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!

Friday, April 25, 2008

My Typical Day

5:15 - wake up
5:30 - treadmill 30 min medium incline average speed 3.7mph 200 calories burned
6:15 - breakfast -
2 egg beaters scrambled with olive oil Pam and two whole grain
waffles with sugar free syrup & sprinkled with ground chinese cinnamon.
eggs - 80 calories
Pam - 10 calories
waffles - 140 calories
syrup - 25 calories

Off to work

It was bring your chld to work day so we had rug rats running
around all day.

7:00 arrive at work - cup of joe
(I don't count calories for my coffee anymore. At work
I use sweet n low and no cream)
8:00 apple sauce snack cup unsweetened - 60 calories
9:00 "Special K" 90 calories peaches and cream bar - 90 calories

Not totally approved for the diet but it is one of the
things I have "allowed" all through the diet, It has
mostly whole grains, zero grams trans fat, and relatively
low in sugar considering they add real fruit.

10:00 medium banana - 125 calories
10:30 - One of the kids handed me a small bag of Peanut M&M's. I opened
the bag and ate half and gave half to a co-worker. It it wasn't for a kid
handing it to me and tryging to be friendly...... 30 calories
11:30 South Beach Diet brand Cranberry and Almond flavored
Granola Clusters. 130 calories.

I love South Beach diet stuff because it has NO transfat,
ONLY whole grains, and again relatively low
in sugar when consdering they add real fruit.

12:30 Lunch -
Sliced turkey sandwhich on 100% whole wheat bread
(no HFCS) with spicy brown mustard. - 200 calories
1 medium apple - 90 calories
1 Kozy Shack sugar-free (sweetened with Splenda) Apple Pie ala mode
flavored pudding cup - 70 calories
2:00 1.3 oz Dove dark chocolate candy bar - 190 calories
3:00 1 oz Lay's Lite potato chips (made with olestra) - 70 calories
4:00 1 oz Triscuit 100% whole wheat crackers - 140 calories
5:00 100 calorie snack pack Sun Chips (cheddar flavored) - 100 calories

No more snacks till I get home.

7:30 arrive home.
8:00 Dinner -
Baked chicken quarter white meat - 250 calories
Salad with Kraft Lite italian house dressing, sliced onions and
whole wheat crutons (Preperage Farms brand) - 125 calories
Birds Eye frozen Green Beans & Lightly Toasted Almonds (8 oz) - 160 calories
1 cup of Success brand pre-cooked brown rice (microwaved) - 180 calories

9:00 1 Ghirardelli dark chocolate square - 50 calories

Total net calories (subtracting 200 for my morning exercise) 2115 calories.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Coffee! :)

I drink, on average, probably about 2 cups of coffee per day.
Did you know that worldwide, coffee is the #2 most drank
beverage only behind water?

And coffee is loaded with antioxidents. And although coffee
isn't the absolute highest in antioxident levels, most Americans,
who consume on average of a little over 1.5 cups per day,
get most of their daily intake of antioxidents from coffee.

Here is a great article which gives more information.

Don't forget, the YOU Docs recommend coffee as part of
a healthy regiment for the YOU diet!