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.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Day 82 - Forty Five

So far this week has been good for exercise and eating forgetting about Sunday and July 4th eating if you will. Monday my wife & I walked the Rollins Savannah 3.5 mile loop and yesterday my son & I walked the Lake Andrea 2.25 mile loop. Tuesday morning I did my dumbbell routine. More exercise will be had by the time I weigh-in this coming Sunday.

Speaking of weigh-ins, last Sunday I posted I had hit that 30% milestone but chose not to speak much about it since it was July 4th. But hit it I did and if I have not gone backwards on the scale this coming Sunday I will get to cash in on that 30% reward I have noted on My Numbers page.

This week I turn 45. Man, seems like just yesterday I was playing pinners in the school yard and collecting baseball cards as if it was the only thing that was of any importance. Well when I was 8, it was all that mattered.

One thing I know about turning 45 that is different than when I turned 44; I feel a heck of allot better. What my weight was exactly last July I am not certain but it is a safe guess it was between 310-320. The scale read 284 as I entered into this week. When you look at those two numbers they are both huge, both obese, both ugly; but they are night and day when it comes down to how I feel. When I turn 46, what will the number be? How much better will I feel then??

When YOU hit your next birthday, what will the number be?
How much better will YOU feel then vs. your last cake candle blowing?

Followers, I am up to 50 followers I see. When I started this blog 82 days ago I didn't think much about followers. Probably because I didn't figure too many people would be interested in following along with a guys efforts to lose weight. I mean, just how exciting can that be?

Well, I proved myself wrong with the latter part of that soon after arriving as I soon found it exciting to follow others in their efforts to get fit. Not only is it exciting but it is beneficial to my efforts, so much more than just cool reading. And we can never have enough friends in life and I feel I've added some new friends along the way as well. That makes it all worth it all on its own.

Myself I am following 70 other blogs now and that number should go up and up as I add a handful each week. True, some blogs on my list are not very active, but most are at least weekly posters and many are daily. Who knows how many I'll be following in a year from now, or how many will follow me. The number is really irrelevant. Whether it is 5 or 50 or more the relevance is that we enjoy the exchange, gain from it mutually, and form respectful friendships from our time here. If we do that, we'll all be so much more healthy in a years time.

Whew, sorry if that sounded a bit sappy. Being this rough and tumble sort of guy that I am this diversion is a bit out of character for me, I think. Perhaps birthday's do that to you. But hey, now you know what blogging, and what you, mean to me.

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. I loved the diversion!!! Wait to you reach my age & see what happens to the brain! :-) BUT you will be at your goal weight by then, right! Go Patrick!

    Happy bday sometime this week!

  2. Happy birthday soon sir...I will be 42 this upcoming August, though I think that I may consider it a new 1st birthday. I've never enjoyed recognizing birthdays in the past, but I think I have a new life now...and it is something to celebrate.

  3. I will be 39 on August 14 and I don't know what my "number" will be as it's only about a month away. I DO know I'd love to be at goal by my 40th birthday next August. That would be way cool!

  4. I follow 45 blogs and I don't have enough time for that. Your doing well to be following 70!!!!! Congrats on the 30% weight loss. Don't think your not impacting on other people too. When I was most down on myself I happened to come and read your blog (after you commented I think) and was so impressed with how you were doing and how you were doing it. It definitely rekindled my motivation and now I am losing weight. So I do owe a large thank you for that, for remotivating me!!!!

    Also 1 December is my bday. Six months from now. I would like to be below 100kg. Thats the day I return to New Zealand for four months as well (my home but I will be working there but for Canada - complicated). Anyway I want to walk back thin damn it!!!!

  5. Cake blowing!
    I haven't blown cake for awhile!
    Perhaps I should...

  6. Happy Birthday and congrats on the 30%. I love followers and I have 62 myself and I try to keep up with all of them.

  7. Very cool, post. I am 5 months younger than you. So, my weight when I turn 45? I am guessing it will be about 265, 25 pounds less than today. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Happy Birthday Patrick! You are doing terrific. I love the spirit you have and look forward to reading your blog everyday now. I just know you'll get to whereever you want to go, I read it in your words.

    As for Birthdays, mine was a few weeks ago and I turned 43. I started my journey just a few weeks after turning 40, so looking back 3 yrs ago seems almost like someone elses life. It feels GREAT! Thanks for making me think about that. Always nice to celebrate successes.

    I love that you have % goals for yourself I never really had little goals. If I had it might not have taken me so long to get where I wanted to be. Maybe I need to start making maintenance goals for myself, thanks for the idea.

  9. Happy Birthday Patrick! I drink a full glass of water to you! Thanks for a very kind words about my blog the other day.

  10. Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes! Goals, keep the close at heart and mind as you reel in the days towards that next birthday!

  11. the 15th of next month I turn 27 (still feel like a kid). I don't feel as good as i would like to, but this tiem alst eyar i was out of work with herniated disks. I am probably better off now, but I was eating better then because I had nothing else to do. Agree about blog following and followers. I love having the new frinds to read about, nive to have someone to relate to with similiar goals.........and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  12. Happy (Belated) birthday! I hope it was spectacular!

    My next b day? I will be 27 and I will feel a bajillion times better blowing out those candles!!! I can't wait!