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My Forever Valentine……….

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  Tomorrow is a day of great importance, especially with those individuals who have significant others whom they impart of their most intimate feelings, sharing all complexities and beautiful strands of life that make up a relationship. Many of us will discover the path of enrichment in life, finding our truest happiness in our soul mate and finding great fulfillment in putting forth all we have to make the relationship stronger each day and enjoying the strength of the love that is nourished and fostered by both committed individuals.  A wise man once told me, “The greatest moment in our life will be when we find someone who we love with all our souls and they reciprocate that love back.  Why call it a moment?  Because when this happens that very moment can last the rest of our lives.”  I am convinced that is true.  An uncle of mine once asked me a very bold and honest question one night.  He asked me is marriage is worth it.  I responded and said as I truly believe this, “yes, uncle, marriage is worth fighting for.”  I have been blessed to have such a wonderful woman who has reciprocated that fierce and deep love that I have expressed to her.  She has a very unique quality that few possess.  She is able to make any person of any background, creed, ethnicity……you name it, feel comfortable around her and trust her instantly.  She has a way of emulating love for all people regardless of who they are.  Many of my friends asked me is she was from Hawaii because she, “has so much Aloha.”  Valentine’s Day is significant to both my wife and I because it is the day I proposed to her.  I did it on this day so I would always effortlessly remember this and be able to tell my children and them theirs of when and how I asked their mother for her hand in marriage.  I decided to share a little background on Valentine’s Day with the many legends that precede it.  Here are a few of them: 

Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today.

Whether they are true or not, Valentine’s Day is a day to express our love to our significant other, in particular, and to those whom we have developed relationships with including family members, close friends and whoever we feel a need to recognize in our life.  We should always express ourselves to those we love but Valentine’s Day is a day set aside for just that.  So, take advantage of this entire day.  Let whoever in your life know how much you love and appreciate them.  I want to express my love to my wife on this special day.  I am here in Hawaii but my heart and mind are always her. So on this very special day, Happy Valentine’s Day, Christa!  I love you!


From land thug to water bug………………..

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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.