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, February 20, 2008

Hey Chris!

Thanx for your message! :)

I am still here and kicking. Just working a lot which makes
it hard to find time to post here.

Yeah, I think I have found a good balance of exercise, food
and maintaining my weight.

Right now I am hovering between 160lbs and 165lbs and I am
happy there.

I'm more relaxed with the diet but I still follow it
about 90% of the time or more. I am less worried if I
have a small bite-sized piece of candy at work or
a small slice of regular pizza. But, its still not
often...just enough to enjoy my new lifestyle without
undoing what I spent all those months working towards.

It's a balance like anything else.

We still find new things to make on the diet. I recently
discovered lettuce wraps. I take a nice lettuce leaf
and plop some tuna salad or turkey and mustard into it
and fold/wrap it up and pop it in my mouth. Mmmmmm Good! :)

I am doing the treadmill for 30 minutes in the morning
at least 5 days a week, and I do a lot of walking at my
job so I am still getting in my exercise.

This morning I was 162lbs :)

I also started keeping a food journal which helps me make
sure I am getting my 3 servings of fruit, my whole grains
and other good stuff I should be getting each day. My calorie
intake is about 2100 (net) per day.

I'll try to keep the blog updated more often.

Thanx for checking in and you take care!! Respond
back and let me know how things are going with you :)

-- Marshall

Friday, February 8, 2008

Lettuce Wraps!

Right down the street from where
I work, a new pita and salad
place went in. It's called "Mr Pita".

Unfortunately, they have no
whole wheat pitas on the menu
which was a downer for me at first.
Then, I saw on their menu "low carb
lettuce wraps".

I had one last night and it was
spectacular!! Mmmmmmm!

They take 2 good size leaves of
romaine, wrap your fixins
(I had smoked turkey, swiss cheese,
yellow mustard, onions and tomatoes)
in one of the leaves like a taco,
then roll that leaf upside down
into the next leaf and make another

It was so good, last night I got
my own head of romaine and made
myself a tuna salad lettuce
wrap for lunch today using the same
tecnique. It's gonna be yummy :)

Good health to everyone :)