I’m planning on studying abroad in Ireland next year. It could be the adventure of a lifetime, so I want to be at my best: mentally, physically, and emotionally. Physically, there’s two things about my appearance I’d love to change. One is my front tooth that has a dying root because I chipped it in childhood and never got it fixed. The other is my weight.
I know I’ve written about my struggle with my weight on this blog before. I was losing some weight two years ago through straight diet and exercise. I was making progress but then I stopped for any number of reasons that just seem like excuses more than anything else. So randomly, a little over two weeks ago, I decided to download the Noom app.
And I am L O V I N G it.
I’ve logged into the app nearly every day. I’ve weighed myself pretty regularly. I put my starting weight 15 pounds lighter than what I really was, and that was eye-opening. When did I gain that 15 pounds? How hadn’t I noticed? Noom has you weigh-in everyday. I’ve thought for years that doing so was bad and could cause depression and wreck motivation, but that’s not true. And Noom has the science to back it up.
Everyday, I have between 9-12 minutes of articles (or “courses”) to read that educate me on all sorts of different topics related to health and weight loss. Today, it was all about removing processed food from my diet because processed foods are essentially the worst. Yesterday, I learned about how portion sizes have doubled over the last twenty years and that even the dinnerware we buy for our own homes has increased in size. Noom has made me aware of the science and sociology of weight loss, and it’s major goal is to help with the psychology side of it, too. That’s what appeals to me most about the program because it readily acknowledges a person is not just a number on a scale. It’s an inclusive approach and I’ve been successful. When I weighed myself this morning, I discovered I’d lost two pounds.
I weigh myself everyday. I log my meals everyday, or at least I try to. This is the one aspect I still struggle with. Sometimes I’m just lazy, but other times I’m ashamed to admit I went over my calorie limit and if I don’t log it, then it’s like it never happened. I try and pass my steps goal everyday. I read the articles everyday. I message my coach and have been messaging my group. I have a friend at work who’s also using the app. It’s supportive and wonderful and I highly recommend it.
A healthy body supports a healthy mind, and no matter the lies pop culture tries to sell, a healthy mind is a creative mind.