A weight-loss journey. This post is a little long, but bear with me.
Recently, my family and I went to the Indiana Dunes National Park for a short vacation. We enjoyed sitting on the beach of Lake Michigan as we took in the sounds and sight of the water. Walking through the soft white sand in our bare feet was a nice change from the normal pavements of our home’s city sidewalks and streets. I took pictures of my husband, and our dog, and he took pictures of me. We felt happy and relaxed. But something that I didn’t feel, was in shape. I struggled in my walks in the sand. I declined the chance to climb the tall, mountainous sand dunes because I knew that my lungs and heart would hurt long before I ever reached the top, if I could even reach the top. I also didn’t put my swimsuit on and get into the water, not only because the water might be chilly. I went on a road trip, and I only enjoyed half of it. When I finally saw the photos of me on my husband’s phone, and faced the facts of my decision making on our trip, I decided that enough was enough. I needed a plan. I decided on NOOM.
I’m going to keep you informed of my weight loss journey and experience with NOOM. It is a long road that I’m on, but I welcome you to be a part of it. I’ll share with you my ups and downs, or as NOOM calls them “Slips & Surges” and my food choices and my exercises, what I like and don’t like. I’ve been on this journey for exactly one week. Here is how week one played out for me:
DAY 1 (7/30/2020)
- Created a 2-week trial account. During the pandemic, it is free or you can give a small amount, up to their suggested cost of $18. I gave $10.00.
- I also gave all of my information (credit card number, height, weight, goals, and habits, with quizzes to find out what type of person I am).
- FYI: I am 5’2″ and have weighed 250 lbs. My Goal is to lose 100 lbs and feel better in my body.
- Downloaded the NOOM app on my phone.
- Went to bed that night ready to start my new weight-loss journey.
DAY 2 (7/31/2020)
- Weighed myself first thing in the morning: 248 lbs.
- Read through the inspirational quote, the article about thoughts and setting goals, and created my “Your Big Why” which is the big reason I am doing this. As I said above, I want to lose 100 lbs to get to my suggested body weight and to the weight when I felt my absolute best. I ultimately want to feel better in my body and to be fit and active in my life.
- Logged my foods for the day. There is no good food or bad food, something I already preached as a life coach, but being accountable for my food intake and aiming for foods lower in caloric density would help me towards my weight loss goal. Calorie budget: 1200 / Logged 1429.
- A goal of taking 2,000 steps for the day was set. Baby steps (pun intended) for my exercise plan. I sit a lot at a desk, or on my couch, and need specific goals to work towards each day.
DAY 3 (8/01/2020)
- Weighed myself (you do this each day at roughly the same time): 247.2 lbs. Going down!
- Logged my foods. 1297 calories / 1200 calorie goal.
- Breakfast was Skinny Brew coffee with 3 T of creamer, and Raisin Bran cereal with skim milk.
- Lunch was a huge salad of cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, romaine lettuce, and 2 T of Buttermilk Ranch dressing
- Dinner was a Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowl (sausage & gravy) and 2 Ferrero Rocher chocalate pieces.
- 2 snacks in the day included 2 Pizza Hut breadsticks and a hard-boiled egg.
- Step count was 3332 for the day.
DAY 4 (8/2/2020)
- Weighed in: 243.4 lbs. Woot! Woot!
- Logged my meals: 1744 calories / 1200 calorie budget
- Breakfast was a Kroger brand Sweet & Salty Nut Chocolate Pretzel bar and a Starbucks Doubleshot Vanilla coffee (1 can)
- Lunch was a ham sandwich on wheat bread with mustard and romaine lettuce, 1 hard-boiled egg, 1 celery stalk with 1 T of peanut butter, and Diet iced tea to drink.
- Dinner was 1 baked chicken breast with 2 ears of corn on the cob with salt and butter. Water to drink.
- I had one pretty big snack during the day: a large iced vanilla coffee from McDonald’s and a McChicken sandwich. This would be more like a meal, but we were out running errands and I was triggered when my husband ordered food and he was in the car eating right next to me. I’m learning how to not give in to triggers and to keep my eye on the prize.
- Thoughts today: My big ol’ snack wasn’t a mistake, and I’m not horrible for eating it. It was a choice I made, and I will own it, and learn from it, and continue to be aware of my triggers (negative and positive).
DAY 5 (8/3/2020)
- Weighed in: 242.2 lbs. Still going down!
- Logged my meals: 1524 calories / 1200 calorie budget
- Breakfast was an iced coffee with creamer, and a serving of frosted mini-wheat cereal with skim milk.
- Lunch was cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, and 2 T of Buttermilk Ranch dressing.
- Dinner was Fajita Chicken nachos with lots of veggies and a serving of refried beans and sour cream on it, along with a serving of Spanish Rice by Rice-a-Roni.
- I had an Evening snack today: an M&M cookie ice cream sandwich. So good.
- Thoughts today: I can still lose weight and not restrict my foods to only salads or no-carbs. I enjoy everything I eat, and out of love for myself, I will choose foods that taste good and give my body what it wants AND needs to be happy. Each day is a choice to show up for myself and to nurture myself in body, mind, and spirit.
DAY 6 (8/4/2020)
- Weighed in: 241.2 lbs.
- Logged my foods: 1269 calories / 1200 calorie budget
- Thoughts today: I’m doing this! It’s not hard; it takes time, and effort, and energy to nurture my mind and body to achieve my goals, but that isn’t hard when you believe that you are capable and worth it. Why has this always been so hard for me? Because I have bigger issues than just liking food. I need to dig deeper into my thoughts and with each choice I make for myself, ask myself, “What feels like love?”
DAY 7 (8/5/2020)
- Weighed in: 242.6 lbs. Up a little. No big deal.
- Logged my meals: 1193 calories / 1200 calorie budget.
- Thoughts today: That plate of nachos my have increased my weight, but it was delicious and absolutely worth it. My weight will fluctuate for a lot of reasons (water weight, food intake, less exercise in my day, the Moon is full – well, maybe not the moon), but I will not get stuck on what the scale reads for the day, and think of the scale simply as a tool, not my identity.
So, there you have it. One full week of being on NOOM. My opinion so far is that it is worth it. When my two weeks are finished, I am going to pay the $179.00 for an 8-month program. Having NOOM is like having a life coach working with you every day, and for someone whose willpower is generally lacking, and needs to be told what to do then receive gold stars for doing it, this program works really well for me.
I hope you’ll find inspiration in this, as much as I will in writing it.
Lots of love,