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20 January 2013 @ 06:22 pm
Noom  
I found this cool weight loss coach app called noom. It has some cool things like it will use your phone's accelerometer as a pedometer (which, since I almost never have my phone in my pocket, it's that useful.) Let's you scan UPCs with the phones camera (had about a 50% hit rate. Though, really, chocolate frosted mini-wheats should not be "health cereal.") And has some interesting articles, fitness tracking and personal goals for each day. You can also set meal logging reminders.

Now, that being said, what I really found out is I just can't any more. I can't log my food. It makes me grumpy and angry. I need to find a way to change what I'm eating with out thinking so hard about it and with out being told that I can't eat any more today. I really makes me just want to never eat again, which isn't healthy and not something I can do. So sadly I'm going back to using fitocracy, which only logs exercise, because then I feel good entering in new exercise and even find myself doing something just so I CAN enter it.

I think I really do, especially this late in life with the genetics I'm fighting, just focus on being healthy, not being thin. Regular exercise, being active and mobile and moving and eating good things.
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mathhobbitmathhobbit on January 21st, 2013 11:58 am (UTC)
Go you!

We should go hiking in the spring.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on January 21st, 2013 04:33 pm (UTC)
If my knee let me, yes!
chenoamegchenoameg on January 21st, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
I do like getting to see my progress in fitocracy.
The Water Seekerplymouth on January 21st, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
I can't log my food. It makes me grumpy and angry.

I came to a similar conclusion myself a few years ago. When I tried logging my food two bad things occurred:
1) I would put off eating because I didn't want to deal with it. Then I would get cranky from low blood sugar and want to deal with it EVEN LESS.
2) I would tend towards pre-packaged foods with easily determined calorie counts on them as opposed to healthier foods like fresh things that were harder to calculate. This also helped me hate food.

I realized that having such a horrible relationship with food wasn't healthy even if it might be helping me lose weight. And it wasn't sustainable - I would burn out on even trying after a few weeks.

just focus on being healthy, not being thin. Regular exercise, being active and mobile and moving and eating good things.

I'm trying really hard to do this too. It's so fucked up that we have this cultural attitude that "thin = healthy" that is so strong that people will do LOTS OF UNHEALTHY THINGS in an attempt to get thin. Which is, well, kinda the opposite of the point. Eat good food. Get exercise. And, yes, also eat less food, insomuch as I can do that with minimal effort, but don't expect massive weight loss from it. Hopefully at least stop additional weight gain from happening: my body seems to be set to gain 5 lbs a year if I don't actively do something about it.