Friday, September 24, 2021

Noom Report Card for my Trip

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I'm now sitting in the airport in San Jose, ready to return to the chilly weather in Minnesota. I have a little time to kill, so I thought I'd do some reflecting on how the trip went in terms of Nooming and such. 

The program is big into logging your food, water, weight, exercise, etc. One aspect I think it could place a little emphasis on though is the reflection. What went well? What could have went better? Where do I really need to up my game? Along with this might be coming up with a couple things to be grateful for that happened through out the day. Ultimately, the scale and weight graph and "end your day" food logs speak for the progress, but it is in the reflection that we learn and grow.

If things go bad, it's important to keep shame and doubt off of the table. This can be hard to do. However, the goal is to get better moving forward so an objective and constructive analysis is what is required. This self-coaching can require a little motivational "firing-up". Acknowledge any mess-ups and use them as self-teaching moments to get better and progress. 

So here I'll keep it on a simple 1-4 scale. 1 = awesomeness, 2 = mostly good, 3 = needs a little more work and 4 = see me after class (whatever that means). I'll grade daily and overall for this trip and write a few notes covering the Noom logging points and a couple of other potential travel pitfalls. So without further delay (Note: I used to generate the table, also Friday is in progress, but is a coffee-laden travel day so far):

Item Tue Wed Thu Fri Avg
Water Intake 3 2 2 3 2.5
Food Logging 3 3 2 3 2.75
Weigh-in 1 1 1 2 1.25
Calorie Budget 3 2 2 2 2.25
Alcohol 2 3 3 1 2.25
Sleep 1 2 3 NA 2
Exercise/steps 1 2 1 3 2

As you can see, I did okay. I was really good at the kinetic things: Weighing myself, getting sleep and getting my steps in. Downtown San Jose is nice as it's close to the San Jose State University campus, which made for good walking and running. I was also on my feet most of the day at my trade show.
Food logging lagged a little. I have to admit, there's still some convenient "forgetfulness" when I'm not eating the best, but I tried. There was also the mix of restaurant food and alcohol that permeates work travel that makes things tough.
One good note is that I got my wits about me on Thursday and bought some groceries. This made for more inexpensive/healthier options through out the day. I still bought a restaurant dinner on Thursday, but it was a side salad and a single slice of pizza. I did drink enough beer to offset some of that advantage, but I know have a tool in my pocket (DoorDash DashMart groceries) for next time.

So the trip was just OK. I hope that I can leverage such gradings to help prepare for future outings.

1 comment:

  1. As for the beer, I had a friend who would drink a glass of water between every beer. Less beer more water--winning on two fronts!