Responsibility 199, what is it?

Responsibility 199 is a belief; I believe that to be healthy and to increase my longevity I need to weigh 199 pounds or less...
Responsibility 199 is a need; I need to reduce my weight, reduce my percentage of body fat, and the elevated threat of disease my present condition presents...
Responsibility 199 is a mission; I recognize that achieving 199 will be a challenge, perhaps the hardest I have ever undertaken...
Responsibility 199 is a commitment; I acknowledge that I must commit to action, commit to change, commit to myself and those I love to achieve this mission, to increase my longevity...
Responsibility 199 is ME.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Day 50 - 22% Progress

Good Morning - Let's get Sunday underway! Before getting too far into my morning, it is weigh in day. Anyone else weighing in today?

This past week I've exercised and ate smart. Or is it 'eaten smart'? Either way I didn't have an optimistic vibe going into this weigh in.

Perhaps I just wasn't fully awake. Or perhaps the rainy night had dampened my oomph. Now, fully awake, and draped in oomph, I am feeling a vibe; an Oh Yeah vibe!

Today I check in at 22% of the way to my goal, I've lost 27 pounds in SEVEN weeks; 4 of them this past week.
Today I weighed in at 293 pounds.

Oh Yeah - Liking that weigh in!

Now, what else to share? I know, Who is in the mood for some indulgence? Sorry, that is a terrible question to ask folks who are trying to get their healthy on. But I have a little story to share...

Title: 'She Wants What?'

Prologue: This past Friday some indulgence was asked for in our home. Inspired by my daughter who brought back from Spain a love for Paella.

Crisis: A bit odd considering she dislikes almost all fish & seafood, ho hum to that I say. She swears they had a version without the shrimp & mussels on the menu, so a chicken & chorizo only version would be needed.

Tension: Paella is not a dish you can really adjust to make healthy. Well, yes you could, but it should NOT be messed with in my opinion. Leave it alone, it's bounty of flavors should be enjoyed just as it is.

Climax: HERE is the recipe which we found & used as a guideline. I hardly ever follow a recipe letter for letter but I did follow this one closely. My deviations were replacing the seafood with more chicken and replacing the wine with more stock. My words cannot give this indulgence sufficient justice so here are some pictures...

<--- Ashley has to help with food prep if she wants paella...

<--- Chorizo sausage {mmm}, onions & garlic getting to know each other...

<--- Basmati rice gets warmed up before adding the chicken stock it'll soak up...

<--- Ashley measures out a bit of that precious saffron...

<--- Finally, the chicken goes in for a simmering swim...

<--- Victory! The finished product. Well this is what was left after everyone had their fill...

Epilogue: True, I couldn't have lost the weight I did this week by indulging in temptation, and certainly not by eating much of the sinful deliciousness seen above. Simply I did not over-indulge. Just about one-half of a single serving was all I claimed for myself while enjoying watching the rest of the family dig into the indulgence they desired.

The End

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. Hey 4 lbs is terrific!!!!

    And that dish looked yummy, I love mine with seafood tho.

    Oh ya fave hockey team......the leafs. Born in Toronto and followed them since I can remember. Heck I even played as well, I was a pretty darn good goalie as well.

    But enough rambling....congrats again.

  2. Jody - Fit at 52June 6, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    BIG congrats on your weight in!!!!!!!!!!! I love that you cooked for your daughter but ate mindfully! We can still enjoy & not over indulge! That is the balance & learning that goes with this journey. Good for you Patrick!

  3. You are continuing to make great progress...sure the scale tells a great story, but it is your continued changes in behavior that steal the show.

    As someone that also likes to cook, there is almost this "right" you feel to eat heartily of your own creation...especially indulgent ones. You gave of yourself to thy family...what a wonderful thing.