Why did you want to lose weight?
The trigger for my weight loss was an inappropriate comment from one of my family members at my 22nd birthday party. I got a yoga mat as a gift and one of my family members asked: "What do you need that for? Does it look like you exercise?!"
"You should definitely reward yourself for meeting small goals and you should always remember why you're doing it—be it for your health, looks or out of self love!"
After 2 failed attempts to lose weight the year before, I wanted to prove to everyone that someone who is severely overweight and also suffering from various chronic illnesses and high blood pressure can also lose weight. So, I gave weight loss one last chance and started counting calories.
What goals did you want to reach?
I wanted people to stop looking at me strangely and I finally wanted to feel comfortable in my own skin again. Of couse, just like with any woman, it was also important that I could finally dress the way I wanted and not just put on clothes because I couldn't find anything else in my size.
How did you reach your goals?
I lost weight with calorie counting and 16:8 intermittent fasting. I also stopped eating unhealthy foods around the clock and switched to eating a balanced lunch, dinner and small snack while watching TV.
This way, I could split my calorie goal up throughout the day. Although I'm not able to exercise much during the day due to my illness, I lost weight successfully. I lost 66 lb in the first 6 months!
How did YAZIO help you?
With YAZIO, I can proactively plan tomorrow's meals the night before. You can easily scan foods and the nice app design even makes counting calories fun!
Did you have setbacks?
There were times that my weight would stagnate. During those times, I would look at how much I'd accomplished with photos or weight-loss curves and that would motivate me.
What tips do you have for other users?
My tip for other YAZIO users is to make it clear to yourself from the beginning where you want to go. Why do I want to lose the weight? What is my goal? You should definitely reward yourself for meeting small goals and you should always remember why you're doing it- be it for your health, looks or out of self love!
What are your future goals?
My goal is to have cut my weight in half by the end of 2019. That means I need to lose a total of 150 lb. I'm only 13 lb away from this goal and am sure that, with calorie counting and a bit more exercise, I'll be able to reach it!
Why do you want to tell your story?
I would like to show people that are also in the same position I was (e.g. lack of support, health restrictions) that, in spite of what feels like insurmountable obstacles, you can do anything you put your mind to!
Even when your health doesn't allow it, you can also reach your goal without a lot of exercise.