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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.........


Like Adele says, “I can have it all”!

 

Hangin with the gang!

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.

These are the before and after pictures of his weight gain and now he is working to educate people on how to eat and exercise while he loses this weight and gets back to original form!    He is already seeing and experiencing living life on the chubby side.  His thoughts are changing and he has changed about what he thinks of himself.  His journey is one all of us are undergoing so don’t forget to follow him. 
 
Thanksgiving doesn’t have to mean Thanksgaining……
 

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.

 
Its all about the diet……..
 

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! 

I was the Candyman on Halloween night!

 


Weightloss is worth its weight in iron!

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  Yesterday morning and this morning I had the fortunate chance to eat more of our homemade yogurt and homemade peach spice jam flavoring the homemade yogurt topped off with my homemade granola……..YUMMY!  I like to think I have a pretty good knack for tasting food and letting people know if it is bad, good, or great.  This stuff rocks the palate!  The slight bitterness of the plain yogurt slightly sweetened by the peach spice jam and, of course, ending with a beautiful toasted crunch of oats, nuts and dry, sweetened fruit making for a symphony on the taste buds………..Beethoven’s 9th, mind you.  Oh, so good and so good for you.  It is so light and just for your pleasure, I cut half the sugar out of the granola, too!  Great stuff!  You can find the homemade granola recipe under Recipes category on my homepage!

Homemade granola on top of our homemade yogurt!

Benefits of Resistance Training

So, today, I woke up tired, but ready.  My attitude seems to be okay today and I feel all right.  I woke up running numbers through my head….how much do I weigh?  How much am I going to exercise?  What am I going to eat?  How can I kick up my metabolism and get the most out of exercise?  Well, I do understand one thing.  If you want to lose weight with a higher sitting metabolic rate, then resistance training is where it is at!  I am extremely blessed to have a wonderful wife who always thinks of me.  She went over to a friend’s house the other day to help them clean the house while they loaded up the truck to move states.  Her friend had a weight set, weider bar (45lb.) and z-bar (for curling) along with plate weight ranging from five to forty-five pounds.  Hold the phones!  Eureka!  Pono has struck it rich!  I have already started a program on the weights and will be continuing my workouts with the weights today.  I have experimented with weightlifting and read many articles concerning this.  Two important concepts I live by when I use weights.  #1  Technique is more important than weight.  Technique makes your lifting safer, makes you lift slower which allows you to build a strong fundamental foundation as well as a strong muscular foundation.  Remember what Mary Poppins always says, “A job well begun is half done.”  A good nights rest is critical to muscular growth and development which occurs at night.  Now, for me, it’s about weight loss and building muscle slowly to increase my resting heart rate and increase the amount of calories I burn during and post workout.  Studies have shown that lifting previous to a cardio activity greatly increases your metabolic rate.  In addition, eating five or six small meals, protein-based, and keeping each one around 300 calories will get those fat cells melting and will limit insulin production.

For today,  have yard work, some other chores and then my workout.  Lifting arms and back followed by a 15-minute punching bag cardio routine and then 30 minutes of walking/jogging in the neighborhood.  Let’s go get ’em today!


Thank Goodness for Breakfast

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  Last night was quite a night.  I feel miserable today because I missed going on my walk last night.  The night air was cool with a slight breeze that made it the perfect night for a walk or jog.  All of that changed in a matter of half an hour when I stepped outside again and the air was filled with the smell of smoke; a result of the massive brush fires sweeping across Texas  with reckless abandon.  I suffer from Asthma so am inclined to stay indoors when the air quality is really bad, bad like San Bernardino county when Los Angeles decides to share its smog and blows over into the valley, bad.  So, last night I was caught up with the news on the fires and if they had reached us yet.  By the time I looked up, it was nearly midnight and I did not work out.  Another disappointing day gone, a day never to be done over again, a workout lost in the depths of my memories to be replayed over and over with disappointing redundancy.

Homemade Yogurt

I woke up this morning still mad at myself for not doing something last night indoors to get my heart rate up.  Through the disappointment and sadness of my lack of effort last night, I did have something to look forward to for breakfast.  My wife and I attempted our very first homemade yogurt.  WoW!  We pulled it from the fridge and it had solidified to the consistency of yogurt!  Ahhhh, the sweet smell of success in the morning is truly invigorating!  But alas, it needed one final test.  The dreaded taste test!  It was plain yogurt so we decided to add some honey and strawberries to each individual bowl.

 The yogurt has a wonderful taste and texture to it.  You can find the recipe for it here.  Since it was such a success we will be experimenting with tastes and textures more, so we will share our results as they happen.  I usually eat roughly 30g of protein in the morning within 30 minutes of waking up which is something I learned on the Dr. Oz show.  Eating 30g of protein in the morning 30 minutes from waking up allows the body to burn more efficiently throughout the day and allow you to burn more calories.  Thirty grams of protein is equivalent to five eggs in the morning.  Eggs are a great source of protein but you can get your protein from many other sources besides eggs.  So, here’s to the rest of my day!  Let’s go!