"I slept for years in a broken bed, from which the fabric was flaking, my pillow was yellowed, I was sitting on a wooden chair playing computer games with its legs pressed into the concrete through the carpeting, and I put blankets on the chair with them The butt did not hurt so much on the computer after a few hours ", Toffer recalls the life he was still doing at the end of 2014. He was unemployed at the time and ate a packet of toast with discount sausage every day. He weighed 248.5 kilograms.
The one-room apartment in Aachen, where Toffer lived at the time, had been in a catastrophic state, says the 33-year-old. "I was so lazy that I just threw the garbage next to me – the pile was one and a half meters high at some point." And inside it did not look much better. I smoked two packs of cigarettes a day and sometimes did not shower for weeks, as a result of which I was even able to peel off the skin under my arm, and I barely brushed my teeth. " The toothache he got at some point, he just sat out. He did not want social contacts, just sitting at the computer and gambling.
"More money – that was my downfall"
Toffer, who is actually called Christopher, lived at this time into the day, played "World of Warcraft", slept and ate. When he was once financially better, the small blessing proved even greater fatality. "That was my downfall," says Toffer. He ate more unhealthy stuff and regularly went to the pub with friends to drink. He stuffed himself with sweets, ready meals and soft drinks. "I had to go to the bathroom every two hours to rinse out the sugar." Toffer had diabetes and did not know it. "I got thirsty again from the many sugars and drank even more apple spritzer." A vicious circle. He reached his maximum weight, could only carry wide tops and jogging pants.
Then his grandfather died. Toffer did not manage to walk 400 meters from the church to the grave without sitting down on a bench. His lower legs and feet were so full of water that the skin tensed and every step hurt.
Legs Christopher R.
"At some point, urination hurt and only blood came." For a week he tried to just endure the pain. Then he called his father – he took him to the emergency room. In the hospital, the doctors found a sugar value of 600 milligrams per deciliter, the normal value of a healthy person does not exceed 140 after eating.
In the subsequent examination, the doctor told him that kidney failure was imminent and that he would "not be long" if he did not completely change his life. This prognosis rattled awake, Toffer was then 28. At night he was alone in his hospital room. Without the distraction that he usually got on the computer, he began to ponder. He did not want to die. He wanted to live – and to experience beautiful things. So he made a decision.
Sugar, white bread, alcohol and tobacco are taboo
To lose weight, Toffer went to the swimming pool twice a week. An internist treated his diabetes disorder. He gave up sugar and ate three slices of wholemeal bread a day instead of a packet of toast. Alcohol and tobacco were taboo. And suddenly the pounds tumbled. A success that gave a boost to his life.
With the success in losing weight came professional and private changes. Christmas 2016 Toffer dared to go online with his face for the first time. He had been running a streaming channel for a few months, and now that everyone could see him, it grew all at once. Toffer became more and more popular as a gaming streamer. This sparked his ambition, and he continued to develop his profile, hosted gaming shows, and won viewers who watched every day what he was doing. Toffer is now one of the most successful "World of Warcraft" streamers in Germany under the pseudonym Kimuh. The Twitch platform sees 400 to 500 people every day. To many he maintains personal contact. Toffer has built up a community around him – in 2018 he could register a quarter of a million users. His girlfriend also watched his stream – that's how the two got to know each other.
Toffer does not take this success for granted: "People watch my stream because I try to get close to them, I'm always honest and as welcoming as I can be." The more viewers and subscriptions he has at Twitch, the more money he earns. "Never bite the hand that feeds you, that's my supreme rule, I'm grateful to the audience for their loyalty, and I want to return that gratitude to them."
Since 2018, Toffer has also been working for ROCCAT – a Hamburg-based company that produces peripherals such as keyboards, mice and headsets for gamers. This job means a lot to him, because he prevents him from falling back into his old patterns: "The work helps me to have a regular routine, I have to get up in the morning, go to work and move through it regularly." He has also said goodbye to the chaotic conditions at home. Order and cleanliness are natural for him in addition to regular body hygiene. "Now my apartment is always tidy and everything is in place My girlfriend has taught me a lot She is a very decent person."
Guertel Christopher R.
Next Step: Fitness Camp
"After 15 years I finally want to see two instead of three numbers on the scale," says Toffer. In order to reach this goal, the 1.90 meter tall man drives in the summer with a friendly colleague in a fitness camp. There he will do sports under medical supervision, improve his fitness and participate in cooking classes. "Without exercise, I can not continue to lose weight and this is my next step," he explains. How successful his fans will be on his stream as well as at Twitter and Instagram.
Toffer has arrived, in Hamburg, in his job, in his life. He plans a future together with his girlfriend. His health is as important to him as his success. He is happy. Looking back, he says that in his life he could have done some things differently, at least everything concerning his health. But somehow this time also made him what he is today. You're making out what you want, and if you hang yourself in, you'll be rewarded. "
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