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From land thug to water bug………………..

Side view.......

Me in Texas……a before look…
Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  Alas, photos and results.  It has taken me some time but I have figured out how to upload the photos from my camera to my sister’s laptop.  I still need to upload the software to this desktop so I can upload the pics directly here and straight to my blog.  As you can see I have lost a considerable amount of weight in my love handles and in my belly which is where I have been focusing my attention.  My workouts have become more explosive.  I have incorporated sprinting into my swimming routines which feels like someone put a plastic bag around my neck and I can’t get enough air into my lungs. Breathing while swimming is excruciating, especially when sprinting.  It truly is the greatest exercise torture a person can do without putting any strain on your joints.  I love it and hate it and look forward to it and dread the all-out sprint.  I literally have to  pull half my body out of the pool to get air without the water pressure doing a boa constrictor number on my lungs…….and as you can see, I am not really walking right now.  I strained my knee right before I got here and the more I stayed on it the worse it got and the tighter it felt restricting my range of motion.  I decided after doing research on it to stay off of it and just do pool work until I could get enough weight off.  I am going by inches right now and am still on the hunt for a good scale here on Oahu.  I will dedicate myself to finding one this week and divulging the results of my weight loss in poundages.  That will be the grande weigh in for next week and my first with numbers on weight.  Next week will be epic just because I haven’t been able to weigh in and see the results that I have been anxious to see.  Remember my philosophy on numbers.  It doesn’t matter how much you weigh.  What matters is your committment to your lifestyle changes; your committment to yourself and your family or whatever it is that drives you.  Your dedication here will help mold your life hereafter.  Dieting and exercise teaches discipline, dedication, consistency, and most important a positive attitude.  That number is only the beginning of your mindset to tell yourself that that is not the place you want to be…..that is not your destination of choice……..you would rather be somewhere like Tahiti than in Afghanistan right now. Hawaii is where you want to be with your eating habits, your body weight, your overall health index.  Afghanistan is where you are at right now.  HELL!  You are unhappy with your weight……you are unhappy with your body image and your self-esteem is somewhere between fecal matter and slug slime.  So, the first paradigm shift we need to make is to look at our weight and say that you are moving residences.  I am changing my phone number………I am getting a flat screen instead of that old huge box television set that should have been retired with that shag carpet thirty years ago.  I tried measuring myself but cannot do it accurately so I’m going to get my brother when he gets off at 4 p.m. today to help me do my measurements.  I apologize for that.  At least you can see the progress I’m making by comparing the pics.  I’m pretty proud of myself.

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Me today in Hawaii.......

Swimming vs. walking………
I have found, for myself, that swimming is a much better exercise than walking for now.  I strained my knee approximately a month ago and as I continued on my walking routines and such my knee never got better.  I decided to lay off the weight-bearing exercises, including walking, and doing strictly pool workouts.  The kicking has helped my leg strength tremendously and my knee has been so much better than before.  The fluid in it is leaving my joint and my leg is progressively getting stronger without running or walking or even squatting.  The size of my right knee seems to be way down and almost the same size as my left knee.  I will probably stay off it for the next two weeks before trying some blacktop cardio again.  It is extremely refreshing to jump in the pool every morning and do my workout.  My entire body is relaxed and calm afterward and my joints don’t hurt due to the weightlessness the water creates.  Swimming has definitely saved my knees and helped me lose weight in the process!  So to those who have bad knees or strained ones or injured ones or just pain in them…..step into a pool and you’ll realize a whole new world of fitness, fun and joint-friendly fitness.

Hello.   My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  A lot has transpired these last couple of days.  I was nominated by Jerry Keusch and “youasamachine” blogger for “The Versatile Blogger” award of which I had no idea existed until now.  These two people who nominated me have incredible blogs of great depth and information.  Both of which I read and sometimes comment on and both of which I take great informative tips or counsel on the things I am working on in my life and apply them.  Link up and give them a look-see!  I also decided to hold off on blogging until today to let people mosey on through and see the list of nominees……so, as you find yourself perusing the vast lands of blogdome and come across the list of nominees, please take some time and take a gander at them.  You will not be disappointed. 

The truth will set you free……..

How many times have we heard this saying?  Let me tell you something.  Knowing I am fat does not set me free.  I feel imprisoned within a body that is not mine.  I feel like the walls are closed tightly around me and I know they are because physical activity hurts.  Breathing hard hurts.  Getting up and doing it again hurts like a cantankerous sore that’s found its way onto the edge of your upper lip growing bigger and redder and rawer with each breath you take until you want to die.  You

Walking the Walk!

don’t want to go anywhere because you don’t want people staring at it and wondering how filthy or unclean you are or where you have been or what you have contracted.  And that is the world of the un-lithe.  Yesterday was a beast day for me.  I did not really watch what I ate but didn’t overdo it at the same time.  I wanted, desperately, to workout but found it more fulfilling and rebellious not to.  I had 100% NO desire, yesterday, to do anything that remotely resembled any form of physical activity and had this cloud of frustration all around me.  I decided without first calming down and looking at it rationally that I would not work out at all and yesindeedy!  I did not.  Those feelings turned into determination this morning and pushed me out the door to do my walk.  The whole fam came for the event and the temp was in the 70s.. Couldn’t have asked for a better morning.  I just got back from shopping for a couple of hours and my right knee is a little stiff so as I sit here and recount my day to you I am icing my right knee-joint.   I may know that I need to keep in shape and lose a lot of weight, but the truth is this.  The truth is obesity sucks.  Getting in shape sucks, and dieting sucks.  This afternoon I realized I am not as committed as I should be….whether it be my food intake or my exercising.  I am committed but not deeply.  The kind of committment that makes a man get on one knee, look up at the woman he loves and ask her to marry her for the rest of his life.  I’m talking COMMIT!  So, I committed today, but this time it was deep…….deep like, well, deep.  I went for my cardio walk this morning.  Now, when I finish this blog I’m going for another cardio walk but this time will jog as much of it as possible.  Tomorrow, I do it again.  Nothing is going to stop me.  I actually have a great capacity to drop a lot of weight if I really focus my efforts and are consistent….keyword…..consistent.  Consistent is my nemesis.  It has been for weight loss.  I want to apologize for no weigh-in as I have been really sick and not been able to do much these last 5-6 days.  So today I raise my glass and toast all of you who are in my shoes.  We do this together.  We do this, not for glory or fame or for the verbal praises of man; we do this because we know and realize our true potential.  When all is stripped away from us and we are left naked, hungry, and vulnerable, we have two choices.  Choice number one, allow 0ur circumstance to let us know we are naked, hungry and vulnerable or two, know we are at the bottom of the pool and only need to push off the bottom to glide to the top.  I choose to push off and my push-off day starts today!  I set a goal for a 15-20lb. weightloss this week.  Goodbye Mr. Belly…………