A tactless question: how much do you weigh Or, how big is your waist? Maybe such that it is difficult to tie your shoes? Or do the kids call you Santa at Christmas time?
...Okay, just kidding! But have you ever wanted to lose weight and go back from XXL clothes to M size? Yes, how was it in the old days?
Today I'm talking to Audrias from Debesy, who challenged himself to do just that. And for half a year he completely gave up meat, sugar, flour products and even dairy products in order to save his health.
It was a challenge he wasn't used to (and what kind of challenges are?): long, tiring and difficult. But Audrius tried to preserve a healthy body.
And here's how it did it:
🥗 Audri, who are you?
Hello! I am Audrius Petkevičius, I am 31 years old, I currently work in the field of finance, in one of the largest companies in Lithuania.
I have been interested in psychology and various spiritual practices for several years, but most of all I am probably looking for answers about myself: who I am, how I am, why I am and where is my true calling.
In short, I am a person who seeks to solve the riddle of life.
It's already settled with me that I want it or not, but life presents me with challenges. Sitting for a long time in the comfort zone forms a direct kick in the sitting area. And I have received many such "pendles" and certainly not after the first one it became clear that the first step towards challenges must be taken by oneself.
🥗 What challenge did you set?
The challenge was supposed to be only on the physical plane, but later I realized that it strongly affected my inner world as well, gave me self-confidence and motivation in the future...
A few years ago, I reached the point where a triple digit number would light up when I stepped on the scale. After making a decision inside, life itself then brought me to people who explained where such a life was leading and what I should change.
The gist of the challenge: NO meat, sugar, flour and cow's milk products for at least half a year. Not to mention alcohol. Vegetables, fruits, cereals, nuts, goat's milk products remained in the diet. Meat was available once a week, but only after the first 3 months.
🥗 Not happy with your weight?
Yes, the realization came that if you are 27 years old and you can hardly bend over to tie your shoes - something is already wrong. As a result of faulty nutrition and lifestyle, various health disorders and ailments began.
I wanted to check whether there was enough will to change everything hidden behind all the excuses. What's more, I had a charming girl next to me, so I wanted to make an effort for her too 🙂
🥗 Ah! And how did it go?
As with any goal, there are challenges. Not an exception in my case. The result did not come immediately - while the body was being cleansed, there were both physical and emotional pits.
I realized that food is like a drug and when changing your habits you have to go through all the stages of "abstinence".
Because the body and mind began to oppose the new model of behavior - "How come neither barbecue nor beer is allowed here anymore?!". And there were temptations: parties, picnics, family celebrations and so on...
🥗 What did you do when it was hard?
I really wanted to give up more than once, but it was such a mature thing that I just couldn't give up on myself anymore. After all, they say that if you want something, but you don't do anything, it means that you don't really want it. 1
If I stopped in the middle of the road, I would be very disappointed with myself, and when the first changes appeared, the motivation only increased. Of course, maybe it was easier because my friend decided to change her habits with me, so I felt supported!
🥗 Did you achieve what you expected?
The results exceeded all expectations:
- Minus almost 20 kg;
- Improved health and mood;
- Increased self-confidence; 2
- And I went from XL size back to M.
And all this practically without sports, just by changing the diet. But the most important thing was the inner joy that, despite the difficulties, I did not stop. Now my diet is not so strict, but I already know how my body reacts to certain products.
🥗 Did you learn anything unexpected during this trip?
It will sound banal, but everything is possible, only insufficient desire to change can prevent it. I realized how sometimes we give in to the influence of society, the environment, we simply turn away from our inner voice, which tries to tell us what is really useful for us and what is not.
To this day, this is a great motivation and an example for other areas of life. Paradoxically, I was probably more excited about the changes in my thinking than in my physical form.
I also realized that it is often important to simply do an experiment:
🥗 Do you have any advice for people who want to replicate or surpass your transformation?
Maybe I would advise you not to take such drastic measures, because we are all different and you may be doing more harm than good to yourself. Personally, I probably needed such a strong shock, because some small diets would not have changed me fundamentally.
Try it for at least a month 3 give up what you think is harmful: sweets, alcohol, and maybe even communication with negative people. After a while, you may realize that you don't need it at all, and the incentive to change even more will appear.
🥗 Soooooo... What challenge will you take on now?
My global challenge is to manage my own life and not blame the environment for various situations. It is not simple. I have a desire to spend at least a week in an environment where I can focus even more on myself. Completely without activities, communication, internet, people, books. 4
Running away from yourself, you say? And facebook and empty chats can't be an escape from yourself? 5 Focusing all my attention on the inner world and thoughts, I want to see who I really am. 🙂
🥗 Thanks, Audria!
So it seems that in order to lose weight - giving up meat is a good solution! Sugar, flour and cow's milk probably don't help slimming either. That's what I said! 🥗
Well, now I have one last question for you, the reader: And what would you like to try?