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!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Daily Report (12-26-07)

Piece of dark chocolate, mini whole wheat bagel,
smart balance cream cheese, banana, coffee,
cashews & almonds, whole wheat pretzel,
whole wheat chicken veggie wrap, apple sauce,
lowfat cheese bar, piece of dark chocolate,
sugar free lemon italian ice cup, pringles
potato chips, dinner salad, whole wheat pizza,

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Daily Report 12/20/07

Piece of dark chocolate, banana, whole wheat Total cereal,
ground cinnamon, lite soy milk, 50 minute walk, coffee, apple
slices, piece of dark chocolate, whole wheat pretzel,
pistachios, turkey sandwhich, sun chips regular flavor, lowfat
cottage cheese, strawberries, dinner salad, baked skinless chicken
thighs, baked beans with splenda, brown rice, soy sauce, sugar-free
lowfat ice cream bar

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Daily report 12/19/07

Piece of dark chocolate, banana, 50 minute walk, whole wheat bagel, lowfat
cream cheese, apple slices, pistachios, coffee, piece of dark chocolate,
whole wheat pretzel, turkey sandwhich, pineapple, lowfat cottage cheese,
tuna sandwhich, tater chips.

Afternoon munchies....go away :)

Now that I am trying not to be at a
calorie defecit anymore, I am running
into problems during the afternoon
where I am hungry!

I am not sure why. I have a snack about
2 hours after lunch like I have been
doing but it's no longer keeping
me satisfied.

I sat down last night and wrote down
all I am eating and counted all the
calories. It appears I am adding
the largest percentage of calories
over what I was doing before to my breakfast.

I am adding a tiny bit to my lunch
and even less to my dinners.

This made sense to me as I have heard
you want a hearty breakfast and my
breakfasts have always been the least
percentage of my calories until now.
Dinner had been my most amount but I
have been working on redistrubuting
more during my other meals and snacks.

So starting today I am having a little
bit less calories for breakfast, and
putting much more during my afternoon
and cutting back a little bit on dinner.

I am also working many. many more hours
than before which could have also fueled
the new problem.

Hopefully today I will be less hungry,
especially after lunch where the munchies
were hitting me the hardest. Yesterday I
had to run down to the 7-11 and get
a BIG garlic kosher pickle to hold me over
until I got home. It worked but I want
to avoid that today.

I'll keep eveyone updated in a couple
of days on my progress :)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Still alive and well...

Sorry I haven't posted in a little while.

I'm still alive, well and kicking.

And still following the lifestyle..of course :)

I have been enjoying my new job which has
been keeping me very busy. I am working
more hours than my last job so that is keeping
me from posting here. However, I still manage
to find time to post on the YOAD message boards.

I have been in maintenance mode now for about
2 weeks.

I have been keeping my calories between 1900-1950
a day and so far I have not fallen below 166lbs...yet.

Of course my tummy is excited about the new
calories and makes more demands for more food...
I just keep it all in check and try not to
be hungry and make sure I have a lot of low-cal
healthy snacks around me at all times.

My lovely wife and I are busy with the holidays,
as well. Getting all the gifts and trimmings
for all of my family and her's too.

Here's to eveyone's health and a Happy New Year
to all! :)


Sunday, December 2, 2007

New Chat Box

I've put up a chat box on the blog.

I'll keep it up for this week to see
if anyone uses it.

It would be cool to chat with the
visitors of the blog that might have any
questions about the blog, YOAD or
just any other questions for me.
I plan on setting aside an hour
next Sunday to allow anyone to chat
with me.

I may have it set up where the chat box
is only up days I might
schedule a chat. We'll see how it
goes this week.

I only lost half a pound this week.
I am increasing my calories a little bit

That half of a pound, though, got me to
120lbs lost since starting the diet. Yeah!!

Hope everone has a great week. If you have any
questions, you can respond below this post, send
me an e-mail or leave a short message on the
message board on the left hand pane of the blog.