Why did you want to lose weight?
After a broken rip, followed by pneumonia last year, I needed 3 months to get back on my feet again. That's a catastrophe for someone who is self-employed. That's why I made the choice to change my life and not just "start a diet".
"YAZIO has become my conscience, guardian and ally."
I've had problems with my weight since the beginning of the '90s and tons of diets and weight-loss attempts behind me. None of these attempts were successful or sustainable.
What did you want to accomplish on your journey?
In 2016, I wanted to lose about 90 lb, otherwise I decided I would get gastric bypass.
- to finally be able to work out
- again and get fitter
- to feel more comfortable and active
- to find the old ME again
How did you reach your goals?
For me, the nutrition advice, food diary, my support group and exchange with like-minded people helped me. The complete removal of sugar from my diet and daily monitoring of food and activities (I started with small walks around the house) were also a big part of my weight loss.
- Exercise? I walked at least 6 to 8,000 steps per day (usually more), rode my bike and went hiking in the mountains.
- Cheat days? Absolutely NOT.
- Everyday situations/integration of weight loss plans into my everyday routine.
I logged my food and activities with YAZIO every day. Here I keep an eye on carbohydrates and fat. On Saturday, my wife and I write our meal plan for the week and go grocery shopping together. Alternating between "carb" and "low carb" is important. I don't prohibit myself from eating anything (not even chocolate, chips, etc.). The most important thing is that they fit within the daily calorie goal and aren't eaten every day.
How did YAZIO help you?
I log my food and activities with YAZIO every day. I've been successfully tracking my food for a year now. In addition, I am ALWAYS honest with myself, WITHOUT EXCEPTION. YAZIO has become my conscience, guardian and ally. In September, I spent 2 1/2 weeks in the USA without YAZIO. I also lost weight there, but I just feel a lot more confident with YAZIO.
Did you have setbacks?
I actually didn't have any setbacks or motivation problems. Although the support group and communication with others helped me.
What advice do you have for other users?
Stay patient and consistent. The most important thing is to show yourself what you're eating- when and how much. Dealing with my habits is extremely important for me. It's the only way to make a real change. Set realistic goals and walk the path of change. It's important to understand that it's a long journey (or can be), but- even when things don't always go your way - you're not standing at the beginning of the path anymore.
What are your future goals?
I would like to lose another 20 to 30 pounds and increase the amount of time on my bike. I want to be able to complete the [Wendelstein bike tour in Austria] this year.
Why do you want to tell your story?
Because talking to other people helped me and I believe that I can motivate other people with my accomplishments. The other members of my weight loss support group agree.