What's a Youatarian? It's my own phrase I have used when people ask me how I have lost my excess weight. I'm a Youatarian and live the youatarian lifestyle. Simply put, a Youatarian is someone that follows YOU On a Diet. For any YOAD followers out there that would like to adopt the phrase
for themselves, please feel free.

- Marshall (aka Orlando Tek)

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Welcome to my blog!

My Story

In July 2006, I visited the doctor for a multitude of
ongoing medical problems and when I weighed
in I remember being 305lbs. That was the heaviest
I could ever remember weighing on any scale in my life.

My wife, also overweight, started some small changes
in her diet at that time and those changes made its way
through into my diet as well.

In September 2006, I watched my mother undergo
triple bypass surgey. And I always believed her
to be of modest health although she had passed
on a few of her problems to me including high blood
pressure and acid reflux issues. In her early 20's,
unaware of her high blood pressure problem, she
actually had a stroke, although not very severe.

My dad is a bit healthier even though being
12 years older than my mom, but he has borderline
adult onset diabetes and he had a stint put into an
artery a few years back.

Taking in all this information, It was then I decided
I needed to make some serious changes in my life
or I will be the next one on the heart ward not too
long from now.

It was Novemeber, 2006 and I was already following
the few changes my wife had made to her diet and we had
both lost about 15lbs in the last few months. Any
change at this point was a good change. We watched
a Discovery Health special called YOU: On A Diet featuring
the YOU docs and a few families incorporating YOAD
into their daily lives and showing their amazing progress.

The very next day, November 7th, 2006, my wife and
I went through every cabinet and cupboard in our
house and got rid of ALL the bad foods. We then
went to the grocery store and bought foods that
met YOAD and from that day we have not looked back!

We could not find the book at any local store so we
ordered it off Amazon. It took a few weeks to arrive
but we started cooking with only YOAD approved foods
using YOAD approved methods and we WERE seeing
results even before the book arrived.

From there it has been all downhilll. I have lost 110lbs
since starting on YOAD in November but about 125lbs
over the last 18 months total. Wahoo!

And most of my medical problems related to my weight
have now vanished including high bood pressure, acid
reflux and sleep apnea. I have much more energy and
I feel better than I can ever remember!

And its all thanks to YOAD!

Friday, August 31, 2007

Big Mac Attack

I had weekness tonite. I went to a Wal-Mart Supercenter
to pick up a few items, and I was hungry. I would have
normally have picked up a dark chocolate square or a piece
of fruit...but for some reason I walked into the Mickey D's that
was in the front of the Wal-Mart. And got a Big Mac.

How long has it been since I had a Big Mac? Or any hambuger
at McDonald's? Ummm..about 10 months. It just sounded
good. What can I say?

Over the last 10 months on the diet, I may have had 5 Krystal
hamburgers that I had at one sitting, a couple Arbie's Roast Beef Sandwhiches,
a couple Fish-Filet sandwhiches also from McDonald's and one Whopper.

Many times the offending food was purchased when I was stuck
somewhere or in some circumstance where I didn't have much
of a choice what to get. And, skipping a meal in my opinion is
worse than getting a hamburger.

And I'm sure it will be another 10 months or longer until I have
another Big Mac Attack. LOL.

The good thing is that even with my unhealthy snack, I still kept
my daily calories where I want them to be each day.

I have now confessed. Please forgive me. LOL :)

Good day on the diet

Yesterday was a good day for the diet.

It was the day before payday so I stopped on the way home from
work and splurged on some fresh talipia (fish) from a store called
Fresh Market. They are the bomb when carrying YOAD friendly
items. I also picked up 2 nice bakers (potatoes) and came home and
started to prepare the meal.

We had some corn on the cob my brother gave us and that completed the meal!

I heated up our fryer which I filled with fresh non-hydrogenated coconut oil
(it's healthy for me) and I took some 100% whole wheat flour that we bought
from an old grist mill up in the Smokey Mountains a month or so back. Mixed
in with the flour some pepper, kosher salt, picante seasoning and garlic poweder.
Got each piece of fish wet, and then dusted them with the flour and fried each
piece for 4 minutes. MMmmmm.

We baked both the potatoes and the corn wrapped in foil in the oven for 75 minutes
and they, too, were ready to go. I topped the baked potato with A-1 sauce and
I used Smart Balance zero calorie butter spray for the corn.

What's fish without tatar sauce? My wife makes us some homemade using Smart Balance mayo, dill relish and lemon juice. Very healthy and very good!

And that was our dinner.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

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