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Belly Milestone!

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  A few days ago I hit a major milestone!  This milestone is huge and I’m not talking walking another mile or losing another ten pounds or weighing under a certain weight in so long……I’m talking HUGE milestone.  Now granted I had to flex and tighten my abdominal area for this momentous event.  Are you ready for this because I don’t know if you are because I was barely ready for this when it happened.  All right all right no more babbling.  Drum roll, please…….I went for my daily swim at the public pool and was showering afterward as usual.  I tried untying my board shorts in the water but ended up knotting it.  As I was showering I happened to untie it without any usual resistance and then I looked down and retied it so I wouldn’t have my shorts at my feet when I’m walking around.  After pulling the string and seeing that it wasn’t going to  break and seeing I didn’t tie myself into another knot I continued showering.  Then my head shoots up and I realized something magnificent had just transpired.  The choir of angels began to sing in loud joyous praises the word, “Hallelujah, Hallelujah” as the heavenly light fell down upon me in the shower.  I SAW myself tie my shorts.  Did you get that? I saw myself tie my board short strings into a bow.  I witnessed the entire tying of the strings down to the tightening of it and looked at it rest on my waist.  Yes, dear brothers and sisters, I SAW my string.  It has been too long a time that I have not been able to see this remarkable event due to the ever-obstructive obstinate entity I have named, George.  That would be my belly.  His name is George.  I am slowly making George go away and stay away for good because I am tired of hauling him around and not liking the way I look in the mirror.  This has made my spirit soar and has given me fire under my rump to keep up the daily grind and hack away at those unwanted pounds.  People.  This is a victory for all of us who are doing the diet and exercise thang…….you know…….those of us who are rewiring our brains and retraining our bodies how to eat again and how to exercise again and how to be consistent again.   We are Kings for a day.  This day I revel with you.  My victory is your victory.  We are victorious together.  I have a daydream that one day we will all walk hand in hand, sweating away the insecurities of our lives and resurrecting the divine potential within us all.  I have a daydream that big people and little people and tall people and short people will look at one another as just people.  One day, today, is a small victory for us all, but tomorrow, tomorrow will be your victory and your victory will be mine as well.

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From land thug to water bug………………..

Side view.......

Me in Texas……a before look…
Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  Alas, photos and results.  It has taken me some time but I have figured out how to upload the photos from my camera to my sister’s laptop.  I still need to upload the software to this desktop so I can upload the pics directly here and straight to my blog.  As you can see I have lost a considerable amount of weight in my love handles and in my belly which is where I have been focusing my attention.  My workouts have become more explosive.  I have incorporated sprinting into my swimming routines which feels like someone put a plastic bag around my neck and I can’t get enough air into my lungs. Breathing while swimming is excruciating, especially when sprinting.  It truly is the greatest exercise torture a person can do without putting any strain on your joints.  I love it and hate it and look forward to it and dread the all-out sprint.  I literally have to  pull half my body out of the pool to get air without the water pressure doing a boa constrictor number on my lungs…….and as you can see, I am not really walking right now.  I strained my knee right before I got here and the more I stayed on it the worse it got and the tighter it felt restricting my range of motion.  I decided after doing research on it to stay off of it and just do pool work until I could get enough weight off.  I am going by inches right now and am still on the hunt for a good scale here on Oahu.  I will dedicate myself to finding one this week and divulging the results of my weight loss in poundages.  That will be the grande weigh in for next week and my first with numbers on weight.  Next week will be epic just because I haven’t been able to weigh in and see the results that I have been anxious to see.  Remember my philosophy on numbers.  It doesn’t matter how much you weigh.  What matters is your committment to your lifestyle changes; your committment to yourself and your family or whatever it is that drives you.  Your dedication here will help mold your life hereafter.  Dieting and exercise teaches discipline, dedication, consistency, and most important a positive attitude.  That number is only the beginning of your mindset to tell yourself that that is not the place you want to be…..that is not your destination of choice……..you would rather be somewhere like Tahiti than in Afghanistan right now. Hawaii is where you want to be with your eating habits, your body weight, your overall health index.  Afghanistan is where you are at right now.  HELL!  You are unhappy with your weight……you are unhappy with your body image and your self-esteem is somewhere between fecal matter and slug slime.  So, the first paradigm shift we need to make is to look at our weight and say that you are moving residences.  I am changing my phone number………I am getting a flat screen instead of that old huge box television set that should have been retired with that shag carpet thirty years ago.  I tried measuring myself but cannot do it accurately so I’m going to get my brother when he gets off at 4 p.m. today to help me do my measurements.  I apologize for that.  At least you can see the progress I’m making by comparing the pics.  I’m pretty proud of myself.

Side view

Me today in Hawaii.......

Swimming vs. walking………
I have found, for myself, that swimming is a much better exercise than walking for now.  I strained my knee approximately a month ago and as I continued on my walking routines and such my knee never got better.  I decided to lay off the weight-bearing exercises, including walking, and doing strictly pool workouts.  The kicking has helped my leg strength tremendously and my knee has been so much better than before.  The fluid in it is leaving my joint and my leg is progressively getting stronger without running or walking or even squatting.  The size of my right knee seems to be way down and almost the same size as my left knee.  I will probably stay off it for the next two weeks before trying some blacktop cardio again.  It is extremely refreshing to jump in the pool every morning and do my workout.  My entire body is relaxed and calm afterward and my joints don’t hurt due to the weightlessness the water creates.  Swimming has definitely saved my knees and helped me lose weight in the process!  So to those who have bad knees or strained ones or injured ones or just pain in them…..step into a pool and you’ll realize a whole new world of fitness, fun and joint-friendly fitness.

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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I dedicate this week to my wife………….

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  I measured this past week and to my un-surprise, I barely lost but a half inch.  HMMMMM….maybe it was the fudge we made or maybe it was the lack of disciplinary eating habits I had been following the week previous that got me into this predicament.  I didn’t get down on myself too much knowing I had derailed this past week.  That and the fact I didn’t have much of a chance to workout.  I could’ve have a couple of times but I actually did not have much time to work out this week.  I have been non-stop going from computer to envelopes and postage to home chores and holiday decorating to home repairs and so on and so on and so on and blah blah blah!  Yeah yeah, excuses….but good ones at that.  I mean, I have been keeping busy, pretty much from the time I wake up to the time I lay me down to sleep.  But then my good friend, Drew Manning, sticking to it with gusto and exercising with reckless abandon.  My diet, other than the fudge and two pieces of chocolate chip cookies, did I do too bad.  Just a lot of intrusive carbs with my not-so-bad meals.  Maybe I had white rice instead of brown or none at all.  Maybe I did not stick to the five to six meal plan.  I will say I felt worse after this week with not sticking to it.  I can actually feel the processed food not agreeing with my body.  I felt sicker, more lethargic and even felt cloudier in the mind.  I even switched to organic milk and let me tell you…….organic milk has a much better taste to it……AND, I feel better after a cup of it compared to when I drink a cup of regular anti-biotic filled hormone laced milk.  It also doesn’t take much for me to feel guilty about not sticking to the plan as I run around with my kids for a minute and am out of breath or when I walk by a mirror and can’t even look at my own reflection because I am so embarrassed to see how much I let myself go.  Then the whole negative talk comes into play about how stupid I was to have done this or I should have done this or that.  Shoot, I can’t even handle my wife seeing me without my shirt let alone coming out of the shower.  That’s just horrible for me to even think about.  So, I am definitely back in the race after a long look at the unbecoming physique I possess and realized that I have spent too long in my follies and carbohydrates and need to start practicing self-restraint.  That begins with pre-cooking my meals.  I notice when I don’t pre-cook, I eat what is convenient.  That usually entails fat, calories and guilt written all over it. 

Here are my measurements……….

Chest:  51 inches

Thighs:  31 inches

Belly:  62 inches

biceps:  19 inches

only 1/2 inch lost and 1/2 inch gained in belly............Aaaaaaaaaaaagh!

It's war this week!!!!!!!!

 

More color means more nutrients!

Splash of gree and red!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cooked and shredded teriyaki chicken for the stirfry!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The final product!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For this week, I am dedicating everything I have to the one person who has stood beside me through my ups and downs.  She has encouraged me and always believed in me.  Even when I feel I fail….like this week……she tells me to push forward and learn from my mistakes.  So this week, I am dedicating my workouts to my wife and because of that, I will make sure to put in everything I have and more into each workout knowing I want to make her proud.  I know the best Christmas gift I could give her is to lose the weight and continue eating well so I can be around for a long time with my wife and kids.  So Christa, I raise my glass of water with a hint of lemon to you and say, “Cheers”.  This week is in honor of your love.  I pledge to lose 20 lbs. this week till the clock strikes midnight on Saturday evening!  Now I gotta put my money where my mouth is………YIKES!  For other blogs you might find interesting and inspiring, I have found a new one and really enjoy it.  Here is her link and I highly recommend it……http://www.myallnaturalweightloss.com/

Breaking through the formidable runner’s wall……

us catching the train at the zoo!

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire…….so freakin bad!  A lot has transpired since my last post.  For some reason I had one post this last week that did not post nor can I find it anywhere in my posts at all for editing.  It has basically vanished into thin air.  I have not one clue where it went……..however, here I am.  This week was definitely my runner’s wall as they call it.  I pretty much did not work out but maybe once.  My eating has been okay but could be better.  I think I put on a couple of pounds back on due to my lack of motivation.  I’ll expound more upon this in my next paragraph!

Runner’s wall…….

I was doing pretty well until a week ago.  I think one of the problems is I can’t find an accurate scale to weigh myself so I’m not doing myself any justice by not seeing the progress I’m making.  At the same time I am so fearful of looking at the progress I’m making for some reason.  I feel that since I hit the “wall”, I might as well sabotage myself and do what I do best……and that is fail at it so I don’t expect too much out of myself and let myself down too much also.  That way, I’m not letting myself down well into the program and I can tell myself I gave it my best shot but, “oh well”!  The thinking is really off but these are my thoughts that run through my head.  I can slowly gain my weight back and keep lying to myself that I am trying daily my very best when in fact I am not being fully honest with myself.  I was really thinking deeply about it also this past week and was almost wallowing in my pity until it hit me.  My epiphany.  My wake-up call.  I think everyone needs one.  You can definitely find one if you think hard enough.  The thing going for me is I really want to be better.  I want to triumph over this.  I want to look in the mirror and say I am strong.  I am powerful.  I am unstoppable.  Then, one day……..WHAM!

Epiphany…..

As I sat there in thought and really struggling to through the negative self-talk for not working out yet another day, it came to me.  I am so caught up in myself I forgot the reason I was doing this.  I reread my About me section again.  I am not doing this for me.  I am doing this for them.  The five innocent wee ones that depend on me.  The ones that look up to me and say, “I wanna be strong like daddy when I grow up”!  The darkness instantly cleared and my vision became very clear.  Oh yes, I said to myself.  I am not here for me.  My personal virtues will benefit from everything I do positively for the better naturally as my life takes its course.  My children will benefit naturally also as I better myself.  I will continue to better myself as I live for them.  They will be my constant reminder and my personal little cricket telling me to do it again because its good for me.  I feel like a ton of bricks have lifted off my back.  I don’t care that I put a couple of pounds back on or that I missed a week.  My shoes are already on tied on my feet and when I publish this post I’m going for a run.  Then, I’ll do my run again before trick or treating and then tonight.  I’m going to do the Forrest Gump and keep runnin until my friendly neighborhood friend, Mr. Belly, leaves for good.  So, I’ve got measurements I’ll be posting this evening along with our successful haul of delectable sugary wonders we’ll be graciously pleading for at each lit doorway we come across.  Then I’ll measure everything in one week and have a pic for you too!  I want to tell anyone following to keep following me and to keep struggling to lose the weight along with me.  It’s time for a revolution of the mind!