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 21, 2010

Day 95 - Attitude Maturation (Food)

I've chatted up my recent exercise a good deal & I feel real good about it. The new PR's are nice, but those are just numbers really. The importance of them is not having set new PR's but rather the fact that I have gotten out there and not only exercised but pushed myself. That's the real PR, the fact that I have moved my butt one more time than I had before. Hey, I steal nothing; that attitude about PR's is one I learned from someone who has been with me my entire journey here & whom I respect; Kyle.

Oh I do talk about PR's like they mean the world to me perhaps, but know that I do so only to motivate myself. No matter how much I may talk of PR's understand I know that what matters is the exercise getting done - period!

Food, food is really what I want to talk about today. Others have done reviews of their changes in eating habits comparing their before meals to their after starting to get healthy meals. I think of this as more than just changing how you eat, but adopting a new attitude towards how you approach food as a whole. So now it is my turn, a reflection of my old attitude of food vs. my new attitude.

Breakfast @ 615 a.m...
OLD ATTITUDE: Apple Fritter & Sausage Biscuit
(Oh how I love apple fritters! Someday I will treat myself to one but no longer are they typical breakfast fare for me)

NEW ATTITUDE: Greek Yogurt w/ Fruit & dash of Granola
(I thought of this post idea right after breakfast, so I had to surf for a similar dish; this is quite close)

Snack @ 845 a.m...
OLD ATTITUDE: Snickers Bar
(I miss these; the best candy bar ever!)

NEW ATTITUDE: Carton of Skim Milk (Moo...)

Lunch @ 1145 a.m...
OLD ATTITUDE: Burrito, Rice & Refried Beans
(I like my refried beans triple refried, and I wondered for so long why I am obese)

NEW ATTITUDE: Garden Salad (salad bar) w/ Tuna (canned) & Sesame Oil

Snack @ 245 p.m...
OLD ATTITUDE: Rice Krispie Treat
(Perhaps the best 'tasting' energy bar sold in our cafeteria for a mid-afternoon boost to the finish line)


Dinner @ 645 p.m...
OLD ATTITUDE: Steak & Potatoes

NEW ATTITUDE: Grilled Chicken Breast, Fried Rice w/ Veggies & Fruit Salad
(I forgot to take a picture of my actual dinner so I had to surf and whack a similar dish together)

Dessert @ 745 p.m...
OLD ATTITUDE: Ice Cream Cone

(When I have a dessert which is now rare) 

Tale of the Scale
OLD ATTITUDE: 4,200 calories (40% fat, 40% carbs, 20% protein)
NEW ATTITUDE: 1,700 calories (30% fat, 40% carbs, 30% protein)
(calculated using a FitDay account I use for reference when needed)

Huh? Would you look at that. I've said it a few times since starting my blog that I do not count calories and certainly not the energy breakdown. I did it just for this one post, and I am somewhat surprised at what I see there.

I would have thought my diet change would have seen my fat & carb intake drop and protein rise. I didn't expect to see carbs stay the same. Perspective, let me keep perspective. This is just one days eating, so I wont analyze this too much. I am eating more fruit than ever before so maybe that is why my carb intake is the same. Hopefully the carbs I am taking in are better than before. And I am eating better proteins so that should account for the rise in protein and drop in fat intake.

You can analyze the numbers until you have a brain freeze. The part of this comparison that takes just seconds to tag as cause for my losing weight is the calories themselves. Roughly 40% the caloric intake of the old gluttonous me, that is the core of my overall new food attitude which has me on my way here.

How is your attitude today?

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. Love all the math. The breakdown is great. Take out the Rice Krispie treat and the fried rice, and scary times, we are pretty close to eating very alike. Look out. Now all you have to do is piss someone off online, and you can be hated also...

  2. I think I might have to send this post to my dad....

  3. I love the way you compared your food. No more rice Krispie treats for me. I have a really good attitude today cause it is my weigh in day. I like the look of the grill chicken you had. Yummy...

  4. I've done this exercise before and saw similar #'s. Amazing comparison. Keep up the solid work, Patrick.

  5. What a change. I've read that when people switch to healthier fare as opposed to a lot of fat, they often comment that they can taste flavors more fully. Have you noticed that?

  6. Karen, eating healthier has me cooking more so I am looking for ways to add and bring out flavors better. When just eating fast foods and pizza, no need to as all the fat & salt is the basis of flavor. I've learned to use things like citrus juice to accent meats, and learned a bunch about spices I've never heard of. Allspice, huh... but now I know. ANd that sometimes using less spice is best. A hard lesson for me as I have always seasoned meat heavily as that is how I was taught.

    Thanks for the great feed back everyone - sorry, but I do not have any rice krispy treats for you :-)

  7. What a change! To me the new dinner actaully looks more appetizing.

  8. I hate to admit this but those potatoes look yummy.

  9. Quite a drastic change! Much healthier now I would say.

    I didn't count calories when I was actively loosing weight either and now that I'm in maintenance I still don't. Although I do a check every so often when I'm curious.

    Happened across your blog while reading some others. Glad I stopped by. If you get a chance stop by my blog and say hello.

  10. my attitude today is the more protein the better ;)

  11. All kind of changes all over the place!

  12. My new attitude is learning to embrace whole wheat pasta. Before, I used to have MOUNDS and mounds of white pasta, just bowls of it. Now, it's about 1/2 cup of whole wheat. What a difference!

  13. You are so funny and quickly becoming one of my fav reads! "triple refried beans" HAH! What's really cool is that with the exception of the ice cream (damn it!) I liked all your new choices better.