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 did you want to accomplish on your journey?
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 advice 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. :)