After years of drifting around from one weight loss attempt to another, I finally found the one that worked for me. It’s the Noom Weight Loss Program and here’s how it has changed me. The healthy lifestyle fundamentals like food and exercise to the nitty-gritty of emotions on a weight loss journey. Here is my Noom before and after.
Life Transformed-Noom Before and After
When I think about my life before Noom, I think of life on a rollercoaster. A lot of ups and downs. 30 years worth of yo-yo dieting on Weight Watchers. Periods of healthy eating and exercising combined with prolonged periods of lots of junk food and little physical activity. I knew I felt physically better when I was “living healthy”. I couldn’t understand why I’d throw it all away to feel miserable both physically and emotionally.
After 30 years, I discovered Noom. I’ve had some distinctive changes in my life. Here are my experiences-Noom before and after. For specific strategies to use while on the Noom program you can read this article, “20 Essential Tips To Losing Weight (and Keeping It Off)”
Eating and Exercise
Before Noom, eating was pretty much “flying by the seat of my pants” and exercise was non-existent. I thought “in the moment” about what I was going to eat, without giving much consideration to the health benefits. Fast foods, restaurants and evening snacking were a part of my daily life. My priorities were not on exercise and I had plenty of excuses not to do any. I didn’t like the idea of long strenuous sessions of exercise and so I didn’t do anything. My life was filled with lots of sitting activities like surfing the net and the latest social media feeds. The more removed from it I was, the less I wanted to do it.
After Noom, the simple green, yellow and red system of tracking is my new way of looking at food. I know eating foods lower in caloric density would keep me fuller on fewer calories. By tracking food regularly on the app, I became very aware of the foods that were best for my health journey. Noom’s lessons also gave me insight into other healthy aspects of foods. Information on the effects of processed foods, types of carbs, differences in fat content and much more. Also, because deprivation is not a part of the equation at Noom, I can still enjoy some foods I really like by planning for it and in moderation.
After Noom, I learned that exercise does not have to be hard or of a long duration to make a difference in my long term picture. Doing an exercise I enjoy, or combining it with something I enjoy (like listening to podcasts) keeps me motivated to stay with it. Setting small goals or challenges for myself also raises the bar on increasing my exercise intensity. Exercise is not only good for burning more calories for weight loss, but also making me more healthy. It also puts me in a better mood and frame of mind.
From An Emotional Standpoint
Before Noom, I had a lot of negative emotions. Some emotions that weren’t always visible to others, but negative emotions just within me. I would have feelings of self-consciousness of the way I looked. Having my picture taken was something I shied away from. I would feel invisible in social situations-like people didn’t know I was there or include me in conversation. The idea of going clothes shopping didn’t appeal to me because I didn’t look good in anything. Emotional eating was definitely a part of my psyche and I felt inept because I knew this eating was only making the matters worse. Reaching goal weight was very elusive to me as well because I kept quitting within about 5 pounds and didn’t know why.
After Noom, I understand all about the mind games my emotions can play with me and how I can cut those emotions off “at the pass” to have a better solution. Having a much broader awareness not only helps me to see what negative things are roaming around in my brain. It also helps me identify the incredibly good things I’m doing for myself as well and giving myself credit for it. My fear of reaching goal also disappeared because I don’t have a big question mark about what I do after that point. It just continues. The healthy lifestyle continues with all I’ve learned and adapted in my life now.
My Life’s Priorities
Before Noom, I didn’t have any really clear cut ideas of what they were. There were some swirling around at the back of my brain, but nothing was ever clearly spelled out. I lived life day to day and moment to moment. The usual things would happen like eating, sleeping and working. The more serious things like my health and well being, and being there for my family was something in the background and not very clear.
After Noom, my priorities are clear. I will be a healthier person, both physically and emotionally and I will be able to adapt to changes in my family’s dynamic. Within the very first few days of the program, setting up “my big picture” was paramount to understanding what I wanted from my life and how that was going to play out. Having that continuing vision in my head and reminding myself of that on a weekly basis has continued to motivate me as I go through maintenance.
My Future Outlook
Before Noom, my future outlook was very unclear to me and the view was hazy, to say the least. I had no plan and one day just rolled into the other. With the continued path I was taking, newer potential health problems liked diabetes and arthritis could arise in my life with my age (I’m not getting any younger!). Potential risks I could set the stage for because of my unhealthy lifestyle. These factors would undoubtedly affect how I could help others in my family when the need arises.
After Noom, I have a much more positive outlook. Noom has helped me create a roadmap that works for me on an ongoing basis. Through their lessons, I gained an understanding of how to move forward in my health journey. Understanding what healthy eating looks like, the benefits of exercise and how I can fit it into my lifestyle and under my terms so it’s sustainable to me. Being able to understand how my emotions work when it comes to emotional eating has been a huge game-changer. I also understand that my future outlook is mine and unique to me and how I make it work. Planning is pivotal to staying the course and living my life simply helps me carve out the time to put my plan in action.
The Journey Continues
Thanks to what I have learned at Noom, I have now reached goal. I am moving forward with my life in a positive way with the intention of continuing the healthy lifestyle I have worked so hard to achieve. There will be bumps in the road, but that’s life and Noom has equipped me with the tools to put me back on course. Living this life beats the one I left behind. If you are having similar issues as I have had, make the switch and try Noom. It comes with a 14-day trial to try, so what have you got to lose? Make the change, and change your life for the better!
Frequently Asked Questions
We tend to fall off track because of any number of factors. We may be bored with what we are doing. Our routine is changing and we can’t gain consistency. Something very emotional has happened that we can’t move past. Mostly because we don’t know how to deal with those types of changes when they occur. Noom ‘s program is very driven by how our emotions affect us. They help us identify those things within us and show us other coping mechanisms.
Noom understands how emotions affect the way we think and act. By putting strategies in place to overcome these behaviors, we can win at long term weight loss.
After years of weight issues, I have finally found the formula of combining healthy food choices, regular exercise and positive behavior change to lose weight for good. Coupled with, exploring self-development, being productive and living simply, I am now maintaining a healthy lifestyle and in a good place. I enjoy writing articles to help my readers to become the best they can be!