I am quite surprised that I have managed to keep the weight off that I have lost over the last 4 months, especially as I know I am not doing as much exercise as I should be doing. I believe that this is down to how Noom has changed my thought process when it comes to food, and I guess my relationship with food. I will always like my food and never want to feel restricted when it comes to food choices which is why I am not a fan of diets, because I feel they make you crave foods you are told to avoid and eventually give in.
I am still recording everything I eat, which not only tells me how many calories I have consumed, but also how many calories I should be consuming and how many I have left. I don’t worry too much about the traffic light system that it produces based on the food you have entered, however I am conscious to try and aim for more green foods. I still get a little grumpy when I feel I have had a healthy snack and it tells me it’s red such as nuts, seeds, seeded flatbread, natural fruit bars, peanut butter, rice cakes etc but on those occasions I don’t beat myself up if I go over my allocated calories in the red section.
I have tried calorie-controlled diets before and quickly got bored of writing it all down and trying to keep track, so I am not quite sure what is different this time. I chose to keep Noom even after reaching my goal weight as I felt that I needed it for a bit longer in case I had a wobble and to keep me going so that it really does become a lifestyle…which I think it has. No day goes by when I feel that I am missing out on something, and I do allow myself treats but it keeps me on track if I want to eat an entire tub of Ben & Jerrys dairy free ice cream!! (It’s really hard not to!!)
Recently I have found myself in a routine of knowing what I can eat and what works which is good, but I also feel that I am in a bit of a rut when it comes to thinking of different things I can eat and know that I am lacking a bit of variety. I pretty much live off salads, sweet potatoes, chicken, cauliflower rice and porridge. My aim is to try and mix it up a bit and my coach suggested some different meal ideas, but I have realised that I have been avoiding pasta, rice (no surprise there after living off it for a week when I did the ration challenge!), noodles and couscous, possibly because I feel they may make me put on weight again or at least make me look and feel bloated.
Part of my struggle to come up with different meal ideas is because I prioritise planning what my girls will be eating, and I know that I don’t always end up thinking about what I am going to eat, which is possibly why I have got in my comfort zone of what I tend to reach for when it comes to mealtimes. I feel like I need someone to inspire me (or ideally come and cook for me!!).
Now that I am hoping to become pregnant, I am slightly concerned that I will never return to this weight or clothes size again and whilst it isn’t the end of the world, I know that I would like to at least try. When I was pregnant with my youngest daughter, I definitely ate for 2 (adults!) and didn’t care, which may explain why I put on so much weight.
This time, obviously I know that I will put weight on, and my figure will change but I am determined to not use pregnancy as an excuse to eat for 2 and pig out. I really want to try and maintain a healthy diet and try and brush up on how many more calories my body actually needs and try and find healthy foods for these extra calories. I still intend to use Noom, not for weight loss but more for helping me feel in control throughout my pregnancy and afterwards when I hope to lose the baby weight.
Being the kind of person who likes to be organised I know that I want to go away and research what the recommendations are when it comes to diet and calorie intake during pregnancy so I can think of ways to avoid putting all the weight back on that I have lost.
Noom has definitely given me a completely different relationship with food and has enabled me to reach my goal weight and maintain it. I never thought I would be this slim and to some degree I still consider myself to be large/curvy but slowly I am trying to embrace my new figure and allow myself to wear clothes that aren’t baggy and instead show off the fact that I do have a figure for the first time in my life.