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Case Study

Roelfina

Not a diet, but a new normal

At the beginning of this year, Roelfina decided to make a change in her health and joined the new Gyroscope X. Her company in the Netherlands was already using the Gyroscope team dashboard so it was easy to switch to X and continue with the history already set up.

With the help of her new coach, Roelfina is sleeping better, making better food choices, working out more consistently and de-stressing via regular meditation sessions. In the past 6 months, she has lost over 15 kg (33 pounds) and is heading towards her goal weight. Roelfina is making tremendous strides in her health in a short period of time, and still continuously improving.

We’ve interviewed her here to learn more about what was effective and share some of her insights.

I already lost quite a nice amount of weight. Still a long way to go, but it feels like doing it right this time. I tried diets in the past but these never stuck. This does not feel like a diet, it feels like “normal”.

Health Snapshot

  • CoachAaron
  • Weight lost on X33 pounds (15 kg)
  • Devices UsediPhone, Oura, Fitbit
  • Apps UsedGyroscope X, Apple Health, RescueTime, RunKeeper

Can you notice the change in the graph where she joined X?

I get regular feedback from the coach and when he sees my stats dropping, he always checks in to see if something is up. This makes it feel like teamwork instead of doing it alone.

Personal Roadmap

In order to reach her goals, Roelfina's coach Aaron came up with a tailored plan to help get these great results.

1

Nutrition > Mindful eating

Looking at mealtimes as a form of meditation. Getting more enjoyment from food and revisiting how to think about dieting.

2

Healthy eating habits

Increasing healthy eating habits such as chewing more and increasing water intake.

3

Adding more healthy foods

Piggybacking off of healthier eating habits, focusing on adding in positive foods that are missing or low in the current diet.

4

Mind > Mood

Looking at psychological factors that play into eating. Topics include delayed gratification, cheat meals, and how to balance meals.

5

Resistance Training

Doing the right stuff both in and out of the gym. Optimizing daily habits to create positive feedback loops.

6

Nutrition > Bad Habits

Starting to identify and replace some of the habits that have been holding you back.

I really made a commitment to me, but also to my coach Aaron to be honest about this and not fool myself by not submitting food.

Interview with Roelfina

What makes X so special?

What I find most special about X is that it is so simple to use. With other health apps, you need to log everything you eat in detail, which you can manage for some time, but it is easy to forget. Just taking a picture of your food and have that analyzed is awesome. Also, the continuous support from your coach through the chat feature is great. I feel a genuine connection, which helps me in terms of accountability.

What has changed with your body or lifestyle since starting on X?

The pure fact that you need to photograph everything you eat makes you more aware of your lifestyle. This helped me a lot at the start to be motivated in making the right choices. I really made a commitment to me, but also to my coach Aaron to be honest about this and not fool myself by not submitting food.

With the feedback from the coach we began to make subtle changes to my diet and with the insights from my workouts, we increased those as well.

I already lost quite a nice amount of weight. Still, a long way to go, but it feels like doing it right this time. I tried diets in the past but these never stuck. This does not feel like a diet, it feels like 'normal'.

How did your habits change with X?

I had quite some contact with Aaron in the beginning to discuss types of food. This is when my insight to eat one salad a day came in. Before I started, I know I said, don't make me eat salad, I hate them. But we slowly worked up to it and now it has become a routine to eat a salad for lunch.

I also meditate more often then I used to. This in combination with breathwork and gratitude. It is not a daily routine, but 4 times a week on average.

Starting meditating frequently over the last 3 months

My exercise is about the same  —  CrossFit 3 times a week. But we are working on getting more activity in the rest of the normal day, so I'm trying to increase my steps during the day. For example by starting the day with a short walk.

Were there any specific benefits you received from your coach?

Aaron reached out to me a couple of times when I was struggling. This was very nice and kept me on track. I know that if I would have been alone in these times, it would have been easy to slip up more.

Of course, I still have ups and downs, and sometimes exercise is hard to do especially in the Corona situation, but getting positive feedback or just a check-in helps to keep or get back on track quickly.

Roelfina's focus at work improved since joining X

Why did you choose your specific coach?

I chose Aaron because of his CrossFit background. I felt a connection when reading his profile and thought it would be nice to have a coach that already knows the sport you are practicing.

What section of your roadmap did you find most helpful for your goals?

The insights relating to mental awareness have been really good for me, but also the simple ones like getting more steps in. These are kind reminders to keep focussed on the main objective which works well for me. I do notice that if the insights are more practical, they are easier to incorporate for me.

What would you say to people who may be on the fence about X?

For me, X really helped me in the accountability part of getting healthier. I get regular feedback from the coach and when he sees my stats dropping, he always checks in to see if something is up. This makes it feel like teamwork instead of doing it alone. Especially in the beginning this was really motivating.

So the X program enabled me to stick to a healthier lifestyle. Of course, I still have ups and downs, and sometimes exercise is hard to do especially in the Corona situation, but getting positive feedback or just a check-in helps to keep or get back on track quickly.