How I Plan to Lose 70 lbs. by Fall

Want to know how???

Photo by Alexander Schimmeck on Unsplash

After 25 years of marriage, some babies, some health issues, and — well — life, let’s just say that the dress from the wedding pictures wouldn’t make it up past my hips now.

Stairs, dance parties with my teenage daughter, and strolls around the neighborhood are not going really well either. (Nobody wants a sweaty, huffing, puffing mom in their TikTok dance challenge.)

I finally found an answer — Noom!

Yep, after points and pre-packaged meals and keto and vegetarianism and a dozen other “plans” that left me feeling deprived, stressed, and, ultimately, like a failure, I’ve decided to try — Psychology.

I’m not here to be an advertisement for this program/app. But I do want to share what’s working for me. Perhaps it’ll help you, too.

What’s Working?

  1. This is not a “diet” — That’s the first thing this program tells us. It’s not a diet, instead it’s all about changing habits and changing the way we think about and relate to food. And the most important factor is that we BELIEVE. This may be a hard first step, especially since most of us have tried several methods before and “failed.” The key for me is that this time I’m viewing this as a journey toward being healthy again, not just a short-term fix.
  2. It’s not about “good” and “bad” foods — It’s not about things we can and can’t eat. There are no foods that are considered off limits, but some foods should be eaten in moderation. They use a green-yellow-red color-coding system to help us learn which foods we can nosh all day (well, maybe not ALL day) and which foods are better in smaller portions or less frequently. And some of the foods we think of as “healthy” or “not healthy” might fall in a different color than we expect.
  3. Baby Steps — We don’t have to change everything on Day 1. Because the expectation is that we are making changes for life, the folks at Noom understand that trying to change all of our eating and activity habits at once is simply not psychologically realistic. So, baby steps. And we learn about those baby steps through . . .
  4. Short Daily Courses — We are encouraged to complete short lessons each day where we get info and tips about food, activity, habits, and lots of #PsychTips. We choose how much time we want to spend each day on these courses in the app settings. I find the lessons are both informative and motivating.
  5. Coaches and Groups — About 2 weeks into the program, we are assigned a chat group of peers and a group coach. The group is not mandatory, and the first couple of days in my group were a little overwhelming, with people posting A LOT. However, after a few days, things settled down, and the group now seems to be a great place to go for questions and support and to share accomplishments.

These are just a few things I’m finding helpful with the Noom app.

This weight loss has been accomplished by making adjustments and substitutions to the food I’m eating. I have not yet added any exercise to my routine but probably will start with some easy stuff this week.

I don’t have any affiliation with Noom. I don’t care if you sign up for the app or not. I won’t get anything from them if you do.

I just want to share my experience.

I also plan to post here on Medium about my weight loss/return-to-health journey once or twice a week.

Maybe you’ll come back and check on me.

Maybe it will keep me accountable ;)

Mother, Writer, Optimist

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