Why did you want to lose weight?
It all started after a deep conversation I had with a friend of mine. She was very worried about me and my health. At some point in the conversation, she told me about YAZIO and shortly explained the app to me. Of course, I immediately downloaded YAZIO and my journey began. I have to add that I was really uncomfortable in my own skin and was ashamed to look in the mirror.
"Faith can move mountains."
I also thought to myself, "You're 29 now. How can you keep living with this weight?" Apart from my already high blood pressure, I just wanted to treat myself better and finally value myself.
What did you want to accomplish on your journey?
My goal was to simply be at a "normal weight," and weigh less than 220 pounds. Of course, I also wanted to get in shape and be more active. I wanted to feel attractive and good about myself. I didn't want to hide in dark, oversized (9XL) clothes that hid my problem areas anymore.
How did you reach your goals?
It wasn't until I found YAZIO that I really pulled myself together and changed something in my life. Through a calorie deficit and several walks a day, as well as some time and patience, I was able to reach my goal weight.
Thanks to my steadily increasing stamina, I could last longer and longer and got faster each time. I even signed up for the gym and now go several times a week. But the most important point is: By accurately weighing and logging my foods, I finally have an overview of what, when and why I eat.
How did YAZIO help you?
YAZIO helped me by giving me a better understanding of food. It's so much easier for me to track what's going on in my stomach and my brain. I found that really fascinating and it was even fun for me. It helped me develop a stronger awareness for foods and their calories. In the end, it helped me choose healthy, yet delicious alternatives that kept me feeling fuller for longer.
I even managed to motivate 2 other friends to join me. Together, we lost almost 440 pounds. Regularly exchanging experiences helped keep us motivated and on track mentally. If the number on the scale isn't moving or someone has a "red" day, we always know things will be better the next day because we're constantly communicating with one another.
Did you have setbacks?
There weren't really any setbacks, but in the first half of my weight-loss, there were times when the number on the scale stayed the same. That must have been around a total of 8–10 weeks, sometimes even 4 weeks at a time. I almost went crazy because I thought nothing else would happen. There was nothing more frustrating than standing on the scale and not seeing any change. However, after I read that plateaus are a completely normal part of losing weight, I was able to deal with it a bit better and invest more time in my weight-loss process.
What advice do you have for other users?
My advice for other users is that it's always important to talk about how you're feeling and communicate with one another. I know I couldn't have done it without such a supportive environment.
What are your future goals?
My next step is to tighten my excess skin, which I definitely have after losing 220 pounds. I would like to stick with YAZIO because I really enjoy logging my food. Because of the YAZIO app, I've changed my life for the better and I'm very thankful for that!
Why do you want to tell your story?
It's important for me to show that it is possible if you want it. If someone would have told me 2 years ago that I would lose so much weight on my own, I would have just laughed. Since I was always an emotional eater, I used to eat sweets when I wasn't feeling well. But I realized how important it is to self-reflect as much as possible. Only then could I break this vicious cycle after so long and change something.