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.
Hello. My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire. Here again from two days ago. Two days ago I had an epic workout of a couple of miles on the bike and then I powerwalked half a mile and jogged the other half. It was run one walk one until I reached a mile. Yesterday morning I went walking with the family in the neighborhood and MAN was it cold! It’s not New York cold by any means but cold for my acclimated tropical blood cold in 40 degree weather! And then the wind blew and it felt like lollipops and sunshine…..NOT! Cold is cold no matter where you are from. Period. So, getting back to the walk……..it was brisk, it was heart-pumping, it was definitely a hard walk mixed with the freezing cold. I made every attempt and plan to workout again that evening. That evening became colder and I gave in. I can’t do that for the results I am looking for. It is three o’clock and I haven’t done any exercise yet. However, I have an epic workout planned for my out-of-shape self tonight. Let’s just say Uncle Pono won’t have trouble sleeping after tonight’s workout!
Aches, pains and more aches……..
When I started this endeavor, I had grandeur thoughts of muscles popping out everywhere and that I could run and not get tired. One thought on that……I forgot to think about the journey getting there. Right above my knee caps on both legs it feels tight. I think my right knee is filled with fluid. I know with the weight loss all these things will gradually go away as my knees will not have all that extra weight on it as it moves around. Oh joy, rapture!!! What a day that will be. I am actually lifting lighter because of two things. I am preparing my joints for normal mobility and so I upped my reps and lessened the weight. I also injured my right wrist…as to how I did it I know not. When I hold it out in front of me palm side down, I can’t turn it upward, the outside of my arm and wrist going counterclockwise. It hurts a whole bunch. I actually think I was moving something heavy with someone about two weeks ago and I was pushed back and braced impact on the wall behind me with my right arm and hit my wrist area on a bar or something. I vaguely remember doing that and it hurting for a second. But afterwards, it smarted a lot. I compensate with lighter weightlifting and extremely strict form and extremely slow movements and it doesn’t hurt my wrist or compromise my range of movement. For now, it is lots of cardio and light weights. Lots of fruits and veggies and light on the protein. Now, let’s all prepare for a good week of eating, exercising and living on the right side of the force………..
If you peel it right, the banana will come…………
Something I learned a while back about bananas that I have been doing for years now. I find the sheer pleasure and joy in observing people battle, fight, squish, rip, cut, and curse out a banana because it will not open from the stem. Have you ever watched a gorilla peel or some form of monkey peel a banana. They will peel it from the bottom up. Have you ever tried this. If you peel a banana up, the bottom always gives way with some ease. You end up ripping the little black thing at the bottom of the banana that we have once or twice eaten and regretted once that bitter nastiness filled our mouth. So, peel from the bottom and you automatically remove upon first initial pop and rip, and you will usually avoid getting those stringy friends we all discard with quick annoyance. And, this will all happen without stressing about whether the banana will open or if you will mash it first before winning the war of ripping it open. So, take it from a monkey. Bottoms up!!!
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.
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.
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!