I’ve been on NOOM for 3 weeks today. I’ve lost 8 pounds, and I’m regularly active. It’s hard for me to post photos, but it is important for me to be honest and as transparent as possible with this journey. And studies show that taking selfies or having someone else photograph you can prove beneficial as you watch yourself glow up and stop hiding in your own life.
Every morning I weigh myself and log it into the NOOM app. There are those who believe that weighing in each day or ever is not necessary and even harmful to the success of someone trying to lose weight. NOOM suggests that the psychology of weighing yourself is beneficial to your success. As a life coach, I have to side with those who are against it. The scale is a tool to use for weight gain or loss, but to feel the need to get on it each day can be addictive or obsessive, which can trigger unhealthy feelings of worth based on the number on the scale. I’m doing so in order to follow the plan, but I’m grateful that I have the training and coping skills around thought work to move past these unhealthy triggers. For you reading this, please hear me when I say, from the bottom of my heart, your worth is NOT tied to the number on the scale. If I was a science nerd, I would explain to you the relationship between weight, mass, and gravity to help better define this. But I’m a word nerd, so I’m just going to explain to you that people come in all shapes and sizes, and no number on any scale can define the worth of a person and their light in this world. I’m using the scale to gauge my progress towards my overall goal of wanting to lose 100 lbs. That is the ONLY reason I use the scale. At some point, I may put it back in the closet and ignore its existence once more, but for now I will stand on it each morning and log the number for my NOOM coach to see my work.
Throughout the days I also track or log all of my meals and snacks while also completing the daily articles, quizzes, and challenges. Each day I’m learning something new, and checking into the app every day is still like having a life coach to check in with each day, moving me forward and helping change my thoughts about food and my lifestyle to eventually be at peak health.
Since my last post, I’ve started seeing a personal trainer twice a week for 30-minute sessions. Through my husband’s employer, I can use the employee and spouse provided fitness center and have access to a personal trainer. They save money on insurance expenses if we’re healthy. The trainer kicks my butt with a full-body workout, but I also really need someone to tell me what to do or it’s not happening. I may try to workout at the gym by myself, but with a trainer, I don’t quit before completing the reps and sets. I mean, if I’m by myself, who cares if I do 3 sets of 12? Nobody has to know, right? But research shows that when an action becomes a habit, you do the action without a lot of thought or energy towards completing the action. Think, brushing your hair each morning or putting on your seat belt. And that is why I’m scheduling these workout sessions, so that it just becomes a habit to workout at the gym two or three times a week. I won’t even have to think about it, I’ll just do it.
When I’m not with the trainer, I go for walks, play tennis or ride my bicycle around the neighborhood. When I’m binge-watching a show like Schitt’s Creek on Hulu, I’ll do a plank during the commercial break or do as many squats or crunches as I can. It really isn’t hard to find ways to be active and move your body once you decide to show your body some love. I love my body. I’m grateful for every ability it has, and to move and sweat is to honor it and take care of it and be proud of it. The movements themselves aren’t the hard part of all of this. It was coming into a place of love for myself that was the hardest of all.
For you reading this, it took me years before I could say that I love my body. I would never try to imply that it is easy or be flippant with you about your own struggles with this subject. I still struggle on occasion. One day last week, I had a terrible mental health day. I won’t go into all of the details, but I did have to struggle with some pretty mean thoughts about myself and my body. BUT I did the thought work, and instead of punishing by body with self-defeating food choices, I chose to show myself kindness in what I ate (aka, instead of Five Guys for lunch, I chose Jason’s Deli). This act of kindness towards my body, was the turn around for the rest of my day. I felt like I had gone to war with my inner mean girl, and I did not let her win.
So, that’s it for these past two weeks. Persevering and keeping my eyes on the prize with a lot of love and kindness are what is keeping this girl on track. If you need help with your own thought work, and your own struggles, drop me a message in Facebook or to my email account, firstname.lastname@example.org, to see if we might be able to work together or simply become friends.
Lots of love,