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Hello Stranger!!!

My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire. WoW! It has been way too long. Let me tell you. I have had my ups, downs, plateaus and you name it Idunnit! I am finally back on track again. Talk about a couple of months hiatus. I guess i’m the typical dieter/exerciser. I had put back on some weight with bad eating and no moving around. I will say that school started and i had nowhere to go. I sleep in my car because rent is too expensive, shower at the beach park late at night and yada yada yada. Cry me a river. I have been so exhausted these last 8 weeks. The semester flew by but without mercy. I took ten credits these last six weeks and they were heavy-loaded classes with their fair share of paper writing, researching, and reading. I’m talking by the truckloads. I don’t get but a few hours of sleep at night which is also not good for healthy living or weightloss. Maybe on a good night I will scratch four hours. I’m up a lot because there are tweakers and drug addicts about 200 ft. from where I park. Not too close but I wake up a lot to make sure no one is snooping around the car. I actually fell asleep in the beach bathroom changing my clothes once. I opened my eyes and it was morning. Whoops……..so anyway i am consistently back in the gym lifting like a man possessed and just starting swimming again. It feels great to be in the pool again. I have been looking for my camera and realize it is gone. I fly to Texas to see my children and wife so I will take a few pics there and post. It’s time to get back on track with this blog and let her rip! It’s time to get to my destination where I will maintain myself for the rest of my life. My goal? 60 more pounds and we’ll see how I feel and look and if I want more. My goal is to be able to run down the basketball court without tiring in two months. I believe this is possible. I believe I can. It’s gonna happen. To all my followers, thank you for your beautiful comments. I appreciate you and your support. Lets get back on the train and complete this leg of the journey. Aloha to all and my love to all and i will be posting regularly from today on. Expect pics taken by my wife by next week! Aloha!

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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.


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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Up hill barefoot in the snow…….

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  Another glorious, and yet, not so glorious day has passed.  For those of you who are fighting for yourself on the battlefield of weight loss know and understand that there is so much to this fight than meets the eye.  There are so many feelings, inhibitions………thoughts of worthlessness that haunt the mind and cripple the body so as to lose all motivation or hope of ever losing that weight.  The inner battle we rage on ourselves will be the greatest conflict we will face in our life.  Oh, you think that there are bigger conflicts we face?  Go ahead, name one?  What it boils down to is our attitude.  Our stick-to-itiveness and resilience….our very essence — character, if I may will shine through.  Why say I?  When the dust has cleared we find ourselves holding that football on the 50 yard line and looking down the field to the end zone, our final goal and destination for the moment.  The one thing that will bring us down is ourself.  We can get tackled and pulled down….but really….what could we have done to do it better?  This is where the greats rise to the occasion.  When all seems lost and they know they have everything to gain and everything to lose, they use that as fuel to drive themselves to the brink of no return, making the impossible possible, turning dreams into reality.  When the bulls were down one with two seconds  Michael Jordan made sure that basketball dropped through the rim before the buzzer sounded.  There was no could’ve or would’ve or should’ve.  Now granted, there will be times when we do all we can and we may not win the game that night.  However, the fact that we are not afraid to make that shot time and time again only strengthens our resolve to win that next one.  It makes us resilient to negative thought and helps us champion our own end results.  Then, we are winners all the time and will be like Jordan and Gretzky…….remembered always for making that last second shot…..conditioning ourselves to always win.  And so the psychological warfare continues in each of us.  In me, daily.  I think about working out when I’m asleep, when I wake up, when I’m eating….and hopefully what I’m eating is healthy enough.  So much to take in. 

Photo shoot and measurements……………..

Since I posted everything on Saturday morning, I will be posting more pics and measurements on Saturday morning which is tomorrow morning.  Well, right now it is 10:00 am Saturday morning.  I haven’t had much sleep due to wrapping and all sorts of wonderful things.  So, this is my blog from a day and a half ago.  Give me time today and I will post more pics and measurements.  Well, it is the end of Saturday, today and I still have no photos.  The camera was full and so we had to delete some pics and now it seems the batteries are dead and need to recharge which takes all day so, sorry for that.  We will have to wait until tomorrow, but most likely Monday since I usually don’t blog on Sunday.  I go to church and relax and spend quality time with the family so most likely your pics and measurements will come on Monday.  Once again, sorry, but alas I can do no more but recharge and blog Monday. 

Weight loss or lifestyle changes………

Losing weight is such an exciting and horrifying and confusing thing.  It is the one battle we wage daily as human beings.  Even our own perception of things are warped due to our upbringing, environment, culture and so on.  One man might say he is overweight where another might say that same man has a physique he wishes to have.  Be careful not to fall into these categories of culture and upbringing and environment.  Many times they misconstrue your ideal self and you see yourself as fat and you are not or see yourself as fit and you are not.  Your whole perception of these words and ideas must change for you to see the real you and what healthy truly is.  Even using these words as fat and overweight and heavy are not good for a person to identify with.  We need to used words such as healthy, fit, active, striving towards a healthier lifestyle and not trying to lose weight.  It is not the weight that is the problem but the lifestyle that causes it.  The weight is the effect of choices made for our lifestyle we live. And that lifestyle, many times, will depict and tell our unseen story of upbringing and environment……even who we hang with and what we say to ourselves.  We, as humans, wear our hidden secrets and untold stories on our faces, our bodies, in our eyes, on our clothes, in the habits we do each day.  We outwardly express them unintentionally yet do them as a result of our thoughts.  I am desperately finding that strength within me to see the results of my actions and thoughts and actually feel proud of myself for controlling what once controlled me.


Like Adele says, “I can have it all”!

 

Hangin with the gang!

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  It has been a while since I posted.  I took a little break for the Thanksgiving holiday and I also struggled with myself and the very small amount of weight I had been losing.  I realized something huge throughout the process.   Well, it wasn’t without some professional help…..and I don’t mean Uncle George in the big white building with the pretty padded rooms……..help.  I saw a picture of a friend out family knows very well.  She was never a large person, and in decent shape, but always wanted to have the lean, ripped look.  She struggled with her ability to lose, also and to slim down her legs and buttocks area.  Now, she looks like she stepped out of a Muscle Magazine issue or one of Ironman.  She looks absolutely professional in her body physique!  What a transformation!  Two days before seeing her, I heard somone say its 90% diet.  Then, on our friend’s facebook, she says it is 75% diet and the rest is work.  Do you see the common denominator?  I might not have been the quickest at fractions, but I get a common denominator when I see one.  It is DIET!  Then, I come across a blog. The blog is called www.fit2fat2fit.com.  A certain gentleman started his journey in remarkable shape with a physique that most dream of.  Then, he gained between 60-80 lbs.  Now, in the next six months, he is going to lose the weight and get back to exactly the way he started out and he lists his meal plan daily and a meal plan for females, also.  I have the honor of having him follow me whenever he has the time since he is such an inspiration to many and busy losing the weight.

These are the before and after pictures of his weight gain and now he is working to educate people on how to eat and exercise while he loses this weight and gets back to original form!    He is already seeing and experiencing living life on the chubby side.  His thoughts are changing and he has changed about what he thinks of himself.  His journey is one all of us are undergoing so don’t forget to follow him. 
 
Thanksgiving doesn’t have to mean Thanksgaining……
 

This Thanksgiving was a great time for me and my family.  We got together with family on different sides of the in-laws.  We gathered at Crystal Beach and hung out for the day…..and the day was pristine and clear.  We had a great time.  There were lots of pre-dinner snacking so to be wise I took advantage of the foods that were freshest and not most cooked or fried!  I loaded up on lots of veggie trays and they were yummy to the tummy.  Now, doing this allowed me a smaller than usual plate, and when I say usual, I’m talking a plate that looks like someone used a shovel to get all that great food on.  So, I did have considerably smaller portions, although I will admit I have three pieces of pie….I figured we never eat pie like that and I love pecan, pumpkin, and berry so down the hatch they went with a little whipped topping to crown the momentous occasion.  I am not a usual “sweets” kinda guy but pie had my name written all over it.  I ate and did not feel one bit guilty.  This is something I do not ever do so not only was it delicious but super fun!  Thanksgiving is definitely a day to eat and enjoy one another’s company.  My philosophy is this………enjoy yourself, chew your food well, and engage in conversation.  I notice when I do those things while eating, I become full and notice it and end up stop eating because it interferes with the good conversation.  I do not stress over what I might have eaten since Thanksgiving is once a year.  If you had one plate and restrained from another, then good for you and pat yourself on the back!  If not, not worries.   Now, I am back on track with fire under my tush.  I changed my workouts considerably to a little weightlifting and then a couple of miles on the bike with sprints in between each minute of thirty seconds, a mile walk/jog and swimming a quarter mile in the pool.  I do this twice weekly and the other days I double up either on the biking and running or running and pool — you get the pic.  Do I still have bad days.  Of course.  I had a bad couple of weeks.  I also, in my defense of not posting  regularly, have been busy with painting, repairing garage siding, landscaping the front lawn and doing other things around the house that is necessary.  However, I will say I have missed whoever reads this.  I have missed your comments and eyes and encouragement.  I say to you that I will be more consistent now.  I am finding my mojo, my groove, my hop after the hip.  It’s good to be back and good to be with you all again.

 
Its all about the diet……..
 

Since I have started my clean eating, I have noticed a difference all ready in my mind, health, and overall well-being along with seeing better results in weight loss.  It is the hardest thing to do, to have will power to stay the course and deny you body of all the wonderful junks we, as human beings, have come to enjoy.  Do I crave certain foods still.  Um, sometimes I imagine the food I’m eating is a big juicy burger or a piece of rich, thick cheesecake.  Yeah, I crave.  But, it is all about the journey and the end result.  I have been doing my diet three days now and have stuck by it with such conviction that I know this Friday will be epic for me.  I am inspired by people posting pics so I spoke with my wife and I’m posting a pic this Friday with measurements just like Drew is doing on his website and will continue to do so here on out.  He has inspired me to do so and see my results.  I follow his meal plan somewhat but do not limit myself to fruits and veggies.  I eat as much of those as I want.  I hardly eat any kind of protein and do not take protein shakes as I will do this as naturally as possible and to show those who cannot afford protein shakes or supplements that it can still be done eating well and getting lots of rest.  So, this Friday, I will post my measurements and my weight and my pic.  SCARY!!!  I know this will help me to overcome all my obstacles and be free from this once and for all! 

I was the Candyman on Halloween night!

 


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!


Un-supersize me please!

Huffin and a puffin to lose that belly........

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  I don’t know if I had told you but my brother-in-law had hooked me up with a gym membership to Lifetime Fitness.  WoW!  Lifetime Fitness is such a beautiful gym.  It does not have the huge “WoW” factor with ostentatious amenities or the palacial-sized locker rooms with livingroom furniture or protein-flowing water fountains.  It is very homely inside.  The decor is quite nice with different sections having different feels to the area.  Even the lighting has an inviting call to each part of the entire club.  It is smaller, yet very comfortable.  I enjoy it thoroughly.  I have been one of the many who answer to its beckoned call.  There is almost a sacredness, at times, to the place before the rush of people enter through the front doors.  You can smell the sweat that has been shed there, the pain it has inflicted on many a soul.   And yet, you can feel the release of stress and tension on each dumbbell…..on each machine.  There has been many a pound lost within the walls of this facility.  This is a place of  triumph and honest work.  A place where everywhere you look, there are mirrors reflecting your true self back at you.  It is a place of real and honest reflection both outwardly and inwardly.  The inwardly begins to take on a confidence all its own once the outwardly starts to shrink.  You can’t run from you in there.  It is a religion all its own.  You go, you prepare, meditate, warm up, stretch, and begin your daily routine.  Then, you close at the end with a cool down, all the while focusing on the rhythm of your body.  It isn’t just a club or gym anymore.  It is a place of refuge where just for an hour or two, we, to ourselves, are the most important person in the world and I am just now realizing that I am worth those one or two

Higher, daddy, higher!

hours every day.  Our bodies are our temples.  Let us honor them as such.

Adding to my “About me”

I have decided to add to my “about me” on my homepage.  I will be doing that later on today and giving a breakdown of my week.  I will be writing about certain topics and myself each day and will have that for you in my “About me” section.  In this way, I won’t have to stress about writing what  I eat daily or my exercise routine daily.  I can skim over that briefly and share my feelings and pains and do the bulk of that on one day and log it in as my new post for that week and day.  I will use one day for my diet and all the recipes that follow.  I am new to blogging so I apologize to any who are confused or wondering about what I eat.  I feel doing it this way will help me organize my blog life better and give you better blogs about me and my triumphs and struggles.  I actually have fantastic recipes that I would love to share with you, also, especially since a lot of them are personal or family recipes.  So, later on this afternoon, I will add on to my “about me” section and you can follow my journey.

Starting from Scratch

As I started attending Lifetime Fitness daily now, I have had to start from scratch.  If you do too much when you are first starting or have been out of it for a long time, it is in your best interest to start light, very light.  I am not ashamed to lift much lighter weight than my counterparts in the gym.  It is all about technique over weight.  If you can master great technique,  you’re job is half over.  Your strength will be greater and your physique will be much more proportionate and growing muscle will be much smoother.  I actually jogged a half mile the other day!  YaY!  I am so out of shape it isn’t funny.  I was so proud of myself.  I might have been jogging very slowly, but it was my jog and I put forth heroic effort.  Today, I’m planning on doing circuit training with cardio only.  I’m going to hit the indoor track, then swim and kick for half an hour.  Oh, I can’t wait!  Remember, look for another post later on this afternoon!Pinned Image

Halloween is coming up so Happy Halloween you guys!!!


My First Blog Award!

 

My First Blog Award!

Posted on October 1, 2011 by iwannabeaskinnyaire 

 

Thank you so much for nominating my blog for an award I did not even know existed until now!   I am such a greenie having just started my blog a few short weeks ago.  I want to shout a big awesome “Thank You” and “You Rock” appreciation yell to the wonderful youasamachine blogger with her stellar blogging style of fantastic information and tips on health and fitness.  Truly inspiring.  Last, but definitely not least, another “Thank You” and “You Rock” shout out to Jerry Keusch of  TheFourRooms blog which I have enjoyed reading and am trying to do as we speak.  And of course to WordPress.com for this wonderful opportunity to have a voice, even as small and insignificant as mine, be heard and hopefully can be related to.

Now, for the seven things about myself that I would like to share with you all.

!.  I am the son of a double race.  My father is Hawaiian and my mother is Caucasian, and I was raised on the beautiful island of Hawaii.

2.  I am self-taught bilingual.  I can read/write/speak spanish fluently and of course my native tongue is English.

3.  I once met the niece of Butch Cassidy.   She proved it to me by comparing a picture of Butch Cassidy on a video cassette cover to her nephew’s photo.  They could have been the same person, they were so identical.

4.  I absolutely love cheesecake, especially when the crust is shortbread!

5.  I have swam with fish and sea turtles in Punalu’u bay at black sand beach on the Big Island (Hawaii).

6.  I used to be a stenographer (Court Reporter) and could write (type) 285 words per minute.

7.  I am directly related to the greatest female tennis player, Helen Wills….my grandmother’s maiden name is Wills.

8.  I have a crooked 2nd toe on my right foot that hooks to the right….weird!

9.  Whoops…..looks like I all ready did seven.

The rules for accepting this award are as follows:

  1. Thank the person(s) who gave you the Award and link back to them in your post.
  2. Share seven things about yourself.
  3. Pass this Award along to 15 recently discovered blogs and let them know about their nomination.
Let’s move on and present the 15 Blogs with their nominations…drum roll please.
(and in no particular order).

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!