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.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Day 105 - Book It: 20 in 30 !

Anyone here listen to Yes? Back in the 70's & 80's I sure did. They had great album art when such art was appreciated. Relayer was my favorite album, Fragile was great too. I had a healthy album collection until an unfortunate fire wiped out my collection when I was a sophomore. The album you see here, Open Your Eyes, I never owned but I borrowed & wore out a friends cassette in the late 90's. I thought of it today while exercising.

Yes, this is an exercise post; not a music tribute. My son & I went to Stanton Hill yesterday looking to it to make amends for the few food slips on vacation. Last time I did 19 laps up and down in 30 minutes, missing the 20 laps mark by 3 seconds...THREE SECONDS!

Whoa, the first ten laps were rough, my head was down, eyes wandering and the path I was cutting was as crooked as a government budget. Concentration which I have touted as key to performance, it was absent, I may as well have been walking with my eyes closed.

No reason for me to believe 20 would happen. My son was about 1/4 lap ahead of me, then 3/8's at the 15 minute mark. At that rate, by the end, he'd finish a full 1/2 lap or more ahead of me. But still, I was exercising, that alone is enough to feel good about, right?

The Hungry-Demon (remember him) popped in briefly with a quick affirmation, "Nope, no need big boy in needlessly pushing for anything more than gett'n this done & go'n home," he swiftly muttered. That said, he vanished; probably figuring my mind was set to do just that.

"Um, you going to take that?", sqwauked the Healthy-Alien from inside me. Not sure if he was referring to the Demon's words or my son's growing lead, but my thought was 'No' either way.

Kicking it in gear was more easily thought of than achieved, but slowly I opened my eyes and got kick'n. One at a time I dropped nickles into the hat at the end of each lap. With 5 nickles left it was back to 1/4 lap deficit... then with 2 left it was 1/8... then he noticed I was catching up and got jetted forward from his own boost of pride. That 1/8 lap was as close as I'd get to him, but that didn't matter even though it would have been cool to beat him. What did matter is we did 20 laps in 29:43... We did 20 in 30 - can I get an Oh Yeah!

Twenty has been the goal for this exercise. Each visit to the hill, I chipped away. Now Twenty is in the books, it is history, my history!

That done; time to look for a new challenge.

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. My dad was into Michael Jackson and Jazz in the 70s and 80s. So it was that for me along with the emerging musical style that was called hip hop music the likes of LL cool J, heavy D, Fresh Prince, and Rakem.
    As far as the exercise - anything is good for you and you know that already. I like to see people achieving goals so focus on your task and the rest will come easy.

  2. Your story - your history......
    and what a good one it is!
    These are good times.
    Hungry Demon-Be Gone!

  3. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince... Jeff is supposed to be doing his thing in Chicago sometime in August. Why I know that I have no idea.

  4. Well done Patrick! I grew up in the 70's and 80's and remember Yes. Do you remember Bad Company? My husband took our daughter to the county fair last night and they were there. He said the lead singer still sounded good, but the turnout was awful-and it only cost $2 to get in!

  5. Congrats on 20 times!!! How steep is your hill?? I'm thinking mine might be a little too steep. My legs start to cramp up pretty quick!

  6. Congrats on 20 laps within 30 minutes! :o)

    Instant, digital music downloads are terrific, but you can't beat reading the inside of an album's gatefold sleeve! (I'm 40 and now feel VERY old!)

  7. Dude, this is cool. And you did it with your son! Good times for both of you.

  8. Trevor Rabin is a talented guitarist for sure.

    Interesting exercise trick with the nickels...I'm not sure I totally followed it. Is that something you've detailed in a prior post?

  9. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! To being old enough but more importantly to you!!! So cool Patrick! OK, what is your next challenge I can bug you about! :-)

  10. Howe, Anderson, Purple Sparkling hydroponic, Starship Trooper, Your is No Disgrace, All Good People, no I am 46 and never heard of the band. Are they any good.. Tell your son that my albums were always the sight of the cleansing of the herbals, as seeds were bad for the teen diet.. Sharp.... Distance.... How can the wind with....I feel lost in the distance...

  11. Loved Yes - think I had Fragile on cassette (taped from a friend's album...what? We were cheap, lol!).

  12. FANTASTIC! You've done so great, Patrick!

  13. I have to say, I've really been enjoying your writing.

    Great accomplishment!

  14. Oh Yeah! Great accomplishment. Nothing like a little father-son competition to spur you both on to greater achievements.

  15. fantastic job patrick!! Sounds like a "rocky" moment if i ever heard one!!