Figuring it out

We finally were able to afford a gym membership with California Family Fitness. We have been going for three weeks, and I have lost 12 pounds.  I am using a handy app on my phone that helps me log all of my calories and exercising.  Of course, watching our diet and portions has helped a lot.  I have cut out the Starbucks (EEEK!) and the Vodka (GASP!).  I am feeling great, and keeping motivated to go even further.  Now to just move forward and keep going in the right direction.

In other news, my daughter has a slight cold.  I am off work the next few days to stay at home and be a mama.  I love it.  I wish I could stay with her every day.  I am sure she would love that too.  I am sure the dog would love to be home with people every day instead of alone with the cat.

I also recently started a second “job” as a Passion Parties independent sales consultant.  This second job is totally fun, and probably shouldn’t even be called a job.  I love it.  I am still building my business, and waiting for the day it can become a full-time job.  I have met so many interesting women, heard great stories, and helped women experience themselves for the first time.  It’s been great.

My life is headed in the right direction, I am just waiting to figure out what my next moves are going to be.  I am praying daily for a sign as to what my next move needs to be.  I am thankful for what we have, and I am excited to see what the future brings for my family.  Now to just keep moving in the right direction.

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A Dietary Assistance Plan

I downloaded a Diet Coach app on my Android called Noom. It is a combination of many other apps including a calorie tracker, goal setting, work out mapping app. It has a pedometer built in so I can keep track of my steps each day, as well as setting daily walking goals. It schedules workouts, which is a nice reminder of the things I need to do to shrink this waist line.  The app is based on Artificial Intelligence, which helps to monitor your eating habits, workout habits, and more, and generate a plan that you will stick to, and helps to motivate you. Like their website says, it’s not just an App, it’s a diet coach.  For example, it has been setting pedometer step goals for me every day, and every day it increases the amount of steps I need to take.  It also schedules time for me to exercise.  When you enter in your food, it color codes the food with green (for healthy) yellow (semi healthy) and red (not healthy).  It suggest so much of each food type for the day, and sets eating goals for you also.  Everyday you have some goals, and it’s just that nice extra little bit of help that I think I need.  Noom tracks all sorts of activities, from simply shopping or driving, dancing and yoga, to more extreme work outs like P90x and Insanity.  This is great because it helps you record even the simplest of tasks, even simple house work. and add’s them to your calorie burning calculations for the day.

Noom has both a free and a paid version.  They say that users with the pro version burn about two times more pounds than users with the free version.  I am going to try a month with the free version then try the paid version for thirty days just to see how much different it is, and see if it is worth it.  It is only $9.99/month, which is way less than something like Weight Watchers Online, which I was looking into.  I can’t find a great compairison of the two, so I will report back and let you know if the money is worth it.  The best I can find is even more personalized goals, workout suggestions, and an overall better understanding of your own need through the built in AI computers.

We shall see how this thing starts working for me, and I will share the progress. My next step is to get a scale.  The app can’t track my weight loss without a scale.  If you are interested in downloading Noom as well, you can download it on Google Play.