In the fall of 2017, I tried Noom to jumpstart my way back into healthy eating and exercising. From August to December I was doing well, I started that process at 200 lbs and was down to 187 lbs by October. The program they have is actually pretty great when you get started. For about a month the daily check ins and information and quizes are engaging, helpful and interesting. After that first month, the app design looks as if its made in the 90s. The design was part of the fun, and without it, checking in daily to see the tips just wasn't working for me. I didn't realize that visuals were so important to my healthy living process... but they are.
I continued to use Noom because I enjoyed the personal messages with my coach, the weight loss graph, and the small community I formed there. We would boost each other up and help with tips and motivations, much like SparkPeople. The biggest downfall (besides graphics) was that I couldn't log in online. If I wanted to post something, I had to do it on my tiny smartphone and I'm one of those 'old millennials' that needs my computer - I can't just use my phone for everything!
I found myself doing less and less with Noom. When it got to be December, I decided to switch back to SparkPeople. I was missing my community here, the way we track food, read articles... and to be honest, I wanted to chalk up some SparkPoints!!
I continued to get notifications from SP because my fitbit was connected. PezMom1 would cheer on my accomplishments, and I started to feel like I wasn't only letting her down, I was letting myself down. SP is where I wanted to be.
My migraines came back in October and November so I switched medications in December. That is when I made the decision to come back to SP for my healthy journey. I am starting to feel better and get back into my healthy living routine. I’ve dumped Noom, not because it was ineffective, it just didn’t help to keep me as motivated as SparkPoeple.
I am back and ready for the 30 pounds + of weight loss just like I experienced in 2012-13, but even more than that, I look forward to feeling healthy again and gaining more SparkPoints!