Marcus Cook was born to a Southern Baptist preacher in Houston, Texas in 1972. He was also born with a great singing voice and a natural talent for music. Marcus, along with his older brother Paul, became an asset to their father as they took integral parts in the church’s music programs. The formative years of his childhood were spent raised in the Big Thicket National Preserve in East Texas. The cultures and customs of this part of the country, or world as Texans tend to see it, initiated this preacher’s kid (PK if you were in the know) to a multitude of traditions and weekly events like Dinner on the Grounds, potlucks after service, and a standing invitation for chicken n’ dumplings on Sunday evenings at the Vanya’s house. These times of gathering and fellowship all had a common denominator which centered around home cooked meals and eating, as most things in the south tend to do, but it was also beginning to form a foundation of constant access to food and an encouragement to eat. >More
A year before his surgery Marcus had reached out to a trainer who had had great success with weight loss surgery. He made an appointment with him and started on a diet and exercise plan. He worked out a total of two times before finding it total misery and quit. While the exercise plan didn’t stick, what did stay with him was the success story the trainer told Marcus of his own journey with gastric bypass and his subsequent triathlons. This sparked Marcus’ interest and he began to think that maybe one day he would do that if he ever became healthy enough. >More
Should I or should I not have weight loss surgery? That is the question.
There are many things to consider when determining which weight loss option is best for you such as time, money, resources, age, motivation, willpower, and your overall state of health.
One of the primary influential factors in Marcus’ decision to undergo weight loss surgery was the time it would to take for him to lose the weight without having it. Conventional methods including diet and exercise would have taken significantly longer than he wanted. He knew he needed to lose a drastic amount of weight if he wanted to have an active role in the lives of his 4 children. After a failed lap-band surgery he chose to have the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.>More
Marcus reached out to me in July 2016 for Nutrition Services. Because of his coachable attitude, dedication, amount of additional support, and willingness to communicate regularly, I knew as soon as I spoke with him on the phone he was a great match and would benefit tremendously from the nutritional services I could provide. As a coach, my ultimate goal is to educate the athlete with the “why” and the “how” so they can become independent of my help and create a lifestyle change that is ultimately sustainable for as long as they live. Marcus has learned the importance of eating high quality, nutrient dense foods and how to eat in such a way that supports optimal health.>More