Why did you want to lose weight?
A diagnosis from my doctor was the trigger for my weight loss. I was diagnosed with the chronic condition ulcerative colitis. After my diagnosis, it was essential for me to change parts of my lifestyle. Fatty foods and a lack of exercise had had a negative impact on my health.
"You're the best project you will ever work on. Let everything you do be for you and nobody else."
So, I started paying more attention to my diet and relying on exercise instead of painkillers. The result: 61 fewer pounds and an overall better attitude for life. I've now lived 2 years with my illness and, thanks to a more conscious diet combined with exercise, already 1 year without an episode.
What did you want to accomplish on your journey?
My goal was always to get down to 160 pounds one day. After seeing 220 pounds on the scale, this goal seemed completely out of reach. I joked a lot that I wanted to meet that goal and, if I did, I would get married. Since then, I've long exceeded my goal.
I'm down to 150 pounds and now have the final goal of hitting around 145 pounds. Overall, however, my health and general well-being are still my top priorities. A more toned body has definitely helped boost my confidence and self-esteem.
How did you reach your goals?
I was a pretty lazy person four and a half years ago. Exercise was a foreign concept to me and not something I enjoyed. Shaped by lousy experiences in school sports and a youth plagued by asthma, I rarely allowed myself to be persuaded to do any physical activity. The most I would do was take the dog for a walk.
At some point, a friend came to me and we went and signed up for the gym together, mostly against my will. At first, I was really uncomfortable, but eventually, ambition won me over. After my gastric illness diagnosis came along and I was able to make the connection between exercise and a symptom-free day, the lightbulb came on. Exercise became my passion. I hit a plateau after losing the first 45 pounds. That motivated me to deal with the topic of nutrition even more intensively and I started paying even more attention to tracking my foods.
How did YAZIO help you?
YAZIO was always there for me. At first, I used it more passively and it simply gave me an overview of what I was eating throughout the day. Now, I use it more actively to control my daily values. YAZIO makes daily meals and treating myself to what I want to eat much easier. You live more consciously with the app.
Did you have setbacks?
I definitely had setbacks, but I think everyone has them at some point. Most important is, when these times come, that you stay motivated and keep your eye on the prize.
What advice do you have for other users?
Never give up! Setbacks are normal and a part of the journey. Sometimes circumstances in life can get difficult and there will always be days when you'll be less disciplined. It's important not to get sidetracked and always focus on your final goal.
Why am I doing all of this? Why do I feel like this and why do I want to get where I'm going? These questions always helped me during difficult times. At some moments, relaxation is a better option than intense discipline. With YAZIO, you have something to guide you when you need it. You don't have to cut out anything with YAZIO and that makes everyday life much easier.
What are your future goals?
I'm still working towards my goal of getting down to 145 pounds. The Corona situation doesn't always make things easy, but even with that, it's important to make the best out of the situation and not give up.
Why do you want to tell your story?
At this point, I think it's extremely important to emphasize that you can do anything you put your mind to. Honestly, I'm not a healthy person. I might look like it at first glance, but if you look closer, particularly at the clinical picture, I'm really not. I'm often unwell. Especially at times when I take cortisone and retain fluids, it is awful for me to see what is happening to my body.
Exercise and proper nutrition can really help the body get back on track. It's important for me to show those that are struggling that they can do anything they set out to do. You just have to stay motivated.
Together we can do anything, together with YAZIO and the other users.