Why did you want to lose weight?
There wasn't a particularly defining moment, but I wanted to be fitter, better able to move and healthier for my daughter.
"Success is not luck!"
I didn't want her to ever be ashamed of me and I didn't want to just sit on the sidelines and watch. I wanted to conquer the world with my daughter!
What did you want to accomplish on your journey?
My first goal was to get below 200 lb. I didn't want society to just see me as a fat person. I wanted to have the chance to prove myself, especially when it came to my career. The extra weight that I had after maternity leave made it difficult to get back into work life. I got dozens of rejections.
How did you reach your goals?
When I was almost at 200 lb overweight, I knew I needed to get help. I hadn't been able to recognize what it was to feel full since I was a kid. So, I went to an obesity center and sought advice. In February of 2018, I had a sleeve gastrectomy procedure.
From then on, I completely turned my life around and used my second chance. Since that day, I've eaten very disciplined. I keep a close eye on my protein intake, count calories and exercise about 5 times per week. Without these changes, I wouldn't have come as far as I have.
How did YAZIO help you?
YAZIO helped me get back an understanding for food and my body. I've always logged everything- at first to keep track of my protein intake, and later to make sure I stayed within my calorie goal.
Did you have setbacks?
I haven't had any setbacks since then. Exercise and healthy eating have become a lifestyle for me and are now a part of my everyday life.
What advice do you have for other users?
Very important: Set small goals. A lot of people set unrealistic goals, they can't reach them quickly, they get frustrated and lose motivation.
Keep going, even if you hit a plateau. Get enough exercise and look for a physical activity that's fun and can become a passion. This will help keep you motivated.
What are your future goals?
I've now reached my goal weight and I'm working on building muscle. My personal goal is to be able to do 10 pull-ups by the end of the year.
Why do you want to tell your story?
I want my story to motivate people to get help if they aren't able to lose weight alone. There's no shame in that. On the contrary, it shows courage and even more strength. I also want to dispel the misconception that a gastric sleeve makes things easier. That's not the case. If you don't make fundamental changes in your life, you will quickly gain the weight back. The procedure is just the first step, the rest is hard work.