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Happy New Year, everyone!
New Year inherently causes us all to stop, pause, reflect, and think forward – what have we accomplished and where do we want to be? What goals do we have for 2020.
Goals really should be “S.M.A.R.T” goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely), but I’m pretty sure most of us have wide sweeping health and wellness goals for the New Year – whether it’s to lose a certain amount of weight or just to feel better.
I’ve written about my New Year goals (I’m very anti “resolution”) in the past, but for 2020 I wanted to write a post with a hyper focus on one specific goal I have – improve my overall health and wellness.
2019 was a great year for me in terms of my health and wellness…until the holidays (lol). My blood work improved (lower cholesterol levels, lower BMI), and I actually lost ten pounds by the time of our wedding in November. I seriously credit all of those achievements to my own hard work – but really to my experience using Noom.
I already have an entire post dedicated to a little FAQ about Noom, but had the opportunity to actually partner with Noom on this post to dig even deeper about how Noom helped me in 2019 and how I plan to continue to use Noom in 2020. Noom taught me weight fluctuates – and that’s okay! But wow did our mini moon and the holidays set me back a bit further than I had hoped. I’ve gained back about four pounds of the weight I had kept off – and honestly I’ve just been feeling really sluggish.
My health goals have never been about weight for me – it’s always been about how I want to feel. I want to feel healthy, strong, and energized. Exercise is great – but honestly diet is where it all really starts!
This is my first paid partnership with Noom – but I’ve been personally using Noom since January of 2019.
Let’s dig into my experience using Noom and why – because of the results I saw in 2019 – I’m continuing to live “the Noom way” into the New Year.
Noom is an app based nutrition program that focuses on education and behavioral changes to help you change your habits to help you reach your health goals. Think cognitive behavioral therapy – but like for nutrition.
I’ll drop another link to my last blog post about Noom here because I cover a lot of tactical FAQs (like how Noom works and what content is inside the app), but for the purposes of this post…
Noom is a wellness program that can be whatever you want it to be. Noom is not a diet – the app educates you on balanced nutrition but never limits any food groups. Noom is also not an exercise program, although the program does encourage daily activity and helps you to track said activity.
My goal with using Noom in 2019 wasn’t necessarily to lose a specific amount of pounds, but to feel and look my best on our wedding day.
That being said – I did lose weight. I actually lost ten pounds using Noom in 2019. I truly think I felt the ten pound weight loss more than I visually saw it (I wasn’t as tired, overall had more energy and felt leaner), so no before or after photos from me. I will; however, drop my weight tracking graph here for you to see.
Weighing in every single day is one of the core principles of Noom, because it helps keep you aware and accountable. I hated weighing in when we started – every little 1 to 2 pound increase or decrease would make or break my day. Over time, though, I realized WOW it’s super normal to fluctuate up and down. You can be doing everything right – exercising, eating clean – and it’s still possible to see the scale go up the next day.
I feel it’s important to show you my weight graph so you can avoid the emotional ups and downs I had – daily weight fluctuations are normal. It’s really the trend over time that matters – and as you can see despite my little daily fluctuations, my long term trend is down.
From day one, Noom hits you with an article about why it’s important to weigh in each day and how to defeat your fear of the scale.
Boy, did I have a fear of the scale.
While I don’t always love the number I see on the scale – I can say that weighing in keeps you aware and informed about your wellness. I’ve learned to not freak out over small bumps in the number I see on the scale, but rather use my morning weigh in as a gut check as to where I stand today and keep myself mindful about food choices I make throughout the day.
I fell off the bandwagon of weighing in during the holidays, but plan to use the Noom app to track my weigh ins again now that we’re in the new year.
We have been eating out SO MUCH lately and I am not proud of it. Between our wedding and the holidays – I’ve been busy, tired, and honestly a little lazy. My husband is amazing with helping out around the house, but groceries and cooking are typically my wheelhouse – it’s a lot of work!
I really want to get back on track in 2020 (like, NOW) with grocery shopping and meal prepping. I’m not the world’s best cook, but I need to remember that I always feel the best when I eat food I’ve made myself. My gut is pretty sensitive and I tend to feel sluggish after a meal out…especially when that meal is a plate of delicious fries from our local Greek restaurant.
Yum. But also ouch.
With getting back into cooking in 2020, I’d really love to add some new healthy recipes to my repertoire! I’m actually so excited to get back into my Noom way of cooking that I’ve added an entire recipes section to my blog to start sharing my meals!
Any requests? Drop ‘em in the comments down below. I’d love a good challenge about how to make a traditionally “sinful” meal healthier (I’ve recently made healthy enchiladas – stay tuned for the recipe!).
I dedicated an entire post to my obsession with pilates, but a big goal of mine this year is to build strength. Pilates is amazing for strength building, so I purchased an annual monthly unlimited pilates membership at my local studio. I’m so excited to get back into classes! My last pilates class was before my bachelorette party and woof am I out of shape. I’ve recently started back up with this new membership – I’m sore but know I’m working towards my future health so I’m powering through!
I mean – I’m obsessed with Noom. Can you tell? I’m honestly really proud to be partnering with Noom on this post – but Noom legitimately changed my life long before I had any partnership opportunities with the brand.
Like any other health and wellness program, you have to put in the work. No program can hand you the results you want on a silver platter. What I can say is that Noom is the first wellness program I’ve done for myself that felt doable and was achievable. I saw results and I didn’t have to give up my lifestyle or favorite foods to do it.
Got questions about Noom? Drop ‘em in the comments below!
A huge, massive thank you to Noom for sponsoring this post. I always make a point to only partner with brands I truly use and love – but wow does this partnership mean the world to me. Noom helped me feel strong, healthy, and beautiful in 2019 – a year where I had everything from my bachelorette to a wedding. Noom helped me defeat my self defeating thoughts about my ability to control my own health. Thank you to Noom for partnering with me in 2020 and a BIG thank you to all of YOU for supporting the brands that help me do what I love for a living.
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