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.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Day 97 - Playing Favorites

Food has been on my mind this week, so, lets stay there. I've come to learn you have to eat healthy; have to. Otherwise you aint healthy, it is that simple; no?.

That said, where is it said that you can't ever eat the unhealthy stuff you like? You know what you like, right? And you know then know if it is healthy or not & how much and often you can eat it, right? I would assume the answer to those questions is yes for most. If you don't ponder and research. Or lets us know what food it is you are unsure of, plenty of folks here willing to share their thoughts on it I bet.

Whatever anyone says, don't ever just completely never eat something you like just because it is unhealthy.

So what are your favorite foods that are not the healthiest for you but you still enjoy from time to time?

Myself, well here are some of mine...

Breakfast: Four-egg omelets stuffed with four cheeses, four meats accompanied by four slices of rye toast, I used to call this the 4x4-Squared Delight. I do still eat omelets, but, it will be a while before I eat this behemoth again.

Lunch: Bacon Double Cheese Burger w/ fries, a simple all-American favorite. Not just any burger but you have to get one of these at a tavern; do that and it is twice as awesome'licious. Is that a word? If so, how many calories are in that word??

Snacks: Candy Bars, especially Snickers, Kit Kat's, Reece's PB Cups and Almond Joy. I used to get all four, sometimes two of each, and eat them all on one thirty-minute drive. Super sad, I know. Candy bars still have a place in my diet, but one or two a month at most.

Dinner: Fried Chicken & Dumplings, easily a 3,000 calories feast before adding side dishes. And yes, I used to have seconds, and thirds on the dumplings. How many servings of dumplings can you pack in at one sitting? My tops, FIVE!

Dessert: Chess Pie, omg my Great-Grandma made the best-est pies ever made. She made pies from scratch at the Maid-Rite in Christopher, IL for years and years. People would pay her to make them pies on the weekends from her tiny apartment kitchen. Whatever it took to survive the depression doldrums she used to say. Pie can be easily worked into your diet as you can control the size of the slice, right?

Late Night Snacks: Taco Bell drive thu. Especially if too many adult beverages had been consumed, this was the place to feast on the worst food on the planet while ones taste buds were numb and dumb. So fast food, I have committed to no more fast food and have no intention of doing any anytime soon. But if i were to open my mind to fast food again I'd say treat it like candy bars, once or twice a month. Not once or twice a day which I have done before.

Ok, I must go get some breakfast now; oatmeal and fruit awaits me!

Enjoy whatever it is you eat today and remember it is Ok to enjoy the unhealthy foods you really like once in a while.

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. You are advocating that it is okay to eat this stuff once in a while ? Really, and it's not April First ? I love this...I can not stop laughing..

  2. I second taco bell. Occasionally I'll treat myself to an order of nachos and some cheesy fiesta potatoes.

    For breakfast? French toast with oodles of syrup.

  3. I have been following your blog for some time now and I believe it is because you add a balance to the maniac that I am. Meaning; I am so driven that I tend to look past common rules of living a full harmonious life. I am all or nothing in most of my life and I need to work on that. I am getting better and believe there are good things ahead for me. I would like for you to take a look at as many posts in my blog as you can. I think I can provide some strength for you as well. Weight loss is really tricky and anything we can take from others can help a lot. I am in the final stages of my journey (55 total pounds I want to lose – I have 7 to go).
    Good luck to you.

  4. I love pizza. And enjoy it on a pretty regular basis, but I do so in moderation.

  5. pizza and Ruffles all dressed chips... my nemesis

  6. Tooooo funny. Taco Bell after imbibing is a must. But, I'm a little old to be out that late these days, aren't you? And on that subject, alcohol is probably my occassional indulgence, 1-2 times a month I really want gin and tonic or martini or just plain beer and I splurge for those calories.

    I love chicken and dumpins and when you ask how many servings I can eat at one time, I guess my question would be how big is that bowl? Ha ha! I love pizza also and I guess that's been a "splurge" of mine although I go for thin crust veggie only options and I seem to enjoy it just as much.

    I also love chocolate chip cookies and have had them once or twice in the last 3months. Love ice cream, but it's still on my can't stop at enough list, so I stick with the frozen 90 cal yogurt I found which is tasty.

    Sorry about the long comment, but it is my FAV subject. Hee hee.

  7. I think it's possible to have balance in your food! I eat junk foods sometimes. The difference is that I don't eat a LOT of it. That being said, I know some foods are "triggers" for some people. Like Doritos: you can't just have a handful - you MUST eat a whole bag. In that case, it's better to just avoid it at all costs.

    For me, my indulgences are:

    Breakfast: Dunkin Donuts coffee, with cream and sugar. But this happens 2, 3 times a year. Not often. It's a treat and should be accommodated as such.

    Lunch: Grilled cheese sandwich. I can still have this, but only have a half a sandwich.

    Dinner: A GOOD hamburger, with bacon, cheese, and avocado. I can still do this if I order it without the bun, then only eat half the burger. No damage done!

    Drinks: Maybe this is my biggest downfall: alcohol. I enjoy having a drink, and I indulge maybe twice a week. But I try to temper that choice with a healthy, low-cal option, like a salad.

    Red Bull. Nuff said. At least I buy the little can and throw 1/3 of it away, right away.

    Snacks: Candy bars (Snickers, Mr. Goodbar, and Twix are my three killers). Solution: Halloween-sized bar, to be used as a treat for good behavior!

    I eat a TON of avocado, nuts, cheeses, butter/olive oil, etc. But I don't consider these things to be "treats" -- they are staples in my diet. I believe that high-fat foods IN MODERATION are extremely healthy for you. I eat these things every day, in small quantities.

  8. Christine, I love ya. Please also add that you eat 900 calories or so per day, as per your last posts. You are at a place now that can handle this moderation. Some of us, not so much...

  9. That's true Allan. I AM at a place where I can handle moderation after years and years of binge-eating! It takes a lot of hard work. Like I said above, sometimes something is so much of a trigger food that you have to cut yourself off from it completely. But other times...there's nothing wrong with indulging in "bad foods" so long as you keep a firm grasp on the portion size. If you can't handle it, then you shouldn't eat it! But it takes a lot of self-control, pre-planning, and...experience. After a while it becomes a habit!

  10. mmmm, cheese. I loooove cheese, but it is one of the things I had to cut way back on. Now I try to just eat a serving when I do have it, and I've stopped putting it on some of the things I used to.

  11. Dude - this very day, I ate a Whataburger ChopHouse Cheddar Bacon onion cheeseburger.....with the bun!
    With the bun.
    I loved every bite of it!
    Flying high now - that's for sure!

  12. Everything in moderation.. When I was young & not so smart on this stuff, I would not treat myself.... not good & I just ended up wanting things more!

    I have my treat cookies on the weeekend and I know many cut out bread but I found a way to keep it in every day & eat healthy & very yummy ones.. well, to me! :-)

  13. For me, almost every beloved food I have modified to make it a pretty healthy choice. Some of my favorite recipes of course really can't be changed to much but still I cut off calories, fat and sugar whereever I can. It has made a world of difference to me and the family.

    Sure I still have my favorite things out at restaurants on occasions but really being honest I've noticed when I eat that stuff the next day I usually end up with stomach issues. My body just isn't use to it anymore.

    Of course there is the exception of the candy bowl of death here at work which I still find myself in on occasion. I try to have the rule of one mini candy a week but of course it doesn't always work out that way. I found if I just limit myself to treats out somewhere else I do the best because there's not seconds and thirds to go back for.

    I don't think there is anything wrong with having things in moderation.