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!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

New day, New stuff

Well, I usually post at night but today I am off of work and decided to make a
daytime post.

With my digretion from yesterday's unhealthy snack behind me, I start the day
fresh and ready to make only good choices.

I weighed in the morning at 189lbs. Wahoo. Officially 100lbs lost since starting the
diet on November 7th. But, better than that, it marks my baby steps into
not being overweight anymore. That's right! 189lbs is the threshold I needed to
be to achieve a 24.9 BMI. That puts me no longer overweight albiet on the high side
of normal...but still normal :) Yeah!!

My wife and I decided to eat out this morning. We rarely eat at resturants anymore
and when we do it's almost always for either lunch or dinner, so having breakfast out is
more rare. I think its because its hard to find YOAD approved stuff in resturants for

Behind where we live there is a neighborhood diner and they have a great breakfast I like
that has 2 eggs, 2 slices of whole wheat toast, 2 turkey sausage patties, 2 slices of tomato
and coffee. All of this is YOAD friendly. So, that is where we go when we want to have
breakfast out these days. And it was good!

Well, its off on my 1 hour walk so you all have a great YOAD day and I'll blog at you


Chari said...

Congrats on being "Normal" Orlando!
Today is indeed great!

Have a great one.

Orlando Tek said...

Thanx Chari.

My wife says I'm still not
normal though. LOL. She's says
no matter how skinny I get I'll
never be normal :)

Have a great weekend!

Chari said...

Your Wife is a great woman!
Does she have a blog also?

I forgot it was a Holiday weekend, I work in a restaurant, we may be slow.


Orlando Tek said...

No, no blog and she doesn't get
into the YOAD website that much. But she IS on the diet.

She had a nearly 3 month stall but now she is losing again and she
is very very happy about that.

Yup, she is an AWESOME woman :)