Today I’m talking about postpartum weight loss and how I lost weight after a rough pregnancy with baby number five. I have been wanting to write this post for awhile, while I’m still in the process of losing baby weight, to remember what’s working for weight loss this time around. I started my pregnancy about thirty pounds overweight, and although I watched my weight while I was pregnant and didn’t go too crazy…the number on the scale definitely went up! I ate healthy (except for a few treats here and there) – and managed not to have gestational diabetes, so that was all good.
Me, moments before giving birth. Hey, y’all!
I always think that the weight is magically going to fall off after the baby is born – but it never works that way! Ha! If only…
This time around, I want things to be different. I am tired of being overweight – I feel like I’ve been overweight for most of my adult life now, and I know that needs to change. I had some issues during pregnancy that caused me to not be able to exercise, so by the time my baby was born, I was so out of shape it was pathetic. I could barely walk a block! Ack!
After I left the hospital after giving birth, I lost a measly 6 pounds – for an 8 pound baby! Over the next month I slowly lost another six pounds (so, 12 pounds total), and then the weight loss stopped. I knew then and there that the weight wasn’t going to fall off magically. I’d have to do something different, or else I’d either plateau for good or gain more weight (it’s so easy for me to gain weight, it’s not even funny!)
Anyhoo – I have tried pretty much every diet in the past and failed at them (or else I wouldn’t be in this situation – right?) I don’t want to go back and try all the diets I’ve done before (Paleo, LCHF, Whole 30, Atkins, Slimfast, South Beach, Weight Watchers, Keto…the list goes on and on). I want to do something that is tailored to me specifically, and that works long-term. But with a new baby, I don’t really have time to re-invent the wheel…know what I’m saying? Ha!
This time I’m trying out Noom – It’s an app on your phone (or you can use the website on your computer), and it’s completely tailored to your specific weight loss goals. I was hesitant about paying for yet another diet tool – but it ended up costing less than Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig (also tried that one, way back in 2010) – and it’s more affordable than the other diets or lifestyle changes I’ve tried in the past.
So, I’m going to try it this time to see if I can get back down to my college weight (which, yes, was kinda a long time ago…haha!)
I signed up a little over three weeks ago, and so far my results have been good…more about that later. 🙂
My little pep talk from the Noom app:
Noom asks you to devote ten minutes/day to the app. That’s where they give you all the tools you need to succeed.
It also has a great coaches and mentors that guide you through the program. I thought I was going to be on my own trying to figure this out, but there’s a strong support network in place to make sure you stay on track.
You get a whole coaching team – a Group Coach (a real person), a Support Group (also real people), and a Goal Specialist (again…real person!)
I will admit, I had low expectations for going into this. I thought it would be lame (sorry, it’s true!) – but it’s this really interesting mix of artificial intelligence (AI) and real people helping you lose weight. You are paired with a support team of real people – a registered dietician, a weight loss coach, and a real support group. The whole program is tailored to your specific needs and lifestyle.
For example, I told my coach that my main problem is portion control and eating late at night. He gave me some tools to help with that, plus the accountability I really need!
I have to admit, at first I was a little weirded out that my weight loss coach is a GUY. (Hey, Coach Ryan…if you’re reading…sorry!) I don’t know why, I thought it’d be a woman. I almost asked to switch to a female (you can ask to switch) – but he ended up being awesome, so I’m sticking with him.
I like that this is a healthy lifestyle change – and not some fad diet I’m going to do and then fall off the wagon and gain all the weight back. It’s really a huge shift in thinking for me.
This is my food journal, mid-day – I hadn’t logged dinner or snacks yet. You can eat whatever you want, which is a big plus of the program.
The app categorizes foods into red, yellow, and green. Red foods are the ones that you can have in small amounts, yellow are fine in average quantities, and green are good all the time. 🙂
They also have a huge recipe library that looks amazing – but I haven’t really used that part yet since I hate to cook. Haha!
So, what have my results been?
I’ve lost 14 pounds in three weeks (I know some of that is water weight, but I’m still excited) – by making a few simple adjustments that were recommended to me by the app. So – that makes me a happy mama.
Anyhoo – I’m going to keep doing it and hopefully (fingers crossed) I’ll reach my goal by my birthday! I still have about 20 pounds left to get to my goal weight. I will keep you posted on how things are going…
Have you tried a weight loss app? What’s the worst diet you’ve tried? (Make me feel better about my past fails – haha)
**This post uses affiliate links from Noom, but all opinions are my own (obviously)! 🙂
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