On January 5th, 2013, I was looking through the Google Play app store on my Android phone for an app to help me lose weight. I had downloaded a few apps that would help record my walking and bike rides with GPS and would tell me everything my bicycle computer tells me and more, but they didn’t help me record my eating habits or tell me what to eat. The front page of the app store had a featured app called Noom Coach. I downloaded it and checked it out and it was way more than I was expecting in an app. I had the free version with limitations and after only a few days decided that I had to purchase the pro version. Yes, I was that confident in this app after only a few days.
I am only in my 2nd week with this app and I have already lost 8.4lbs. I only expected to lose 2lbs a week, so this is quite surprising that I have lost more than double my goal each week. Then again the first week or two are the easiest, I won’t count my chickens until the 3rd or 4th week.
I am over 100lbs overweight and my goal is to just get down to 200lbs which means losing 63lbs. I have tried to set goals to lose all of the weight before and becoming disappointed when it failed because my goal was set too high. I have been told to set smaller goals because you reach smaller goals faster. When the small goal is finished, then I can set another small goal. Although, setting my goal for more than half of what I need to lose is not quite a small goal, I think that I can reach it because this app is motivating me to. If it doesn’t then I will adjust my goal to make it easier.
We haven’t been exercising as much as we should. I could give 2 excuses as to why, but what’s the point? I mean, I hate to make excuses for why I can’t do something because excuses are why I fail. These are good ones though. It’s cold outside and we both have bad backs and it hurts to walk. There, I said it. The cold part is a BS excuse, but the back pain is legitimate. With that said, we have been walking 2 or 3 days a week for maybe 1 mile or more each time.
I have way more weight to lose than my partner does. I was at 263lbs and he was around 200, so I have to do double the work which is why I bought myself a new pair of Arctic Cooling P311 Bluetooth Headset for Sports from Amazon for my HTC One V android phone so that I can ride my bicycle when it starts to get warm outside. I can keep my phone in my camelbak which will have the Noom app recording my exercise while letting me listen to my music, and the bluetooth will allow me to accept phone calls at the push of a button on the headphones. Although I’m not sure if it will accept the call automatically or if I have to push the button, I will find out soon enough. I thought I read in a review that it automatically shuts off the music when a call comes in and resumes when you hang up.
The headphones that I bought aren’t the best, I mean, they didn’t get the best reviews, but they were $30 which is way more than I could afford. The headphones that are in the $60’s-$100’s range are the best, so I am getting what I paid for. I saw in one video review that the mic sucks for taking calls while you are on your bike or walking, but are amazing indoors. I don’t really have much of a choice in the matter, so it’s the best I can do with what money I have available to me. But it has been my experience that people who do reviews are spoiled with the more expensive products they test, so to them it might be a horrible pair of headphones, but perhaps it will be fine for me. I can say that because my phone got horrible reviews and it’s way better than they gave it credit for.
Cycling seems to be the best exercise for me because I am sitting which doesn’t hurt my back. Walking is fine if I walk 1 or 2 miles, but I can ride 23 miles a day on my bicycle which means I can burn more than a quarter of my days meals on the bicycle which will help me lose more weight and will get me to my goal faster. Not that I want or need to rush anything, but it will help. It’s too cold now, so I will get to it when it starts warming up in the Spring. I bought the headphones now so that I could afford to fix my bike next month. I can’t afford to do both in the same month. I would also like to buy some bicycle shorts and a bicycle shirt to make riding more comfortable.
I am finally eating healthy and enjoying it. We have been buying the Weight Watchers frozen dinners at Food Maxx for $1.88 each with a $2 coupon for 10, so we’re saving money on that. We’re also eating more fruits and vegetables than before, which is a very good thing. I don’t drink soda (diet or otherwise) very often, so that’s not an issue. The fruit seems to satisfy my sweet tooth, for now. I have been looking up recipes for cookies that use bananas and apples so that I can make a very low calorie sweet treat without compromising our diet. I found a good banana oatmeal cookie recipe that uses applesauce in place of sugar, they even tell you how to make it with real apples. I think I might try to make those today for our late night snack. I also bought some bottles of Slim Fast specifically for when we have a chocolate craving, but I have a feeling those won’t last the week.
I know that 8.4lbs isn’t a lot to be blogging about so soon, but it’s a good start and I feel confident that I will keep it up this time. I will keep this blog updated on my progress every week when I do my weigh-ins too. Not that anyone really cares, but it will help me to talk about it, even if I am just talking to myself.