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, November 25, 2007

Do I have to eat more?

Okay. Now that I am at my nearly at my optiumum weight,
I need to up my calories even more per day.

That's going to be rough. Over the last year I have
retrained my belly to be happy with me eating a meal
until I am satisfied and it has worked well for me. And
over the last 4 months or so I have been consuming around
1500-1700 calories per day.

But, if I don't increase my calories I will continue to lose
weight. For another 10 or maybe 15 pounds it would not be
a huge deal. Any more than that then I start to swing on the
other side of the unhealthy pendulum. Being underweight has
its own set of issues just as being overweight does.

I have recently increased my calories by about 100-150 more
per day. But, I still lost weight. I will give it another
week to see if it stabalizes but if not than I will bump it
about another 100-150 calories.

I can't believe I'm having worries about being
underweight. LOL.

My activity has been less, too. Over the last
two weeks it has dminished because at my new job there
are no stairwells so I can't run up and down the stairs on
my breaks like I used to. And, I have switched my daily
walk from the afternoon and three miles per day to the
morning and about two miles per day. I still work out
some evenings, as well, but even that hasn't been as often
as it was.

I just am not looking forward to eating more. That means
I will be full more often and I have so much re-programmed
myself not to get full anymore. Makes me feel like I am
going backwards.

I'll keep you all up to date on how it goes this week.

166lbs would put me at a 22 BMI which according to RealAge
is the "perfect" weight for me. So, I still have some wiggle
room to adjust. I just really don't want to go beyond the
166/165lb mark.

I hope everyone has a great week!


Chari said...

Just put some coconut oil in your coffee, or add olive oil to your food. I can't wait to be in your situation my friend.

Have a good one!

Orlando Tek said...

Hi Chari!

Yeah, I've tried the coconut
oil in my coffee...don't like it.

I have some stuff lined up, though.

Adding some orange juice for
breakfast and doubling up on
my after snack like 2oz of
spelt pretzels instead of just 1oz.

I'll be okay. I'm just a worry
wart. LOL.

Have a great week!!