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Do you see that reflection in the window?

Mirror, mirror on the wall is my reflection pretty at all?

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  As I walked past the many shops that make up our smaller strip malls, I can’t help but notice a large man to my right walking alongside me.  With the left side of my body toward the street and this large man to my right with the store fronts to his right, I can’t help but notice how big he is.  Is this dude sizing me up?  Does he know me or is he just lolligagging next to me, oblivious of the fact that I, along with him, are two giants walking side by side down the sidewalk.  I mean, I am 6’5 and am currently under construction and one of the newest members of the Iwannabeaskinnyaire club………geesh!  So, I finally make the conscious decision to look to my right and see who this big man is.  One, two, three!  Oh!  Its my reflection!  And the sheepish feelings seep in and the Oh-my-gosh I’m a dork thought starts running circles in my mind.  But, this whole scenario made me look at my reflection.  The one thing I can’t stand to look at!  It sounds dumb, but its true.  I have a hard time looking at myself in the mirror.  Even though I am feeling better about myself and even though I am losing the weight and even though I am eating sooooooo much better than before I hate looking at my reflection.  It is my present reminder of how far gone I let myself go.  It is my harsh reality.  It may be my reality but it doesn’t mean I have to like it or accept it. I am changing my present to a better future me and I’ll look when I feel I look “normal” enough and “healthy” enough.  I can look at myself in my bathroom mirror, but not at a window or mirror that shows my whole body.  It just doesn’t work for me.  I even hate taking pictures of myself.  I don’t have that many pics of me because I do not like my image.  I guess I just have a hard time with myself and my image that I am right now.  These are things that are slowly changing along with my diet and exercise.  I am making lifestyle changes, therefore I am making ALL lifestyle changes including my mentality, my emotions, my humor and so on.  I am changing everything for the better.  These issues, these psychological issues and emotional issues can be just as damaging, and maybe more so than just my physical issues if I do not tend to them and work on them as well.  I want to look in the mirror now and not later and accept me for me.  I want to be able to look at myself now and not have those negative thoughts anymore.  Everytime I catch myself seeing my reflection I just gasp and roll my eyes and start talking a lot of crap to myself.  No more.  My next goal is to be kind to myself.  I can be kind to others, but to myself is so much more difficult.  Like my friend always said in Texas, “Stop treatin yurself like a red-headed stepchild and give yurself a lil luvin”!  I would have to second the motion.


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/

Taking the road less travelled…………

Steps can be brutal, but they are oh so good for ya!

Hello.   My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  So much has transpired since I last blogged.  I apologize to my readers for missing a day or two.   Sometimes life just bombards you, interrupting your life like an unwelcome guest.  A guest that never showers or cleans so that when that guest leaves, you’re left with that nasty aftertaste like a poorly made whey protein shake……..powdery chunks still floating around leaving that chalky, unwanted residue in your mouth.  Through it all, I am still alive and going strong.  I am feeling my body begin to respond to the workouts now more than just feel like I walked a hundred miles and nothing happening but the near collapse and shut down of my whole nervous and respiratory systems.  No joke.  My strength is returning as my bench press just jumped and I could feel my strength in each push of the bar.  My legs are also becoming stronger and my knees are not hurting much anymore each day I awake.  No joke, the sun seems brighter.  Those dang endorphins are doing a number on my positive outlook.  Sweet Niblets!  Cool Beans!  Gotta love these cool sayings!

Calorie Burners

If I focus on the television harder, will I burn more calories?

If I focus harder on the tv, will I burn more calories?

Composed here is a list of calorie burning activities we do each and everyday and I thought would be fun to post:

According to Kimberly Lummus, MS, RD, Texas Dietetic Association media representative and public relations coordinator for the Austin Dietetic Association in Austin, Texas, in 30 minutes a person who weighs 150 pounds can burn the following number of calories:

  • Raking leaves = 147 calories
  • Gardening or weeding = 153 calories
  • Moving (packing and unpacking) = 191 calories
  • Vacuuming = 119 calories
  • Cleaning the house = 102 calories
  • Playing with the kids (moderate activity level) = 136 calories
  • Mowing the lawn = 205 calories
  • Strolling = 103 calories
  • Sitting and watching TV = 40 calories
  • Biking to work (on a flat surface) = 220 calories

    Doin the vacuum jig!!!

Extra pics from last post!

Hey guys!  These pics, for some reason, were not uploading to my blog and I felt they were necessary to show and tell……..

I took advantage of mowing by incorporating lunges in between rows!


Running, jogging or walking hills supercharges your metabolism!!!


Body Mass Index (BMI)

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  I had a lot of plans today to play with my kids and hang out with them for most of the day and it never really happened………so tomorrow is make-up day for today.  We did end up going to the park for a little while and that was really fun. 

New blog

I am still putting together my blog and seeing what works so I apologize for the unfinished quality it has taken on.  I promise I will blog till the cows come home since this is what is working best for me by far on my weight loss journey.  I was doing some reading today to understand more clearly the importance of caloric intake and such and found this great link that thoroughly explains things like your Body Mass Index and how many calories a person your size should be consuming daily.  It is a wonderful tool to have and a great way to figure out your caloric intake.  This website is a great source of information for your dieting and exercising needs!  Here is a link to it!

I know its late, nearly 11 p.m., but I must get to work and do some cardio and maybe some lifting tonight.  I am a procrastinator with thoughts of working out all day on my mind.  I wonder if other people do the same thing I do.  It kinda forces me into panic mode and I end up doing it all late at night.  I promise to post a great early post tomorrow morning and keep you updated!