Bike and Hike

This morning I combined my two favorite kinds of exercise. Bicycling and Hiking. I really enjoy bicycling around town and I get a rush being in the midst of traffic, using my legs to propel myself down the street, even if the car behind me isn’t as thrilled to be stuck behind a bicyclist.

I love hiking the different trails on Oahu, getting out of the city and into the forest, going deeper into the jungle and getting higher in elevation. It’s always a great adventure and good way to burn calories.  For me these are the best kinds of exercise because I feel like I’m actually doing something and getting somewhere.

I can’t do the treadmill or exercise bike, it’s just so monotonous. Even when I climb the stairwell in my building, it’s a good workout but it’s boring and not something I really look forward to doing. But with the bike and the hike, I just can’t wait to get back out there. It’s a real feeling of accomplishment when you reach your final destination.

So today I left the house at 9:15 AM and biked up to the trail head in Makiki Heights. I began my hike at 9:45 AM and reach the trail split at 10:45 AM. From there I took the Makiki Valley Loop up and to the left and then took the Nahuina trail for another half hour up to the top of Round Top Drive. I reached the road at 11:15 AM.

About a hundred feet down the road is another trail, Kalawahine which I’ve hiked before but never in combination with these other trails. I decided to go for it and in my excitement I reached the end in only forty five minutes. It was 12 noon when I turned around to head back down and reached the bottom in just over an hour.

Two and half hours up, one hour down. Pretty good! Plus one hour of bicycling. Now I’m home and it’s lunch time. Eggplant and Edamame.

Eggplant is high in fiber, potassium, vitamin B1 and magnesium, and it is low in calories. Eggplant can be baked, grilled or fried and the skin is rich in antioxidants. The eggplant is a great food and is good for your heart and brain.


Edamame green soy beans are good for you because they provide a source of protein. Edamame helps to combat heart disease since it also contains important omega-3 fats.

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Day 48: Veggie Madness

I woke up this morning to a kitchen filled with veggies. My wife went to the market in Chinatown and went crazy on the vegetable  stalls.

Top, left to right: Frozen corn, Squash, Carrots, Egg Plant, Tofu, Taro, Yellow Onion, Sweet Potato, Red Bell Pepper, Green Bell Pepper, Okra, Cherry Tomato, Garlic, Red and Green Chili Pepper, Cooking Banana, Long Beans, String Beans.

For breakfast I had a three egg omelette with green bell pepper, tomato and onion, splashed with Tabasco. Yum!

My daughter said, “Bye Daddy, have a good day.”

For lunch today I had a mixed veggie plate with my favorite Spicy Garlic Veggies, some Tomato Parmesan Veggies and Saffron Rice with Salad. And that little piece of Baklava was delicious.

Lunch was so filling that after three classes, an afternoon nap and a total of six miles on the bicycle today, I’m really not that hungry.

It’s nine o’clock PM. Good night Ya’ll!

Day 46: Apples and Almonds

This morning I bicycled to school.

I had a pair of granola bars between classes. (190 calories, 60 from fat).

I bicycled back home at about 1:30 PM for a total of two miles. I had a mandarin orange (35 calories) for a quick snack.

A few hours later, at about 3:30 I had a Fuji apple (100 calories) and a small sandwich, two thin slices of turkey on a single slice of whole wheat bread folded in half (150 calories).

At about 4:30 I drank a cup of skim milk (90 calories) and had a 1/4 cup of whole almonds, roasted and salted (170 calories).

I bicycled to school for my night class, a roundtrip of 4 miles.

8:00 pm I had another small turkey sandwich (150 calories) and a second cup of skim milk (90) calories.

I think I’m done for the day. It’s only 980 calories. Way below what I should have consumed today but it’s late at night and I’m not really hungry. What should I do? Maybe got eat some chips and cookies to boost my daily calorie count?

Apples and Almonds are a good snack. I’m going to make those my main snacks from now on. Skim Milk, 2 cups a day for strong bones. Veggies, I’m still working on those. And exercise, yeah that too.

Day 43: Up, Down, In Between

When I began this blog I weighed 250 lbs and had a strong motivation to lose weight. In the first week I shocked myself with a 10 lb weight loss. Unfortunately the next few weeks coincided with the holiday season and those 10 lbs were easily put back on.

With the New Year and a new perspective I began to exercise and eat healthy but my motivation wasn’t nearly as strong as it was in the beginning. I was determined to move forward but this time at a slower pace. Lately it seems that my motivation to exercise and eat healthy has been up, down and in between.

Some days it’s like I’m bursting with energy and I’m willing to climb stairs, run laps or hike mountains. Other days I can’t find an ounce of motivation to do anything and I spend my day indoors in front of the television. I need to keep my goal at the forefront of my mind.

Eating healthy has been up and down also. I tend to eat pretty well in the morning and afternoon but as the evenings roll around I’m more prone to give in to my cravings. It’s not that I’ve been eating terribly unhealthy but I could be doing better.

Weight loss progress: As of today I weigh 245 lbs. My weight loss in on par with my motivation and discipline. Up, Down and In Between. I’ve lost 10 lbs, gained 10 lbs and lost 5 lbs. Some progress is better than no progress I  guess.

I’ve been bike riding a lot lately. Thursday I biked six miles between home and campus. Friday I biked two miles in the morning and then walked another three miles in the afternoon. My movement for today was zero miles. I tried to plan a hike with some of my classmates from Spanish class but it fell through.

I have to ask. What motivates you? How do you stay on track? What do you tell yourself when you don’t want to exercise or when you’re tempted to eat something which might not be to your benefit?

Day 40: Hiking in Makiki

Today I went hiking in Makiki!

Going Up

Lo'i Kalo

Makiki Valley Loop Trail

3 Trails in 1.. plus a few more.

Makiki Stream

Hawaiian Stone Wall

This canopy tunnel was really cool!

A view of the Pacific ocean.

Here is where the trail splits.

Taking a break on the trail.

James on a hike.

Diamond Head and Waikiki

Nahuina Trail has the best views.

Pearl City and Pearl Harbor

Ualaka'a Trail - Next Time!

Maikiki has a whole network of trails.

Makiki Valley has great hiking trails.

"Let everybody pitch in and work together."

Day 39: Back to School

Today was my first day back to school. Let the weight loss begin!

For breakfast this morning I had a bowl of oatmeal and a mandarin orange. I took my son to school and my daughter to her Auntie’s house before making the one mile bike ride up to the UH Manoa campus.

Every Tuesday and Thursday I have back to back Religion classes. After class I walked through the Sustainability Courtyard on campus to see if the vegetarian restaurant had spicy garlic veggies but they didn’t. I decided to try the sauteed teriyaki sesame vegetables instead. They were good, but not great.

It was a one mile bike ride back home. I picked up my daughter first and we walked the last few blocks from her Auntie’s house on Lime St. to our Kalakaua Ave apartment. We had a nice, quiet, relaxing two hours together before Mom came home and before it was time to pick up my son from school.

At 4:30 this afternoon/evening I had a quick dinner. My usual turkey sandwich on wheat bread with some mixed greens. The plate looked kind of empty and I thought about adding some chips (yes I still have chips in the house) but I didn’t.

My last class of the day is Spanish 102. Part II of a IV part language requirement that I need to graduate with my bachelors degree. My Spanish class is at a different campus, Kapiolani Community College which is a two mile bike ride and what used to be a quarter mile bike push up a pretty steep incline.

I left the house at five and reached Kapiolani or KCC as it is known at about 5:30. I made the effort to actually bicycle up the incline that I usually end up walking and made it about half way before giving up. Class was good. The professor, Fernand Cortiguera is a really fun guy. He’s half Spanish and half French and grew up in Africa, Kenya I think.

After class (eight o’clock at night) I bicycled the two miles back home. It was dark and the roads were wet from some passing showers but I was prepared with my helmet and flashing lights. When I got home I was hungry, really hungry. Two mandarin oranges later and my hunger has subsided, for now.

It was a good day today. I bicycled six miles and ate pretty healthy. No other exercises going on right now. My ass, I mean gluts, are sore. It was the body weight squats and lunges from yesterdays attempt at the Dynamic Warm Up on Nerd Fitness. Well now that I think about it, I could do a quick home workout for my upper body tonight. Some curls and shoulder rolls, upright rows and close grip shoulder press. Yeah I can do that!

Day 38: My Nerd Fitness Dynamic Warm Up (Attempt)

Today is my last day before the new semester starts. Well actually school started today but my first class begins tomorrow, Tuesday. This morning I took my son to school. He rides his bike and I ride mine. I really need to get a picture of that.

So back at home I did my usual morning web surf and stopped in at Nerd Fitness, one of my favorite fitness blogs. Today, Steve’s post was about warming up, something I never really gave much thought to but now that I think about it, it makes perfect sense.

When I would go out to eat, I always warmed up with an appetizer so why not warm up before exercising. DUH!

So today I attempted to replicate Steve’s Nerd Fitness Dynamic Warm Up but it felt like a complete #FAIL! I pretended to jump rope for one minute, did thirty jumping jacks, twenty body weight squats and 5 lunges (each leg). Well, here’s the video of my Nerd Fitness Dynamic Warm Up Attempt.

Day 37: Sunday Beach Day

Today my son reminded me, “You said we’re going to the beach.” He’s right I did say that, so today I stayed true to my word and took the kids to the beach. We changed into our swimsuits, greased ourselves up with sunblock and walked the fifteen minute walk to Ala Moana Beach Park.

The kids and I spent nearly three hours swimming, building sandcastles and sunbathing. It was a lot of fun and it felt good to just lay in the hot sun and then swim in the cool water. After playtime was over we washed off at the outdoor beach showers and walked back home. I told my son to remind me next Sunday, “Dad it’s beach day.”