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!
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!
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!
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.
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!