This is the beginning of the 3rd week of my 2nd goal to lose weight with Noom. I started my first goal on January 5th, 2013 with 63lbs to lose and I lost it with 2 months to spare. Although I did get lucky that I was 200lbs by my birthday because the weight wasn’t dropping as fast as it was in the beginning, but I think when you have a lot of fat to lose, with just a change of diet it will probably drop a lot faster in the beginning. Now that my body is used to this new healthy lifestyle, I am not losing weight as easily.
When I started working with Noom, I wasn’t exercising as much as I should have because of my back problems. I can make excuses all day long, but there really isn’t any excuse for not exercising. I can do some exercises in my bedroom, on my bed, in my desk chair or standing in front of the TV or even in the hallway or kitchen, it doesn’t matter, but it’s difficult for me to do anything with Degenerative Disc Disease. I am usually sitting on my desk chair at my desk and of course I have a ton of pain here, but when I go sit or lay on my bed, the pain goes away.
I do have a bicycle and I attempted to ride it on the bicycle trail. I bought a pair of cycling bib shorts from Bike Nashbar and 2 shirts for cycling, and of course I have 3 shirts from Noom that wick the moisture like my other cycling shirts. But then I had an accident on my bicycle and broke my arm, so I couldn’t go bike riding. I bought one of those no flat tubes that’s like a solid rubber tube, but I can’t get it on my wheel and now I’ve ruined the rim AND the tire, so I’m afraid if I buy a new tube, the wires sticking out of the tire is going to pop the new tube, or I might have damaged the rim so there might be metal sticking out of the rim that might pop the new tube. A new rim is about $30 and I’m sure a new tire is around $20 or $30. It wouldn’t even be worth my money, I’d be better off buying a new bicycle, but I can’t afford anything, so I have no bike now.
I haven’t examined my bicycle to see if there was any damage to the front rim from the accident. I bought the bicycle from Walmart in 2004 for $60 so it was a cheap bicycle from the start. I have replaced about 75% of the bicycle over the years, so I have put literally hundreds of dollars into that bicycle. The only thing original is the frame, the (I’m going to sound dumb here) the mechanism that the pedals are attached to (LOL) and the chain. Everything else has been replaced.
Instead of cycling, I’ve been walking which is agony for my back, but I’ve been doing it a couple of times per week just to get some exercise in. Of course by the time I get home from doing that, I am in so much pain that I just can’t stand living anymore. Speaking of which, I am in so much pain sitting here typing this that I had to go get the ice pack and take a Vicodin.
Anyway, I’ve been trying to walk a mile, but instead of only walking a mile, I will add some distance every time I go out. Yesterday I walked more than 3 miles. My back was in absolute agony the entire time, but I didn’t care because I really wanted to burn some calories, which I did. Here is that workout (left).
I went out with my black Noom shirt, my Noom water bottle and my Noom sunglasses. I absolutely love my Noom swag lol. I normally like to go out with my Noom backpack, but I really don’t have anything to put in it, so I don’t have much of a reason to bring it. If I had a bicycle, I would put my Camelbak inside of it with the hose sticking out and I would clip the hose to the strap to secure it. I could probably do that on my walk, but I like to hold the water bottle. I really don’t need 3 liters of water on a 3 mile walk anyway.
My estimated end date isn’t until November, although the Noom weight graph says September 17th if I lose 2lbs per week. Last week it was September 15th and I lost less than 2lbs this week so naturally the date got pushed by 2 days. I’m really not in any hurry to be 170lbs though, so no pressure. I feel that if it happens then it happens. I don’t want to rush myself because I feel comfortable in my skin the way I am now, so if I lose more weight, then bonus. The main thing is that I don’t put any pressure on myself to lose any more weight because that’s too stressful and I don’t want my brain releasing cortisol from the stress which will prevent me from losing more weight. Although the back pain from walking might end up doing that for me.I really wish I had a bicycle, it would be so much easier to exercise because then I could sit down the entire time. I really want a recumbent bicycle though, because then I could sit back which will REALLY be easier on my back. That would be ideal, but those are REALLY expensive. If and when I finally get a new bicycle, I’m going to get a beach cruiser or a hybrid. I mainly just want a bicycle with the big handlebars that will allow me to sit straight up. My mountain bike had me sitting forward which hurt my shoulder and back, that’s why I had to replace the handlebar with a beach cruiser handlebar. A hybrid would be better for me than a mountain bike or a road bike (10 speed). When I do buy a new bike, I will go to Target and get a Huffy because I know Huffy is a good brand.
Anyway, back to reality lol. This week I weighed in at 197.0 and I still have a way to go to get down to 170lbs. I am positive that I will eventually reach that goal by September, if not then it happens when it happens. I will still eat healthy no matter what and I will still go for walks despite the pain until I finally get a new bicycle.
Until next week…