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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.........


Photos and measurements and exercise, oh my……..

 

My beautiful triathlete sister who is an inspiration to me!

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  Yesterday and the day before were great!  More than great, they were motivating.  How, you say?  My sister called me and asked me to meet her at the gym!  When someone else goes with you, calls you, stops by and invites you, texts you, emails you, or just plain harrasses you with the purpose of doing it with you, it can make a world of a difference between not going and going with a purpose.  I will say that it is much easier and funner to meet someone who is right there with you than to fly solo.  I mean, let’s check out history.  History only proves its better flying with a co-pilot.  There was Adam and Eve in the garden together, Bonnie and Clyde livin la vida loca, Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble, Bam Bam and Pebbles, Mutt and Jeff, Pinkey and the brain, Phineas and Ferb, Stockton and Malone, Montana and Rice, Jordan and Pippen, the Olsen twins, Batman and Robin….need I go on?  So, for this blog, thanks sis!  I have posted a couple of pics of my triathlete sister who made it to the world championships held in New Zealand next summer.  There she will compete for eternal glory…..oh, wait, that’s from Harry Potter….where she will compete for the world triathlete title!  Right now she is in the process of looking for sponsors so if any of you readers read this and know of people who donate to causes of athletic prowess, then give me a holler via comment and let me know!  I will be having her guest write on the bl0g from time to time about her training tips and such.  These pics are of her on some photo shoots, modelling for the likes of Trailrunner magazine, Brooks shoes and other athletic outdoor accessories.

When  in doubt, burn it out…….

There is definitely truth to the saying, “old school”.  Walking/jogging/running is old school and it is one of the few exercises that shows the most results with the most pain involved.  I am doing lots of cardio now.  I ride the bike for a couple of miles at a decent clip all the while sprinting for thirty-second intervals in between the huffs and puffs and screaming thoughts of STOOOOOOOOOOOOP running through my sweaty head!  I’m not gasping for air anymore, I’m begging God to shove it down my lungs as fast as he possibly can before I pass out!!!  I’ve been at it a couple of days and notice a huge difference in my knees.  The bike has strengthened my legs and my knees don’t hurt.  In fact my legs feel quite strong.  Hmmmmm.  Go figure.  Exercise = strength.  Genius.  I’m trying to find other exercises to incorporate as I inflict this torture on myself.  I, at times, don’t feel like going.  But then, I think of Drew, and I think of my friend Jeremy, and everyone else rooting for me.  I can’t let them down.  My kids are my biggest fans and I can’t let them down.  My example will instill a sense of health wellness in each of my children for life and not because I preached it to them on top of my parental pulpit.  So, I lace up my shoes with all these factors and people in mind and I do it again.  And I do it again.  Why?  Because they’re worth it.  Because I’m worth it.  That’s why.  Anyone care for a side of abs with  those biceps???

Side view of progress

Frontal view of progress weekly

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Measurements:
 
Chest:  51 1/4 inches
 
Belly:  61 1/2 inches
 
Biceps:  19 inches
 
Thighs:  31 inches
 
I thought I started at 61 inches on the belly but that is just not so.  I have lost, probably four inches in the belly so I think I was more around 65-66 inches.  I am trying to find a good scale to weigh in on but the only place I may be able to go is 24-hour fitness.  So, tomorrow I go there and see if they will let me step on it.  Until then, I’ll upload photos and measurements weekly on Friday.  Sorry I was a day late.  It will be Fridays.  Until tomorrow, don’t let the bed bugs bite!
 
 

Taking the road less travelled…………

Steps can be brutal, but they are oh so good for ya!

Hello.   My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  So much has transpired since I last blogged.  I apologize to my readers for missing a day or two.   Sometimes life just bombards you, interrupting your life like an unwelcome guest.  A guest that never showers or cleans so that when that guest leaves, you’re left with that nasty aftertaste like a poorly made whey protein shake……..powdery chunks still floating around leaving that chalky, unwanted residue in your mouth.  Through it all, I am still alive and going strong.  I am feeling my body begin to respond to the workouts now more than just feel like I walked a hundred miles and nothing happening but the near collapse and shut down of my whole nervous and respiratory systems.  No joke.  My strength is returning as my bench press just jumped and I could feel my strength in each push of the bar.  My legs are also becoming stronger and my knees are not hurting much anymore each day I awake.  No joke, the sun seems brighter.  Those dang endorphins are doing a number on my positive outlook.  Sweet Niblets!  Cool Beans!  Gotta love these cool sayings!

Calorie Burners

If I focus on the television harder, will I burn more calories?

If I focus harder on the tv, will I burn more calories?

Composed here is a list of calorie burning activities we do each and everyday and I thought would be fun to post:

According to Kimberly Lummus, MS, RD, Texas Dietetic Association media representative and public relations coordinator for the Austin Dietetic Association in Austin, Texas, in 30 minutes a person who weighs 150 pounds can burn the following number of calories:

  • Raking leaves = 147 calories
  • Gardening or weeding = 153 calories
  • Moving (packing and unpacking) = 191 calories
  • Vacuuming = 119 calories
  • Cleaning the house = 102 calories
  • Playing with the kids (moderate activity level) = 136 calories
  • Mowing the lawn = 205 calories
  • Strolling = 103 calories
  • Sitting and watching TV = 40 calories
  • Biking to work (on a flat surface) = 220 calories

    Doin the vacuum jig!!!