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!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Papa John's Pizza Rules!

Last nite my wife and I were watching some TV
(after our workout {grin}) and we saw
a commercial for Papa John's Pizza
made with a 100% whole wheat crust!

Stop the presses! That is AWESOME!!

One of the hardest parts of adapting to
YOAD was giving up pizza from restaurants.

We have been making pizza at home using
100% whole wheat Boboli crust...and I have
to admit it's very tasty! But, its still
wasn't as good as the pizza from places
like Papa John's.

So, it just happened to be dinner time
when we saw the commercial so we hopped on
the phone and ordered a large cheese pizza
with onions, mushrooms and tomatoes with
the 100% whole wheat crust!

It was good! But, it was about 1100 calories
for 1/2 of the pizza. So next time we
will get a medium instead of a large which
will be about 800 calories for each half.

Up to now, the closest we could come to
having pizza out was from The California
Pizza Kitchen with their honey-wheat
crust. We found the ingredients listed
on the web and it looked about 50% whole
grain. We have had their pizza about 3 times
since starting the diet back in November, 2006.
And it is good. Just not 100% whole grain.

The funniest thing is that before the diet,
we rarely ordered Papa Johns. Our favorite
was either Hungry Howies or local New York
style pizza places. My wife also liked
Pizza Hut but not so much for me.

Speaking of Pizza Hut, if you have
looked up calories online, Pizza Hut
has the most calories for their
pizza than any other vendor. By a wide
margin! Dominoes has the least
(with their thin crust).

But, now Papa John has moved to the head
of the pack with their 100% whole wheat

And, it is VERY good for those of you
that are curious. We ordered ours
well done and it was perfect!

Pizza rules!