Why did you want to lose weight?
Although it may sound strange, my journey with YAZIO didn't start with the intent to lose weight. My initial weight was 134 pounds. I've never been "fat", but I've also never been thin. What prompted me to start a more “rational” and “scientific” journey with nutrition and exercise was the desire to change the shape of my body. The number on the scale has never interested me.
"It doesn't matter what you're looking at, it matters what you can see."
My adventure began when my boyfriend and I agreed to take part in "Dry January" together, meaning to eliminate alcohol for the entire month. At the same time, I also decided to use YAZIO to start checking how many calories I was actually consuming on my diet. My twin sister was also trying to get in shape using YAZIO and she recommended the app to me.
I was also strength training and doing F.I.T (Functional Interval Training) 2 to 3 times a week. Eventually, Dry January turned into Dry February and then Dry March. In the Netherlands in March, the official lockdown came and the gyms closed. Staying at home, I started training online 4 to 6 times a week. The gym I went to before the lockdown scheduled online classes to allow members to work out from home.
I think the biggest changes happened at that time, systematic nutrition control with YAZIO and systematic exercise as well.
What did you want to accomplish on your journey?
My goal has never been to lose weight. I wanted a different shape for my body. I wanted to have toned abs, legs and arms, maybe I wanted to be a little thinner, but above all, I wanted to define my muscles.
I never hated my body, but I never really loved it either. I would do everything to cover myself up on the beach. Exercising in a bikini was out of the question. The physical changes I've experienced in the last year have allowed me, for the first time in 33 years, to walk on the beach carefree, without worry and without that strange feeling of shame that you get when you're not comfortable with your body. It's amazing that something I've seen as a weakness for 33 years is now the driving force that keeps me going on this journey.
How did you reach your goals?
The secret to achieving my goals can be found in one thing: Consistency. Consistently keeping calories under control, consistently exercising and consistently going to sleep early to be able to wake up earlier and work out before going to work were crucial.
I can't say I've completely achieved my goal. For me, there's no finish line or "perfect weight" to mark the end of this journey. Success means continuing to make small improvements every day of my life; to ensure that this wasn't just a phase between 31 and 32 years of age, but the beginning of a journey that has changed and will change my current and future lifestyle.
How did YAZIO help you?
First of all, YAZIO taught me a lot about food. I still remember the shock of seeing how many calories there are in a spoonful of extra virgin olive oil! When you understand more about what you typically eat, it's almost an automatic reaction to try alternative ways to achieve the same taste with a lower calorie intake and while maintaining a good macro balance.
YAZIO also taught me that there are no good or bad foods and that you can really eat everything as long as you have awareness and control over what you eat. What I definitely considered to be very positive with my discovery of YAZIO were the volumetrics meals or dishes with ingredients that are large in volume but low in calories, like pumpkin, and also meat alternatives that could still give me the right amount of protein, like tofu. Last, but perhaps more important than anything else, YAZIO made me realize how important breakfast is. In the past, if I could eat a banana and have a coffee in the morning before going to work, I considered myself lucky. Now, breakfast is a milestone of my day and is the richest meal I have.
Did you have setbacks?
I didn't have any setbacks. There were a few weeks when I worked out less, but in those moments, it became even more important to control my diet.
I believe when you start this kind of journey, you have to remember it won't necessarily be a linear path. It's a rollercoaster of emotions, changes, etc. You have to be happy with changes when they happen, just like you have to be patient with yourself if you don't want to exercise or track calories for a few days. One of the worst things you can do is punish yourself if something doesn't go the way you want. The first step to being successful on this journey is to be kind to yourself.
What advice do you have for other users?
As I said before, the most important advice is to be consistent. Unfortunately, you won't see results from sporadic efforts. You need to be consistent. Do it for yourself because you want it and not because someone else is saying you have to. YAZIO is absolutely essential for those who are willing to commit 100 percent to obtaining results, but it's also necessary to exercise throughout your weight-loss journey.
Take pictures of your body at regular intervals. You'll be surprised to see how visible the changes are, even if you don't notice them.
What are your future goals?
I'll continue to work hard to sculpt my body and then look for the right balance between nutrition and exercise, so I can maintain the results I've obtained.
Why do you want to tell your story?
Throughout this year, I've been impressed by the number of friends who have reached out to me saying they were inspired by my journey and they too wanted to take on a similar challenge. For me, it's so important to know that my story has the potential to inspire change in those who follow me. I believe that sharing your experience with other users allows you to educate, inspire and make it clear that we all have the same struggles.
Those who have succeeded on this journey are not "superheroes". They've simply put into practice and prioritized 3 fundamental points in their lives: Exercise, nutrition and consistency.