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|"Whoever speaks is to speak, as it
were, the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified
through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs all glory and dominion forever and ever.
1 Peter 4:11
On top of Pikes
Peak in Colorado in May 2001. At an elevation of 14,110 ft., I
reached the summit riding aboard the highest Railway in America. Even at
rest I was short of breath and gasping for air weighing in at well over
400 pounds. I could not have made it up a flight of steps in that
On top the Peak of
MT. Whitney in California on Sept. 18, 2002. At 14,497 ft., it is
the tallest mountain in the continental United States. With my weight at
197 pounds I was able to hike it with ease! "Let the
people sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops. Let them
give glory to the Lord and proclaim His praise." Isaiah 42:
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"Chronicles of a
Shrinking Baseball Fan"
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My name is Dr.
Nick Yphantides from San Diego, California. On April 1, 2001, I began a
pilgrimage that covered 38,000 miles of driving an RV across the length
and width of the great United States!!! My adventure took me to all 50 states in 50
weeks, all 30 Major League Baseball Parks while attending 110 Major League
Baseball Games including the 2001 All-Star Game, League Championship Series and
the amazing 2001 World Series between the Diamondbacks and Yankees. All of
this I accomplished while becoming less than half the man I once was. I
have since lost a total of 270 pounds in the process dropping from 467 pounds to
my current weight of 197 pounds. While loosing the weight was quite a
challenge, I am currently striving to maintain my current health through a
completely new lifestyle and approach towards personal fitness. My prayer
is to have this radical physical transformation be a lasting and permanent one
for the rest of my life.
With the help of this web site, I hope to share with you a sample of the
adventures and experiences I was blessed with along the way. The journey
was the ultimate pilgrimage of adventure, personal discovery and spiritual
growth. It is my desire not to boast about my accomplishments, but rather
be a source of encouragement and motivation to others that might be facing
similar struggles. It took a long time for me to reach the point of
pulling the trigger and finally doing something drastic to address my personal
health. As a Medical Doctor I got tired of telling my patients "do as
I say not as I do!" It is now my desire to humbly say to them and you
"do as I say and as I have done." I realize that not everyone
has the luxury of the time and resources to have this kind of experience, but I
do believe that we can be purposeful and deliberate in becoming healthier
individuals. The strategy of combining doing something good for my health
while doing something I enjoyed was a miraculous combination. God was very
generous in blessing me in so many ways during this adventure. I am
honored to share this site with you as a testimony of the amazing things He can
do in the life of a man dependent on Him. If a 467 pounder can receive the
strength and ability to do what I have done, with God's help, so can YOU!!!
Come on in, look around at the chronological photo album and, if you have the
time, read some of the updates that I submitted every couple weeks initially and
less frequently now. Feel free to click on the flashing envelope below to
send me a personal e-mail. I promise to make every effort to respond
promptly to every message I receive.
My desire is for you to be encouraged and motivated in your own personal health
and fitness. This adventure has been such an overwhelming gift from God.
The least I can do is share some of the pearls of experience and lessons learned
with others who have the interest. God bless you and thanks so much for
your visit! Enjoy!
This site was last updated on 10/14/02.
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