Monday, October 14, 2019

Loss, Recovery, & NOOMing into the future!

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Last Summer, I left a company that I worked at since September of 2013, with no secure plan on what was coming next for me. A month later, I lost my maternal grandmother, followed soon after by my paternal grandmother, which ultimately shattered my heart. 

Despite being aware that difficult times and loss were an inevitable part of life, I quickly went down a rabbit hole. I started traveling and eating almost everything in sight in hopes of distracting myself. Looking back, I don't blame myself, considering how my world was suddenly turned upside down. And as I've mentioned before, food has always been a lifelong love of mine. No matter what's going on in my life, I often turn to food as a form of comfort. And in those sad, Summer months, I'm embarrassed to say that I ended up packing on way more pounds than I'm proud of.

It wasn't until this past March, when my parents pointed out how "healthy" I was looking, during a family trip to Spain (Madrid and Barcelona), that I snapped out of my disillusioned state. I wasn't taking care of myself, and I finally had to face how I was I living my life. 

We all fall on hard times and have different ways of grieving. But as the natural wheel of fortune turns, you eventually find yourself slowly but surely making your way back up from the bottom.

And this is where my journey with Noom began! 



Noom's mission is to help people everywhere lead healthier lives through behavior change. And that is exactly what it has done for me! I have lost 20 lbs so far using their program, and I feel as though I am well on my way to reaching my fitness goals as well as making a permanent healthy lifestyle change for the future.

Using Noom's app, I've learned how to create healthier habits, reduce my risk of chronic health problems, and foster a healthier relationship with food and myself in the process.

Every morning after my sun salutation and daily meditation practices, I open up the app to add my current weight and read through my daily articles. I also check the app throughout the day to log my meals. It was pretty simple and easy to incorporate into my day to day routine.

Another great aspect to the program is my personal Goal Specialist and Coach, Telisa! Telisa checks in with me weekly, discussing my current and ever-changing fitness goals. In a way, she feels like my therapist, holding me accountable while also allowing me to be vulnerable and open up about how I'm feeling overall. Having a Coach to help me on my journey has been a tremendous help. Telisa has allowed me to truly reflect on both my physical and mental health, which I know will ultimately ensure the changes I've made will stick with me in the long run.

For anyone like me, who is currently going through a rough time, know that you are not alone. And don't be ashamed for wandering off your usual path seeking comfort from outlets that might not be the healthiest, such as food. I've been exactly where you are and I was able to pull myself together and find my way back.

I understand that Noom is not for everyone, but if you're looking to try something new. I can personally attest that Noom has helped me in so many ways to become a happier and healthier version of myself. I'm so grateful for Noom, Telisa, and where as well as who I am today. So what are you waiting for? Sign-up here for a free 14-Day Noom trial today!

XO,
Denise