Me and Noom

You know about me and Noom: I started it on January 1, 2020, so I have almost 10 months using the plan. The last few months have been pretty static which I understand because I’ve gotten a little sloppy and have had injuries. But I’m also getting a little bored and it was time to take a look at what I’m doing on this journey and what needs some tweaking.

The big thing I like about Noom – and it’s huge – is the articles that help me understand the psychology and physiology of eating with tips to help make different choices. This is the feature that makes Noom different from other weight loss programs and I’ve learned a lot that I’m able to put into practice every day. I’ve also learned to weigh myself every day without feeling that I’m being judged; the scale just gives me information.

Noom also gives me a goal specialist who checks in with me weekly, and a group – but I’ll be honest, I don’t pay that much attention to either one. I’m on a Facebook group for Noomers with 100+ pounds to lose and am getting more support there from people whose journeys are more like mine, and from talks with friends who are also Noomers. We have a common vocabulary (ask us about our elephants).

All weight loss programs including Noom have trackers for food and exercise as well as daily food diaries, and all have apps so you can do all of this on your phone. Noom is app-only while WW and MyFitnessPal also have desktop options. I prefer typing on a keyboard so that aspect of Noom is limiting for me. Making it even more confusing, Noom works differently on Apple and Android devices. The Apple version has more features but I don’t know what they are until someone posts about them on the FB group.

All weight loss programs have food databases which vary in accuracy and breadth. Noom is the newest program and their database is sometimes wonky. I missed being able to save frequently eaten combinations of foods such as home-prepped taco salad ingredients, as well as the ability to create, save, and enter home-built recipes such as my meat sauce or chicken teriyaki. I think that’s possible on the Apple version but not on the Android and it made me crazy.

So after 9 1/2 months of Noom, I signed up for MyFitnessPal to check it out and have been doing both programs for the last week. This isn’t sustainable – trying to track everything in two places is too much work – but for now it’s given me a way to evaluate and compare different aspects of the programs. I still like the Noom articles but I prefer the food database and recipe and meal builders in MyFitnessPal. And I really like being able to see micronutrient values of what I’m eating for calories, fat, carbs, protein, fiber. I can see how they relate to Noom food colors but I like the numbers.

Noom has a way to manually enter the steps I track on my pedometer; MFP doesn’t have that but you can synch a device like FitBit (which I don’t have or really want). But you can track exercise and weight in both.

Oh, and I’m down 3 lbs this week and back to my lowest weight since January for the first time in months. Not because of MFP but because I was ready to actually pay attention to what I’m putting in my mouth. That’s what matters, no matter what plan I follow.

Bottom line: I think that people with less weight to lose than I still have can be satisfied with Noom, and I’m very glad I spent the time and money to start there. The articles were a huge help. But I think I’m ready for something else, at least for my tracking.

48-hour foster mom

We found the tiny kitten cowering under the janitor’s cart in Fellowship Hall at church. She was terrified and oh, so small. She went home with me while we tried to figure out what to do. I’d never had a kitten that tiny – well, I did when I was 4 but that doesn’t count, since my mom did all the work – and spent time on Google trying to figure out how old it might be and what it would need besides kitten food. And a new home, because I couldn’t keep it. Not only do I have other cats already, but I’m allergic to all of them!

The little one stayed in my half-bath off my kitchen for two days, going to work with me in a cat carrier and spending time curled up on my chest, napping and purring. She gobbled canned kitten food and used her makeshift litterbox. My giant orange cats were NOT happy about the visitor, glaring at me and hissing, refusing to eat or to let me touch them. They are litter mates who came to me together at age 4 months, and this little alien baby was a threat.

We went to the vet on Friday morning to have her checked out, partly because it was the right thing to do for the kitten and also because it would help me when it came to finding her a new home. Turns out “she” is actually “he” and only 5 weeks old, and tested negative for feline leukemia, which was a relief. The vet gave him a shot of antibiotics because of a cut on his lip, and a deworming treatment as a precaution because of his feral background.

My colleague at work found a new home for the little guy. When they came to pick him up, they were surprised to also take home the cat carrier, small cat bed, some toys, and kitten food that Chewy had delivered thirty minutes before they got there. I sobbed like a baby when he was gone, even though it was the right thing for him and for me.