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.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Day 66 - Putty Time

Tick tock - tick tock. Where does the time go in a day? Well it goes where ever you want it to go if you are in control. But even on days where we are in control and getting things done, difficulty is there to get in the way of all we want to get done.

And when we can't get it all done what do we usually decide to put off for another day?

For me exercise has often been the easy victim. Less and less in these healthier days I am enjoying go I give exercise the cold shoulder. Instead I am making less time for television or I am trying too. But exercise, oh that exercise, it takes time doesn't it?

How long are your work outs?

Mine range from 30 minutes to an hour. Occasionally less or sometimes a bit more. Some of you more seasoned veterans of the healthy ways of life may do much more; and I'm curious to know what a 2-3 hour workout looks like. Those new to this may put in much less time. I know a couple months plus back when I started this mission I was thrilled to get in 10-20 minutes before feeling the need to buy extra air or mainline it to catch my breath again.

Yesterday, no not the 1965 hit by The Beatles - Help! was a brilliant album by the way, but yesterday as in June 21st, 2010 I had one of those days where I couldn't get that 30 minute window to happen. But, I did not go without exercise altogether. No no no! Instead I hit the putty!

A moment for that to sink in... well if it weren't for the picture here your mind may have wandered to less savory thoughts at the phrase "Instead I hit the putty!"... but as you can see there the putty I am referring to is Power Putty. I love this stuff. Recently bought a new one, owned my first over 20 years ago.

It is a hand exerciser, although I think it works out the forearms much more than the hands. I am sure most of us have used the metal & plastic hand exerciser contraptions that clank, click and creek as you use them. I have some at home too. Back in the 80's I worked a customer service job and wanted a hand exerciser for those long days on the phone but the noisy gripper version was not a good idea. So lucky I was to find Power Putty as the only noise it makes is the noise it forces me to make when I am trying to squeeze the devil out of it.

OK, let me step back as I don't mean this to sound like a commercial, I am not one to do product reviews, and that wasn't my intent of the post at all. My intent, this item, and even the noisy hand exercisers, can fill in some of that time you think may be escaping for getting in your exercise. Because of the quiet nature of Power Putty I can use it at my desk at work during a conference call, and I do; but I have to control my natural desire to grunt as I work it. Hhmm, that sounded off color too. I use it in the car. I use it sitting in my chair when I give into watching some television. You get the idea.

What about you - use something similar to get in exercise when you can make 30 minutes or more available for a good run or gym visit?

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. I usually get my planned exercise in no matter what.. even if I have to get up way earler than I would normally... but that is just me. And yes, I do long workouts but don't want to scare anyone! I did post about them way back when! I do cardio, weights, abs/core & stretching in one workout so you can see why they are long! :-) It works for me but most likely not many others! ;-)

  2. Jody, one day, say in a year or so, I will look back at your site for a typical workout you do and give it a go myself. Seems like a good long term goal; to try a session that an experienced fitness guru like you lives daily. A boy can dream, no?

  3. I try and schedule my exercise for at least 30 min a day. I also use my wii a lot. Where did you get the hand held exerciser. I need one of these for work. It would be good for stress..

  4. Debbie I got it from REI online...

  5. Working out is totally the first thing to go, when I don't have time! I didn't even realize that! Now that you've helped me to acknowledge it, I'll work on fixing it :D

  6. I have a lot of free time so going to the gym isn't that big of a deal. My long workouts aren't like one machine. I'll do weights, then 30 mins on a cardio machine. With breaks that usually takes 1.5hrs. If I'm feeling totally awesome, I might do another 30 on a different machine.

    When I don't have time I try to go for a walk. Even if it's just to the deli on my lunch break. I think my gym buddies help too! It's so much fun to sit on the bike and watch Jeopardy, and Wheel of Fortune, and talk with the others.

  7. 10,000 steps is good for me, just at work....
    I'm usually around 8,000 to 9,000....just about 4 miles!
    Plus a "real" work out when I get home.
    I like the putty idea.

  8. I saw this stuff the other day when I bought a rubber ring made by Black Diamond for hand/forearm strengthening.

    I was going to do a whole blog post about it won't be copying...really, I won't.


  9. Anne the putty is cool, give it a squeeze.

    Kyle, copy away. I'm sure you can find other creative ways to describe this wonders ofpower Putty.

  10. I usually do 2 hour workouts every other day and an occasional walk/run extra day every so often. My workouts usually consist of 10 min warmup on cardio machine (treadmill or elliptical) then 45-50 mins weight training, 10-15 mins ab/core floor exercises and then another 50 mins back on the cardio machines. I prefer these tough long workouts so I can have days off in between. It's just what works best for me, some like daily exercise but I prefer a few days off from it to let my muscles rest. Sometimes I prefer just doing outdoor stuff too like kayaking and hiking, etc which then I would skip the gym workout. Cool little hand exerciser might go take a look.