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.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Day 88 - Red, White & Brown

Wednesday, Wednesday - Did you know today is Wednesday?

Here are the answers to yesterday's Sam riddles...
1- ANSWER - Meat
2- ANSWER - Pour two pancakes and brown the first side. After the first side is done, flip one, take the second off, and pour the third pancake. After another minute, take the first one off, flip the third one, and put the second one back on. Cook both pancakes until finished.
3- ANSWER - An egg

Hope you enjoyed the riddles. Luke's brain got these unraveled pretty quick, well done. His first try at #3 was a caterpillar, which I got a chuckle from... don't caterpillar's have meat? :-) If I had offered a prize for first to the answers it would have been a shiny new car, but, I forgot to offer a prize. Maybe next time.

Rice, I like rice; I love wild rice. I haven't eat allot of rice recently as I've tried to keep carbs in check a bit. No, I wouldn't say I am on a low carb diet, or any diet plan. My old eating habits were a display in carb overload. Today I keep them in check better while replacing much of the bad carbs I used to eat with fruit, veggies and better protein choices.

There you see a picture of a box of wild rice I bought recently. Unfortunately I have not been able to enjoy it yet. The other night I was going to make this rice as a side dish, that is, until my kids saw the box and let me have it. They love rice, but only, and I mean ONLY white rice. And more specifically they greatly prefer short grain rice cooked in the rice steamer over long grain versions. Bottom line, they love white sticky rice, and that is the only rice that exists in their minds.

Debate on - I countered that there are tens-of-thousands of  varieties of rice on this rock we call home and that we ought to try a few of them. Red, White & Brown, all sorts of rice colors, shapes and sizes to explore and adore! Silly me, I am talking to teenagers. They have all the answers and know it all, right? On that day I relented and put the wild rice back on the shelf. Simply I was not in the mood to make it, watch nobody else have desire to eat it but have plenty of desire to complain about it. That fun will we'll have on another day.

When you have six mouths in the house you will frequently encounter these challenges where some like an item and others don't. Fish and veggies are constantly being debated here. Rice not so much as we usually just go sticky. But now that my wife & I are working on getting healthier I am finding myself a little less tolerant to unwillingness to broaden palate horizons. As we are adding healthier options and trying new things we too would like to see them be a bit more desirous of doing so.

That said, I am a firm believer in not needing to ever eat a food you don't enjoy. Brussel sprouts, an absolutely hideous food according to my palate. You can pound out the health benefits of brussel sprouts in bronze and I won't capitulate to eating them. So then who am I to suggest, let alone insist, they take a left turn from sticky rice to a dish of wild rice? I mean, they are still eating rice, a healthy choice, right? It is not like they insist on having a side of gummy-bears with the chicken.
What foods do enjoy that you wish your family shared your desire for?

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. For the kids, and to add some taste to the rice, sub half the water with lo-sodium canned chicken or beef broth. This little thing will be fine with the kiddies, and you will be able to eat the rice without any more harm. As for no way foods, Broccoli makes me gag. Next blog title is, "I didn't get this pretty from broccoli.."

  2. Thankfully, I survived the teenage years with my girls, it's just me and hubby at home now and we pretty much agree on food. I have to totally agree with your kids on the rice, if I can't have white, sticky rice, I'll just not have any at all....and I totally agree with you on brussel sprouts.....disgusting!

  3. I don't have kids, but my husband and father do not like hummus, avocado, or Greek Yogurt. Yumm! However, they adore brussels sprouts, as so do I, go figure!

  4. Clearly, you havent eaten many catterpilars, I wouldnt call it meat, I'd call it goo.

    I love eating healthy in general, and my wife is not really a fan, although this week she has been turning. She has even gone to the gym everyday and taken the dogs for walks. I like to eat simple meals like grilled chicken and vegetables and she want to eat eggrolls and quesidillas.

  5. Was I the only one who got excited when I saw the brand name "Reese"? I thought it was going to be a chocolate/peanut-butter morsel!

  6. We are learning to eat more healthy. I will try just about anything, except catterpilars. Not happening, although I have eaten snake and coon before. My husband likes white rice only and no brussel sprouts in my house yuck... Have a nice day.

  7. I couldn't agree more about not eating foods you don't like. Brussels sprouts always have a vile after taste, sour and yucky!

    I have a little trick I do with the brown rice. I make a rice pilaf with a can of French onion soup and a can of beef consomme. I add about a tablespoon or two of olive oil and bake it. The brown color of the soups tricks them into believing they're eating white rice. Works like a charm!

  8. I am so with you on Brussel sprouts. I despise them although I like raw cabbage. I will not eat something I do not like just because of the health benefits. There are so many choices out there to get similar health benefits so why not go for one that you like.. I agree...

  9. See I don't have to worry about anyone else thankfully.

  10. I was expecting your comment on my blog, I was waiting to see if you said socks or cubs.To answer your question the pistol I want is the S&W MP .40. It is our duty weapon but we are not allowed to train on our own with them. So I would like to get my own. I may settle for a compact glock .40 just because of the lower price.

  11. Thanks everyone for the idea and thoughts here. I feel validated in my dislike for brussel sprouts!

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