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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!


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.


Neither rain nor sleet nor snow nor hail………….

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!!! 


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

 
 
 

 


Homemade Granola

 

fresh batch of granola

3 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats

Now, you can use any kind of nut and as much as you want to use…..i prefer 3/4 cup of almond slivers and walnuts.

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup safflower oil…again, you can use whatever oil you desire…ie…grapeseed, canola, etc….

1 tspn. sea salt

1 Tbsp. honey

2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

Mix all together and spread in a pan lined with foil.  Preheat oven to 350 and bake for 20 minutes.

It should be nice and toasty.  Let it cool.   Add any kind and as much dried fruit as you want.  I add dried cherries, blueberries, and cranberries.  Mix.  Enjoy……..So easy and so yummy!