My dietary and exercise habits are improving

I’m winding down Week 3 of my Noom program, and I’m feeling pretty good about how I’ve done so far.

My calorie overruns were not as out of control this week. I only went way over a couple times, and that was only by about 300 calories each time.

And I was under my budget several times. What? How’d that happen?

My physical activity is hanging in there really well, too. I’m doing 25-50 pushups and taking at least a 30-minute walk — often much longer than that — almost every day. I want to increase the pushups, so I’ll focus on that a bit more during Week 4.

I skipped a day of walking this week because it was freezing cold here in San Antonio. And rainy. But I want the next day, even though it was still freezing cold and rainy. Fortunately we usually have better weather than that, so outdoor exercise is not generally a problem, with the caveat that during the summer it must be done in the morning before the sun scorches the Earth.

So, yeah, overall I’m pretty impressed with what Noom has done for me thus far.

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Time to meet my Noom group. Am I ready for this?

It’s the start of Week 3 of my Noom program. That means that in addition to my Goal Specialist, Kyle, I now have a Group of I’m not sure how many other Noomies, and a Group Coach, Whitney.

I’ve avoided checking in with them, because, really, do I need more people in my life?

I’m sure I’ll hit the group later today, because I’m a team player, but do I need that? I’m self-motivated, so I just don’t know whether it’s necessary.

[ LATER THAT SAME DAY ]

I checked in with the group.

I was tasked with introducing myself and providing a photograph to go with that introduction.

Meh, I don’t do photos, so I stuck with a written, verbal introduction.

Everyone else posted photos, so I can see at a glance that the group — at least those who have posted so far — is mostly women.

They seem like a motivated group. A few are from Texas, where I live. Others are from other states in the US and one is from Canada.

[ THE NEXT DAY ]

Our Group Coach, Whitney, put a request out there for us to answer what our Satiety Goal is. There’s an article to read to determine one’s Satiety Goal. I read it.

I don’t know.

I had two bananas for breakfast, and that satisfied me. I just now had two Smart Dogs on Trader Joe’s Hot Dog buns with sauerkraut, and that satisfied me.

Sometimes I eat a lot in a few meals. Sometimes I eat a little in a lot of meals. Sometimes I barely eat at all. (Admittedly, that last one is a rare occurrence.)

I guess by Noom’s standard my Satiety Goal is Simply Satisfied. That’s me. I just want to stop the hunger pangs!

But I don’t need a group to help with that.

I acknowledge that I’m being a bit curmudgeonly here, but I’m truly not into group stuff, especially with people I don’t know. I am motivated. I am strong. My friend Tara is also doing Noom, and that’s all the support I currently need.

That may change, I suppose, but I consider the group participation demotivating, so I’ma skip it.

Weighing in with Noom

I’m starting Week 3 of my Noom program, and it’s going great. I’m exercising more. I’m watching what I eat from a holistic perspective, rather than singling out some foods as “bad” (even if my writing and attitude may sometimes lean that way).

I’m enjoying myself!

But one thing I don’t like is weighing in daily.

I know from my many past experiences with weight loss programs that weight fluctuates daily based on a lot of factors, including food consumption, level of hydration, and, by the gods, whether or not I’ve emptied my bowels.

Noom says that daily weigh-ins are motivational. I’ll bet they are for a majority of people, but, as we know, if we think scientifically, it is folly to apply generalizations to individuals.

We know that smoking causes lung cancer. 80-90% of all lung cancer cases are a direct result of smoking!

Did you also know that only 10-15% of smokers ever develop lung cancer?

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My relationship with ice cream

I love ice cream.

I don’t think that puts me in the minority of humans. What’s not to love about ice cream? It’s creamy. It’s sweet. It’s delicious!

I’m including gelato under the “ice cream” label, even though I like it more than ice cream. It’s smoother, and usually not as sweet, which I would imagine is true because it’s retaining its European roots, and it seems to me that Americans prefer their foods too sweet.

My father was in the US Air Force, so I spent more than half of my school years living in Europe. England when I was very young, for first and second grades, and Germany when I was older, junior high (what’s usually called “middle school” now) and high school.

Because of all the time I spent in Europe as a youth, I developed less of a sweet tooth than other people I know, because, when I was a kid, anyway, Europeans made their sweet pastries with a lot less sugar than Americans do. A German cake, for example, was very enjoyable to me, because ingredients other than sugar shone through.

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Evaluation of Noom after one week on the program

I’ve been involved with the Noom program for a week now, so let me give you my first impressions.

On the plus side:

  1. I like the psychology behind the program. It’s geared to help me change my habits. There are no banned foods, nothing I can’t eat, but all my foods are classified as Green, Yellow, and Red, based on caloric density. Green foods are best with low caloric density. Red are highest in caloric density. Learning that, embedding that into my mind, will help me as I make future dietary decisions.
  2. Along those same lines, Noom is designed to train me and let me go. No lifetime commitment. That makes me think that once I’m done with Noom, I may be able to maintain a healthy diet. It’s not like other plans I’ve been on where I was essentially told what to eat, but once I was done with the plan, I was left hanging, and I inevitably went back to my old eating patterns.
  3. There are no mealplans, no boxes of food to subscribe to. Noom is all about training and coaching. I get some kind of knowledge sharing each day, and periodic coaching. This means the program is more affordable, because the cost is only for the electronic infrastructure. No food or supplement purchases are involved.
  4. The app is pretty easy to use. It doesn’t sync with my Letsfit fitness tracker, but it’s easy enough to manually enter my steps each day.
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