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My name is Dr. Nick Yphantides, and I live in San Diego, California.  On April 1, 2001, I loaded my RV van and began a pilgrimage that covered 38,000 miles across the length and width of the great United States!  My pilgrimage, which included a few airplane trips, 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 the Yankees.  I accomplished all that while becoming less than half the man I once was, losing a total of 270 pounds.

With this website 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 to be a source of encouragement and motivation to others who might be facing similar struggles. 

I floundered a long time before finally pulling the trigger to do 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!"  My desire now is to humbly say, "Do as I say and as I have done."  I realize that not everyone has the luxury of time and resources to experience a weight-loss tour, but I do believe that we can be purposeful and deliberate in becoming healthier individuals.  The combination of doing something good for my health while doing something I enjoyed was a miraculous strategy.

God generously blessed me in 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 person 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 read the excerpt of my new book My Big Fat Greek Diet.  Feel free to contact me with 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!

Dr. Nick


before after Song "Half The Man I Used To Be" written by close friend and fellow doctor, Jeff Kepple.