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)

Welcome to my blog!

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!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Back to Sundays...

Well, I am back to Sundays as my
"official" weigh in day. If you
check my dates to the left, you will
see most of them were done on Sundays,
a few on Saturdays and the last couple
have been on Fridays.

But, I am always off of work on Sunday
so it just makes it an easier day.

I have also added a Guestbook to my blog. This
should make it easier for visitors to simply drop me
a quick note or to say hi.

Well, I'm off to the gym in a few minutes.

Hope everyone has a great Sunday!


Chari said...

You lost this week, congrats!
I think I am stuck, maybe I should change my routine around to shake it up, it's a little early for me to be stuck isn't it Marshall?

Have a wonderful day off with the Mrs.


Orlando Tek said...

How long have you been "stuck"?

My wife has had a couple of platues over the last 10 months, togetehr totally nearly 5 months stuck at the same weight.

She hated it but eventually got over both of them.

Increasing your calories to you BMR for one day is a good way to shake your body into thinking "everything is okay" and so you can start losing weight again.

I hope you had a great Sunday, too.

Rich in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA said...

You're going to blow away in the wind! Great JOB!


Chari said...

My BMR is 1,650 calories, that means if I do nothing my weight will stay the same right? My CK takes my exercise into the daily count, most days it says I have many calories left. So I am not sure if that means I should eat more, or if I eat more , I won't lose. It's been 10 days at the same weight...I just started this life style change less then 2 months ago.....I am perplexed. Maybe the hour a day walking isn't enough. When I lost a bunch of weight before...I was at the gym 2 hours a day 5 days a week.

Thanks for listening!

Orlando Tek said...

Yeah, it should be your BMR plus exercise.

It would just be one day so even if you are losing, one day won't make that much difference.

Many times people stall when they drop their calories too low and the body goes into starvation mode.

By increasing the calories for one day, it sends the message to your body that you are no longer starving and it should allow you to lose weight again.

However, if you are only on a 1 week stall, I would wait. 2 weeks or longer is usually needed for it to officially be a stall :)