Why did you want to lose weight?
I started my weight-loss journey in mid-February. On the first day, I stood on the scale for, what must have been, the first time in 20 years. I was shocked: 398.2 pounds! I knew that I had gained weight over the years because I was much slimmer in my mid-twenties. However, I never expected to see the number that I did!
"Nothing is impossible. If you want it, you can do it too!"
Over the years, I started to notice that I wasn't doing well physically. I was short of breath after a short walk, I had knee problems that could lead to surgery, high blood pressure, gout and, not to be forgotten, everyday problems putting my socks on. Something had to change if I wanted to see my children and my future grandchildren grow up. I also wanted to be able to enjoy my life to the fullest and support my sports club, and not just from the sidelines.
What did you want to accomplish on your journey?
I wanted to get in better shape and be healthy. I wanted to feel better about myself and get more out of life. I wanted to be there for my future grandkids and be able to go to work like anyone else.
How did you reach your goals?
First, I changed my diet. I ate more vegetables, fruit, whole grain products and poultry. I also divided my portions much differently. Instead of chips and chocolate, I ate fresh fruit, and I only drank water, tea or coffee. I also started 16:8 intermittent fasting! While I was in the midst of changing my diet, I didn't avoid any certain foods. I think it's important to enjoy yourself every once in a while. That's why I also didn't cut out the one or two beers at the sports club.
I also started going for 20–30 minute walks. At first, I took several breaks but eventually could go without. I felt a difference pretty quickly. As the first few pounds starting falling off, I started realizing how much more was possible. If the weather was bad, I walked or jogged in place at home. I started at around half a mile and now I jog around 3.5 to 4.5 miles. In addition, I started riding my bike and, these days, I can ride 20 to 25 miles. I also do strength training and, when it's raining, I get on my spin bike or cross-trainer.
How did YAZIO help you?
In January last year, I discovered YAZIO and bought the PRO version right away. YAZIO is a great companion! I learned so much about nutrition, especially how to properly count calories. It was actually fun and I realized how much the app had to offer. I now use the app on a daily basis. The Facebook group also has great tips, stories and recipes from other users. These all helped me reach my goal. Thanks to YAZIO, I've lost 183 pounds so far, without any surgery or other aids.
Did you have setbacks?
Of course, I also had setbacks that annoyed or demotivated me, but they never lasted long. With every little accomplishment, I felt better and better.
What advice do you have for other users?
You have to be aware of everything that can get better. Like your attitude in life, for example, with relationships and, above all, your health. It's important to start slowly and set small goals. Don't put too much pressure on yourself or let others pressure you. Never forget that you're doing it for you and no one else. This is your life!
What are your future goals?
I've gotten down to below 220 pounds and know I am well on my way to getting down to around 200. Then I will continue to maintain my weight and work on building muscle through strength training.
Why do you want to tell your story?
I would love to help push others and motivate them. Everyone can do it and it's worth it! Looking back, you don't always realize all that you've actually accomplished. It's like starting a mission without knowing the initial goal.
I think it will take time, but I know it was the right decision or "mission" for me and I've successfully completed it. Everyone should have the chance to say to themselves, "Mission accomplished!"