This morning started off similarly to the other two, in that I weighed myself immediately and logged on to the app. However, I knew today would be a test because it is my first workday on this diet. My workday diet issues are that after school I am famished, and sometimes I eat to comfort myself. I feel like I’m ready to eat dinner by 3:30! I think this is a common challenge for many teachers. By the time I get home from school, I am ready to “eat my feelings”.
When I first logged onto the app I was given a short lesson on obstacles. The first sentence of the lesson reads, “The toughest obstacle you’ll face on your weight loss journey will be a battle with your own mind (cue the scary music).” Very often Noom tries to be cute with its lessons, and I am okay with this because it holds onto my attention. The advertising for Noom has suggested that it’s more for Millennials than a diet such as Weight Watchers, and I am gradually understanding what this means. It means it helps to be cute and funny to keep your customer’s attention!
The Noom lesson goes on to give me quiz on my thought distortions surrounding food. These questions are things like: True or False: If I gobble down a delicious cupcake in the break room, my day is ruined. True or False: People will think it’s strange if I order a salad. True or False: Other diets haven’t worked for me, so Noom’s incredible weight loss course won’t work, either. All these questions have pretty obvious answers, but the point is that these are examples of “lies we tell ourselves”, otherwise known as thought distortions.
The lesson continues to break down different kinds of thought distortions, and asks us to come up with one thought distortion we have. I said that my thought distortion is that I’m never going to lose weight because my body likes being this way, and my habits are too deeply rooted to change.
After this lesson I took a quiz on what kind of eater I am. According to Noom, there are five different kinds of eating (if you seriously consider the last one).
- Fuel Eating: “Fuel eating gives your bodies what you need to do all the wonderful things you do… Fuel eaters eat to live (rather than live to eat).”
- Fun Eating: “Fun eating is when you eat foods that give you pleasure.”
- Fog Eating: “When you’re fog eating, you don’t realize what you’re doing – you eat mindlessly.”
- Storm Eating: “Storm eating is when you eat even if you’re not hungry, but you feel like you can’t stop.”
- Death Eating: “Death eating takes place in the novels of J.K. Rowling and it’s usually done by Death Eaters.”
There you go again, Noom. Trying to get a chuckle out of us. I was so sleepy when I read it, I had to give it a double take.
I consider myself a Fuel Eater most of the time, but I also love cooking, eating, and food in general. This is one of the reasons I know I would fail at a meal replacement diet. I love the relaxing sensuality of culinary arts, so I consider myself a Fun Eater as well. I try to eat mostly fuel that tastes very good, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. When I do “splurge” on a diet, I try to make sure that is something that is also going to make me feel full so I don’t end up a Fog Eater.
Today I’m going to try to have two small dinner meals and see if I can be satisfied but also stay within my caloric budget. For breakfast I had an Oikos Greek Yogurt that has no fat or sugar with some chia seeds. It turned out that the yogurt is a “green” food, which means I can have it in almost unlimited amounts. The chia is actually a “red” food, which means I have to seriously limit how much of it I eat. I had light cream with my coffee, which for some reason is a “yellow” food though half and half is a “red” food. I’m not sure why this is, because their nutritional facts are almost identical. All I truly know is that light cream costs about twice as much as half and half.
For my daily snack I almost always eat baby carrots with two tablespoons of hummus and a serving of fruit like grapes. These are easy to munch on while I’m busy in my classroom. Most fruits and vegetables are “green” foods, which is similar to the most current version of Weight Watchers. The hummus is a “yellow” food, but this is ok because I consume both light cream and hummus in very small, pre-measured portions.
For lunch I had 1/2 cup of tuna salad, which counted as a yellow food. I wrapped this up in my favorite low-carb tortilla from Joseph’s. I was happy to find out that this tortilla is a “green” food, probably because it has so much fiber in it. I ate this lunch with an apple and I felt pretty satisfied.
Unfortunately, “Fog Eating” caught up with me later in my classroom. I found myself alone and grumpy with a snack size bag of Skittles. I wish I hadn’t seen it, but I seemed to have lost control. This snack did not throw off my day too much, but I kept thinking about how I would have rather indulged in a glass of wine later at home.
For dinner I’m planning on eating some leftover rotisserie chicken breast with a green salad and my most favorite Bolthouse Cilantro Avocado Yogurt Dressing. I love this dressing because it’s delicious and only 40 calories for 2 tablespoons. As I predicted, the chicken is “yellow”, the salad is “green”, and the dressing, though light, is “red”. I ate a small portion of this when I came home from work around 4pm, and I plan on eating the exact same thing again at around 7. After this I still have about 100 calories left of yellow and 175 calories of red, which will probably be in the form of a glass of wine and maybe a little popcorn. I’ll figure that out when I get to it.
I really hope the scale shows that I lose weight tomorrow. This morning it told me I gained a pound, though I’m pretty sure this is from water retention since I had so much sodium in New Haven. I’ve found that I retain water like a sponge and it is a total downer around weigh-in times.
Thanks so much for reading my blog, I’m trying to keep up with the writing, dieting, exercising, working, momming, girlfriending, and ubering all at the same time. I believe the blog is helping me to stay accountable for all of it. Talk to you soon!