Why did you want to lose weight?
Last winter, I weighed 243 lb. I was always in a bad mood and had depressing thoughts. I couldn’t find joy in the sun and nature anymore. I was afraid for my health and life because in my Facebook news feed they kept saying goodbye to people- many of them were my peers. Doctors advised me to lose weight so that I wouldn’t put strain on my body even more, mainly from sports injuries.
I wanted to enter my 40th year as a healthy, fit and mentally-stable individual. I have two daughters and I want to raise them, see their weddings and my grandchildren. I want to travel when I retire.
"Every day you should become better than you were yesterday. Do what you gotta do, come what may."
My struggle with my weight has a long history: On some days my weight defeats me, on other days I defeat it. Yes, I’ve lost weight many times. I even took 3rd place in the Siberian Bodybuilding Cup in the category of classic bodybuilding in the round of comparing proportions, but in the end, after an arbitrary program, I finished the tournament in 4th place. I made more attempts, but a diet is inevitably followed by a setback, so YAZIO is the best option for me to keep my weight down. I like it that I can keep fit and even improve, without damaging my health and breaking myself down psychologically.
What goals did you want to reach?
Get into better shape, feel more confident- I’ve achieved all of this.
Initially, I wanted to lose 20 lb, then I realized that I could lose 40, then 60, and in the fall, I realized that I was close to my peak form and decided to increase my efforts. Yes, I have a six-pack, but I had to make a lot of effort over the last month. Now, I continue to keep improving. My new goal is to see my muscles, even without flexing and even improve them.
How did you reach your goals?
When I decided to take doctors’ advice and lose weight, so that I could stay fit in the future, the first thing I did was walk a lot and count my meal calories. Plus, I did workouts that don’t put too much strain on the body: Swimming, for example, roller sking, running occasionally. I continue to get better. I walk a lot, run, ride a stationary bike, do push-ups and chin-ups.
Before I started using YAZIO, I resorted to a no-carb diet. It was very hard to maintain and was unhealthy. Now, I keep a balanced, nutritious diet and there’s even room for some sweets, which I really love. I have a sweet tooth like Winnie the Pooh.
Once a week, I add a cheat day: On those days, there’s not much food left in the house. I am pretty gluttonous. But the next day, discipline awaits me and to energize myself for the week, I again reward myself with a feast that the warriors in the halls of Valhalla would envy.
For me, creating a nutrition plan and preparing food for the whole day is as routine as brushing my teeth now. In my free time, I make a menu and cook myself meals for the whole day in the evening: It is much easier than people think. Sometimes, during the day, I adjust my menu. Sometimes I vary the nutrition plan.
How did YAZIO help you?
YAZIO literally opened my eyes to a full life and nutrition, of being physically fit. I’m living life to the fullest and I feel like Superman at 40 years old.
Did you have setbacks?
I haven’t had any setbacks since February 2019.
What tips do you have for other users?
Strength lies in the truth: Be honest with others and especially with yourself. If you set a goal, then don’t make excuses like not feeling well, bad weather, or a friend who offered your favorite food. Do or die. When you have a goal, you’ll always have temptations around.
What are your future goals?
I’m making a lot of new plans. I want to do a lot of push-ups and chin-ups, to be an example for my children, nephews and other people around. I want to have a wholefood diet and be physically fit at the same time. I like to walk a lot and listen to music, I like to run, skate and roller skate. I want to master skiing and roller skiing. I want to be able to do 30 chin-ups in one set. Now, during the day, I reach 120-150 chin-ups and I do 400-500 push-ups from special supports. This is more difficult than from the floor. I do it the same way as smokers go out for a smoke break: When I see a workout site, I do chin-ups.
Tired of work? Go out and do chin-ups. There are a lot of sports grounds in Moscow. I have three in a walking distance from my office and I train at all of them. On my way to work, there are also 3-4 places and I take the opportunity to exercise. I do a lot of mental workouts. I write and edit texts. I used to be a TV and a newspaper reporter, so fitness has always been a great recreation.
Why do you want to tell your story?
Me wanting to share my experience with others is basically an occupational hazard: I’ve worked as a sports journalist for many years. I want to live in a way that benefits people. So that everyone can be happy, like me, and even happier. :)