…..so freakin' bad!!!


From Fat to Fit………clicks and pics!

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  Ladies and gentlemen.  Boys and girls.  Let us take a moment to reflect…………………..Okay, enough of that.  Today is the day I was measured, poked, prodded, and examined by my wife.  This is for her and only her for this past week.  Let us see if my undying love is strong enough to help me start to drop it a little faster, shall we?  So, here are the stats without much further adieu:

Chest:  50 inches

Biceps:  18 inches

Thighs:  27 7/8 inches

Waist:  55 inches

Belly:  Drum roll please……………..57 6/8 inches!  Woohoo!  That’s down from a whopping 62 inches.  We have read it can be as high as ten pounds of fat and as low as five pounds per inch.  Either way, we both agreed that I reached the goal!  I scored brownie points for myself with my wife by making a real promise and keeping it just for her!

Dedicated to my wife pic!


Second pic from the side.........

Next week we’re going for the same results!  I dedicate this next week to my children.  I want to run with them and play tag with them for hours.  I want to be able to swim and hike and bike and run and wrestle all in the same day.  I want to play sports again.  I desire most to be an example to my children that healthy is a life-long lifestyle and the only lifestyle.  So, here’s to the man who invented free weights that we may build muscles and become stronger individuals.  Here’s to the Greeks who invented the marathon and challenged the body to push itself to the limits of failure.  Here’s to all those individuals who day in and day out chisel out bodies of granite to set precedence amongst us who look to them for inspiration and admiration.  And, last but not least, here’s to a really good pizza because without good food like this, a cheat day just wouldnt be a cheat day without them.
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Do or do not, there is no try……..(Yoda)

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  Breathe in deeply….hold it…….and breathe out slowly.  Today is not just another day.  It’s another day in the world of bloggers.  I wish I could reach out to all bloggers everywhere and bid them a good morning and happy blogging.  Some of the blogs I come across are just outstanding.  Some photograph these scenes around the world that evoke such emotions while others just leave you in awe.  Other blogs are so well-written I can’t help but read more of their older posts being equally impressed and/or entertained while never leaving disappointed.  So, first and foremost, to all bloggers around the world, if you read this, thank you for your talents, skills and wealth of information.

Steamed veggies with a side of deltoids, please…….

Last night I had the great opportunity to lift my deltoids….aka…..shoulders.  Such a key muscle group that is so overlooked, malnourished, underappreciated and definitely underworked in the gyms I’ve been to.  I lifted like a champion going for 7 sets of 7-8 repetitions for my rear military presses (behind the head) and three sets of front military presses of 7 reps each followed by 4 sets of iron crosses and 4 sets of front lateral raises with ten and fifteen pound dumbbells.   Lifting these properly and not so much worrying about the weight is critical to building a fit body safely.  While building your deltoids, you will notice your shoulders will become broader giving you that V-shape making your waist appear leaner while giving you that strong look.  It has its advantages.  Please be safe while doing lifts of any kind and make sure whoever is helping you know what they are talking about through experience, certification, research and education.

Dance, dance revolution…..

Today I have one of my workouts scheduled out with my kids so I’m extremely excited.  This isn’t one of those don’t-think-about-it workouts.  We are going to dance as a family to music for a half hour and burn some calories.  Oh yeah, baby!  I thought I should do some really fun stuff today to really change it up and so we are going to blast some music and dance away the pounds!  More to come this evening so keep in touch!



On your mark…….get set…….go!

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  Let me tell you something……being sick is the pits.  My throat, and specifically, my tonsils are so sore.  There isn’t any puss in them….yet…….but I’m keeping vigil over them.  They are affecting my ears and more specifically behind my ears with my eustachian tubes.  I was told by a chiropractor, once, to massage

Whole wheat tortillas with ham and turkey slices, lettuce, tomato, sliced cheddar with a teaspoon of low-fat ranch dressing......Yummy to the tummy!

the eustachian tubes in a downward motion applying pressure until it was uncomfortable and do that for a minute and then switch sides.  It is supposed to alleviate pressure by clearing the tubes and allowing for unobstructed drainage to occur.  We’ll see.  Today is my big weigh in but I just don’t think I’m going to make it today.  I apologize for it because I was really looking forward to it but I just don’t feel good right now.  I’ve pushed it to Wednesday which gives me enough time to get over this bug.  I’m just very lethargic and sleepy tired and sore tonsils and ears.  I still think I’m going to continue lifting through this and loading up on lots of water and vitamin C and Zinc. 

Quiche….wonderful Quiche!

My wife prepared a wonderful quiche this morning.  It is the first one she has attempted to make

Quiche is a wonderful balance of several food groups and is truly delicious!

and it was very delicious.  We substituted real bacon for turkey bacon, used low-fat cheese and low-fat cream cheese, broccoli and eggs.  WoW!  Very delicious and a great source of protein, dairy and vegetables.  I will post the recipe on this site after I finish this posting.  What a great balance of the different food groups.  We will be making vegetarian ones and other types of Quiche since it turned out so well.  Last night we had my son’s birthday dinner of hamburgers.  We home-make each patty and add our own “secret” teriyaki sauce to it that is just wickedness in a handbasket.  The burgers were juicing and spilling over on the grill and when cooked right to a medium, they are tender and oh so dreamy.  Through the lips and over the tongue lookout tummy here it comes!  One word for these burgers…..EPIC!  And you can take that to the bank.

Why wait till nighttime to workout, honey???

This question has come my way by means of wife many times.  I have given her many reasons.  The truth?  I am ashamed to go out during the day and go for a walk/jog.  I am not comfortable in my own body.  How is that???  It might seem ridiculous to a lot of you but these are real feelings.  I now know and can empathize with all those people who are struggling with their weight.  I will not and do not feel ready to workout in public.  Let me tell you of an experience I had at the store.  The other day in Walmart I saw a man, not much older than I and probably younger than my young age of 35 who was quite large.  I saw him sway back and forth with concerted effort as he made his way out of the bathroom stall to wash his hands.  He had his pants pulled over his belly, possibly to hide what can’t be hid by the pants, making the bottom hemmed portion of his pant legs seem like high-water pants.  I could see the frustration in his walk and the amount of energy spent on his face that let me know how much it took for him to even move.  His breathing was labored and he did not wear a wedding ring.  Not even a hint of a circular mark left by a ring once worn.  He seemed to be single by the way he handled himself, how he looked at his reflection in the mirror.  His face carried that look of, “how do I look today”, look.  I saw him walk out the door and I followed with my three-year-old daughter holding my hand.  She needed to go and going into the girl’s bathroom is NOT an option for me.  I watched him carefully swaying from side to side.  I wanted to yell out at him and tell him that I knew what he was feeling.  He approached an electric cart he was using to wheel him around the store and bent over for a good ten or fifteen seconds to unplug it and wrap the cord up.  When he came up his face was flushed bright red as he bent over the scooter resting his body on his forearms that had found the top edge of his seat.  His breathing had become labored again from exerting the bend over.  I know he could not breathe when he bent over.  That has happened to me before…putting on shoes, putting on socks, scrubbing my feet…..need I go on.  He eventually made it into the scooter, started it up and gently eased his way back out into the world of strangers staring at him and wondering what his medical condition might be.  Don’t lie.  You have all thought that about everyone riding those things that you have come across while shopping.  I am empathetic to all who are like me now.  I no longer need to wonder but can have only compassion for them.  This blog is my reaching out to all of them and anyone who thinks it can’t be done.  We’re going to do this and we’re going to do it with style.  So, on go.  On your mark……get set………wait, is it dark outside…..okay….and………..go!

Reflections of a fat man…..

All I see is a fat man when the real content lies within him......

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  Have you ever felt so uncomfortable in your skin that it feels like everyone you come across is thin, beautiful, and happier than they’ve ever been?  I have.  In fact, going to a gym is one of the worst experiences I can have.  Why, you ask?  Because everyone you work out next to is where you want to be right now.  You are the fat person in the gym or on the road walking or in the store shopping.  It feels like a million eyes are on you, probably scheming against your “fatness”  and coming up with legitimate reasons I don’t belong in the gym with them starting with the fact that I am fat!  Hold the press!  Isn’t that bassackwards thinking?  The chubby, pleasantly plump, over-indulgent, hefty, husky, beefy, voluptuous, and horizontally challenged folks belong in the gym or on the road or in their home doing cardio with Bob Harper just as much as the muscular, toned, beautiful people have a right to.  In fact, a little known fact……lots of those people weren’t always like that.  Many of them used to be us.  I even feel this way around my wife at times.  She is this slender, attractive woman and I feel like an old, awkward ox standing next to her.  I have days where I have a hard time approaching people I am so self-conscious.  Who would have thought being overweight could be so debilitating for some of us?  I never thought…..until now.  

Battle of our Lives

We are all in this together.  I am inviting you into my personal, private life of emotions and thought

I can't let my thoughts keep me from the fun and healthy things in life......

processes so you can better understand a different perspective of the weightier side of humanity.  The reality that underneath this shell of layered lipids, we find the core of human life, a soul.  How many times have I passed judgement on a book’s cover only to be gravely mistaken as to the worth that lay within the pages of that literary wonder?  No matter if it be of a different color or smell or even religion, how many times have I been guilty, myself, of this heinous act of falsely judging a person?  I consider myself very accepting of all people and have a lot of love for people in general. Yet, categorizing ourselves comes so naturally it sneaks its way into our psyche with such subtlety, it literally clouds our judgement of right and wrong with imperceptible tiny deviations in our thinking patterns making the unacceptable acceptable.  This is the battle we are waging.  I must first learn to love myself and see myself with respect if this is going to work.  Many times we live and treat our bodies the way we view ourselves….unworthy of dignity and refinement.  Wherever these thoughts have come from, it is time to change our mind and CHOOSE to be happy and CHOOSE to do what is right and CHOOSE to treat ourselves with a little respect.

I, Pono, give myself permission…….

I choose today to be better at eating a better range of food that will aid me in achieving my weight-loss goal.  I choose to workout daily, and even twice daily or as many times as it presents itself to take advantage of the opportunities.  I choose to have more positive self-talk sessions with myself and let me know I am worth it.  If any of you read this post and agree or are struggling with the same things, drop me a line.  I choose to be even better than before from here on out.

My goal in one year!

Jalapenos are our friends……

Food for thought

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  I thought I would blog this first blog today with some of the recipes, food substitutions and additions I have done to make better my eating repertoire for both nutrition and taste.  I cook in bulk and a lot to taste since you can tweak it to your liking.  I love this dish I made last night because of the flavor and also it is so healthy for you.  Just natural foods and peppers.  Hot peppers are known to assist in boosting your metabolism and helping increase your fat-burning capabilities.  Follow the link to read up on the benefits of hot peppers.



Chicken chile rojo

5 lbs. chicken thighs

2 onions cut to your liking

6-8 jalapeno peppers, seeds removed and diced

8 tomatoes diced

3 Tbsp. cumin

salt and pepper to taste

1 bunch of cilantro

1 whole lime

4 poblano peppers (optional)

You can roast the garlic and peppers or not.  I did not.  To make it easy I used a large, deep pan with a little saffron oil (your preference) and put the chicken thighs in whole.  I let them cook for five minutes per side before flipping over to other side.  I diced up all the peppers, tomatoes, onions, cilantro and after the chicken has been cooking for about ten minutes,(also to allow me to prep the veggies), I added it to the pan.  You can also put all of it in a blender with cilantro included and puree and pour in pan to make it ten times easier.  Add 5 cups of chicken stock.  I even added one can of tomato sauce….its to your liking.  Cook down until chicken comes apart without effort.  Then, it is ready!  Squeeze lime juice all over and stir in.  Can serve over rice, spanish rice or tortillas.  I just made white rice and added a tomato chicken bullion cube to the pot while it cooked.  Yummy and healthy! 






My own recipe for chicken chile rojo




skull crushers

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  Last night was awesome!  Why?  Because Old Pono didn’t think about working out twice……he actually went and worked out.  I lifted last night and worked out my triceps.  I am slowly working each muscle group in so I’m not horrifically sore after each session.  You know, the kind where you get so fired up and can feel your body just blossoming right there and then all of a sudden you say to yourself, “I can handle more.  I can do more”!  Shortly after that within the next two days your muscles remind you just how out-of-shape you really are.  I had a good, solid session doing lying tricep extensions aka  skull crushers and one-arm tricep raises.  I was hoping to go for a job last night but it was after 11p.m. and would be a little unsafe to run so late so I ran in place for 10 minutes changing up the pace every couple of minutes.  I am so proud of myself for doing this.  I have a big day on Monday.  My first weight-in!  I am really excited and am becoming more motivated with each day as we draw nearer.  I have had a few meals prepared that I am going to share with you.  I apologize for the lack of beauty or proper look of my few photos of some of the dishes I have made.  I feel, though, that if I strategically place them with all the garnish and decor for a professional look, I would not be showing you my real life side of my

Halfway through the skull crusher!

life;  that not everything is picture perfect, but that it is just as good or better than staring at a touched up and almost fake photograph.  I will post again this evening in about five or six hours to let you know my activities for the rest of the day and my working out!  Thank you to all who continue to look at my blog!

Back on track!

this belly is what I am going to lose!!! Goodbye belly......

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  I apologize for my absence the last day or so but my mouse to the computer died.  Literally, it just breathed its last breath and stopped working.  I tried in vain to find a triple A battery for the old mouse but to no avail.  I finally was able to make it to Walmart and get a new mouse.  OH JOY……….RAPTURE!  I’VE GOT A MOUSE!  I am now going to upload a bunch of pictures and make up for a little lost time.  I have been doing quite well on my diet and exercising.  I actually did not work out yesterday……oh yeah, loving that!  I am going to take the advice of many of you though, and thank you to those who comment and encourage or give great advice, and let it roll of my back and focus on now.  I have a magnificent workout planned for today which includes a shoulders and back routine with weights and then a ten to fifteen minute boxing stint with the boxing bag followed by an exhilarating walk/jog for one mile around the neighborhood.  Heck, if I feel good then I might treat myself to a little longer jog.  My knee has considerably gone down in swelling and is nearly normal.  There is still a little stiffness, however, if I can walk, then I can work out. 

The Biggest Loser aftermath

Just two days following my biggest loser rendezvous with Bob Harper in my living room my legs are sore…….i’m sorry, let me be honest……i feel like I’ve squatted for the first time and my inner thighs near my groin area and my buttocks are quite sore.  It pains to walk and especially sit down.  I guess I deserve this since I did not put in the time to stay in decent shape all these years.  Note to self, “Don’t ever get out of shape ever again because if you start to forget, flip to page one of this blog and start reading”!   And there you have it.  For those of you who want to know how the biggest loser workouts are?  They are grueling.  Even for someone in shape you will break a good sweat and probably work some muscles you’re not accustomed to working like they make you do!

The Big Weigh-in……….

I guess I have not disclosed my weight on this blog yet and because of this one cannot determine the transformation I am making right now.  My philosophy is this……your weight is just a number, people.  We do not and should not identify ourselves with this number.  This number is just a number and exists because of choices we choose to make.  So, if you comment, please do not tell me your weight.  Only, tell me your name or something about you personally that I can relate with on a human level and that’s it.  I only want to know your triumphs.  The number we carry for our weight is only there to be annihilated!    So, this is how it’s going to go down, my peeps!  I am going to do my first weigh-in on Monday, the 29th of September.  It will be two weeks since starting this blog with the first week being very up and down with working out and diet.  I was basically trying to fine tune things as much as possible that first week and then I will have had another week to get it going.  I will post how much weight I have lost thus far.  Then, at the end of my transformation in December right before Christmas, I will disclose how much weight I have lost all together and what my weight is at that time.  All you will need to do is add the weight lost to my weight at that time and voila!  Presto!  Shazam!  Poof!  You’ll have the magic number.  So, all you guys…tune in everyday for another blog with Pono and for sure on Monday morning when I have my first weigh-in!


I want to live for my children......that man in the picture will not be me anymore!


Curry, smoothies and salads…..oh my!

Raspberry smoothie!

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  I woke up yesterday and had a wonderful feeling in my knee.  Let me tell you….the sun was slowly coming out to allow our night’s rainfall, which was much needed, cool our morning air.  There’s nothing like walking outside and actually smelling the plants and flowers instead of the pavement and pollution.  Rain washes down the earth, even cleansing the sky.  Even the plants perk up, looking more vibrant and alive and the smells of the flowers and the cool air invigorate one’s soul.  The air was not heavily laden with summer’s usual companion, humidity.  Yesterday was a great day. 

Up, up and away………….

My knee was feeling a million times better.  Much of the stiffness had left me, leaving me nearly pain free.  I would still be cautious with it, but, I would still do my workout with everything I had.  I decided to do a 25-minute workout with the Biggest Loser Cardio workout DVD with Bob Harper.  Let me tell you, for 25 minutes , all you do are squats and lunges.  That’s it.  And, you do them at a good speed the entire time.  Let’s just say sweating is not the correct word for this rendezvous.  Its more like peeing out of every pore in your body.  Literally.  Even though my knee was still slightly tender, lunges and squats done with strict technique strengthens my legs and actually helps my knee to feel better.  That’s because I am building the muscle around my knee to help support and stabilize it so it takes pressure off the joint by strengthening it.  There are also a few exercises you can do to strengthen your knees without putting pressure on them.


Yesterday morning I ate a bowl of homemade yogurt with homemade granola and some preserves.  Yummy!  This morning I had a half cup of white rice and one cup of authentic chicken curry.  So delicious, so tasty and so healthy for you.  We also made the Biggest Loser raspberry smoothie.  Make sure to look under my next blog today for the curry recipe and smoothie recipe

Indian chicken curry!

 under my recipes section found at the top of my blog homepage.  Last night for dinner, I had half a lemon and herb chicken and a salad with two tablespoons of light Ranch dressing.  Ahhh, so delish!!!

One week free pass to Life Time Fitness…….

I signed up for a one week free pass to Life Time Fitness so today I will be seeing an associate and after that, it’s on.  They have a rock-climbing wall, indoor and outdoor pools, weight area, cardio area, and much more.  I hear they are pretty awesome so I’m pretty excited to go.  I will definitely be taking advantage this week and doing a lot of swimming and kicking, lots of treadmill and lots of weight training.  I can’t wait and I will absolutely post pics…….Happy sweating!!!!!

Kissed by the Hawaiian sun………..

Waimea Falls Park

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  Sundays are beautiful.  I am currently sitting here, tippity-tapping on this keyboard having wonderful storytime and conversation with you guys!  I just want to say to those who have left comments thank you a hundred times over for your kind words and inspiring motivation.  I encourage all who read these blogs to comment and follow me daily.  I will tell you intimately how I am feeling, what my body is going through and even my diet.  I am continuing to upgrade and better this blog and appreciate all who have visited and will visit.  I decided to share some photos of my home with you guys.  I was born and raised in Hawaii.  I want to share with you some of the majesty the islands possess.  I hope you enjoy.  I will be doing some weightlifting tonight but will continue icing the knee and popping some ibuprofen to help with the swelling.  So, without much further adieu, Hawaii:


Black sand beach, punaluu

Hamakua coast, Hawaii

Dancing Hula on Coconut island

Waimea Bay sunset

Disappointment again…..

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  I woke up this morning so irritated and frustrated and disappointed with myself.  I did not work out like I was supposed to.  I could give a million excuses but the buck stops with me.  I am not prioritizing like I should.  Do you guys ever feel this way?  Like you sabotaged yourself or you were in the mood for a great workout but could not put one foot in front of the other and get your a$$ in gear and get your shoes on and get out the door with conviction.  I feel the conviction everyday but I just have the worst time getting it going.  I have thoughts of grandeur of conquering the streets of my neighborhood with reckless abandon all the while dreaming of the excess weight just dropping off by the pound!  I self-talked myself this morning and as soon as I get up from this blog, I’m going to lift some weights and then going for my cardio walk/jog.  I just want to rage on myself right now.  How am i ever going to lose this weight if I keep dilly-dallying around and not get consistent.  Well, today is September 14, 2011.  Hello Mr. September 14, here I come!!!!