Why did you want to lose weight?
I've dealt with weight issues since my childhood and youth. I was teased a lot and could never wear the clothes I wanted to. I didn't even dare eat anything in public because people would always look at me in a judgmental way. I tried to lose weight several times but never successfully.
"You can't make something out of nothing. Just do it!"
When I was 18, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, which explained the reason for my unsuccessful weight-loss attempts. Once I started on medication for it, I lost the first few pounds. Then, I took the reins and started counting calories. That's how I successfully lost weight.
What did you want to accomplish on your journey?
First and foremost, it was about getting healthier and in better shape. My first goal was to get below 220 pounds. I have to admit, I was also looking for acknowledgement from others at the time, too.
As someone who is overweight, life isn't always so easy. People bully you, you can't go shopping without getting looks from everybody, and you're not always treated very well. This was also a reason I never lost sight of my goal.
How did you reach your goals?
I bought a kitchen scale and started weighing my food and counting calories. I started to consciously look at myself and my eating habits, and tried to never restricted myself.
Although, during the week, I did avoid sweets, wheat and sugar. I had a cheat day every Saturday, which continued to motivate me. This also helped me learn to enjoy food.
How did YAZIO help you?
YAZIO was easy to use and made calorie counting really simple. The clear layout was also great. You can see exactly how much protein, fat and carbs you've consumed or what you still have left. The barcode scanner in the YAZIO app made life easier. I could easily find and calculate my foods with it.
Did you have setbacks?
Unfortunately, I did have some setbacks. At that time, I wasn't aware that you can also hit plateaus. I lost a lot of motivation when I would stand on the scale and not see progress for several weeks. Then, I ended up falling back into old habits and stopped counting calories. Despite it all, I always found my way back and picked up where I left off.
What advice do you have for other users?
Get to know your body and try not to compare yourself to others. Every body and every metabolism is different. Don't be too critical when you fall short. It's completely normal! We are humans, not machines.
Set small goals. These are easier to reach and help keep you motivated. And, even if you do fall down, it doesn't matter. Get back up, dust yourself off and keep going. After all, you can't make something out of nothing.
What are your future goals?
My goal is to maintain my weight and tone my body. That's why I go to the gym regularly.
Why do you want to tell your story?
With my story, I want to motivate other users to get started and make their seemingly impossible goal possible.
You can do anything you put your mind to when you believe in yourself, stick to your goal and keep your eye on the prize. That's what I want to show with my story.