Accountability in Weight Loss #Noom30 #spon

by Jill Bender on July 29, 2014

I received compensation for participating in this 30 Day Challenge and my work on this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

Last week I introduced the Noom Coach 30 day weight loss challenge to you and asked you to join me and to get a 30 day free trial of the app for free. I know that there was a little bit of lag time between when you signed up, and were upgraded to pro, but you should all be upgraded to pro by now and they are working on putting us in the same group. So I hope you’ve joined me. If not, get on that because I lost two pounds in my first week so I’m at 145 lb now. Slow and steady wins this race.

Noom Coach Pro

My biggest issue with losing weight has always been what I eat and not necessarily the exercise part. Aside from the six months I had to lay low after shoulder surgery, I am always very active.

The key to weight loss is really to burn more calories than you consume. But, hellooooo, how can you burn more if you don’t even know how much you consume!!?

In my first seven days of using Noom Coach I have lost two pounds and one inch on my waist!

Why has Noom made the difference? Because it has forced me to be accountable.


Noom makes logging meals very easy so I have logged every single thing I have eaten. EVEN the four pieces of licorice I indulge in each day.

I know the days when I go over my allotted calories. I know when I eat foods that aren’t healthy because Noom has them color coded. I know at 2:00 in the afternoon that I have 432 calories to eat for dinner.

This knowledge forces me to make a better choice. And thus far, I have made better choices because I’ll make sure to stop and grab some veggies to have with dinner. Or make sure to have a salad with lots of veggies for lunch rather than just eating whatever sounds good.

I have needed the push shove to make better choices and thankfully Noom Coach does that for me.

We love to hike. I spend a lot of time in the gym. I walk a lot with the dog and although I sit behind the computer all day I am up and around a lot.

In fact, I love that the Noom Coach app has a built-in pedometer because I have been shocked at how much ‘up and around’ I actually do. I hit 16,284 steps on Saturday. I guess taking the dog for walks, cleaning house and having a garage sale really adds up!

Noom history

Those miles are sure going to help me get to my 500 mile for the year goal.

I received compensation for participating in this 30 Day Challenge and my work on this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.


Homemade Dog Cookies

by Jill Bender on July 27, 2014

Homemade Dog Cookies Single Mom on a Duke is gonna be a big boy! He is part Lab and part Plott Hound and from the looks of his paws, at four months, he might also be part horse.

Duke 2We are still training so he gets a lot of treats each day and I know that calories aren’t a huge issue for a puppy just yet, but what is IN the treats is an issue for me because I don’t want to fill him with junk. He responds best to cheese, but our house turns into a gas chamber, if you know what I mean, if he eats too much cheese.

Keeping this boy fed well has been somewhat of a challenge for me because he is my first dog and I just don’t know what’s good for him and what’s not.

I do, however, know that natural and homemade is always best for humans so it has to be best for dogs too so I looked up some dog treat recipes and this one has only four ingredients and is super easy to make! Not to mention that he absolutely loves them. Especially because we had some fun and spelled out his name!

This recipe makes a lot of cookies and only took about 1/2 of a small can of pumpkin. I didn’t think they’d last too long so I refrigerated the pumpkin and will make some more cookies. Because it makes so many, with so little ingredients these are very budget friendly treats too.

Warning: You might want to warn your family that these are dog treats, or get a good laugh because they look kind of like homemade goldfish or cheez-its and without warning the family will help themselves. And not that they’re bad, I just don’t imagine them being very tasty. icon smile

Four Ingredient Homemade Dog Cookies Single Mom on a



  •  2.5 c whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 c pumpkin
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter

4 Ingredient Dog Cookies Single Mom on a


Preheat oven to 350º.

Mix all ingredients well and you can gather it into a ball. If it crumbles add a few drops of water. If it is very sticky add some flour.

Place dough ball on lightly floured surface and roll out to about 1/4″ thickness. Use cookie cutters or cut into squares.

Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 20 minutes for softer cookies (I did softer) or 30 minutes for crunchy.

Let cool completely.

Dukes Homemade Dog Cookies Single Mom on a

Do you give your pup homemade treats? I’d love your tips, recipes and ideas. I’ll be sure to share more good ones that I find if they pass the Duke approval test.

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