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, December 26, 2008

Happy 2009 Everyone!

Well, its been a good year. I reached my goal weight
Christmas day 2007 and I have managed to maintain my
stats throughout the year of 2008!

And it has been a wild year. I saw my oldest daughter again
that I had not seen in nearly 20 years. My wife and I bought our
first home. I got a new, awesome job. Went on vacation
to our favorite place in the Florida Keys. So as you can
see, it has been very busy for us!

Not to mention learning to maintain a health diet and a healthy
weight! Losing the weight was actually easier. Maintaining
it has been a bit more of a challenge. Sometimes you get
those thoughts "Okay, I am at the weight I want so now I can
have that slice of cheesecake". LOL. Well, I haven't
done cheesecake but last night I had the first slice of apple
pie I had had in over 2 years! :) It was Christmas dinner.
But, I have to make sure I don't let the thoughts that
everything is okay now and I can go back to eating all the
unhealthy foods that made me overweight in the first place.

I make a conscious effort everyday to exercise, eat the right
amount of fruits, veggies, whole grains and fiber. I try
to balance everything out. I keep a daily food journal to help
me keep track of what I am eating, and I weigh myself every
morning to catch any small changes. And then I can make
whatever small corrections I find I need to make. Its a lot of
work! But worth it!

My health is still good. My blood pressure has gone up
just a little. When I was losing the weight, I stayed on
my medications even though my numbers were getting lower and
lower. My primary care said that I can't have too low of
a blood pressure. Well, it got so low that I was getting
dizzy and light headed quite often so I went off the meds
totally. That was about a year ago. It took about 4 months
but my pressure slowly got higher to about on average...maybe
130 over 95. The funny thing is that before I went on
the diet, ON the meds, that was about as good the doctor
could get my blood pressure. Now, without the meds I was
looking at the same numbers. Hypertension runs on my
moms side of the family. The doctor now has me on one low dose
med and my pressure now runs about 120/83 most of the time.
I am very happy with that! :) Before, I was on 4 different
meds to get me to the 130/95 mark. Big difference!

My wife and I are still learning new meals to make all the
time that meet YOAD and we stay on the straight and narrow
most of the time. Lately we have been making these awesome
100% whole grain spelt pancakes every Sunday morning
along with some turkey sausage. Mmmmmm!

I hope everyone else has a had a great year, too!

On the left side of the blog I posted my stats for this

Happy New Year everyone!


Getting Healthy said...

You and your wife are such an inspiration. It is so good to hear 2008 has been a great one. I am still working on reaching my goal and will not stop. Sending continued happy and healthy times in the coming year.

Orlando Tek said...

Hey there Getting Healthy!

Thank for the response!

Just stick with the YOAD
principals and I am sure
2009 will see the results
you want!

Wishing you all the best in
the upcoming year!

Take care! :)