Why did you want to lose weight?
I had when I was younger, and had to give up my passion of ballet. Since then, my weight had continued to climb slowly, but consistently. I tried to never let how uncomfortable and unattractive I felt show and always played it off with humor, jokes and, above all, a lot of makeup.
"YAZIO gives me control and trust. I've learned how easy and simple it is to lose weight and that there is no magic cure behind it."
I tried to lose weight plenty of times with diets and excessive exercise, but I could never see them through. When my sister-in-law got married last April, I was shocked by the pictures. When I saw them, I stood on the scale for the first time in years and it hit me: 187 lb and that at only 5'4". My eyes were suddenly opened and it was clear to me that it was time to change something for good.
What did you want to accomplish on your journey?
I never had a certain amount of weight in mind. I couldn't really remember what it was like to be thin. My goal was to feel comfortable in my own skin again, to not want to hide everything and to have a healthy relationship with myself and my own body. I wanted to look in the mirror without makeup on and feel pretty. Now that I'm around 130 lb, I've finally accomplished that.
How did you reach your goals?
I lost weight purely by counting calories with YAZIO. Through intermittent fasting (16:8), I was able to meet my calorie goal and didn't have to avoid eating certain foods. I put a lot of focus on how much I'm drinking and have integrated a lot of movement into my daily life. I also got into yoga, which I do several times a week, thanks to another woman that I met in the YAZIO community.
Sunday is always pizza day, but even so, I always try to [stay within my calorie goal]. When I first started with YAZIO, I kept it to myself to see how things went and if it was right for me. Once I realized how quickly I was seeing results, I told my closest friends and my husband (my boyfriend at the time). Everyone supported me. My husband weighs everything when he cooks for us and writes it down so that I just have to log it in the app. My friends also know that I do 16:8 intermittent fasting and, therefore, wait until after 1:00 p.m. before they ask me to do anything that has to do with food.
I never followed a particular plan because I didn't want to have to prohibit anything from my diet. I love carbs, I love sugar and I just like to have that freedom. YAZIO provided me with that freedom. I just have to stay within my calorie limit. Since I see how great the results are, it's a lot easier for me than I thought it would be. With intermittent fasting, I first start eating around 1:00 p.m., but I try to drink a lot before then. After my coffee, I always have a big pot of ginger tea with lemon and mint. I realized that drinking enough plays a big role. In the evenings, I eat with my husband and I stick to vegetarian meals. I do yoga at home two to three times a week, a lot of times with my husband. I also try to go jogging once a week. In general, I've simply tried to incorporate more movement into my everyday routing: Bike riding and walking instead of taking the bus; taking the stairs instead of the elavator. I like the extra bit of walking now.
How did YAZIO help you?
YAZIO gives me control and trust. I've learned how easy and simple it is to lose weight and that there is no magic cure behind it. Losing weight is math that every individual has power over. With the visulalization in the app, I always had motivation to stick with my goal and, with the recipes, always had new ideas.
I'm really happy with my achievements over the last year and am proud of myself. I now have an overview of what and how much I can eat. In the past, I couldn't find the right portion sizes and didn't realize how many calories I was actually consuming through snacks each day. YAZIO showed me that and I was able to learn how to control it. I had to master discipline and came to the conclusion that I alone was responsible for my happiness.
Did you have setbacks?
After an initial period of rapid weight loss, there were also phases when it would slow down or there was an almost three-month long plateau at the beginning of the year. However, I stayed focused and didn't let it demotivate me. Past results showed me that I was doing it right and I knew these were just temporary setbacks.
What advice do you have for other users?
You have to make it clear to yourself that you are the architect of your own fortune and the power to be successful is in your own hands. There is no magic cure that can make you happy in the long run. Instead, your own will and motivation are key. Don't stress yourself too much or put too much pressure on yourself. Simply get up, get started and perservere!
What are your future goals?
I would still like to lose 5-6 pounds and then do a bit more exercise to manage the hanging skin on my stomach and arms. The biggest tasks for the future is to realize that life in much easier, healthier and happier now.
Why do you want to tell your story?
Everyone's greatest commodity in the world should be their health and everyone should do everything they can to live a healthy life. I always thought I wouldn't be able to get there, but I did and so can everyone else!