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.
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.