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.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Day 106 - 38% Progress

Sunday Sunday. A double up Sunday of sorts for me as I was not able to weigh in last Sunday while out on vacation. Weigh in day, the day each week we step on that scale and see if we have made any progress, or not.

This weigh in day I was apprehensive over. Vacation was a great time, but I did take a few indulgences which had my confidence in check as I approached the scale. True, yes I did get in some exercise while on vacation. No doubt that had to help. But did it help enough to undue the effects of the pork tenderloin sandwich at Cozy Dog? Or the bbq burnt ends at Arthur Bryant's? Or the pizza at Garcia's? Or anything else I ate that I wouldn't have enjoyed in excess had I not been on vacationing and relaxing my choices regarding moderation, balance and portion control?

No, no way - was my mood as I approached the scale. Excuses entered my mind, things I could blame my weight gain on for this post. The food, lessor effort in exercise, stress, you name it, my mind was looking for the out to take.

A couple of steps to go before hopping on the scale and I start to negotiate with myself. What would a good weigh in be this day? I weighed in at 278.5 two weeks ago, before vacation; so considering the indulgences then if I am just below 280 that would be OK, right?

Or maybe, just maybe I will weigh in back at 278.5, if I just didn't gain anything that would be Good, right?

Or, what if I lost just 1.5 pounds instead of the 3 I expect myself to lose over any two week period; just half of what I was supposed to lose would be Great, right?

Or, well that is as far as I got before I was on the scale, show time. If I had just a second or two more, I might have dared to wonder if I had actually lost the 3 pounds I wanted, but I didn't.

And neither did I dare to wonder if I could have done even better than that. Too bad, because I should have.

The scale reports that I have now melted away 38% of the weight I want to lose. In all, 45.5 pounds have melted away in the past FIFTEEN weeks; 4 of them the past two weeks. Today I weighed in at 274.5 pounds. Oh Yeah!

Surprised myself indeed in my accomplishment of the past two weeks. Quite pleased to say the least.

How about you; what have you accomplished that caught you by surprised?

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. continue to do great! You may have had some indulgences, but you did try and exercise...better than I can say for myself lately.

    Hmm...what have I done that has caught me by suprise? Hmm...I guess I'm surprised that the blog that I started for me has been attractive to others to follow...I still scratch my head sometimes over it.

  2. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You go Partick! You are in the zone!!!!

    What have I accomplished that surprised me.. that drive back & forth to Los Angles! ;-)

  3. Well, speaking as someone who is about a week away from starting her own vacation, I take enormous encouragement from your post! First, it shows that one or two meals outside the newly established "norm" won't necessarily derail all the good efforts past; Second, excercise definitely helps! Third, I'm not the only person on earth who'd negotitate with myself, looking for an excuse or way out of what I am anticipating from the scale. Whew! I thought it was just me ...

    Congrats on losing weight, even while on vacation! Your progress has been amazing so far. It will be fun to watch you achieve your goals. You are almost to the 40% mark ... excellent!

    My surprise accomplishment? That I actually hiked in and out of the Grand Canyon in one (long) day! I had no idea what I got myself into, but it was a great feeling when I was done. Of course, this was many years (and many, many pounds) ago.

    Keep up the good work!

  4. Good going Patrick! I'm impressed that you continued to lose while on holiday, I consider it a success if I maintain. Congratulations!

  5. Congratulations!!! Well done!!!

  6. Congratulations!

    I think these moments are the ones that really show how far we have come. Yes, you enjoyed a few treats in excess, over a controlled period of time. That's also life and what most people do.

    Those of us with a history of being overweight have trouble confining those excesses to that period of time.

    Having said that, you lost during that time, so methinks you are learning to intuitively listen to your body's needs!

  7. I'd say you got that "A" on your report card for your vacation. Way to go! My accomplishment--running 8 miles yesterday (with several walking breaks). Thanks for the inspiring vacation progress report--it's encouraging.

  8. Thanks for the encouraging words & continued support everyone - very very much appreciated!

  9. What a great Weigh-in Patrick, Congrats!!!!