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Friends. There have been some big things going on in my world. You may have noticed that I haven't posted much in the last month. It wasn't because I was too busy, or fighting the cheerleading coach for practices that end before 8:30pm. It was because my low carb world got a little rocked. In short, I have a Noom weight loss review that is going to knock your socks off. Or knock the meat and cheese roll out of your snack hands. If you don't feel like reading my story, it's okay. You can use my special link, to get 20% off the program.
It all starts about 8 years ago when I found out I had gestational diabetes with my daughters pregnancy. I went low carb immediately to keep my blood sugar under control. After she was born, my blood sugar leveled out and I binged out on peanut buster parfaits from Dairy Queen. I had everyone getting me these things. Once, my Mom brought me two in one day. I digress.
In the years that followed I basically adhered to a low carb diet. Counting carbs, not calories. I gained 30 pounds very quickly going down that Peanut Buster Parfait road. Over the next few years, I gained and lost the same 30 pounds many times. After that initial ice cream and chill, I pretty much ate low carb and thought I was doing everything right. I was still 65 pounds overweight. And let me just say...I struggle with food issues. Anxiety...and more.
With my son, now 9 months old. I had the same old gestational diabetes, and was injecting myself 4+ times a day with insulin. I gained 35 pounds with him. I really thought I would have him and then magically the weight would be gone, like the first time...when I was 30. I'm here to tell you, it doesn't work like that when you are 37.
So here we are. I have been so committed to low carb, for so long, that I started a low carb blog, here at That Amy Cakes. I am a great cook, I love developing recipes, and sharing them with you here. I have become really good at developing low carb recipes over the last 8 years that I have ultimately had to for the sake of my babies. Let me tell you a secret though.
I have always ended up at this weight, at least 65 pounds more than I want to be. I've done Keto, serious restriction, gymmed it up, all the things. I thought that low carb was what my body wanted and needed.
I was wrong.
How I started Noom
About a month ago, I saw an ad for Noom on Facebook. I had seen commercials on TV and social media ads but like, there are a million of those floating around. Late one night, I saw this ad and decided to read the comments. I was really surprised to read so many accounts of people losing weight and changing their lives.
I immediately signed up for a 2 week trial, which cost me $1.00 (you can choose how much you want to pay for the trial). I'm just going to cut to the chase right now. I lost 5 pounds in the first week. I can't tell you how amazing that felt to me. Is it low carb? No.
It's low calorie. Now, it makes so much more sense to me why I couldn't lose on low carb. I was eating too many calories. It's easy to get caught up in a Atkins mentality where you think, eat as much of the low carb stuff as you want. Bacon and eggs, meat and cheese, those things are a lot of calories.
It has been another two weeks and I have lost almost 10 pounds total. I feel in control, which for me, means less anxiety. Also, I feel like I am going somewhere and achieving something, which motivates me to continue.
Noom is more than a low calorie program
There are a few things Noom has going that work for more than just calorie counting. There is daily reading on food pyschology issues, and a lot of evidence based therapy that really helps for smart people that over-analyze everything. Like me.
You are paired up immediately during the free trial with a coach. Mine coach is PJ. He gently helps me make goals for myself each week. If believe I can over achieve something, he redirects me to make more attainable goals. You can choose your coaching style before you are paired up. If you want Jillian Michaels to ride your butt to weight loss, I'm sure they have someone like that. I don't, I wanted someone nice.
After the two week trial, you are assigned to a group. There is a leader that prompts discussions on a variety of food based, and goal based topics. I have found that since I don't personally know anyone in my group, I am more able to be open and honest about my goals and issues.
How fast can you lose weight with Noom?
For me, I set a goal weight for myself and that means losing 65 pounds. When I first signed up, I entered this information along with my height and weight and how fast I wanted to lose. Obviously, I wanted to lose it as fast as possible. It came back with a date in July that I should expect to have lost the weight. I mean, I could be my goal weight in July? Pool season?
I wasn't sure how realistic this was because, I haven't been my goal weight in the last 20 years, despite being a person that "eats healthy".
I currently still tracking to have lost all the weight, only 55 pounds to go! I only have to do this 5 more times. Since losing 10 pounds in the last month, I feel much better, and more importantly my skinny jeans fit me all day. I'm getting dressed every day, and not wearing yoga pants all day, because my clothes are fitting much better. I can't imagine how great it will feel to lose 55 more pounds.
Here is a Noom discount code for you to use
If you have a story like mine, or another story (we all have one of those) you should consider the Noom two week trial. It works for me and a lot of other people in my group.
The best part of Noom is that no food is off limits. I personally feel like I'm getting to eat what I want, like toast for breakfast. Getting to eat what I want keeps my cravings in check all day. Sometimes I go a little over my calories, but it's not a big deal.
You can use my special link for 20% off after the free trial!
Will I still find low carb healthy recipes on Amy Cakes?
Yes and no. Because my lifestyle has changed, I will still be making healthy recipes. They will not all be specifically low carb. Eating low calorie generally means eating less calories from carbohydrates too. I still make and eat really yummy food, so that's what I will be sharing. I will still publish nutritional data, you will just have to decide (as always) how it fits into your lifestyle.
There are so many of my recipes that still work for me:
So much more!