…..so freakin' bad!!!

Weightloss is worth its weight in iron!

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  Yesterday morning and this morning I had the fortunate chance to eat more of our homemade yogurt and homemade peach spice jam flavoring the homemade yogurt topped off with my homemade granola……..YUMMY!  I like to think I have a pretty good knack for tasting food and letting people know if it is bad, good, or great.  This stuff rocks the palate!  The slight bitterness of the plain yogurt slightly sweetened by the peach spice jam and, of course, ending with a beautiful toasted crunch of oats, nuts and dry, sweetened fruit making for a symphony on the taste buds………..Beethoven’s 9th, mind you.  Oh, so good and so good for you.  It is so light and just for your pleasure, I cut half the sugar out of the granola, too!  Great stuff!  You can find the homemade granola recipe under Recipes category on my homepage!

Homemade granola on top of our homemade yogurt!

Benefits of Resistance Training

So, today, I woke up tired, but ready.  My attitude seems to be okay today and I feel all right.  I woke up running numbers through my head….how much do I weigh?  How much am I going to exercise?  What am I going to eat?  How can I kick up my metabolism and get the most out of exercise?  Well, I do understand one thing.  If you want to lose weight with a higher sitting metabolic rate, then resistance training is where it is at!  I am extremely blessed to have a wonderful wife who always thinks of me.  She went over to a friend’s house the other day to help them clean the house while they loaded up the truck to move states.  Her friend had a weight set, weider bar (45lb.) and z-bar (for curling) along with plate weight ranging from five to forty-five pounds.  Hold the phones!  Eureka!  Pono has struck it rich!  I have already started a program on the weights and will be continuing my workouts with the weights today.  I have experimented with weightlifting and read many articles concerning this.  Two important concepts I live by when I use weights.  #1  Technique is more important than weight.  Technique makes your lifting safer, makes you lift slower which allows you to build a strong fundamental foundation as well as a strong muscular foundation.  Remember what Mary Poppins always says, “A job well begun is half done.”  A good nights rest is critical to muscular growth and development which occurs at night.  Now, for me, it’s about weight loss and building muscle slowly to increase my resting heart rate and increase the amount of calories I burn during and post workout.  Studies have shown that lifting previous to a cardio activity greatly increases your metabolic rate.  In addition, eating five or six small meals, protein-based, and keeping each one around 300 calories will get those fat cells melting and will limit insulin production.

For today,  have yard work, some other chores and then my workout.  Lifting arms and back followed by a 15-minute punching bag cardio routine and then 30 minutes of walking/jogging in the neighborhood.  Let’s go get ’em today!

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