Why did you want to lose weight?
The trigger for my weight loss was actually my wife's health problems. A few years ago, she was diagnosed with Endometriosis, a chronic disease in which cells, similar to the tissue that lines the uteris, grow outside of it.
It was a difficult time for us. My wife wasn't doing well for a long period of time and it really had an effect on me. While my wife was receiving treatment, I was mostly eating frozen pizzas, burgers and fries, or instant noodles, as well as drinking beer every day. During that time, my wife had lost quite a bit of weight and my weight had doubled.
"It's important to remember that you shouldn't do it for others. Instead, you should do it for yourself and for your health."
To improve her health, my wife did a lot of research and focused a lot of her time on her diet. At first, I didn't pay any attention to nutrition and kept eating as usual. After such difficult times, I let myself "enjoy" unhealthy foods or alcohol. When my doctor brought to my attention that, if I kept living the way, my blood test values would continue to get worse and I could develop Type 2 diabetes, I knew I had to change something. I was also already taking blood pressure tablets at just 33 years old. This was a wake-up call for me and I finally decided to change my diet.
What did you want to accomplish on your journey?
I wanted to support my wife in any way possible with her diet and chronic condition. I also didn't want to depend on blood pressure medication anymore.
I didn't just want to help myself, but I also wanted to support my wife's new, healthy lifestyle. During treatment, my wife received healthy diet tips. I was completely onboard and together we totally eliminated sugar, wheat and overly-processed foods from out diet. We started cooking at home and paid attention to what we were eating. In addition, we're both exercising now. We ride our bikes and do strength training. It's become a regular part of our daily lives.
I work out 4 to 5 times a week for about 1 hour. On the weekends, I often play soccer to have a little change from strength training. I stay motivated with certain numbers and setting intermediate goals. For example, I chose to start with 88 kg (194 lb), since my wife was born in 1988. Then, I set myself a new goal. Now, I'm about 190 lb, and that in just 7 months.
How did you reach your goals?
Like I said before, I completely changed my diet and cut out pork, sugar, wheat and any type of overly-processed ready meals. For my weight loss, I used YAZIO as a control and always had a great overview of my diet.
In addition, I work out a lot, mostly soccer, the gym, bike riding and jogging. I also gave myself a cheat day every now and then. For me, that was really important for my mental well-being and helped keep me motivated.
How did YAZIO help you?
The YAZIO app helped give me a perfect overview of my diet every day.
Did you have setbacks?
Honestly, throughout the entire process, I didn't really have any setbacks. Even if things get hard sometimes, you just have to push through. My wife and I both pushed eachother. Without my wife's help with meal prepping every day, I wouldn't be where I am now.
Having a partner that supports you and is always on your side is the perfect motivation. It's also important to remember that you shouldn't do it for others. Instead, you should do it for yourself and for your health. It also helped to look at old pictures of myself and remind myself that I never wanted to look like that again.
What advice do you have for other users?
In my opinion, there are three main points that are important for reaching your goal: Action, control and discipline!
And don't forget: You body is your temple and you alone are responsible for it. The following saying also helped me a lot and I'd like to share it with you: "Whatever your problem is, you won't find the answer in the fridge."
What are your future goals?
The sky's the limit. My goals for the future are to be healthy, sporty and happy!
Why do you want to tell your story?
I want to share my story with others to show that anyone can do it. You always have to focus on yourself and not pay attention to what others are doing. Once you just go for it and stop making excuses, you've already won! Plus, it's important for me and my wife to bring attention to her benign, yet serious condition!