Saturday, January 29, 2011

Report Card: re 2011 Special Diet/Weight Loss Goal

30 days later with my first ever special diet,  and so far:

  • Lost 6 pounds!
  • Lost 1 inch off my waist (my belt is more than one notch tighter!)
  • I easily reduced the volume of my meals. Only took 2 weeks to train my stomach to take in less.
  • Ran every other day, and did weight training at the 24 Hour Fitness Gym in between. In other words, I cross-trained everyday. Last time I did a regimen like this was when I was training for triathlon in Toronto in 1989. Twenty two years later, I guess I still have the discipline.
  • I don't miss eating rice at all. I was really surprised; instead I ate sweet potato (kamote) and salad w/ grilled meat, no fried foods (even that I also don't miss)
  • Rewards? Yes 2 Krispy Kreme doughnuts w/black coffee every week!!!!!!!!!! I enjoy studying for my bible study group at my favorite corner table there every Thursday. After all, I think I consume way below 1800 calories daily anyway.

Honestly, I don't feel like I am on a special diet at all because I'm actually enjoying the food. Of course this was made easy with Evelyn's great and creative cooking and awesome salads. Mahalo Princess! She also lost at least 4 pounds.

Looks like I may not go back to eating rice again, but......we will be vacationing in the Philippines for 3 weeks in June. That will be a real challenge! (Hmmm...garlic fried rice, fried eggs, and tosino, with daing or langonisa breakfasts..oooooooooh, Chow-King halo halo - more ooooh)

The goal is to lose 20 lbs. by August when I start my pre-marathon training but I suspect I will nail this one by May for sure. (I planned on running my 4th Honolulu Marathon  on December 11th) Already I can feel the difference when I run,  specially my recovery rate and I think it's not the weight loss but because of the more nutritious and healthy diet combined with a much improved upper body strength.

Why am I doing this? Well I noticed that after my last Honolulu Marathon in December 2007 I was slowly gaining weight even though I have maintained my running program, and eating the same old style Filipino diet for more than 65 years. Evelyn and I have been running since 1987 and still run regularly today. My resting heart rate is at 45-48 beats per minute (average person = 70-75 beats per minute) so I think I could say I'm in good shape as a 66 year old senior citizen, but still gaining weight!

By 2009 and through the end of 2010, my weight started to balloon at 150 from 130 pounds in 2007. I actually peaked at 155 but I added more speed runs at the tracks and it seemed to work. However, I noticed that my weight pretty much hovered at 150-152 pounds and this additional weight had exclusively settled around my waist. I started to wear pants that have elastic waistbands as I couldn't wear most of my belts anymore and would also conveniently make room for more waistline expansion, specially after a meal! That was the kicker as I also noticed I haven't tucked in my shirts for the past three years..bwahahahaha. That......cannot.......continue.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

No Waves, No Wind, No Mo Nothing!

So I parked myself at Kanaha Beach as I usually do on my birthdays, just to be alone and enjoy a quiet time with the Lord. The place is almost empty but I did have a little bit of distraction/entertainment...

On a normal windy day, this part of Kanaha Beach is usually swarming with windsurfers

Except beginner Windsurfers. (I've been there in that same area 20 years ago)

Did I say no wind today?

oops.......told you there's no wind!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Hannah In My Mind

Saw this picture in Jay's blog I just have to have it on mine too.

Someday we will run the Honolulu Marathon with her

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Playing Tourist At Kaanapali Resort

Meeting up with special friends (Warren and Beverly) from Vancouver at Kaanapali Beach Resort
And with Baby David (as in King David "the man after God's own heart")


And my favorite shots of the beach

Today's Windsurfers At Hookipa





Sunday, January 16, 2011

Hawaiian (Pacific) Spiny Lobster Dinner Tonight

My lobster fisherman contact finally decided to spare me some of his catch. I've been trying to get some from him the whole month of December but this time he got me some real huge ones! They're almost 5 lbs. each and I could only finish half of the tail tonight. (The tail meat actually extends all the way to half of its head.)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Maui Storm

Last night we were pummeled by heavy rain and gusty winds mixed with lightning and thunder.  South Maui was hit worst and early this morning, some said that many parts of North and South Kihei road was like a river. At noon today I was at the area of Kalama Park (which was still about ankle deep in water) and there was mud all over even across the road. Below are a parking area of a tourist favorite shopping area and in front of a restaurant. No problems in our area in Waiehu, just Bandit, our papillon dog, who was shaking like a leaf almost all night because thunder, lightning, and firecrackers freak him out.


Monday, January 10, 2011

Paddle Boarding

On my list to try in 2011


Sunday, January 09, 2011

Special Sunday Dinner

I hope to run my 4th Honolulu Marathon on  December 11th as one of my 2011 goals but I need to shed 20 lbs. by August when I start my pre-marathon training. I cannot believe I have gained 20 lbs. in 2009-2010 even though I didn't change my lifestyle, my diet, and faithfully kept my running program to at least 3 times weekly. What gives? So this year I have to do some radical changes in my diet - no fried foods, no rice, no bread, no potatoes, and watch the sugar (cut down on Krispy Kreme doughnuts!!!!). I'm also going radical with weight training to compliment my regular runs. (Good upper body strength actually helps marathon runners, in case you don't know.)

Well, so far, I lost 2 lbs. since January 1st and I seem to NOT miss the rice which I thought might be the biggest hurdle with this diet. It might be as easy as when I gave up coffee  two years ago. It was easier than I thought.

So here's tonight's dinner - barbecued italian chicken sausage (grilled salmon for Evelyn), sweet potato (kamote!), and an awesome salad with our favorite French red wine. Wish me luck and yes prayers will definitely work too :-)


Saturday, January 08, 2011

Photo-Shoot At Hookipa Beach Today

I caught the action when this surfer got creamed by a huge wave and literally split his board in two. Thank God he was okay.


And a couple more pro surfers



How Great Is Our God

A message about Genesis 1 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (about 30 minutes)

Saturday, January 01, 2011