Happy Noom Year (Noom Year’s Resolutions)

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About a month and a half ago, I started Noom. This is the time of the year where setting New Year’s Resolutions is common. About 60% of us make a New Year’s Resolution. Unfortunately, more than half of us give up on their resolution before the end of January.

According to a survey of 2,000 people, last year, the top 3 New Year’s Resolutions among respondents were diet or eat healthier (71%), exercise more (65%) and lose weight (54%). If any of these three resolutions is on your list, this article is for you.

Try making your goals SMART and CLEAR. In my job, we are taught how to build SMART goals, SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound. So, while the resolution may be to diet or eat healthier, exercise more and lose weight. That isn’t a SMART goal. A SMART goal would be more like, “I will get my weight down to 170 pounds by December 31, 2020, through eating 3 healthy balanced meals a day, and walking at least 10,000 steps per day at least 5 days per week.”

That goal is SPECIFIC, it provides specific amount of a weight goal, a specific target date, a specific number of meals a day, and a specific amount of steps to walk a day (and it even specifies the weekend could be under the goal and still be keeping on schedule).

That goal is MEASURABLE, it provides tangible numbers that could be measured, additional measurements could be added “to fit comfortably into a size 36 pair of jeans”, etc.

That goal is ATTAINABLE, it falls within the 1-2 pounds a week range that is typically viewed as a healthy rate to change weight.

That goal is RELEVANT, it is something that I want. (Hey, I want to be around 225 pounds by my wedding day.)

Lastly, that goal is TIME-BOUND, it has a set time-frame that is mapped out.

The best part is that Noom helps me to focus on losing weight by eating healthier and exercising more.

Now, CLEAR goals were new for me. CLEAR stands for Collaborative, Limited, Emotional, Appreciable, and Refinable.

The best thing about Noom is that I’m not alone in the process of meeting my goal. I not only have a personal Goal Specialist as a coach to walk with me through the process, but a Group Coach, and a Group of fellow Noomers from coast to coast, (and internationally) to collaborate with, problem solve and share successes and challenges with.

The goal is limited to a specific time.

The goal is emotional (at least the goal of 225 by the wedding is a bit more emotional).

The goal is appreciable, I was able to break it down into smaller weekly goals on a spreadsheet to see where I am throughout the process, and can calculate the changes that I may want to make into my goal quickly and easily to keep myself on track.

The goal is refinable, and can easily be adjusted, as needed.

To work towards being more successful in accomplishing the New Year’s Resolution, I can mentally prepare for the change. (Yes, I started the Noom plan a week before Thanksgiving Day; and used that time to begin preparing, making small changes towards meeting my goal. The best part about Noom is that it’s built on taking small steps, and making small changes each day, that together will work towards reaching the goal.) Stay positive, and allow for a little room for error. (This week at work, has been a rough week for staying under the calorie target, hopefully some was just over estimating portion sizes for the work holiday party – was that scoop of mashed potatoes 1/4 cup or a 1/2 cup, I better estimate a 1/2 cup to be safe.)

Set a New Year’s Resolution which motivates you. Something that, if at all possible, you can see, hear, feel, smell and taste.

Set the New Year’s Resolution to something that you can manage in your hectic life, with an hour to an hour and a half commute to work, each way, an eight hour work day, trying to get the right amount of sleep, trying to tack on extra exercise (outside of what I can realistically accomplish during most of my work days) would have had a chance at spreading myself a little too thin.

Write the New Year’s Resolution down, and keep the progress written down. Noom can help because Noom keeps track by graphing my progress.

Share the New Year’s Resolution with your friends, family, co-workers, Facebook, Twitter, Blog. You may just find additional people who will want to collaborate with you to help you reach your goal.

Make it automated. Between calendars, alarms, to-do lists to help keep track of extra tasks; and Noom‘s built-in exercise and food tracking, keeping the process as easy as possible is ideal.

Most importantly, when you fall off track, please don’t be one of the approximately half who call their New Year’s Resolution quits.

You can lose weight for good with Noom. Have you heard about Noom, yet? Noom is a personalized application which provides guidance on sustainable lifestyle shifts which can encourage lifelong change.

Noom is the last weight loss program you’ll ever need. Learn how you can make small consistent changes to your lifestyle which can lead to a healthier habits.

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Joseph Alex Martin is a Copeland Center-certified Mental Health Recovery including Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Advanced Level Co-Facilitator. Joseph began utilizing his own WRAP in 2008 following his certification as a Peer Support Specialist. Joseph was a Certified Peer Support Specialist in Pennsylvania for 9 1/2 years, and is now living in New Jersey and working in New York. In his role as a Certified Peer Support Specialist, Joseph supports the recovery of his peers in their plans to take action to recover wellness in their lives.