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
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…………
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
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
tablespoon of peanut butter. Love it!
Where I work out……….
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!
January 26, 2012 | Categories: January, Uncategorized | Tags: carbs, exercise, fat loss, flying, food, garlic, healthy, lettuce wraps, onion, overweight, protein, stamina, strength, tomato, weight loss | 1 Comment