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Mark S. King

Mark S. King

Mark S. King and his very funny site "My Fabulous Disease" must share some DNA with Positive Lite, because his light-hearted approach to living with HIV feels just like family. "My Fabulous Disease" has the authority of Mark's lifelong HIV activism mixed with the wit of your favorite gay uncle.


Video Post: Fitness stud Nelson Vergel raids Mark S. King's fridge.

Saturday, 26 February 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Fitness and Exercise, Features and Interviews, Health, Mark S. King

"Nelson Vergel is not impressed with my refrigerator. Sure, it has double doors and a freezer drawer, but he’s criticizing almost every damn thing inside it. Most of the items say “low fat” or “sugar free,” but he claims it’s all a terrible lie."

Video Post: Fitness stud Nelson Vergel raids Mark S. King's fridge.

Letting the HIV fitness and nutrition expert  take over my kitchen seemed like a good idea at the time. I turned fifty over the holidays (after living with HIV for over half my life, I’m ancient in AIDS years), and my body is… changing.

I need to pull myself together. I did quit smoking a year ago – perhaps my greatest health achievement, aside from getting clean and sober – but while resting on my laurels, my laurels got hungry. Today, I’m hauling at least twenty extra pounds.

In this video episode of My Fabulous Disease, watch Nelson ransack my refrigerator and explain why my eating habits aren’t doing me much good. He offers some really simple tips for developing a healthy diet, and I’m putting them to use already.

In my upcoming video episode, Nelson and I hit the gym for a workout and then the grocery store for a lesson on shopping properly (did you know about “staying around the edges?”). I assure you, if I can try keeping up with this guy, so can you.

xmark4I was lucky to get some time with Nelson, considering he’s been busy with his own web site about fitness and supplements, as well as promoting his new book, Testosterone: A Man’s Guide . But after I cozied up to him during the recent HIV Cruise Retreat in the Caribbean (I was the MC and he was a guest lecturer), he promised to visit my kitchen and help jump-start my fitness overhaul.

Wish me luck! I promise to take Nelson’s advice to heart, by eating better and making my grand comeback to the gym – although this time, I’ll watch the weight lifters from afar and stick to the cardio machines.

And how are your resolutions coming? Do you diet to lose weight or take it off slowly through exercise? Isn’t it a gas (and a miracle) that people with HIV/AIDS like me are working to stay in shape for the long run? Irony is awfully popular these days.

As always, my friends, please be well. xo


PS Can you read the weight scale at the beginning of the video? It reads “216.4? Ouch. But I want this documented, because I hope to change, if not my weight, then my shape. Stay tuned. Mark

PositiveLite says: this was actually part one of a two part series with Mark and Vergel. We published part two here.  

And for more of Mark S. King go to his own blog My Fabulous Disease here