I’ve completed week 1 of this health insurance sponsored weight loss program. Its a program called Omada and its supposed to teach me good eating habits and nutrition while providing a coach and a group of similarly weight challenged individuals to spout my weight loss issues to. It comes with an app (what doesn’t these days) where I track my food and physical activities and I have to watch a 10 minute lesson once a week. And it came with a really nice weight scale that has a LTE modem built in that transfers your weight to the Omada cloud and your account which then pings your app on your phone. Pretty sweet.
So how is it? Well my official starting weight from last Sunday morning was 270.7 lbs and this morning’s weigh-in showed 267.8. So that is 2.9 lbs. Let’s see if I can keep this trend going. I’ve been watching my portions, meaning I don’t overload my plate and I don’t go back for seconds, and I’ve stopped snacking in between. I’ve been counting my calories as usual using LoseIt! and then I transfer the information to the Omada app.
However, the Omada app does not track calories or points, it tracks meal size and whether I thought the meal was healthy or not. I guess after awhile you feel personal peer pressure from seeing all the unhealthy meals you eat. I’ve had a couple of messages back and forth with my coach explaining the difficulties of trying to eat healthy in a household that does not cook, and when we do it is something simple like Hamburger Helper. We eat out a lot. Its convenient but not very healthy.
In addition to the meal tracking, the app tracks your exercise but it only tracks steps by transferring over the iPhone step counter app output. Expectation is to do 7500 steps per day, I’ve yet to come halfway close to that number. I use Runkeeper to keep track of bike riding and then Omada has a formula for converting that to steps. So whenever I am moving around the house or at work walking to the break room or the bathroom, I have my phone with me to capture those steps.
Weekends are the toughest. We usually hit up our favorite pizza joint (shout out to Millhouse Pizzeria) for take out on Friday and sit and watch a show. That leads to leftover pizza on Saturday for lunch. And we usually order out Sunday nights as well from a Chili’s or McAlister Deli. So except for the pizza I do have opportunities for healthy eating. So its all on me.
So lets see how week 2 goes. Thanks for listening.