of questionnaires so that the program and my “coach” could be personalized. Today I weighed myself for the first time in weeks, and promised to weigh myself every day during this diet. Unlike WW, which involves weighing yourself once a week, Noom asks that you weigh yourself daily.
Today I started logging my food for the first time, and it seems that Noom has different categories for food. You can see the outline here:
Noom focuses on caloric density, and asks that you keep your calories within certain ranges for each category. So far I have barely had a cup of coffee today, but I’ll get back to you to let you know how the rest of my food logging goes. I have to say that even though I use a sugar-free, nondairy coffee creamer, it is still considered a “red” food and this was a surprise to me. However, I only have a few tablespoons of this a day so I don’t consider it a big issue.
Today may be a challenge because it’s a weekend day and I will be traveling to Connecticut to visit my family, so I will only have so much control over what kind of food choices I will have. But, life is full of challenges far worse than starting a diet on Columbus Day Weekend.
This chart shows the breakdown of how much food I should eat from each category, and I know that this means there will be a learning curve. But I am a professional dieter! I’m sure I’ll catch on in time.
That’s all for today. Hopefully I can catch up with you tomorrow and let you know how I did with Day 1.