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  1. yellowbeach

    nectarine / 2638 posts

    @karenbme: I just today adjusted my calorie budget. I was failing every day and hadn’t even set my timeline as aggressive as Noom set me for. Pushed it back to 1600 today. Slow and steady.

  2. karenbme

    persimmon / 1260 posts

    @yellowbeach: slow and steady for sure. I haven’t changed my goal, but I also feel like I’m too type A about meeting goals and would totally burn out on carrots and hunger and then feel like a failure when I messed up if I went in on a goal. Instead I’m reading the articles and paying attention to colors and what decisions I’m making.

  3. lindseykaye

    pear / 1992 posts

    @karenbme: I went in and set my goal to both “turtle” and “cheetah” to see what the goals would be (1210-1710 for me). If I’m within this range, I consider my goal met since it’s still at a deficit. I do have my goal set for 1210 to display but most days I do go above that by some. There have been days under 1200, and days I’m closer to 2k+ too.

    @yellowbeach: I feel like that’s so much of what Noom is about when it comes to goal setting. Finding out (either through the lessons or your own experience) what works for YOU and setting goals accordingly. So maybe you need a more generous calorie limit so you can hit that every day, or maybe you’re ok with not always meeting calorie budget but are completing all the lessons and tracking meals. Lots of flexibility.

  4. minimalistmom

    olive / 57 posts

    @karenbme: I started at 1,500 and was doing just fine, but I wasn't losing any weight and had to adjust to 1200 calories. I also wasn't exercising. And congrats on getting started!! Don't be discouraged if the projection for your weight loss gets pushed back. Mine did! You'll get there!

  5. minimalistmom

    olive / 57 posts

    @hellobeeboston: How's it going??

  6. minimalistmom

    olive / 57 posts

    @HappyBaker: That's so great!! I, too, have been on and off of weight watchers (for like 20 years!) and I honestly think it is meant to be a revolving door. And they constantly change and rebrand it so it is "new." I am not knocking WW, I know some people have really had lifetime weight loss and that is amazing, but it wasn't me. I needed MORE. I needed the psychological element to help heal my relationship with food and I will say it is working. It gently changes the way you think about food. I was so worried that the whole green/yellow/red thing would be damaging for me, but it's kind of the opposite really because it's just about calorie density and I don't even look at the colors anymore. I also love that if you go over your calories, you don't get shamed at all unlike WW. They just want you to say "oh well! I fed my elephant,let's try again tomorrow." That leads to lasting change and something you can do without keeping track of points. No shame, just a learning opportunity.

  7. minimalistmom

    olive / 57 posts

    So this is going to sound super lame but I am 2.8 lbs away from goal and I keep feeling like I am not going to get there because I keep gaining and losing the same 2 lbs. I know that that is a thought distortion, but I just need to put it "out there."

  8. HappyBaker

    nectarine / 2205 posts

    @minimalistmom: that’s amazing you are so close to goal!! I feel like if I were you I’d just change my goal number 😂 hang in there though and I’m sure you’ll get there eventually! How long has it taken you?

  9. minimalistmom

    olive / 57 posts

    @HappyBaker: I'm SOOO close to doing that honestly, but the number 140 is significant to me...I wish it wasn't. Lol

  10. karenbme

    persimmon / 1260 posts

    @minimalistmom: that’s awesome that you’re so close to your goal! You’ll get there soon, keep pushing! I’m not really focused of the projection, but I have noticed that it changes (slightly) with each weigh in. I signed up for a 6 month plan because I knew it was going to take time. 🤷‍♀️

  11. karenbme

    persimmon / 1260 posts

    Is anyone else on here breastfeeding? I EPed for 13 months and was maintaining about 50% of my daughter's daily intake on 2 pumps per day since early Dec. but have lost significant volume over the past few days. It's possible my period is on the way, but the timing is a little suspicious. I know vigorous cardio can cause a drop in supply so I haven't changed my exercise routine at all, but can moderate dieting?

  12. minimalistmom

    olive / 57 posts

    @karenbme: I'm not BF, but how many calories are you eating per day?

  13. karenbme

    persimmon / 1260 posts

    @minimalistmom: I’ve mostly been ignoring the calories and trying to eat healthy food whenever I’m hungry but it usually works out to 1600-1700 per day.

  14. lindseykaye

    pear / 1992 posts

    Can I rant for like 2 seconds about our life insurance prover using the antiquated BMI measure to determine cardiovascular risk and charging me more on my policy?

    I *know* it’s an easy tool and lets them be consistent with their evaluations but ugh. Trying not to let it get to me and cast a shadow on my great progress but it’s hard not to be both annoyed and discouraged.

  15. minimalistmom

    olive / 57 posts

    @lindseykaye: BMI is the worst! I believe it was actually invented by the insurance business...not doctors. It's totally and completely arbitrary and doesn't take into account build or muscle.

  16. lindseykaye

    pear / 1992 posts

    @minimalistmom: Thank you! All of my blood work came back beautifully and the nurse praised my blood pressure so 🤷‍♀️
    I will add that I am really glad to have the mindset tools from Noom right about now which are helping me take this in stride and not chuck all my effort out the window out of anger and binge. I’m going to call that a big non-scale victory today.

  17. minimalistmom

    olive / 57 posts

    Ugh...I am feeling frustrated with myself. Things had been going do wonderfully on Noom and I am just feeling like it's hard to get back to my previous momentum before the holidays. Noom had taught me not to shame myself and to just chalk it up to an "oh well," but I am having trouble getting past that part and getting back to how things were before. Any one else?

  18. karenbme

    persimmon / 1260 posts

    @lindseykaye: Boo! BMI is a worthless metric in micro, which has been proven multiple times, but it just keeps sticking because it’s easy and people are lazy. I’m sorry you’re dealing with this.

    @minimalistmom: I’m sorry you’re struggling! The holidays are so hard for any routine. My college volleyball coach assigned us all mantras every season and one year mine was ‘mistakes are never permanent.’ Idk if that helps at all, but it’s something I always come back to when I feel myself blaming/spiraling even 10+ years later. I like it better than ‘oh well’ because it lets you acknowledge that you made a mistake and that acknowledgment, for me at least, takes the edge off the shaming, and helps me refocus on the future.

  19. HappyBaker

    nectarine / 2205 posts

    @minimalistmom: what if you try adding back in one healthier habit every few days? Like try focusing just on getting back to a good breakfast first, then the next thing etc. I feel like sometimes it’s hard to go from nothing to ALL the things.

    @lindseykaye: yay for good bloodwork and blood pressure! BP is one reason I started Noom, my 3rd pregnancy triggered crazy BP issues and I was on medication for a while but stopped when I lost weight a few years ago. Now that I’ve gained it all back I know my BP is a mess again so I’m trying to get it under control with diet and exercise so I can hopefully avoid the medication!

  20. minimalistmom

    olive / 57 posts

    @HappyBaker: @karenbme: Thank you! I think it's just frustrating because it feels like self-sabatogue. I have had 3ish pounds to go for weeks and seem to be thwarting my own progress. I do agree that having a better mantra will help. I think part of it is that I haven't been reading the articles because they are about things that don't seem to apply at all. I just need to read them anyway.

  21. yellowbeach

    nectarine / 2638 posts

    So not so fun Noom update for me... I got bumped out of my account for "security safety" and when I tried to log back in, I could never get the password right. When I tried to reset it, (8 times) the email never came to my gmail (checked SPAM, trash, everywhere) and Noom's only solution was to provide a non-gmail address to change the account to... well I wasn't going to use my work one for lots of reasons...

    So I cancelled because I couldn't regain access to my account - which is a shame because I liked Noom.

  22. karenbme

    persimmon / 1260 posts

    @yellowbeach: Ugh, that’s such a bummer. Boo!

  23. greencraftycello

    cherry / 161 posts

    Not sure if it would be ok to join everyone here (seems to be the only active weight loss thread). I am not using Noom (cost prohibitive for me right now), but logging food on the premium version of the LoseIt app.

    Had our second baby last March, and had really been afraid to cut any calories because of breastfeeding. At almost a year past her birth, I am feeling ready to get to a more comfortable weight. Would like to lose 40 total pounds, but would be happy with 20 until she is weaned (probably going to go to 18 months). I just feel sluggish at this weight, and am looking forward to feeling more myself.

  24. lindseykaye

    pear / 1992 posts

    @greencraftycello: Welcome! Logging meals and tracking calories is one of the main parts of Noom which sounds like what you’re doing with LoseIt. How is it going?
    I think it’s smart to have a few goals along the way - it’s great motivation to keep going when you reach them.

    @yellowbeach: Man that is a bummer. I have gmail and I would be so upset if this happened! I hope you can find another option if it’s something you’re interested in!

    Update for me: It’s apparently been another 5 weeks since my last post (dang, time is such a mystery these days). I’ve been feeling good and trying to stay consistent. It’s been about 5 months on Noom now and I’m down 33 lbs. i fee like I’m in a weird spot, having reached my “starting”weight from last time I made a big effort to get in better shape and lose weight.

    On one hand, I know if I just keep going it will eventually happen. And, I’ve made big progress and am really proud! On the other hand I’m worried the next bit will be harder and slower and I’ll mess it up 🤷‍♀️

  25. greencraftycello

    cherry / 161 posts

    @lindseykaye: 33 pounds is great! That’s fantastic!!

    This is my fourth day of tracking, so very early, but so far so good. A lot of it has been portion sizes for me, so using an app and writing everything down has been pretty eye opening.

  26. karenbme

    persimmon / 1260 posts

    @greencraftycello: Hi and welcome. Tracking meals is definitely one of the big pieces of Noom. I totally agree that tracking can be eye opening, for me it made me realize how many times during the day I was grabbing a little snack here or there that I definitely didn’t need.

    @lindseykaye: Wow 33 lbs is huge! You should be really proud. Don’t psych yourself out about the next bit, though, slow and steady wins the race.

    As for me I’ve been doing Noom for 6 weeks and I’m down a few pounds but I’m breastfeeding so I’m taking it easy on restriction/vigorous exercise and focusing more on moderation and whole foods. It has really helped me to plot a rolling average of my weight to prove that despite day to day fluctuations I am on a (slow) downward trend. I do feel like I’m setting up good habits, though, regardless of the number on the scale.

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