Noom dieting app for android.

When I  upgraded to an android phone I decided to look at the apps that where on offer (I would like to note I had to down grade so the screen shots could be dated)

I didn't intend to look for anything that would help with dieting but it intrigued me and it was free so why not!

I have to say I am happy I did download Noom as I am actually losing weight! Shock horror I know!

So why is this wonder app so great?

Its not harmful, instead it aims to show you how to lead a healthy life.
When you first install it, it asks you to record your Age, Sex, Weight, and target weight. Once that's all done it gives you more information about the app, such all the different challenges you will have to do each day, logging your breakfast or how much veg you have eaten throughout the day. It also encourages you to do some exercise three times a week.

It has a huge physiological impact as you have to log in each item of your meal, don't worry its not a pain or having to log in the exact calories. What it does is it puts food into three different categories’, Green, Amber, and Red. This encourages you to make minor changes. I now drink green tea and instead of full fat milk I now use soy. They are small changes but have a huge impact.

This app is full of happy encouragement. From each weigh in to when you do some exercise. 

In regards to exercise you realize that every movement is exercise. Even give the house a quick hoover! In this screen shot the Noom coach is encouraging me to walk around the house during ad brakes. 

What I don't like about Noom?

I don't like how the coach wants you to do a weight in every second day - I would prefer if it was once a week as you can go up and down for no real reason.

I don't like the forms. I find some of the people on them to be just plain nasty. There is also a lot of talk of teenagers with eating disorders that should not on it full stop! I also think that there are too many young teenagers on 12 or 13 thinking that they are overweight.

Over all

I love it. The down sides are not so bad and it encourages you to make life changes instead of temporary. Since I had to downgrade the message that Noom wants to teach you and food and diet really stuck with me which is a huge singe of how great this app really is. 

Do you have this app? how did it go for you? Has this encouraged you to try out this app?


Knit a Hat for Innocent Smoothies

Winter will be upon us or in some cases is upon us

When we usually picture winter, warm cosy fires pop into our heads, plenty of warm food and heat. Sadly this is not the case for everyone. For the elderly this can be a very harsh season to see through. We hear of many elderly people who died due to lack of heat or food perish over this harsh season.

Innocent and age action have teemed together to help people in this situation. 25c will be donated to Age Action, it may not seem like a lot but it adds up!

Age Action is a charity that helps to look after those who are overlooked in society. They help in any way they can in making peoples lives better.

Just a little bit more:

It may look hard to knit a hat, but its very easy and quick! here is a handy video that shows you how!

SO will you knit a hat for Age Action? 

Image from Here

Doing Arts at University

My thoughts on an arts degree you say?

Throughout my time at college I always heard the phrase 'wasters degree', other disciplines assume that all art's students do is sit around drinking coffee all day. Everyone is entitled to there own opinion but it is wrong in most cases.

One thing that no one tells you about is the amount of reading you need to do. Each week you are studying a new book/topic and a lot of the time both. I did six subjects each semester, a semester here at least consist of 12 weeks so that's 72 book. in the space of 12 weeks you are expected to read 72 books and these would not be short happy books but insane books such as good aul Ulysses. Lets not even think of the cost!

The second is that to get good grades, you really need to know your subject, I don't mean read up on everything you do. Look outside the box, go to events, read things that lectures would not expect. Answer essays to a high standard.

The third, as an art's student you are left to your own devices, there is so much free time, but all that free time is really meant for study and research.

What do most people really think its all about, well nothing really.

You are not going to get a job from it, it provides you with the ability to do academic research and to do it well.

You may not think that's such a huge deal, but being able to do research correctly is huge in both work and study, coming form doing arts and going into a comply different discipline now, you really do have an advantage. Having done arts I feel I am at a huge advantage as I am comfortable with how to research and what to search for.

For me arts was a great way to do something that I enjoyed studying and had an interest in but it was also a way of really thinking about what I want to do with my life. That's the beauty of an art's degree, you have to think long and hard about where you want to be next year and how to get there or if it really is for you.

An arts degree didn't really suite me. In saying that I am glad I did it and I have this skill because at masters level you don't realize how important it is to have this skill.



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