Why did you want to lose weight?
The real trigger for my weight loss was pure curiosity. My husband, who actually uses the app to gain weight, gave me the idea. I knew I was overweight and so I downloaded the app. I just wanted to see if I could actually do it.
"Anyone can do it."
The concept seemed reasonable and simple, so I just dove right in. After seeing the first results, I was motivated to keep going! Now, I've actually managed to lose 66 pounds.
What did you want to accomplish on your journey?
My initial goal was to get in shape and be healthier. I gained some worrisome pounds after my second pregnancy and I wanted to get rid of them. It was clear to me that my children needed a healthy mother and I wanted to be a good role model for the kids I work with as well. I also wanted to like myself again, which I hardly did at the time. Buying clothes was just a means to an end. Now that I've lost weight, I actually enjoy trying on and buying new clothes.
How did you reach your goals?
Especially through YAZIO, I've managed to get a better overview of my diet and have developed completely new eating habits. I made sure to stay in a calorie deficit, but still lose weight in a healthy way. In other words, I could lose about 1 pound per week.
Firstly, I made sure to stay within my calorie goal and drink plenty of water every day. Once I had that under control, I started focusing on macros. For exercise, I walked the dog and tried to get 10,000 steps in per day. I deliberately walk fast to get my heart pumping. For this, I was rewarded by being able to enjoy the calories I burned with things like chocolate or chips. It was also really great to know I could go out and enjoy myself without it standing in the way of my success. Life is too short to constantly deny yourself things and, thanks to YAZIO, I could lose weight without having to do so.
How did YAZIO help you?
YAZIO was the foundation for my weight-loss journey. It was my trusty companion there to tell me, "That's enough, you should be full and happy now. If you're not, there's probably a different reason for it."
Did you have setbacks?
I actually didn't notice any setbacks. Plateaus are a part of the journey and when things didn't go the way I imagined, I informed myself by reading and usually realized pretty quickly that I just needed to change my perspective.
What advice do you have for other users?
It's always the best just to get started and set small goals at the beginning. For example, if you're not hitting the macros right but you're staying within your calorie goal, that's also something positive! That's one step in the right direction and the next one will come tomorrow. You also need to drink plenty of water. A lot of people underestimate that.
Finally, I can say with confidence that exercise includes anything that isn't just sitting on the couch. Every movement counts, from short walks to marathons or jogging.
What are your future goals?
At the moment, my focus is strength training. I recently suffered a herniated disc with foot drop and had to have surgery and go through rehabilitation. There I started lifting with cute 6.5 pound dumbbells to strengthen my back so I could carry my daughter again. That was so much fun that I kept at it. Now, I have my own little "home gym" and am benching almost half of my body weight.
Why do you want to tell your story?
As a social worker, I know how well extrinsic motivation can work when it comes in the form of a role model instead of a lecture. I've seen what other people can achieve when they have someone to take them by the hand and show them the way. I want to show people that losing weight isn't rocket science. You don't need expensive remedies. You just need YAZIO, discipline and patience.