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!
Hello. My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire. I measured this past week and to my un-surprise, I barely lost but a half inch. HMMMMM….maybe it was the fudge we made or maybe it was the lack of disciplinary eating habits I had been following the week previous that got me into this predicament. I didn’t get down on myself too much knowing I had derailed this past week. That and the fact I didn’t have much of a chance to workout. I could’ve have a couple of times but I actually did not have much time to work out this week. I have been non-stop going from computer to envelopes and postage to home chores and holiday decorating to home repairs and so on and so on and so on and blah blah blah! Yeah yeah, excuses….but good ones at that. I mean, I have been keeping busy, pretty much from the time I wake up to the time I lay me down to sleep. But then my good friend, Drew Manning, sticking to it with gusto and exercising with reckless abandon. My diet, other than the fudge and two pieces of chocolate chip cookies, did I do too bad. Just a lot of intrusive carbs with my not-so-bad meals. Maybe I had white rice instead of brown or none at all. Maybe I did not stick to the five to six meal plan. I will say I felt worse after this week with not sticking to it. I can actually feel the processed food not agreeing with my body. I felt sicker, more lethargic and even felt cloudier in the mind. I even switched to organic milk and let me tell you…….organic milk has a much better taste to it……AND, I feel better after a cup of it compared to when I drink a cup of regular anti-biotic filled hormone laced milk. It also doesn’t take much for me to feel guilty about not sticking to the plan as I run around with my kids for a minute and am out of breath or when I walk by a mirror and can’t even look at my own reflection because I am so embarrassed to see how much I let myself go. Then the whole negative talk comes into play about how stupid I was to have done this or I should have done this or that. Shoot, I can’t even handle my wife seeing me without my shirt let alone coming out of the shower. That’s just horrible for me to even think about. So, I am definitely back in the race after a long look at the unbecoming physique I possess and realized that I have spent too long in my follies and carbohydrates and need to start practicing self-restraint. That begins with pre-cooking my meals. I notice when I don’t pre-cook, I eat what is convenient. That usually entails fat, calories and guilt written all over it.
Here are my measurements……….
Chest: 51 inches
Thighs: 31 inches
Belly: 62 inches
biceps: 19 inches
Hello. My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire. Here again from two days ago. Two days ago I had an epic workout of a couple of miles on the bike and then I powerwalked half a mile and jogged the other half. It was run one walk one until I reached a mile. Yesterday morning I went walking with the family in the neighborhood and MAN was it cold! It’s not New York cold by any means but cold for my acclimated tropical blood cold in 40 degree weather! And then the wind blew and it felt like lollipops and sunshine…..NOT! Cold is cold no matter where you are from. Period. So, getting back to the walk……..it was brisk, it was heart-pumping, it was definitely a hard walk mixed with the freezing cold. I made every attempt and plan to workout again that evening. That evening became colder and I gave in. I can’t do that for the results I am looking for. It is three o’clock and I haven’t done any exercise yet. However, I have an epic workout planned for my out-of-shape self tonight. Let’s just say Uncle Pono won’t have trouble sleeping after tonight’s workout!
Aches, pains and more aches……..
When I started this endeavor, I had grandeur thoughts of muscles popping out everywhere and that I could run and not get tired. One thought on that……I forgot to think about the journey getting there. Right above my knee caps on both legs it feels tight. I think my right knee is filled with fluid. I know with the weight loss all these things will gradually go away as my knees will not have all that extra weight on it as it moves around. Oh joy, rapture!!! What a day that will be. I am actually lifting lighter because of two things. I am preparing my joints for normal mobility and so I upped my reps and lessened the weight. I also injured my right wrist…as to how I did it I know not. When I hold it out in front of me palm side down, I can’t turn it upward, the outside of my arm and wrist going counterclockwise. It hurts a whole bunch. I actually think I was moving something heavy with someone about two weeks ago and I was pushed back and braced impact on the wall behind me with my right arm and hit my wrist area on a bar or something. I vaguely remember doing that and it hurting for a second. But afterwards, it smarted a lot. I compensate with lighter weightlifting and extremely strict form and extremely slow movements and it doesn’t hurt my wrist or compromise my range of movement. For now, it is lots of cardio and light weights. Lots of fruits and veggies and light on the protein. Now, let’s all prepare for a good week of eating, exercising and living on the right side of the force………..
If you peel it right, the banana will come…………
Something I learned a while back about bananas that I have been doing for years now. I find the sheer pleasure and joy in observing people battle, fight, squish, rip, cut, and curse out a banana because it will not open from the stem. Have you ever watched a gorilla peel or some form of monkey peel a banana. They will peel it from the bottom up. Have you ever tried this. If you peel a banana up, the bottom always gives way with some ease. You end up ripping the little black thing at the bottom of the banana that we have once or twice eaten and regretted once that bitter nastiness filled our mouth. So, peel from the bottom and you automatically remove upon first initial pop and rip, and you will usually avoid getting those stringy friends we all discard with quick annoyance. And, this will all happen without stressing about whether the banana will open or if you will mash it first before winning the war of ripping it open. So, take it from a monkey. Bottoms up!!!
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???
Hello. My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire…….so freakin bad! A lot has transpired since my last post. For some reason I had one post this last week that did not post nor can I find it anywhere in my posts at all for editing. It has basically vanished into thin air. I have not one clue where it went……..however, here I am. This week was definitely my runner’s wall as they call it. I pretty much did not work out but maybe once. My eating has been okay but could be better. I think I put on a couple of pounds back on due to my lack of motivation. I’ll expound more upon this in my next paragraph!
I was doing pretty well until a week ago. I think one of the problems is I can’t find an accurate scale to weigh myself so I’m not doing myself any justice by not seeing the progress I’m making. At the same time I am so fearful of looking at the progress I’m making for some reason. I feel that since I hit the “wall”, I might as well sabotage myself and do what I do best……and that is fail at it so I don’t expect too much out of myself and let myself down too much also. That way, I’m not letting myself down well into the program and I can tell myself I gave it my best shot but, “oh well”! The thinking is really off but these are my thoughts that run through my head. I can slowly gain my weight back and keep lying to myself that I am trying daily my very best when in fact I am not being fully honest with myself. I was really thinking deeply about it also this past week and was almost wallowing in my pity until it hit me. My epiphany. My wake-up call. I think everyone needs one. You can definitely find one if you think hard enough. The thing going for me is I really want to be better. I want to triumph over this. I want to look in the mirror and say I am strong. I am powerful. I am unstoppable. Then, one day……..WHAM!
As I sat there in thought and really struggling to through the negative self-talk for not working out yet another day, it came to me. I am so caught up in myself I forgot the reason I was doing this. I reread my About me section again. I am not doing this for me. I am doing this for them. The five innocent wee ones that depend on me. The ones that look up to me and say, “I wanna be strong like daddy when I grow up”! The darkness instantly cleared and my vision became very clear. Oh yes, I said to myself. I am not here for me. My personal virtues will benefit from everything I do positively for the better naturally as my life takes its course. My children will benefit naturally also as I better myself. I will continue to better myself as I live for them. They will be my constant reminder and my personal little cricket telling me to do it again because its good for me. I feel like a ton of bricks have lifted off my back. I don’t care that I put a couple of pounds back on or that I missed a week. My shoes are already on tied on my feet and when I publish this post I’m going for a run. Then, I’ll do my run again before trick or treating and then tonight. I’m going to do the Forrest Gump and keep runnin until my friendly neighborhood friend, Mr. Belly, leaves for good. So, I’ve got measurements I’ll be posting this evening along with our successful haul of delectable sugary wonders we’ll be graciously pleading for at each lit doorway we come across. Then I’ll measure everything in one week and have a pic for you too! I want to tell anyone following to keep following me and to keep struggling to lose the weight along with me. It’s time for a revolution of the mind!
Hello. My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire. It has been about two days since my last post. I feel like I am slacking on the posting area. I love to post but the last two days have been Grande Central Station, USA, over here. Otherwise, all is well on the homefront and exercise front and Ponofront. A couple of recipes I must share with you as well as some new things I am doing to change my physical appearance from flab to fab and some of our songs we are dancing to, to shake your tailfeather.
Confessions of a weightloss fiend…….
I must confess that I did not do much working out these last two days. I have been doing a lot of leg work and I will say that I think Uncle Pono overdid it juuuuuuuuust a little bit. Okay, I was feeling the groove and overdid it a lot. Needless to say, my legs are still a little sore but nowhere near my crippledness a few days ago. I have found my lost muscles that once were there many moons ago in my quadriceps, inner thighs and glutes and hamstrings. Oh me oh my! I will say that I have all ready been on my morning run. And by the way, it was in the 40s this morning so I am now the unproud unowner of a few less eyebrows. Yippee! Aside from that, it was invigorating. I always feel so accomplished when I do cardio in the morning. That means I have the rest of the day for whatever else! So today, I am going again tonight, but this time to the gym where I can get some weight training and some cardio……ooooooooh, I can’t wait!
I caught myself thinking and dreaming about the day I can take my shirt off at a public pool and not even think about myself for a minute as I usually hurry and fall in backwards or jump in as soon as the shirt is sliding off my body. I don’t want to give myself a moment’s glance of thought but just focus on the fun I will have in the pool with the kids. I found myself sitting in the pool and just walking out of it from the shallow end because its time to go and not glancing around to see if anyone is even turned slightly in my direction for fear of turning them to stone if they beheld my portly physique. I truly believe I miss life’s greatest moments in the slightest of things because I am caught up in myself. I really feel conceited with all this self talk but the fact is it is self-consuming. You wonder how people will perceive you. You wonder if you are even good enough for your beautiful spouse who is so slender and attractive and you begin to think your worth is far beneath hers and that she could get anyone skinnier, more muscular, more lean and athletically built. Someone whose jaw line was chiselled from the granite quarry up the road and whose abdominal muscles resemble those cobblestone-lined streets of Copenhagen where you visited that quaint cafe many years ago. I heard it best put that we are not husky. We are not hefty. We are a “powerful frame with layer upon layer of dormant, relaxed muscle waiting like a panther to pounce upon its quivering prey”………Couple’s Retreat.
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!
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
Thank you so much for nominating my blog for an award I did not even know existed until now! I am such a greenie having just started my blog a few short weeks ago. I want to shout a big awesome “Thank You” and “You Rock” appreciation yell to the wonderful youasamachine blogger with her stellar blogging style of fantastic information and tips on health and fitness. Truly inspiring. Last, but definitely not least, another “Thank You” and “You Rock” shout out to Jerry Keusch of TheFourRooms blog which I have enjoyed reading and am trying to do as we speak. And of course to WordPress.com for this wonderful opportunity to have a voice, even as small and insignificant as mine, be heard and hopefully can be related to.
Now, for the seven things about myself that I would like to share with you all.
!. I am the son of a double race. My father is Hawaiian and my mother is Caucasian, and I was raised on the beautiful island of Hawaii.
2. I am self-taught bilingual. I can read/write/speak spanish fluently and of course my native tongue is English.
3. I once met the niece of Butch Cassidy. She proved it to me by comparing a picture of Butch Cassidy on a video cassette cover to her nephew’s photo. They could have been the same person, they were so identical.
4. I absolutely love cheesecake, especially when the crust is shortbread!
5. I have swam with fish and sea turtles in Punalu’u bay at black sand beach on the Big Island (Hawaii).
6. I used to be a stenographer (Court Reporter) and could write (type) 285 words per minute.
7. I am directly related to the greatest female tennis player, Helen Wills….my grandmother’s maiden name is Wills.
8. I have a crooked 2nd toe on my right foot that hooks to the right….weird!
9. Whoops…..looks like I all ready did seven.
The rules for accepting this award are as follows:
- Thank the person(s) who gave you the Award and link back to them in your post.
- Share seven things about yourself.
- Pass this Award along to 15 recently discovered blogs and let them know about their nomination.
Hello. My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire. Whaaaaaaaaat?!? My throat is sore still and it feels dry……dry like I haven’t had anything to drink for a year dry. When I swallow, my eustachian tube and a small part of my ear can be felt and it is slightly uncomfortable. I will say that my tonsils are not as sore as the other day but all the same they are still bothersome. Last night I made chicken soup and let me tell you something! Best chicken soup I ever made! Everyone had it and thoroughly enjoyed it and I was pretty proud so here is my chicken soup recipe which is probably very basic compared to some of the culinary wonders you people are used to whipping up:
1 large pot just big enough and deep enough to fit one whole chicken with a little room.
1 whole chicken
2 boxes of chicken broth fat free
6 sprigs of rosemary (we have rosemary in our garden)
4 sprigs of thyme (also in our garden)
2 bay leaves (garden)
8-10 cloves of garlic peeled and crushed
1 lb. bag baby carrots
2 whole onions cut to preference
5-6 stalks celery cut to preference
2 lbs. corn
Pour water and two boxes of chicken broth in pot. Throw garlic, onion, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves into pot. Boil chicken for an hour, assuming you have thawed the chicken previously. After one hour, remove from pot, keeping broth in same pot. Strip chicken from bones. return chicken to pot and add carrots, celery and corn.
I will keep up the blog and will continue my quest for a better lifestyle through better eating, exercising, and attitude.
Hello. My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire. Breathe in deeply….hold it…….and breathe out slowly. Today is not just another day. It’s another day in the world of bloggers. I wish I could reach out to all bloggers everywhere and bid them a good morning and happy blogging. Some of the blogs I come across are just outstanding. Some photograph these scenes around the world that evoke such emotions while others just leave you in awe. Other blogs are so well-written I can’t help but read more of their older posts being equally impressed and/or entertained while never leaving disappointed. So, first and foremost, to all bloggers around the world, if you read this, thank you for your talents, skills and wealth of information.
Steamed veggies with a side of deltoids, please…….
Last night I had the great opportunity to lift my deltoids….aka…..shoulders. Such a key muscle group that is so overlooked, malnourished, underappreciated and definitely underworked in the gyms I’ve been to. I lifted like a champion going for 7 sets of 7-8 repetitions for my rear military presses (behind the head) and three sets of front military presses of 7 reps each followed by 4 sets of iron crosses and 4 sets of front lateral raises with ten and fifteen pound dumbbells. Lifting these properly and not so much worrying about the weight is critical to building a fit body safely. While building your deltoids, you will notice your shoulders will become broader giving you that V-shape making your waist appear leaner while giving you that strong look. It has its advantages. Please be safe while doing lifts of any kind and make sure whoever is helping you know what they are talking about through experience, certification, research and education.
Dance, dance revolution…..
Today I have one of my workouts scheduled out with my kids so I’m extremely excited. This isn’t one of those don’t-think-about-it workouts. We are going to dance as a family to music for a half hour and burn some calories. Oh yeah, baby! I thought I should do some really fun stuff today to really change it up and so we are going to blast some music and dance away the pounds! More to come this evening so keep in touch!