New Tools! Noom, FitBit, and a Water Checklist: January 14, 2019: Cross-Posted from SparkPeople.com

Yepp, a legitimate checklist for my water intake.

So, my good friend that introduced me to HealthyWage.com (Click my referral link here if you’re interested! https://hwage.co/525687/) also turned me on to a guy who wrote a recent-ish blog post on drinking more water and how it helped him lose weight. 

https://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/how-to-lose-10-pounds-in-ten-days/?fbclid=IwAR3-mZ5MUwYtyQ20rYdNdkZ2No24q0oFuW1Z_8oUBpULco_-ikufyjG6dHg

It’s been life-changing. You can find the American (oz vs liters) of the checklist here: https://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Water-Intake2.pdf 

I kid you not, this has changed my water routine so that I’ve met my water-intake goals (current goal: 80 oz or more) 6 out of the past 7 days. I’ve set reminders in my phone and carry the literal printed-out checklist in my day planner so I can have that positive reinforcement of checking off the list every day. I’m down 4.5 lbs since New Years (whoo hoo!) and feel good enough every morning that I’ve only had coffee 2 out of the past 7 days. 

That’s right, folks. One of my goals for this year has been to cut down my coffee intake. With all the water I’ve been drinking, I HAVEN’T NEEDED IT. I haven’t gotten any caffeine headaches, I’m not feeling sluggish all the time, and my skin has been more firm and soft. If you’re having trouble cutting out coffee and/or upping your water intake, I highly recommend the above links. 

The second part of my blog post is to mention the weight-loss app Noom. If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably seen advertisements for it. If you haven’t, check it out here: http://www.noom.com . A yearly subscription is expensive: not sure what it costs exactly, but it was enough to make me go, “Yeah, no thank you.” BUT, you can get your personalized weight-loss plan for free by signing up for the 14-day free trial. 

Secret: I signed up for the free version of Noom and it is, well, basically pointless. BUT, what happened was that after I’d been on the free site for a couple of weeks, they sent me an 85% off code to my email; I’m only paying $109/year which ends up being $9.08 per month. Now THAT is doable. 

It. Has. Been. Completely. Worth it. Let me say that again: The paid Noom app is completely worth it. (Couldn’t figure out how to add that clapping emoji on here. Anybody want to throw some help my way in the comments?)

A bunch of nutritionists and psychologists got together to breakdown the “Whys” behind our bad eating habits and help replace them with good habits. They match you with a coach who helps you break down your bigger goals into smaller goals each week. They do NOT, however, have a diet and exercise plan for you to follow, so stick with your SparkPeople work. Do them both together. I finished my first week yesterday and I already feel a difference from this time last year. I’m encouraged. I’m motivated. I’m replacing bad habits already. If you do one paid fitness/health/weight-loss app this year, make it Noom. 

Originally posted on SparkPeople.com at https://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6558191

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