Hello. My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire. Well hallelujah and zippadeedoodah! I am back in the blogging world. Let’s just say I took a hiatus from the world of blogging, mainly due to lack of computer cooperation, busy with work and getting back into school and, of course, I moved to Hawaii. Why can’t we just have a “smooth sailing” button to push and when we do, voila! Poof! Boom! Life falls into place and everything is taken care of for that day or couple of days…..heck, even a week would be pretty much outrageous. I am still on track on the weight loss but kinda maintained my weight a little more than I wanted to. I slowed down with the weight loss but have still been chipping away at it, slowly and painfully. If there is one thing I have come to learn is the dreaded word…………………DIET! It is everything. I hate deviating off of it but when your resources run low, money, time, food, access, transportation, whatever, your diet changes to accommodate your current lifestyle. And while you still eat pretty well, the gumption to give it all you’ve got in the pool or gym or street, even, goes down. Why? Because you know that your diet is not where you want it so it’s like walking uphill in the snow barefoot…..really, it truly is. It is HARD! I am refocusing my diet as of yesterday to the stern regiment I once had it one. I actually love it when I eat really well. I feel better, no bloating, no sick feeling after eating, no overfull sickness and the list goes on and on. Exercise is so good to do but soooooo great to do when your diet is aligned with it. I have days where I want to do less than stellar on that bike or, as of a few days ago, TREADMILL!!!, I try to push through. Am I resilient all the time and do it perfectly with my heart rate at a maximum effort every day, week after week? Honestly, no! But to all you fanatics and know-it-alls who base your arguments on hearsay…………Its okay. Life goes on. The sun still rises and your reflection will still be in that mirror when you wake up. Now, how it looks at you will depend on you. So I suggest smiling. It is far more appealing on a hard morning or especially when you just don’t want to put those shoes on. I know. It happens all the time. I try not to get down on myself and remember that it’s not the destination that I’m working towards but a lifelong journey that I embarked on and hopefully you will all continue to join me as we continue our lifelong work together as anatomical engineers…….
Hello. My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire. For those who may not understand the name, skinnyaire is like millionaire, but with the skinny! I am definitely on the hunt for the elusive physique we all dream about at night, think about during the entire day, envy when we see someone who possesses that which we pursue and hate everytime we put something in our mouth. It is surely ever-elusive, forever just out of reach, painfully staring at us each time we look into the mirror and undoubtedly the highest mountain to climb. It is the pinnacle of one’s life. A mission that will last an entire existence, considering that once you have attained physical glory according to your innermost desires, you must then maintain that which you have worked so hard for, sweated so much for, cried over, binges at night and vented over the phone to a listening and hopefully understanding ear. For many of us, we will not attain that which is attainable…….but why???
Capitalism is the name of the game and is what keeps the country afloat, enslaves people to a desk job, inundating them with mountains of work that is quite critical to the growth and welfare of the company and yet make the least amount of money….barely enough to pay the mortgage, bills, food and whatever expenditures accumulate with an American family. Why do I bring this up, you say? What does it have to do with dieting and exercise. Did you know that Pilates was introduced to the American public in the early 1900s and that it was a flop, not producing the results people initially thought it would. Now, here we are again 100 years later and still doing that which does not work, burns you out, fatigues your muscle and does not make you into that chiselled phenomenon you see on television. You see, what they fail to tell you is that those are models who put in countless hours in the gym or out on the road, dedicating their lives to look a certain way for that is how they make their livelihood in life. If they fail to maintain a certain look that does not agree with the producers and investors of companies that hire them to promote their products, they are immediately fired without a moment’s thought. Why? Because there is someone out there who is dedicated enough to look a little better and work a little harder. These companies also fail to disclose the fact these people on television who promote their “health” products maintain a strict and regimented diet. How do I know this? Because I used to be one of them….not a model, but a dieting, exercising devoted fiend of the trade. I know that diet by itself done correctly can help a person drop any and all unwanted weight. I know that exercise alone will not do that. I know that together you can sculpt that ideal body with proper nutrition and proper exercise habits that you consistently execute on a daily basis. I have a friend that I use for reference and will do it again because my friend who blogs about this has a very informational and helpful blog full of health, nutrition and exercise tips to assist anyone who finds themself wanting to begin the journey of losing oneself now and finding oneself down the road. This is the link to her blog and I encourage all to read it.
Energy drinks, diet pills, caffeine……..
Have any of you ever had an energy drink? And if so, how many have you had in an hour? A day? A week? Can’t get enough? Before you believe what companies tell you, you need to research the effects of these stimulants on your body. They don’t care if you collapse, dehydrate yourself, ruin your blood sugar levels or even have a heart attack. The energy drink business is a multi-billion dollar industry, supported on the backs of everyday working citizens. They use long work hours, kids, stresses of life, bills, lack of sleep and so on as reasons for their products. Have you ever thought about the consequences of your actions of becoming dependent upon these substances? All these factors of life can cause adrenal fatigue. That’s okay because that is what life is about. Now, how to handle it. With adrenal fatigue, or hypoadrenia, we need to restart our adrenal glands again properly. They are located right above the kidneys and are controlled by the hypothalamus and the pituitary glands located in the brain. They are involved in pulmonary function, blood sugar metabolism, carbohydrate metabolism, central nervous system processes, cardiovascular function, hematological metabolism, hormone production, gastrointestinal function, and liver function. The adrenal glands play an important role in helping the body respond appropriately to changes caused by stress and different emotions. Now, imagine you have a car with no oil. The oil represents the adrenal glands that help regulate the body. Now, you have no oil, so what happens to your engine. It will break down on you and you will have an engine that is no longer good. You will need to replace the entire engine. Now, imagine no oil and you’re driving and you inject NOS into the system. You basically supercharged your fuel lines and your engine goes into overdrive with no oil. You might pick up some speed at a considerably fast rate and pass everyone by, but down the road your pistons will lock up, your engine will overheat and your entire engine will give out…and this is being conservative with the jargon. Then, after a few minutes, everyone you passed will pass you and you have no way of catching up and you lose the race. The NOS would stand in place of your energy drinks, pills, caffeine and so on. You are burning up your body with no oil to keep things on the level. This is a simple as I can explain. You will cause damage to your adrenal glands, damage to your hypothalamus and pituitary glands, and your especially your thyroid amongst all other organs in your body that depend on blood sugar regulation, weight control……etc. Here, read for yourself. And on top of that, sleep is critical to a functioning and healthy body, but that is in my next article. For all you coffee drinkers, here’s a link for you.
You are extraordinary……..
The next time you want to spend money on a product, think of the wonderful alternative. It is hard. I know. I am doing it as we speak. But, all good things take time to build, just like the freeways and skyscrapers and houses we build, from the bottom up. There must be a firm foundation for the rest of the building to be considered strong and safe to live in, work in or whatever it’s uses be. And, while you fight, and cry and hunger and struggle to keep to your diet and exercise goals and while you break the chains of slavery to food and stress and the triggers in life that make you want to veer or detour from your path, you will develop something you thought you never could. A WILL. A WILL to say no or yes to a decision for the better. A WILL to refrain. A Will to choose the healthier of the two. A WILL to not give up, cut short that walk or swim. A WILL to sleep instead of getting up and going for that jog. A WILL to not give in to temptation even when it is all around you and everyone else is doing it. Then, and only then will you start to see the new you. A person of discipline and integrity. People will notice the difference, not only in your appearance but in the way you choose aside from everyone else. You will sleep better, have more energy, the fog will lift and your illnesses and frailties will vanish and you will no longer feel depressed or fatigued. You will become the person you were meant to be, extraordinary…..
Hello. My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire. A few days ago I hit a major milestone! This milestone is huge and I’m not talking walking another mile or losing another ten pounds or weighing under a certain weight in so long……I’m talking HUGE milestone. Now granted I had to flex and tighten my abdominal area for this momentous event. Are you ready for this because I don’t know if you are because I was barely ready for this when it happened. All right all right no more babbling. Drum roll, please…….I went for my daily swim at the public pool and was showering afterward as usual. I tried untying my board shorts in the water but ended up knotting it. As I was showering I happened to untie it without any usual resistance and then I looked down and retied it so I wouldn’t have my shorts at my feet when I’m walking around. After pulling the string and seeing that it wasn’t going to break and seeing I didn’t tie myself into another knot I continued showering. Then my head shoots up and I realized something magnificent had just transpired. The choir of angels began to sing in loud joyous praises the word, “Hallelujah, Hallelujah” as the heavenly light fell down upon me in the shower. I SAW myself tie my shorts. Did you get that? I saw myself tie my board short strings into a bow. I witnessed the entire tying of the strings down to the tightening of it and looked at it rest on my waist. Yes, dear brothers and sisters, I SAW my string. It has been too long a time that I have not been able to see this remarkable event due to the ever-obstructive obstinate entity I have named, George. That would be my belly. His name is George. I am slowly making George go away and stay away for good because I am tired of hauling him around and not liking the way I look in the mirror. This has made my spirit soar and has given me fire under my rump to keep up the daily grind and hack away at those unwanted pounds. People. This is a victory for all of us who are doing the diet and exercise thang…….you know…….those of us who are rewiring our brains and retraining our bodies how to eat again and how to exercise again and how to be consistent again. We are Kings for a day. This day I revel with you. My victory is your victory. We are victorious together. I have a daydream that one day we will all walk hand in hand, sweating away the insecurities of our lives and resurrecting the divine potential within us all. I have a daydream that big people and little people and tall people and short people will look at one another as just people. One day, today, is a small victory for us all, but tomorrow, tomorrow will be your victory and your victory will be mine as well.
Hello. My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire. I have been having a hard time blogging just because. I have intentions to blog but wait too long and before I know it, its bedtime. I will set a goal for myself to be more diligent and blog daily like when I started this blog. I have so much to tell and so much to share on my journey. I need to post all these wonderful recipes I’ve come across and all the meals I’ve eaten that are extraordinary by any means. I mean,I am literally depriving myself of fully expressing my day-to-day living and depriving all readers who support, encourage and follow me of the many things I have come to realize, come to enjoy and come to change. With all this being said I will say that this is the first of two blogs today. Just to let all people know, I am in Hawaii which means I am on Pacific Standard Time. I am two hours behind California, three behind Utah and four behind Texas making the east coast five-fingered hours away from here. I will be posting again with my measurement pictures and stats because my brother gets off of work today at 4 p.m. I will take the photos and post so by nine or nine-thirty I should be blogged with my weight loss results. Thank you for following me thus far and thank you to all for your encouragement and support.
You know, even after all this time, I have days, sometimes almost a full week where I consider eating something else. A certain food crosses my mind and I want to eat it. For so long now I have restrained and withheld and kept at bay many foods that I could eat, treats entering the house, passing a store, and even while I eat my meal. However, I have noticed that when confronted with a “yummy” food, one that remains out-of-bounds with the dieting gods, the forbidden fruit of all self-proclaimed out-of-shapers, huskies, chubbies, flabbies, phatties, heavyweights, thunder-thighers, belly-totin miserables, I tend to make the correct decision to not partake or nibble or even sample that food for fear of regressing and erasing all the hard work I have put into my mind and body. The decision is quite easy and I don’t even think about eating that food anymore. It’s funny that it crosses my mind when unseen, yet when it becomes a visual in front of me I have an easier time not eating it. Now, that isn’t always. It also depends on the food. If I see pizza, then that day automatically becomes my cheat day because I cannot express to you in justifiable words the depth and love I have for pizza. It is one of those foods that is so delicious and so soothing to my body and soul that I will not deprive myself of the marvelous decadent symphonies that await my ever-so-eager mouth. And you know what, that is okay. When you do well for a period of a week or two, you need to reward yourself and feel no guilt. I do know this. I have learned that as you first begin your lifestyle changes with your diet that it is imperative to stick to a disciplined menu to allow your body to rid itself of the many cravings for those foods less than good for you. Once you have mastered yourself fairly well, then it would it be a good idea to have a cheat day. The more you practice will power the more will power you will have to make better choices throughout your days and weeks!
Remind yourself of your accomplishments………..
There are mornings I wake up and kinda feel like I could stay home and not go for that swim. I have trained myself to immediately tell myself of all the progress I have made and how good I am feeling. This allows me to get up and out of bed and look forward to another swim and another pound gone. Reminding yourself of your progress allows you to see you are doing it daily and gives you that kick in the pants you need to get out of bed and do it again. I feel my clothes getting looser on my body. Shorts I could not button are now sliding off of me if I do not put a belt on. Shirts once too tight to wear and too short now are hanging on me and are fitting me better. Nobody will have a bigger influence on me or you but myself and yourself. It is very difficult to stay positive but it is absolutely possible. With all this said I will see you all this evening and tomorrow for some of you. I will post again and post my pics and results and progress. See you soon and wish me luck!
Hello. My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire. As I walked past the many shops that make up our smaller strip malls, I can’t help but notice a large man to my right walking alongside me. With the left side of my body toward the street and this large man to my right with the store fronts to his right, I can’t help but notice how big he is. Is this dude sizing me up? Does he know me or is he just lolligagging next to me, oblivious of the fact that I, along with him, are two giants walking side by side down the sidewalk. I mean, I am 6’5 and am currently under construction and one of the newest members of the Iwannabeaskinnyaire club………geesh! So, I finally make the conscious decision to look to my right and see who this big man is. One, two, three! Oh! Its my reflection! And the sheepish feelings seep in and the Oh-my-gosh I’m a dork thought starts running circles in my mind. But, this whole scenario made me look at my reflection. The one thing I can’t stand to look at! It sounds dumb, but its true. I have a hard time looking at myself in the mirror. Even though I am feeling better about myself and even though I am losing the weight and even though I am eating sooooooo much better than before I hate looking at my reflection. It is my present reminder of how far gone I let myself go. It is my harsh reality. It may be my reality but it doesn’t mean I have to like it or accept it. I am changing my present to a better future me and I’ll look when I feel I look “normal” enough and “healthy” enough. I can look at myself in my bathroom mirror, but not at a window or mirror that shows my whole body. It just doesn’t work for me. I even hate taking pictures of myself. I don’t have that many pics of me because I do not like my image. I guess I just have a hard time with myself and my image that I am right now. These are things that are slowly changing along with my diet and exercise. I am making lifestyle changes, therefore I am making ALL lifestyle changes including my mentality, my emotions, my humor and so on. I am changing everything for the better. These issues, these psychological issues and emotional issues can be just as damaging, and maybe more so than just my physical issues if I do not tend to them and work on them as well. I want to look in the mirror now and not later and accept me for me. I want to be able to look at myself now and not have those negative thoughts anymore. Everytime I catch myself seeing my reflection I just gasp and roll my eyes and start talking a lot of crap to myself. No more. My next goal is to be kind to myself. I can be kind to others, but to myself is so much more difficult. Like my friend always said in Texas, “Stop treatin yurself like a red-headed stepchild and give yurself a lil luvin”! I would have to second the motion.
Hello. My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire. I have been enjoying life here in the islands. It has its own stresses and such but Hawaii is a place of mystery and magic all its own. Whenever I brought up the fact was from Hawaii, people would immediately open up, relax and smile. I would even notice a hint of wonderment and awe in that split-second twinkle their eyes showed upon hearing the word Hawaii. Yes, Hawaii truly does invoke the inner child within us all. Visions of clear nights lit by torchlight. The whole pig freshly pulled from the imu (underground oven). The clear and aromatic smells of ginger, plumeria and other exotic flowers perfuming the night air with their intoxicating fragrances as they dance lightly on the cool night breeze. Ah, such a true picture of a magical place. The only thing that would allow me to fully take it all in is if I can get this computer to download the software to read my pics I have been taking along the way.
Big lug to Waterbug………
So far, I have been religiously consistent about working out at the community pool located in Waipio Gentry. It is a beautiful pool with lap rows at 25 yards and lap rows at 25 meters. The water is a cool 76 degrees so the initial shock jumping in isn’t too bad. I utilize the mornings for mainly kicking and leg strengthening and the evenings for actual swimming. It has been wonderful and I am seeing a lot of benefits to swimming twice daily and being more disciplined with my eating habits. I know I have a long way to go but am very pleased with my results thus far. I have been trying to incorporate sprints with my swimming. A friend of mine does this and her physique is something we all wish to acquire in our lifetime. Please stop by her blog as she has fantastic workouts to do in the morning right when you wake up and how to do many things such as diet and other forms of exercise. It is a blog I refer to for guidance in my own workouts and eating habits. Just click on the link. I have not posted pics and really apologize to all those following as I need to upload this software so I can share with you in my successes. I am going to start incorporating the butterfly stroke during the day at the beach. I did this some years back and only once a day and lost weight like water off a duck’s back. I actually think I lost around 50 pounds in less than three weeks. I remember my belly being there and then it was way down and nearly gone. It requires much more body and is an explosive movement so I know it will help. I do not have any weights over here so I am going to use five-gallon buckets and three-gallon buckets and some smaller for weightlifting. Maybe it will inspire others to use what they have around the house. You don’t need a gym to get in shape. The tools are all around us if we just use our imagination. I will document this with photos and then I will post them this Saturday. I am doing everything I can to make my wife and children proud of me. My goal is to pick them up from the airport in some months down the road and have my children walk by me without recognizing me. What an awesome feeling that would be to know I have changed my looks so much, knowing how much work I put into my body and continue to do so.
Goal for the next two months…….
My goal for the next two months is quite steep and will require a lot of discipline on my part. I can accomplish this because I have the weight to drop. It’s not like I’m shy ten pounds and I’m there……please. This belly begs to differ. I will drop 60 pounds of fat in the next two months while building lean muscle. I am tweaking my diet to include more protein so I can accomplish this. I know this is doable. I once dropped 47 pounds in one month just running. That was when I was a spring chicken but now, I need to lose weight AND get back in shape. I have many goals in the next six months I wish to accomplish and which as I lose the weight will share with you. So for now, same bat time same bat channel.
This was taken from another blog with fantastic advice on working out……..please read!
This IS how I believe people who are overweight can get themselves to a healthy weight. By being consistent with daily body maintenance. It takes time for the body to build strength, become flexible, develop agility and power. We can’t achieve it over a short period of time and then just stop and coast on our results. Starting from zero it took me one week of trying every single day to finally accomplish one chin up, and that was after about six months of consistent weight training. Now I can pull off five chin ups whenever I go past the bar. When I forget and don’t do them for a week, I’m back to square one. The strength gain is not permanent…you know, “use it or lose it”. It takes a lot of time to get fit and very little time to undo it. A little bit everyday is our insurance for a healthy and active life.
As we age, it’s not the dumbells we’ll have to pick up, it’s ourselves.
There has been so much emphasis on more being better over the years. People watching professional athletes who train for hours a day (which is just not possible for the average person, let alone parents). I know people who are overweight who struggle with running long distances or training like a triathlete, hoping to achieve the body type of said sport. What often happens is pain and injury to joints that are not physically conditioned for such activities. Then as a result of the long duration of these workout, people get hungry and end up over-eating to satiate the furnace, which negates the calories burned in the first place! Followed by a decrease in Non-Exercise Activity (look for my article on N.E.A.T) for the rest of the day and possibly for the following day(s).
There is no quick fix. There is no magic plan. What there is, is Self-Discipline. Self-Discipline is born from being Consistent. Enter: Daily Body Maintenance. Every morning for the rest of our life we start with some daily exercise. The rest of the day we stay active = Active Living. This means take the stairs. Clean your house. Walk the dog. Do your chores. Fit in a more intense 4-12 minute HIIT workout and thorough body stretches. Once we stop living an active life and let others do our doing, well there goes NEAT.
Once we let advertising and products convince us that there is an easier way, we’ve lost.
Remember one important point: Just because someone is not overweight, does not mean that they are healthy or fit. We are all made up so very differently, carry our body fat differently. I think we will be better off if we think less about how we actually look or what the scale says and put more emphasis on how we feel, what our body can do, how our skeleton functions and how we nourish ourselves. That’s what I mean when I say: I believe we will do ourselves a service if we focus less on the aesthetic and more on our body’s function.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.
Hello. My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire. A quick synopsis of the last week and some have taken me from the cold fronts of Texas winters to the tropical climate and paradisiacal glory of my homeland. Yes, I have returned to the place of my birth, Hawaii. Many of you already know I am of Hawaiian ancestry. My family, along with many other indigenous families here in the islands have traversed, lived, battled on, loved, and bonded with these lands, these islands I and they call home and have for so many centuries. Upon exiting the airplane, there is a distinct aroma in the air of the flower leis that hang in the many kiosks of the airport, there to be purchased and gifted to loved ones visiting, honeymooning lovers and people vacationing for the first or second time. Many of these visitors are welcomed by family members or flower lei girls greeting guests to the island of Oahu. Greeted with an, “ALOHA”, and, “Welcome to Oahu”, along with an embrace and kiss on the cheek cause many to smile or even blush at the intimacy of the culture here. Many of the lei girls are products of Hawaiian ancestry mixed by other cultures who migrated here many years ago with the sugar plantations. They reflect the beauty of these wonderful unions of cultures, their faces reflecting the many blood lines of Hawaiian, Portuguese, Samoan, Tongan, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Caucasian and many other wonderful ethnicities that now call Hawaii home.
An extraordinary people………an extraordinary cuisine……….
Along with the beautiful mix of ethnicities comes a harmonious blend of delectable wonders that have taken on an identity all their own. Many dishes include white rice which is definitely of the Asian persuasion, a macaroni salad and a chicken katsu or the full word being tonkatsu for the Japanese originating sauce made for the fried strips of panko flake-covered chicken breasts. How about a laulau, a native Hawaiian dish of pork, chicken or fish with a piece of butterfish wrapped in taro leaves and steamed to perfection along with some rice and mac salad or green salad or chicken long rice? Hawaii is a place of harmony amidst diversity. Whether it be found in the lovely faces of Hawaii’s people or in the food that has taken on it’s own tastes and mixed concoctions of culinary cultural delights, there is a magic in the air. People here are very kind and very loving. Granted, small islands have their own quirks and missteps, but the truth remains. With all the teriyakis and hulihuli chickens grilling by the roadsides; of all the plate lunches of laulau and poi, chili and rice, katsu and mac salads; of all the shaved ice cones bought and haupia-filled malasadas eaten daily lies one very beautiful truth. Hawaii is a place of extraordinary cuisine that tickles the taste buds and stirs the fancy with thoughts of grandeur and decadence. However, between the fresh mango and papaya and freshly made lilikoi (passionfruit) and guava juices are found an extraordinary people from different walks of life and many different backgrounds, all of which share one thing in common. They all share in the spirit of Aloha.
Weight loss gone TROPICAL!
I want to first and foremost apologize for not blogging like I should have. This move came pretty quickly and I left my children and wife so the final three days before I left I spent every waking moment with my children playing nail-biting games of chutes and ladders and Monopoly and playing down-to-the-wire games of guts and glory basketball! My time was spent more productively and never funner than those three days. I already miss my kids. A few things have changed since I moved here. I have gone from a gym and pool to sunny 80 degrees and an ocean to swim in. I think my workouts will be a little more interesting and a little harder considering the ocean has currents that pull and tug at you while trying to swim from point A to point B. This Saturday, tune in to the blog and see my results. Being back home has its drawbacks as I love the food here so I need to be more disciplined about what I eat and how much. I could go crazy here with the tuna rolls and pork hash and manapua and spam musubis and all the other wonderful treats I grew up with. I still have a hard time looking at my reflection in the mirror, especially when I’m walking parallel to the windows because I’m afraid to look and see my belly the same size. I am staying optimistic and really making a concerted effort to stay the course with my eating habits. Until Saturday, wish me luck!