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Capitalism, energy drinks and WILL POWER!

Danny Cahill before and after losing 239 pounds on ABLHello.  My name is Pono and I want to be  a skinnyaire.  For those who may not understand the name, skinnyaire is like millionaire, but with the skinny!  I am definitely on the hunt for the elusive physique we all dream about at night, think about during the entire day, envy when we see someone who possesses that which we pursue and hate everytime we put something in our mouth.  It is surely ever-elusive, forever just out of reach, painfully staring at us each time we look into the mirror and undoubtedly the highest mountain to climb.  It is the pinnacle of one’s life.  A mission that will last an entire existence, considering that once you have attained physical glory according to your innermost desires, you must then maintain that which you have worked so hard for, sweated so much for, cried over, binges at night and vented over the phone to a listening and hopefully understanding ear.  For many of us, we will not attain that which is attainable…….but why???

Capitalism………..

Capitalism is the name of the game and is what keeps the country afloat, enslaves people to a desk job, inundating them with mountains of work that is quite critical to the growth and welfare of the company and yet make the least amount of money….barely enough to pay the mortgage, bills, food and whatever expenditures accumulate with an American family.  Why do I bring this up, you say?  What does it have to do with dieting and exercise.  Did you know that Pilates was introduced to the American public in the early 1900s and that it was a flop, not producing the results people initially thought it would.  Now, here we are again 100 years later and still doing that which does not work, burns you out, fatigues your muscle and does not make you into that chiselled phenomenon you see on television.  You see, what they fail to tell you is that those are models who put in countless hours in the gym or out on the road, dedicating their lives to look a certain way for that is how they make their livelihood in life.  If they fail to maintain a certain look that does not agree with the producers and investors of companies that hire them to promote their products, they are immediately fired without a moment’s thought.  Why?  Because there is someone out there who is dedicated enough to look a little better and work a little harder.  These companies also fail to disclose the fact these people on television who promote their “health” products maintain a strict and regimented diet.  How do I know this?  Because I used to be one of them….not a model, but a dieting, exercising devoted fiend of the trade.  I know that diet by itself done correctly can help a person drop any and all unwanted weight.  I know that exercise alone will not do that.  I know that together  you can sculpt that ideal body with proper nutrition and proper exercise habits that you consistently execute on a daily basis.  I have a friend that I use for reference and will do it again because my friend who blogs about this has a very informational and helpful blog full of health, nutrition and exercise tips to assist anyone who finds themself wanting to begin the journey of losing oneself now and finding oneself down the road.  This is the link to her blog and I encourage all to read it.

Energy drinks, diet pills, caffeine……..

Have any of you ever had an energy drink?  And if so, how many have you had in an hour?  A day?  A week?  Can’t get enough?  Before you believe what companies tell you, you need to research the effects of these stimulants on your body.  They don’t care if you collapse, dehydrate yourself, ruin your blood sugar levels or even have a heart attack.  The energy drink business is a multi-billion dollar industry, supported on the backs of everyday working citizens.  They use long work hours, kids, stresses of life, bills, lack of sleep and so on as reasons for their products.  Have you ever thought about the consequences of your actions of becoming dependent upon these substances?  All these factors of life can cause adrenal fatigue.  That’s okay because that is what life is about.  Now, how to handle it.  With adrenal fatigue, or hypoadrenia, we need to restart our adrenal glands again properly.  They are located right above the kidneys and are controlled by the hypothalamus and the pituitary glands located in the brain.  They are involved in pulmonary function, blood sugar metabolism, carbohydrate metabolism, central nervous system processes, cardiovascular function, hematological metabolism, hormone production, gastrointestinal function, and liver function. The adrenal glands play an important role in helping the body respond appropriately to changes caused by stress and different emotions.  Now, imagine you have a car with no oil.  The oil represents the adrenal glands that help regulate the body.  Now, you have no oil, so what happens to your engine.  It will break down on you and you will have an engine that is no longer good.  You will need to replace the entire engine.  Now, imagine no oil and you’re driving and you inject NOS into the system.  You basically supercharged your fuel lines and your engine goes into overdrive with no oil.  You might pick up some speed at a considerably fast rate and pass everyone by, but down the road your pistons will lock up, your engine will overheat and your entire engine will give out…and this is being conservative with the jargon.  Then, after  a few minutes, everyone you passed will pass you and you have no way of catching up and you lose the race.  The NOS would stand in place of your energy drinks, pills, caffeine and so on.  You are burning up your body with no oil to keep things on the level.  This is a simple as I can explain.  You will cause damage to your adrenal glands, damage to your hypothalamus and pituitary glands, and your especially your thyroid amongst all other organs in your body that depend on blood sugar regulation, weight control……etc.  Here, read for yourself.  And on top of that, sleep is critical to a functioning and healthy body, but that is in my next article.  For all you coffee drinkers, here’s a link for you.

You are extraordinary……..

The next time you want to spend money on a product, think of the wonderful alternative.  It is hard.  I know.  I am doing it as we speak. But, all good things take time to build, just like the freeways and skyscrapers and houses we build, from the bottom up.  There must be a firm foundation for the rest of the building to be considered strong and safe to live in, work in or whatever it’s uses be.  And, while you fight, and cry and hunger and struggle to keep to your diet and exercise goals and while you break the chains of slavery to food and stress and the triggers in life that make you want to veer or detour from your path, you will develop something you thought you never could.  A WILL.  A WILL to say no or yes to a decision for the better.  A WILL to refrain.  A Will to choose the healthier of the two.  A WILL to not give up, cut short that walk or swim.   A WILL to sleep instead of getting up and going for that jog.  A WILL to not give in to temptation even when it is all around you and everyone else is doing it.  Then, and only then will you start to see the new you.  A person of discipline and integrity.  People will notice the difference, not only in your appearance but in the way you choose aside from everyone else.  You will  sleep better, have more energy, the fog will lift and your illnesses and frailties will vanish and you will no longer feel depressed or fatigued.  You will become the person you were meant to be, extraordinary…..

 

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My flying nightmare…………

My beautiful Hawaii!

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  I read this post on another blog that I really related to and thought I should blog my own experience with it. I just made the move back to my home you all know as Hawaii.  I am currently residing on the island of Oahu on the leeward side of the island.  I moved here approximately a month and a half ago.  I flew here on US Airways and can I just tell you do not at any cost fly US Airways!  I have flown them once before and my experiences have been nothing shy of horrific!  I am a big man.  I know this.  One of my biggest stresses is flying…..why?   If you are a decent sized person then you know that sitting in one of those seats is like being packed like a can of sardines one right up against the other with  space in between.  When I found my seat the first thing that crossed my mind was, “am I going

A wicked hoisin chicken salad that trumps most salads!

to be able to buckle myself or am I going to need to raise my hand and try to quietly and discreetly request a seat belt extension?  Well, my fears were confirmed.  I squeezed into my seat and realized how painful the flight was going to be.  My hips were being crushed and the discomfort and pain was already there just a few minutes after settling in.  I tried to buckle the belt, being a wishful thinker and all.  To my unsurprise it did not reach!  Nooooooooooooooooooooo!  My thoughts were like screams in my mind.  I couldn’t believe I had to ask for that extension!  Oh the shame……….and so my hand slowly crept its way up as the flight attendant passed.  Excuse me, miss, may I??????  Next thing I know she had found an extension for me and I quickly buckled my self in.  The flight was excruciating.  I felt like everyone had seen her hand the buckle to me and was thinking fat man thoughts about me!  That is my perception and my perception is my reality, whether true or not.  The seat felt like a vice grip.  Its mission was to make my legs go numb and halfway through the flight they started to get a little tingly.  All I did was pray and tried to fall asleep.  To my delight and relief we arrived at the Phoenix airport and I got off the plane and waited just over an hour before boarding again.  Same scenario.  Deja vu on the shame and embarrassment and the seat was loving on me as if Zeus himself were trying to squeeze the last breath out of me.  I sat next to a young couple and let me tell you my pet peeve is when small people, especially this young man next to me sits in his seat spread out slightly leaning to my side, his left arm all over my right-side arm of my chair, legs spread and going slightly into my space.  I waited patiently, bunched up and leaning left into the aisle until he went to the bathroom.  When he returned, I had relaxed my shoulder, put my arm on my armrest and let my legs stretch out in front of me being careful not to impose on his space.  I saw his face as he saw that I took ownership over my area and he seemed a little disjointed.  I could tell on his face.  He sat down and  tried to push my arm off and tried to stretch his leg into my area and tried to lean left into my shoulders.  He actually had the audacity to try to push my arm off the armrest.  I opened my eyes, having them closed, looked at him and saw him looking at me.  I said, “hi”.  He did not respond but just kept trying to push my arm off.  I then calmly reminded him that he was a small man imposing on my space and I didn’t appreciate it and he needed to stay in his chair space and all would be all right.  Amidst his grumblings and whatnot, I ignored him and fell asleep for while and then suddenly we landed.  I hate flying.  I also vowed as I stepped on Hawaiian ground again that if I had  to that I would do so a slim and fit man!  That has led me to this point so far.  I was actually starting this process in Texas but have since increased my workouts and intensity because of this situation.  If ever I am having trouble getting going all I have to do is remember how it felt to sit in a seat I could not fit in for hours on end.

Food for thought…………

Soy bean hummus!

I wanted to share in pictures some of the things I have been eating with you so you can get a feel for my dieting habits.  I love lettuce wraps with anything in them.  One of the lettuce wraps I love to eat I spread some soy bean hummuson it and layer a tomato, onion, cilantro, garlic and apple cider vinegar mix on top of that and crunch away.  It is absolutely delicious and filling.  I eat two, maybe three of those and I’m good for a few hours.  Sometimes I eat it on toast, but I prefer romaine lettuce leaves because it keeps me lighter and better and fewer carbs.  I try to eat 30 minutes from waking up in the morning

First you put the hummus on the romaine leaf....

and intaking 30 grams of protein.  I usually eat eggs or a lettuce turkey wrap or sometimes just some oatmeal and a couple of hard-boiled eggs.  I also love fresh fruit in the morning and throughout the day and nuts for snacks.  A handful of almonds coupled with raisins or berries or some form of fruit is my favorite.  I love makingmy own yogurt but with my kids and wife not here yet, it is just too much yogurt to make in a crock pot.  The quantity is massive….literally one whole gallon of milk.  If I can’t find anything for a meal, and I usually like smaller  meals throughout the day, I’ll grab one or two pieces of whole wheat bread, toast them and eat them with a

Then add your tomato sal\ad and voila!

tablespoon of peanut butter.  Love it!

Sometimes I eat it on toast!

Where I work out……….

This is where I swim......100 ft. from the house......

Here are a few pics of where I work out.  I use the beach a lot for my swimming which makes it harder due to the different currents that pull me in different directions while swimming.  When I swim in the pool it seems so easy and effortless because it’s just still water.  The ocean is like a circus and the pool is like a Japanese garden…..full of zen and serenity!

The path looking from the beach down to the house.........


You are extraordinary…………..

Ecopolitan s raw taco pizzaHello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  I have been having a hard time blogging just because.  I have intentions to blog but wait too long and before I know it, its bedtime.  I will set a goal for myself to be more diligent and blog daily like when I started this blog.  I have so much to tell and so much to share on my journey.  I need to post all these wonderful recipes I’ve come across and all the meals I’ve eaten that are extraordinary by any means.  I mean,I am literally depriving myself of fully expressing my day-to-day living and depriving all readers who support, encourage and follow me of the many things I have come to realize, come to enjoy and come to change.  With all this being said I will say that this is the first of two blogs today.  Just to let all people know, I am in Hawaii which means I am on Pacific Standard Time.  I am two hours behind California, three behind Utah and four behind Texas making the east coast five-fingered hours away from here.  I will be posting again with my measurement pictures and stats because my brother gets off of work today at 4 p.m.  I will take the photos and post so by nine or nine-thirty I should be blogged with my weight loss results.  Thank you for following me thus far and thank you to all for your encouragement and support.

Ice Cream Cake Cones

Temptations are always around us.....

You know, even after all this time, I have days, sometimes almost a full week where I consider eating something else.  A certain food crosses my mind and I want to eat it.  For so long now I have restrained and withheld and kept at bay many foods that I could eat, treats entering the house, passing a store, and even while I eat my meal.  However, I have noticed that when confronted with a “yummy” food, one that remains out-of-bounds with the dieting gods, the forbidden fruit of all self-proclaimed out-of-shapers, huskies, chubbies, flabbies, phatties, heavyweights, thunder-thighers, belly-totin miserables, I tend to make the correct decision to not partake or nibble or even sample that food for fear of regressing and erasing all the hard work I have put into my mind and body.  The decision is quite easy and I don’t even think about eating that food anymore.  It’s funny that it crosses my mind when unseen, yet when it becomes a visual in front of me I  have an easier time not eating it.  Now, that isn’t always.  It also depends on the food.  If I see pizza, then that day automatically becomes my cheat day because I cannot express to you in justifiable words the depth and love I have for pizza.  It is one of those foods that is so delicious and so soothing to my body and soul that I will not deprive myself of the marvelous decadent symphonies that await my ever-so-eager mouth.  And you know what, that is okay.  When you do well for a period of a week or two, you need to reward yourself and feel no guilt.  I do know this.  I have learned that as you first begin your lifestyle changes with your diet that it is imperative to stick to a disciplined menu to allow your body to rid itself of the many cravings for those foods less than good for you.  Once you have mastered yourself fairly well, then it would it be a good idea to have a cheat day.  The more you practice will power the more will power you will have to make better choices throughout your days and weeks!

Remind yourself of your accomplishments………..

Will power is a battle worth winning!

There are mornings I wake up and kinda feel like I could stay home and not go for that swim.  I have trained myself to immediately tell myself of all the progress I have made and how good I am feeling.  This allows me to get up and out of bed and look forward to another swim and another pound gone.  Reminding yourself of your progress allows you to see you are doing it daily and gives you that kick in the pants you need to get out of bed and do it again.  I feel my clothes getting looser on my body.  Shorts I could not button are now sliding off of me if I do not put a belt on.  Shirts once too tight to wear and too short now are hanging on me and are fitting me better.  Nobody will have a bigger influence on me or you but myself and yourself.  It is very difficult to stay positive but it is absolutely possible.  With all this said I will see you all this evening and tomorrow for some of you.  I will post again and post my pics and results and progress.  See you soon and wish me luck!


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.


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!