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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.

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.

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The 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, Noom 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. 

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

Mushroom & Rice Soup recipe from the Noom Program!

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Callie-Week-1-Noom-Progress-Pic
Callie-Week-1-Noom-Progress-Pic

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-Noom-Progress-Pic

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 Noom 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 With Noom
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 Noom 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

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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 Noom 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.

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