Healthy Living

IMG_6918Those of you who have followed my blog for a time, know that from time to time I write about struggles with my weight. I’m here to tell you I’m trying something else. NOOM. You’ve seen the adds on TV or heard on radio. It’s an app on your phone.

You get a coach and a group and a group coach. You get lovely little nudges to remind you to log your meals—a big part of the program. And it’s all on your phone. Very handy. Every day you weigh, you log your meals, and you read the articles on psychology. And then practice the techniques they teach you. All based on science. It’s all written very cleverly and almost tongue in cheek as they make fun of their nerdiness. I smile often.

Considerably less expensive than Nutrisystem that you know I’ve tried in the past. Great weight loss, very tasty but packaged food, and when I went back to eating real food, I gained back almost all of the 28 lbs I’d lost. ☹

I’m into the middle of my third week and had really lost a few pounds before getting into this program. At this point, I seem to be 14 lbs lighter. I was surprised when I stepped on the scale Wednesday morning to see this. You might wonder how that would be possible when I’ve already told you part of the program is to weigh every day, which I have faithfully done.  You also know, I do weird things with numbers sometime.

IMG_6539And so, somehow over the last week, in my head I’ve transposed numbers in my head. Not on the app. I’ve written the number correctly there, thankfully. But this morning, when I stepped on the scale, I thought oh, wow, I’ve lost 14 pounds! How did that happen? Nice surprise. I had noticed pants were more comfortable and shirts looked a bit better.

While I want to look better, I primarily want to be healthier with lower blood pressure and blood sugar. Doctor appointment in November, and I think she’ll be pleased with my progress. (Of course, we’re still walking  Charley to help get my 10 K steps, and I’m doing Pilates.)

NOOM isn’t so much a diet, but a life-style change. I’m wrapping my head around the fact that I cannot eat pizza as often as I like and be healthy. I can eat it occasionally, but not weekly. Someone else may be able to do that, but I can’t. And I like that it’s not that there are things I can never have. I can have anything I want. I just need to plan for the extra calories and cut back before hand. When I was doing the Whole 30, I skipped cake and wine on my birthday. 😦  Now, I’ll just plan ahead for that extravagance.

So. what are you doing for your health? We’re going into the holiday eating season beginning with Halloween candy in just a few weeks. I hope you have a plan.IMG_0049

What’s your favorite food? What are three foods you cannot live without?

Here’s the link to my Texas Authors radio interview if you haven’t had a chance to watch.

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2 responses to “Healthy Living

  1. Good for you. Just knowing you don’t have to “sacrifice” on foods you love makes that plan seem workable. And yes, it is a mindset. Changing a lifestyle is difficult, but I think the mind fights you saying I don’t want to eat like this for the rest of my life. So having permission to be sensible about portions and choices calms that brain that just wants pizza all the time! LOL. I was shocked to discover I had gained 8 lbs from one doctor check-up last year to this year! I know I didn’t do much last winter due to my foot infections. I mainly walk for exercise and couldn’t do that with that dumb foot. So far this summer, no infections have popped up again. And the area infected is healing. I am walking the neighborhood now and gently increasing the time. Plus, I have really cut back on sugar and no treats at the mid-morning and mid-afternoon coffee time. I don’t care how quickly I lose weight, so I’m happy with small weight loss numbers. Wishing you all the best in your journey. Loved the interview. You seemed so calm and collected. Do more! Congrats!
    JQ Rose

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    • Hey, JQ. Bless your heart. I sympathize with being laid up. Glad that’s behind you. Do you have a FitBit or some some of step tracker? I love mine. I don’t always have my phone on me, but always the FitBit. When it goes off at 10 K with fireworks, I feel great. 🙂 Even when I was young and weighed a good weight, I felt fat. It is so much about your head! One of the NOOM mantras is “I believe.” You gotta start there.
      Thanks for your kind words about the interview. I’d love to do more. Could do another one with Texas Authors after the new year, but otherwise I canh’t figure it out. Maybe a podcast? You’re so much smarter than I with the technology. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂


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