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CREATING A NOOM LIFE

One Couple’s Journey to Weight Loss and a Better Life

Important Disclaimer: We have been given 2 free accounts to Noom, and receive a commission for trial signups. The fact that we are going through this journey and giving a first-hand account was our own idea as the best way to help you understand what Noom is, and how it can help you in your weight loss journey.

Welcome To Our Noom Journey!

You are either here because being overweight has plagued you your entire life, or you are having issues dropping a few pounds to fit into your favorite clothes.

Maybe you had a couple of kids and are wanting to get back to your pre-baby weight.

Or maybe, you are just interested in our journey and how successful we will be at our journey with Noom.

Okay… most likely you are here for yourself to see if Noom really works, and I don’t blame you!

Weight loss is a very personal thing. Everyone has their own reasons to lose weight and get to their ideal self.

It’s not always for how you look in your bikini.

A lot of times it’s for self-image and health reasons.

No matter why you are here reading about our Noom Journey, I am so happy that you are here.

It is my wish that reading our progress through this weight loss program will inspire you to take control of your life and get to where you want to be with weight, no matter the reason. 

So, What Is Noom?

Noom is an program that arms users with the tools they need to not only lose weight, but to wrap their minds around losing weight and keeping it off through mindset changes and powerful goal-setting.

Through this program you will be counting calories, tracking steps and other exercise, and frequently connecting with your provided weight loss coach.

You will be developing habits that will change your lifestyle so your weight loss sticks and you get the freedom of knowing that you have the ability to lose and keep off the pounds.

No time to read our whole journey now? Take it on the go by downloading the PDF here.

Does Noom Really Work?

I guess we’ll find out!

As stated in the disclaimer above, we were given 2 free Noom accounts and decided to track our journey, and yes we do get a commission if you sign up for the 14 day trial, but we decided to up the ante for ourselves and become the guinea pigs.

It wasn’t enough for us to just write a review of the Noom weight loss program with facts from the website and other review sites. 

To give a full analysis of the program we had to take a deep-dive into actually going through the program. 

Through this journey we hope to give you super accurate insights into what it’s like to go through the program, because we are actually doing it.

Even if we don’t get one single conversion or commission from this experiment, what have we really lost? 

We will have gained a healthier lifestyle for ourselves, and reached our ultimate why in weight loss.

We hope that our journey helps you and inspires you to be your best you, no matter what.

The Guinea Pigs

Weight Loss Program Guinea Pigs

We are approaching the Noom Program from 2 different perspectives.

My name is Callie and I am a stay-at-home mom who also works a part-time job in customer service, as well as teaching VIP KID on mornings, nights, and weekends. I also babysit for one of my husband’s colleagues during the day, so I’m watching 3 kids at home most days. Obviously I also run a blog (when I have time).

My husband, Justin, works in an office for 40 hours a week sitting in a cubicle, and has a side-business designing websites and also does a little affiliate marketing on the side. He watches our 2 kids by himself 3 nights a week while I work my customer service job.

Each update will be written by each of us, to help give a better first-hand account of our journey with Noom.

Here we go, let’s get started!

Before We Begin. . .

The following are our beginning inspiration and thoughts on starting the Noom Program.

Start Date: June 18, 2019

Age: 25

Starting weight: 140lbs

Weekly weight loss goal: 1lb/wk

Overall Goal Weight: 130lbs

Projected Goal Date: August 2019

 

Lifestyle:
I am a stay at home mom of 2 children, ages 2 and 9 months and watching a 6 year old for the summer, which makes it so we got out of the house even more often and move around. I have worked 3 days a week standing up and moving around but will be pausing for the summer as I teach ESL in the mornings online and as the children are out for summer I will be switching to teaching them in evenings this summer as well. 

 

Starting Thoughts:
After having my daughter my weight dropped fast and although I am not big after having my son, I am bigger and it makes it harder to come off. Making a healthier lifestyle now will help get my weight back down to what I have always been used to and help learn how to keep it off as I become older and it becomes harder. 

I saw this opportunity, as Noom contacted my blog, to get back to my ideal, before-babies weight and help my husband with his weight loss journey as well. By us doing this together we avoid a lot of negative social triggers. 

 

Starting Image:

Callie Before Noom Image

Starting progress for the Noom Healthy Weight Program

 

Previous Weight Loss Experience:
I have never really struggled with weight so far in my life unlike my husband who has struggled more. However like I said, although I am not huge, getting the weight off after a second pregnancy, for anybody that knows, is harder. Something about pregnancy hormones already being inside of you by the second time it is happening to your body, keeps the weight on longer. 

 

Inspiration for Weight Loss:
My inspiration in all is to feel better about myself in general, also to help keep my acne clear as I improve my diet as that is something I have struggled with majorly in my life, especially since I got pregnant the first time, but with both kids. 

I want to have a positive body image while raising my kids, especially my daughter, and staying fit to always keep up with them as they grow and experience their childhood. 

 

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Hey all!

Sorry for the long weight-loss story below. It’s something I’ve been struggling with for most of my life.

Let’s start with some stats.

Start Date: June 17, 2019

Starting weight: 195lbs

Weekly weight loss goal: 1.5lbs

Overall Goal Weight: 160lbs

Projected Goal Date: November 06, 2019

 

My Lifestyle: 

I work in an office 40 hours per week.

I wear a Fitbit, but usually only get 4,000 to 6,000 steps on weekdays and 8,000 on weekends.

I go home and watch kids 3 nights a week while Callie goes to work at a local grocery store.

Even though I have tried exercise regiments in the past, I currently have no other exercise routines in place.

 

Starting Thoughts: 

I have tried a lot of stuff over the years, and I’m hoping Noom not only works, but is more sustainable. Other weight loss methods have worked, but I always end up going back towards old habits, even if not all the way back. Either an injury makes me give up, or I just fall off my diet plan.

 

Starting Image:

Justin Noom Starting Pic

Picture of Justin before starting the Noom Weight Loss Program on 6/17/19

 

Previous Weight Loss Experience: 

Here’s the long story.

I have struggled with weight my entire life. 

The first problems started in 3rd grade when I got pneumonia on the same week we had satellite TV installed at my house. 

I became a hardcore couch potato and shot up to 130lbs that year.

My next milestone of weight gain I remember is entering the 7th grade. I was going from the elementary school to Jr. High, and we were given a physical to see where we were at before entering this next milestone. I was 170lbs at this point.

Jr. High was worse, as over the next year and a half I shot up to my heaviest weight I reached in my life, 245lbs.

It was at this point I was so miserable, I had just watched Super-Size Me for the first time, and I decided that enough was enough. I quit drinking my 5 sodas a day and tried to eat a little better. Quitting the soda helped me drop 30lbs in one month. It was an insane weight transformation.

Through High school I stayed in the 210 – 215 range, and in my first 2 years of college managed to creep down to 194lbs.

From my senior year of college in 2013 to November of 2015, I managed to work my way back up to 228lbs. I remember the exact day was November 15 of that year. I was on the floor trying to fix my sink, and just felt out of breath and super uncomfortable. I had known that I had been gaining weight from sitting in my new office job, but I hadn’t been brave enough to step on a scale for a long time before that date. 

The sheer uncomfortable feeling that I had that day made me step on a scale. 228lbs.

Again, believing that enough was enough, I started counting calories using another program.

This app was great and I continued to count calories diligently for most of the next year. During this time I had started working out regularly for a few months on EA Sports Wii Active 2. As with many exercise routines over the years I had tried, I got a slight injury and fell out of the habit.

After falling off and getting back on track with calorie counting, I made it down to 191lbs in November of 2017.

Life happened again, as it often does, and I shot back up to 205lbs in September of 2018.

The FitBit has helped me be more conscious of my daily movements and work back down to ~195lbs, but it seem to be stuck in this range.

I’m really looking for a lifestyle change that can keep me on the right track to weight loss and exercise, and then maintain that ideal weight once I get there.

 

Inspiration for Weight Loss: 

Being healthy and controlling acid reflux/gerd would be really nice, but mostly I want to have the health and energy to be able to run around with my kids. They are a super active 9 month old and an even more active 2.5 year old. They are a lot to keep up with, and being able to play and have fun with them, as well as modeling good health and habits for them is my ultimate why for trying Noom.

Week 1

6/17/19 to 6/24/19

So far we have both made it through 1 week on the Noom program, and I must say that we are enjoying the change overall. 

We have read some great articles. Here are some screenshots to the articles, but we don’t want to give everything away or you won’t get the same experience with the program by reading them yourself.

Some of my favorites are being friends with your scale (you have to weigh in every day while using Noom), how to identify when your brain is distorting your thoughts, how to identify what type of eater you are (Justin loved the Death Eater joke), and how to get through the peaks and valleys of weight loss.

We had a pretty active weekend this past weekend, because we both felt a renewed sense of energy, and the kids really enjoyed our journeys out into the neighborhood to walk the dogs and go to the park.

We tried one of the recipes are included in the program. It was the mushroom and rice soup. I’m not a big fan of salt and pepper, but Justin promised to make it without next time.

The cool thing about recipes on Noom is that the food breakdown is already built in, so you can see what Green, Red, and Yellow foods are in it. When you log it to your meal, the program already knows what’s in it and how to log the calories and food groups.

Below are some of our specific accounts of the first week on Noom. 

Callie Walking Through the Park with Kids

Taking the kids for a walk during week 1 of our program.

Mushroom Soup

Mushroom & Rice Soup recipe from the Noom Program!

Callie-Week-1-Progress-Pic
Callie-at The Park

Current weight: 137.2

Total Weight Loss: 2.8lbs

Week one went well I think.

I am still getting used to trying to find new habits of eating. It wasn’t dredgingly slow but it did not seem quick either weirdly enough even though life seems to go quickly most of the time.

I felt that some of my smaller shirts started to feel a little less tight and that I was beginning to get somewhere. But just like the Noom article from the program today talks about, motivation is not constant and there are times that are harder than others.

I still really miss ice cream and do not go completely without a reward snack when I have enough calories at the end of the day.

We got out a lot more and try to think about the steps that we take with help from our new Fitbits that we got in order to help us fully commit to a new lifestyle.

Noom says that the 1st week is the hardest but still feels pretty hard for now, so I am hoping I can continue to get a better flow with this lifestyle.

Hoping to continue mostly positive and have more motivation than slumps as time continues. 

Current weight: 189.8

Total Weight Loss: 5.2lbs

I’ve lost 5.2 lbs since I started this.

That’s hard to believe. The lowest I’ve been since 7th grade.

The biggest shock to deal with this week was the calorie cut.

They have me eating around 1600 calories per day, which didn’t seem like a lot to let me eat, but if you follow the tips and tricks on how to eat foods that are way better for you and make you feel fuller, it is plenty to get by. Loved the mushroom soup we had, and it definitely didn’t break the calorie budget.

The amount of weight loss in 1 week hasn’t been a big surprise to me though, even though the number is a new low.

It seems like every weight loss program I try, whether counting calories with another program or running, I lose 3 to 5 pounds the first week as my body adjusts to the new healthier lifestyle, and then I taper off to more steady losses. We will see what the coming weeks bring. 

My goal date has moved up by about a week since I’m a little ahead of expectations I guess, but I’m willing to go all the way to November and beyond with this.

This differs from other weight loss strategies I’ve tried, because of the psychology that Noom puts behind the methods. I like the idea of changing thought patterns and making more sustainable changes.

There is a lot of accountability with Noom too. Not only am I working on this with Callie, which is an awesome couples activity, but I was also given a coach who helps me stay motivated and working towards my goals.

They said something about a weight loss accountability group as well, but I don’t think you get into that until the start of week 3.

I mostly love that I had more energy this past weekend to play with my kids at the park.

I was able to run around for longer and chase our almost 3-year-old girl around the toys for a lot longer than I usually could. I will definitely keep trying to make my diet mostly Green foods, as I think this has contributed to my energy more than the weight loss at this time. 

Not a lot of change in my appearance, but my clothes fit a little better.

I suppose I will throw a picture up for reference this week. Like I said, not much change outside, but inside I can definitely feel a change for the better.

Justin-Week-1-Progress-Pic
FitBit Urban Boot Badge
16 Weeks Behind the Scenes
Go behind the scenes of our Noom Weight Loss Journey and get extra tips and tricks to help you succeed in your own journey.

Week 2

6/24/19 to 7/1/19

Weight loss continues on week 2! 

We have both seen some leveling out, and even upswings, in our weight during the week.

We had to keep remembering that this happens and to keep pushing through, because as you can see, we are both still losing weight! 

This week ends our trial, but even if we had to pay, these results and the health education we are getting from Noom would well be worth the fee.

Check out our weekly checkins below, and check out our healthy substitute for an Italian favorite that is usually packed with calories instead of green foods! This one allowed us to indulge while cutting calories a bunch!

 

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Current weight: 136 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 5lbs

I think the week went pretty well.

My husband and I are starting to get used to our new lifestyle and adjusting the way we think when we decide what meals we eat.

Something that made it easier was definitely that we had our weekly shopping trip and had some fun exploring new and healthy options that really help us meet our food goals daily.

We are officially out of the trial and recently got introduced to our groups. So far this has went well, it is nice to know there is a place to go with even more positive reinforcement in a world where there are negative triggers everywhere you go.

Everything is going well and are continuing on with better habits and new and healthy goals this week! Wish us luck and we will be checking in again next week. 

 

Week 2 Progress Picture
Eggplant Lasagna

Eggplant Lasagna; tastes like the real thing! MUCH less calories.

Week 2 Progress
Low Calorie Meal

190 Calorie WHOLE PLATE full of food!

Current weight: 185lbs

Total Weight Loss: 10lbs

It’s crazy that I’m down to 185lbs. Seems surreal. 

It seems to be easier to get full and stay full now. Eating the “Green” foods really does make a difference in how full you feel.

It’s funny, because some foods like a low-calorie granola bar are red, and it’s not from the content, but because it’s a food that is high in calories for how full you feel after eating it.

One highlight this week for me was when Callie only had 300 calories left for dinner and she told me she wouldn’t really be able to eat. I looked to see what we had and came up with 20 shrimp, 2 Gardein Crispy Tenders (faux chicken; tastes like morel mushrooms; seriously, try them!), and a big pile of veggies. The whole plate was 190 calories. I was pretty proud that I found so much food for so few calories.

Another highlight was the meal we made from the app. It was the eggplant lasagna. This was a big hit, as the breaded eggplant slices seriously just tasted like a lasagna noodle, but except for being 90 calories per lasagna noodle, we got a whole piece of lasagna for 100 calories. Total win.

I was asked by the Noom Program what a health goal of mine would be. Thinking it would be cool to run a 5k, I answered that in the quiz. Next thing I know my coach is messaging me asking what day I plan to start. 

Umm, guess that’s gunna be happening this week.

I have a plan with Runtastic that I bought before signing up for Noom and never used, so I think I’ll be trying that.

Not big on shirtless pics since I’ve always been a big guy, but it’s hard to judge weight loss in photos without them, so I’ll start throwing them in this week. Still don’t think it looks like I’ve lost much, but I can definitely feel my clothes are looser and my energy has been about 10x what it usually is.

Week 3

7/1/19 to 7/7/19

Trying to lose weight over the holidays?!

Such a challenge!

We managed to stay active over the 4th of July holiday, which really helped a lot.

We stayed in a hotel to avoid some of the bad weather we were expecting, and made sure to keep our new habits going every day that we were there.

We even packed our scale and took it with us, because you are supposed to use the same scale and weigh in at the same time every day!

#commitment

Current weight: 134.8 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 6.2 lbs

This week has been a rollercoaster.

What I have come to realize is that being aware makes all the difference.

This past week was my favorite holiday of the year, The 4th of July. Therefore, I had some holiday-themed Smirnoff that I only drink once a year and maybe went overboard for a day there.

I did go up in weight, but not a lot, and although I did things I don’t do on a daily basis, I still kept myself aware and I knew if I was not on the program then instead of going a little overboard it would have been a lot without all of the knowledge I have learned over the past few weeks.

Since then, I have gotten back on it and followed my routine, and am continuing to lose weight and feel good.

While some days are harder than others, it overall is becoming easier and easier.

Life happens, we want our favorite things but if we stay conscious and substitute where necessary to have what we desire to, as Noom calls it, tame our inner elephant then things are better and healthier for you.

Starting to exercise has also helped, I realized that I have a very weak knee, and as I have done this I feel it getting better. The Noom program is going great for both my husband and myself and it has made it so great doing it together and adding another form of positive reinforcement over another negative trigger.

Although it is not necessary for a relationship, I truly believe couples that slay together, stay together. 

 

Week 3 Progress Picture with Noom
Healthy Tacos

Some healthy tacos we’ve perfected over time. Pinto beans instead of meat. Lots of lettuce and tomato. Corn tortillas. No sauces.

Noom Program Week 3
Hotel Workout

This was the coolest elliptical in the world. It had virtual running paths, Netflix, Hulu, and Youtube on it. So cool!

Current weight: 183.4

Total Weight Loss: 11.6 lbs

We started groups this week, which is pretty neat. Now we have another coach who coaches the whole group that I am in. The group is made up of people who just started their week 3 as well, so we are all at the same level in the course, working on reading the same articles and tackling to same problems.

A lot of the articles this week lead you to your group after you click the last button. This is a great reminder to stay active within your Noom group and take advantage of the support of others going through the same weight loss program as you.

This week also contained the 4th of July vacation. This made it kind of hard to stay on task with my eating. Since the weather was rainy here, we decided to spend the 4th in a hotel, which provided a great free breakfast.

On the day of the 4th I ate an 1100 calorie breakfast, and ended up with double what I was supposed to have for calories for the day. As the Noom program teaches you, there will always be slips, but you have to make sure to surge up and get back on track. The morning of the 5th we had the same breakfast, and I managed to keep it around 400 calories and stayed on track the entire day. I even hit the elliptical at the hotel gym.

Even though I had a slip, I ended Sunday at 183.4lbs. A new low for me. Pretty happy about that.

One recipe we tried this week was mushroom cap pizza. A nice little meal to help curb pizza cravings.

Looking forward to starting up my running program again this week since I told my Noom Coach I would stick with it, and last week didn’t start off on the best foot.

Week 4

7/8/19 to 7/15/19

We spent this week of the Noom program breaking some weight loss scripts, hitting some slips in our weight loss program, and realizing how EXPENSIVE weight loss can be!

Another successful week, so be sure to check out our weight loss updates for this week below!

Callie Week 4 Progress
Callie and Kids Week 4

Current weight: 134.2 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 6.8 lbs

This week was a rollercoaster. This was the first time I really felt a slip. 

I have gained weight some other days, but these were days that I knew it was likely to happen and had an action plan in place. 

This week it was definitely a slip, my elephant got the best of me and I ate more than I should and at night so of course come morning it was still in my system. This however helped me power through the next day. I worked hard to get back to where I was. 

I love to indulge when I know that I can. On the days I have had enough exercise, and plenty of calories left I will indulge a little in something a little unprocessed, SHHHH!

But it usually is well thought out and I always end up where I am aiming, not so much this week. However, it is true that everyone has ups and downs with weight loss. Ups and downs are what happens not only in this situation but in life. 

I rallied and made sure that at my weekly weigh in that I came out weighing less than last week. Every so often, you are going to eat that chocolate cake and that is okay! But planning ahead helps you keep your goal, and as Noom says keep your inner elephant tamed. So although I slipped this week, I feel good. 

I experienced the process for myself and came out ahead because I figured out a way to make it work for me and find that healthy middle to make good choices but indulge every once in a while because everyone needs to live a little. Make indulging your exception, instead of your rule and be the best you. 

 

Current weight: 180.4

Total Weight Loss: 14.6 lbs

Noom has gotten SERIOUSLY EXPENSIVE.

No, not the fee for the program.

I’ve lost so much weight that I needed to get a new wardrobe!

We’ve decided to do this in steps so we don’t break the bank all at once, but I was starting to look really out of place swimming in my huge clothes.

We stopped by Walmart this past Wednesday after my daughter’s preschool screening (she got in! Woo!), and I was able to do some much-needed clothes shopping.

I don’t even remember when I last went to the store to go on such a clothes shopping trip. All my clothes had fit me in my 195 – 205 range for so long that I didn’t have to worry about it.

Even though I’m not much of a clothes shopper, it was a fun experience picking out new clothes that fit my smaller self.

The Noom program itself is still good. This week was about breaking the script, or getting over built-in habits that allow us to eat terribly (such as just ordering what the other person at the table is having, or needing to always clean off all of your plate).

I didn’t participate in a lot of the challenges because I am doing well on the program as is, but it was nice for them to call out what “norms” are actually causing some of my bad eating habits.

Loving the education Noom is giving me, and definitely loving the new clothes!

Justin Week 4 Weight Loss Progress

Hair has weight, right? Had to get rid of that!

(Seriously though, super hot here in the midwest!)

 

Week 5

7/15/19 to 7/22/19

Had our wedding anniversary this week!

Lots of fun, walking and dancing.

Even through all the fun there was some frustration with our weight loss program this week.

And as always, Noom read our minds.

Current weight: 132.2 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 8.8 lbs

Believe it or not, as great as my husband and I are doing this very moment, and our weights look great, this week was very hard.

Noom told us all about plateaus and weight fluctuations and their research was spot on because we were stuck for a while! T

he scale surprised us both well this morning and we are happy to feel motivated, moving past our plateaus.

Although I do not really know exactly when we will hit our goals because of the fact that weight fluctuates and so does the date on my graph,

I know we will both make it. Don’t ever give up on yourself.

I never imagined a month ago that this is where we would be in our lives.

It has been a summer of inspiration and it is amazing.

I am telling you, even when it gets hard, keep going because it, and you, are worth it.

 

Callie Week 5Progress
Garden Lites Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin on Weight Loss Program

Found these muffins at Target! 

At 120 calories per muffin and packed with fruits and veggies, can’t beat it for a little late night treat!

 

Weight Loss Finally hit the 170s

SUPER STOKED to be down into the 170s!

And on our anniversary weekend too!

Nice little bonus.

Current weight: 179.2

Total Weight Loss: 15.8 lbs

The folks at Noom sure have this weight loss stuff down to a science. 

Our week 5 articles are all about how hard weight loss is. It’s about hitting the weight loss plateau, and staying at the same weight for 2 or more weeks. 

While I still lost a pound, based on the progress of previous weeks, this week was definitely slower.

I’ve started to feel hungrier lately, and this is another thing Noom has taught us about.

It probably also didn’t help that this past Thursday was our wedding anniversary and we splurged a little on the calorie count. It wasn’t too bad though, and was mixed with lots of dancing.

Noom is still predicting I’ll shed the last 19.2 pounds by middle of October, so I’m still hoping that happens. 

Either way, we have learned to judge our progress based on other factors and how we feel, and I’ve been feeling a LOT better lately.

No way to go but forward!

Week 6

7/22/19 to 7/28/19

Another great week of Noom!

Loving the education we are getting in the field of weight loss.

This week was all about the 4 pillars of weight loss (it’s not just all about the diet and exercise, folks!).

If you are on the fence about trying out Noom, I would definitely go for the $1, 2-week trial. You can see above the difference this program has had on our lives, and I know that you will be hooked on your new lifestyle and health after the first 2 weeks.

If you don’t like it, then what? You are out $1.

I’m not just saying this because I am an affiliate for the program. This program has SERIOUSLY CHANGED OUR LIVES.

Even if we never make $1 from being an affiliate, we are getting our health back, our energy back, and living lives we never even dreamed of just a small month and a half ago.

If you have been joining us on our journey so far, we would love to hear about your progress, or your thoughts on our journey in the comments below!

Current weight: 132.4 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 8.6 lbs

This week we learned all about electronics and light and as if we don’t already know that being addicted to electronics is not good for us, it can also affect weight in a way as well. 

If you want to know how electronics can affect your weight, start your Noom journey and do some good for yourself. 

It is hard to limit screen time, but luckily summer has made it a lot easier and I just hope that I can come up with enough activities that can keep us stay active this winter too. 

This week wasn’t a drop in weight for me, but I am still so close. This week I was feeling down and I decided not to weigh myself for a few days. I think we will see next week that it did its job! 

This lifestyle overall is going great for us, for ourselves, and as a couple, and I think it will be easier to continue down this path a little more on our own after the 16 weeks of this program are up, especially as we have one another to get us through all of those holiday parties this winter and choose wisely. 

Noom is great and if you are really ready to start losing weight this time and are willing to put in the work, be sure to give Noom a try!

Callie Noom Progress Week 6

No drop this week, but maybe that’s because I got a little muscle tone? 😀

Justin Progress Comparison Week 6

Justin Week 1 and Week 6 Noom Progress Comparison

Current weight: 175.6

Total Weight Loss: 19.4 lbs

So close to the 20lb mark! Feels like we have been on this program forever, but it’s really only been a month and a half.

This week’s articles were all about the 4 pillars of weight loss. Nutrition obviously affects weight loss, but there are also the other 3 pillars of sleep, stress, and exercise.

We’ve been getting out 10,000 steps most days and stress is no more than usual. I would like more sleep, but between a full time job, side gig, and family time, there is no extra sleep to be had.

I don’t really think this is affecting my weight loss though, since I’m moving down towards my goal at a pretty good clip. My hurting knee is definitely starting to affect my walking. Was hoping it’d be better since I weigh a lot less now, but the pain is creeping up on me again.

Hoping continued weight loss will help alleviate the pain, because we are really liking getting our step goals in every day, and injuries have hurt my weight loss in the past.

Good thing there are 3 other pillars to build off of!

Week 7

7/29/19 to 8/4/19

Week 7!

Almost halfway through this program!

This week we learned about the different diets people eat, like Keto, Vegan, etc. It was cool learning what these other types of diets are, and the pluses and minuses.

What was really interesting was that we learned about how to read food studies and see if they were actually good information for us.

You know the studies. “12 Squares of Chocolate a Day May Actually be Good For Your Health!” “Can Coffee Cure Wrinkles? Stay tuned to find out!”

You see who pays for these studies, and if they actually did their research correctly. It’s amazing how they can sway information from a study one way or the other based on what they need the results to be.

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Current weight: 131 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 10 lbs

Everything has been going very well.

Noom works!

But the part that makes it hard is you have to be committed to the program.

So much time when we don’t meet our weight loss goals it’s because we fall behind, which happens, but being committed means you keep going and start new the next day even when you did worse the day before.

I am one pound off from my weight, I actually made it to my goal yesterday!

Yay for me, but as we all know weight fluctuates and that’s okay. I am not discouraged because it happens, all I have to do is stick with my new lifestyle and I believe I can.

It also helps a whole lot to have a spouse in it with you, all positivity and support and no negative triggers.

It is possible to lose the weight, and I have seen so much success from others with Noom as well as me and my husband who is looking great!

It’s possible people, you just have to want it. Don’t give up!

Week 7 - Callie

Out enjoying nature with the family!

Week 7 - Justin

The kids really loved the walk in the park.

Current weight: 173.4

Total Weight Loss: 21.6 lbs

This week was all about critical thinking and learning about the different kinds of diets, and fad diets, that are thrown at us in today’s society. We also took a trip around the world to see what types of diets people eat in other countries.

Learning all of this is vital, because so much stuff is being thrown at us it’s hard to know which way is up. It’s good to know what other countries eat, and what other diets are out there, but it’s also important to know the pros and cons.

Noom doesn’t try to persuade you to one diet or the other. They just give you the facts and let you decide for yourself. I personally won’t be switching from my current plan of just staying within my calories, replacing meat with substitutes when I can, and eating as much as I can, which means a lot more green foods like fruits and veggies.

I’m definitely an eater, so the more that I can eat and stay within my calorie budget, the better.

I’m amazed at how well my knees are starting to do with having less weight on them, and I’m happily aiming for my 10,000 steps a day and running around with my kids.

Week 8

8/5/19 to 8/11/19

A bit of a mixed week here.

I hit a very big milestone in my weight loss journey, but Justin has hit a stall in his program.

Despite some setbacks, the Noom program has been working great for both of us, and we are no officially half way done!

I can only imagine where we will be by the end of the program.

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Callie Week 8 Progress

Current weight: 129.8 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 11.2 lbs

This week has been great for me.

Maintaining my weight and being happy with myself and where I wanted to get has made me more comfortable and confident in my skin. Now if only my pores would shrink a little more!

The bummer part is that I wish my app would have celebrated my victory a little more but my coach did.

I am hoping that when I get to week 16 and I keep working hard to stay maintained as I want to continue to do, then it will give me something exciting at the end of the program.

Everything going so far so good. It works guys!!

Current weight: 172.2

Total Weight Loss: 22.8 lbs

This was a hard fought week.

Though a weight loss plateau is technically 2 weeks, I pretty much started one this week.

I stayed 173.4 consistently throughout this whole week and finally only accomplished a minor drop right at the end.

My knee was also acting up again, but we made an effort to still get our steps in every day.

It was recap week with the articles, and they showed us Noom’s Greatest Hits.

It wasn’t a super exciting week since there wasn’t a ton of new information, plus the start of my plateau, which is really disheartening.

It’s good to get a little bit of a recap to reinforce ideas I guess, but it landing on such a blah week for results was a little rough.

Hoping to pull through next week with some better results!

Progress Justin Week 8

A little confidence showing after a hard-fought week.

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Week 9

8/12/19 to 8/18/19

The plateau continues for Justin, which is really sad. 

We’ve had a busy week and made some poorer food choices.

We are both glad that I am still floating around my goal weight, and I’m happy reminding Justin to stay on track and keep shooting for his goal!

One bad day can’t let you justify continued bad food choices!

Read our updates for this week below!

Callie Noom Week 9 Reached Weight Loss Goal

Current weight: 129.4 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 11.6 lbs

This week has been good.

It has been easier in a whole to keep up with the lifestyle knowing I am at my goal. I do not need to track quite as hard as before, I still have all the same healthy foods and know not to overeat and I have stayed at bouncing around 130 and it has been great. If everything in my life was as steady and nice as the way this is going it would be perfect, but I am working on it.

Don’t give up guys, if this is something you want so badly you can do it, and Noom is the perfect to help you get there.

Current weight: 174.4

Total Weight Loss: 20.6 lbs

Officially hit the plateau since I’ve been about the same weight for 2 weeks. 🙁

Actually went backwards a little bit, which really sucks.

Noom taught us early that plateaus and setbacks happen.

There are the slips and the surges, or basically the valleys and the peaks of weight loss as you work your way down overall.

Really hoping that this is a minor slip.

Not saying at all that it’s not my fault. We are doing some remodeling in our house, and we were busy this past Saturday, so we ate out and had Mexican food, and then got fried chicken from Walmart for dinner to be quick so we could work more.

Not the best idea in the world, and it definitely shows on the scale.

While it saved time to be able to work, it’s pretty disheartening that a one day slip can bump you back up a couple of pounds.

It helps that this week in our Noom articles it’s all about mindfulness and being aware what is going on in your mind, not just with eating, but every aspect of your life.

Sunday, when I hit my 174.4 higher weight, I definitely had a bad day the rest of the day from starting off on this very negative note.

But really, when I slowed down and was mindful about it, I was able to keep from spiraling into more bad eating choices and got back on my game for the rest of the day.

That’s what it’s all about. Slipups happen. 

Keep your eye on the prize.

Justin Week 9 Progress

Week 10

8/19/19 to 8/25/19

Been at it for 10 weeks now!

This week was all about the hero’s journey (yay we are heroes!).

Noom describes the phases of our weight loss journey that we have been through, or will be going through before the end, and how we have to adjust to our old lives as a new and improved person.

We also got to go over positive affirmations, which is a nice way to combat negative thinking.

Now just 6 more weeks to go!

Current weight: 129.6 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 11.4 lbs

Doing well as I continue going on the program.

I fell off for a small while this week and gained a pound back, possibly just from fluctuation but it got me well back on track to keep working hard even though I have hit my goal.

I am so thankful and can’t believe we are so far through this, it has definitely helped us create new habits.

I was not as large as my husband when we started this but that is what is best about this!

Aside from eat what you want,of course, no matter what size you start or how old you are, you can make it happen when you commit yourself to the change.

Go for it!

Callie Week 10 Progress
Justin Week 10 Progress

Current weight: 168.8

Total Weight Loss: 26.2 lbs

Finally broke my plateau in a big way. 

Glad I kept on track and doing what I had been doing all along, following the Noom weight loss plan, counting calories, and getting my steps in.

It is so weird that you can stay the exact same weight for 2 weeks, and then without really doing anything different, drop 5lbs the next.

Our bodies are really a weird thing, but Noom has been doing a good job explaining this in all the daily articles we read through the program.

I also enjoyed learning about affirmations this week. 

I often get into a negative train of thought, and think things like “Man I already messed up, may as well just binge eat” or “Hey, a few M&Ms will only put me a little over my daily calorie budget, it’ll be fine”.

With positive affirmations and keeping an eye on my big picture, I am able to stay strong and see that I CAN do this and I can smack down all the negative self-talk, which only gives me more resilience and makes me stronger.

Week 11

8/26/19 to 9/01/19

I’m still floating at or below my goal and Justin is inching closer as we pull through week 11!

Callie Week 11

Current weight: 130 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 11 lbs

This week was cool because when it came to the day of the week to log weight for you guys, it went to my goal, exactly.

How cool would it be if that is where I ended up on my Noom week 16 update?

I guess only time will tell!

It is continuing to go well, with hitting the goal, I can be a little easier on myself, but with that  being said also need to be very careful.

We all know what is is like to fall off of a weight loss goal, and ruining all of that progress you made would not make things happier or healthier for us.

So stick to the lifestyle, give in every once in a while, but have a plan to keep going!

Get a support system and go for it, you can do this!

Justin Week 11 Progress

Current weight: 167.6

Total Weight Loss: 27.4 lbs

I remember when I first started Noom and saw that I only had 1500 calories a day in my budget.

My thought was “I am going to starve to death”.

When I was on My Fitness Pal my daily budget was 2100 calories, and that was even hard to do at the time. Every calorie burned in exercise was even added back to the bank as extra you could eat.

But not with Noom. You only get back half the calories you burnt to eat. 

So unfair. All that work and nothing extra for the calorie budget they are already undercutting you on anyways.

But the thing of it is, even though this seems unfair, the weight took a long time to come off in My Fitness Pal. 

Not only that, but it obviously didn’t work because the reliability of a coach and support team weren’t there, nor the articles and education meant to help you change your eating habits for the Long haul.

I’ve lost an insane amount of weight using Noom, but that’s not even the best part.

I’m no where near as hungry as I used to be. This past week I have felt myself getting fuller, faster, and on fewer calories. 

I’ve been leaving 200 calories on my budget a few days, and not even really caring to eat more. 

I feel like I should eat and finish them out though, since 1500 per day still doesn’t seem like much to me, but I’ve been trying more and more to tell myself to let it go. If I’m not hungry, why eat?

My thought patterns are also improving. I keep wanting to use my last calories for chocolate or ice cream, and a lot of times I settle for healthier alternatives, not only because the food ultimately sounds better to eat, but also because I get more of it for the same amount of calories.

It’s weird feeling these changes, and it almost feels wrong, given that it goes against my food habits of an entire lifetime.

But the truth is, I like the new lifestyle, the new foods I get, and the way I feel. It’s almost a game seeing how delicious we can make a food while cutting the most calories out (btw, Aldi has 35 calorie bread, so we’ve said hello to grilled cheese again).

This is a strange journey we are on, but one that I am loving. Sometimes it takes some tough love to get results, and telling the fat kid inside me you only get 1500 calories a day has been the hardest hill to climb, but I feel like I’ve made great strides in telling him to back off, his time is done. It’s time to be responsible, healthy, and the best me I can be, not just for myself, but for my family as well.

Week 12

9/02/19 to 9/08/19

Let me just tell you right now. Special occassions are going to be the hardest part of getting through your Noom Weight Loss Plan.

We had a double birthday party for the kids this past weekend. We had Casey’s Pizza for the lunch, and tons of left over cake!

We gave some to the neighbors who couldn’t make it to the party, and managed to pace ourselves over the next several days eating the rest.

As you can see from our weight totals we came out fine, but JEEZ IS IT HARD!!!

My suggestion in these special occasion situations with all the good food staring at you and the guests expecting you to eat and be social, is to add your food ahead of time.

Figure out exactly what you are going to eat and how it fits into your day. THEN STICK TO THAT PLAN.

The holidays will be the hardest. We will see how that goes when we get there!

Kid's Birthday Cake on Diet
Smash Cake For Our Son

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Callie Week 12 Progress

Current weight: 130.2 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 10.8 lbs

This week had a lot of ups and downs.

Even when habits are made, keeping your healthy habits are hard.

However each day is new and with the right motivation it is possible.

We are doing this and it’s something with 1 day at a time but we are doing it and you can too.

If you need support reach out to us, you can do it!

Current weight: 167 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 31 lbs

Glad to be down another 3.6lbs!

The goal is getting so close I can taste it!

I’ve been chatting with my coach about next steps because hopefully I’ll be hitting my goal by the end of the month as Noom is predicting.

It sounds like there will be a plan for maintaining weight once i hit my goal. A new calorie goal. Etc.

After the 16 week healthy weight program is over, my coach says there is also has a program for exercise and strengthening, which I am very interested in.

At my goal weight, 160, I can tell I will still have more body fat than I am happy with, but I’m liking the size that I am, and I really don’t want to go through buying new clothes again, so my idea is to try and stay around 160 while replacing body fat with muscle.

Again, not sure how this will work exactly, but am excited to try Noom’s strengthening plan so they can educate me on this process!

So close, getting excited!

Justin Week 12 Progress

Week 13

9/09/19 to 9/15/19

Justin is getting close to the end with a few minor setbacks and an ever-changing end date.

I’m still hanging out at my goal weight. Maintenance is hard, but not as hard as losing the weight to begin with!

Callie Week 13 Noom Progress

Current weight: 131.8 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 9.2 lbs

This week has proven how hard this can be.

I have fallen off the horse a little, it happens to all of us.

One of the best things you can do, is make sure that your Rider is going shopping and not your elephant.

You are a lot less likely to go wild when you keep the right things in your cupboard. However, I will keep on keeping on just like the rest of you should do when you fall off a little bit.

It happens to us all!

Keep going, you got this. 

Current weight: 163 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 32 lbs

Seem to be stalling in the weight loss again. Callie did the same for a week or so right before she hit her goal. 

You stop just shy of where you want to be so it can taunt you a little bit.

How much do you want it?

Earn it!

I told my coach my plan is to do some Tae Bo and strength exercises after I hit my weight loss goal.

I really don’t have a reason to wait other than I feel like I would be gaining muscle and won’t hit my 160lbs goal.

I know it’s kinda dumb since it would be healthy weight gain, but I feel like the mental win of reaching my decades-long goal would skyrocket me into the next phase of getting healthy.

I like being in the low 160s, even though everyone says I already look too skinny.

The thing is, I still have a lot of body fat I want to swap for lean muscle. Swapping these and staying 160 feels like it’d be perfect for me.

First I have to hit 160 though. No exceptions.

Justin Week 13 Progress

Week 14

9/16/19 to 9/22/19

Fall treats are starting to pop up, and it’s hard to stay away!

With Noom we really don’t have to stay away completely.

It’s all about control!

Check out setbacks and fall treats in this week’s update.

Callie Week 14 Progress

Current weight: 132.0 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 9 lbs

Well we’re in the last few weeks of this is program and although it’s scary we’re starting to get weaned off. Take what we’ve learned and practice it ourselves.

My hubby is doing much better than me and I am so proud of him. But although I’m not always on top of my game I still have better thinking habits and more aware.

It makes eating too much harder and I am happy to have a healthy mind that helps lead to a happy body, when you fall off don’t forget to get right back on because it’s worth it and you can do it.

Current weight: 162.4 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 32.6 lbs

Glad we were able to get out this week and start celebrating fall at the pumpkin patch.

I really enjoy that I have more energy for things like this nowadays and can get out with my family more.

We indulged in some pumpkin spice mini cupcakes and apple cider a bit.

I know that things like this set me back a little bit, but it’s nice to know the progress I’ve made, the new habits I’ve developed, and the fact that now I know how to moderate myself.

 Back before Noom I would have demolished half a dozen of the mini cupcakes, or gotten bigger cupcakes to begin with.

Now I look forward to these little treats that I can indulge in, still get to enjoy the changing of the seasons and different festivities throughout the year, and know that I can control myself and my weight.

Justin Week 14 Progress

Week 15

9/23/19 to 9/29/19

We are coming to the end of our 16 Week Noom Weight Loss Program!

We are excited about the new lifestyle and habits we have gained through this experience!

I’m getting back on track, and Justin is inching closer to his goal!

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Callie Week 15 Progress

Current weight: 131.2 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 9.8 lbs

It feels so good to hit a goal you have had for yourself and I can’t believe we are almost finished with the program.

I have begun to veer off and practice for myself. It was not going so well at first but has gotten better.

Like we all know we all fall off, what matters is getting back on.

It feels good to practice and do well on my own and keep working to stay healthy and age well will definitely be a peek.

Keep going guys, you can do it! We all can. 

Current weight: 161.8 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 33.2 lbs

The Noom Program is still working towards what seems to be weaning us off the use of the calorie counting system.

We had the 100th day of the program completely off, meaning no articles, no weigh in, and food logging was optional. 

Now there are a lot of articles about using your intuition, eating based on your body’s cues, and not giving in to your binging side.

I’ve spent the last few days counting calories in my head without using the app, tying to ballpark what I can and can’t have in a day.

I’ve been doing ok since I havent gained any weight really. I was down to 161.2 at one point this week. So ready to hit my goal so I can start my next phase of strengthening up, staying around 160, and losing more body fat.

The past few weeks have been slow going. Hope I hit my goal within the next week since it’s the last week of the program!

Justin Week 15 Noom Progress

Week 16

9/30/19 to 10/6/19

It’s our final week on our 16 Week Weight Loss Journey!

We set out to create a Noom life (pun intended), and we both believe that we really succeeded in doing that.

Check out our final week results, and be sure to check out our conclusion and bonuses below!

Callie Final Weight Loss Pic

Current weight: 131.8 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 9.2 lbs

It’s crazy that we have done this since June.

The summer went by way too fast.

Sorry Fall lovers but I will miss Summer. Fall just does not last long enough to enjoy. The fact that Winter is coming is scary. It is harder to keep moving, but the good news is that since we have officially now been through the Noom Program, we have more knowledge to keep us going.

Everyone, and I really mean everyone, will fall off their plan at some point.

We all have inner elephants and they can’t hide forever. But nothing can stop us from continuing on and never giving up on ourselves.

If you have done this long enough and want something bad enough, nothing can keep you down long.

We are thankful for this.

I have gotten back to myself after having my amazing babies and my husband’s whole life has changed.

It’s possible guys, and everyone can succeed.

Keep it up and you’ll never fail.

You can do this! 

Current weight: 161.6 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 33.4 lbs

Over and done!

It’s been a long 16 weeks, but it’s also flown by quite fast.

Weird how time can play tricks on you like that.

It’s insane to believe that I was 195lbs just 4 short months ago. Never would have seen my life and my health changing so drastically in such a short span of time, especially since I never thought I could get below 190 in my lifetime.

Noom has definitely changed my life for the better, and I’ve developed new and excellent health habits that will stick with me, with some work and determination, for life.

Did I ever hit my weight goal?

I came close. 160.4 was the closest I got and that was on 9/30/19.

I call that goal weight. I’ll post a picture this week for proof.

This past week I have been counting calories in my head.

It’s weird, now that I’ve hit my goal weight. I’m in maintenance mode where I try and keep the weight I’m at, which means all of the sudden I’m going from 1450 calories per day to 2000. Eating more after 4 months of weight loss is a challenge.

I wouldn’t even worry about it, but now I’m trying to gain muscle, and that takes eating more of the right types of foods to help facilitate the healthy muscle build.

I’ve worked out a few times this past week, and so attribute my slight gain to that.

Plus people normally flux within 2lbs in a day, so it’s hard to tell.

After everything we have been through, I know that if I get a little off course again, I can always correct. I’ve seen 160 happen, and I now know it’s possible.

Believing is half the battle in weight loss, which is where the program starts you out at. They helped me believe I could do it, and I held onto that belief through this entire program.

I will be posting updates here on the blog as I progress, but probably in a different article.

I want to help provide support to people as they go through this journey with us, and I will have some additional resources coming to you soon to help you get inspired and succeed in your weight loss journey.

If you’ve been on the fence about Noom this whole time, I hope that our journey was able to inspire you to take the plunge and regain control of your health.

Weight loss is largely a mental block to overcome, along with the willpower to keep on heading towards your goal and achieving your ultimate why.

My ultimate why was more energy to play with my kids, and I’ve achieved that through this program.

I encourage you to join the program as well and start your journey towards your ultimate why.

Please reach out to us with any questions you have about our journey, and I will keep you updated on life beyond Noom.

See you inside!

Justin Week 16 Final Weight Loss Results
Final Weight for the Program 160.4

Wrapping Up 

It’s amazing that so much has changed for us in just 16 weeks.

We would love to say that our results are typical for everyone, but they may not be.

It all depends on your body type, your family history, how much weight you want to lose, your available time to dedicate to the program, the effort you put in… and a ton of other factors we can’t even think of.

Everyone is different.

We have read articles where it took people a year to meet their weight goal with Noom.

One lady was plateaued at the same weight for 9 months, I think they said.

Knowing these facts can be disheartening and discourage you from even trying, but we want you to know that we are here to support you and answer any questions that you may have.

Breaking food habits is insanely hard to do.

But take it from us, getting your health under control is the best reward you can possibly give yourself. Having energy to do the things you want.

Having the power to be able to turn down foods you know are bad for you, and sometimes indulging in those bad foods at a level that you know your body can handle without spiraling you back into a weight gain spin.

Noom is there to provide you with the knowledge and resources you need to get your health moving in the right direction, and that is why we highly recommend this program to any and all that want to take control.

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