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, August 12, 2010

Day 117 - Back To Why

Change is on the doorstep. Actually it is challenge that is here. Likely these or similar are appearing on your doorstep too...
  • School starts next week for the kids; the one year all four will be in high school. The kids sports schedules are already picking up with try outs & practices and soon enough games.
  • As noted yesterday the daylight hours are shortening noticeably now too.
  • My plate at work has never been fuller; many new and more complex systems to usher from ideas to reality than ever.
  • And there are other challenges dawning here as the summer inches closer to autumn.
In past years, these would be the paramount excuses I'd lean on for continuing onward with an obese lifestyle. They are the things that take time, drain the mental tanks, and zap the will make time to attend to yourself.

This however, is 2010. And there are other changes, challenges, I've introduced on my own...
  • Exercise
  • Blog
  • Eat healthy
  • Blog
  • Plan ahead
  • Blog
  • Reward myself
  • And I Blog 
These are the reasons I will not return to accepting being obese no matter what challenges appear.

When I started this blog I took to though and scribbled out a short list of reasons for accepting this mission. I documented them here, take a peak if you like...
What I Dislike and Don't Want…

Today, in realizing that challenges are appearing, I believe it wise to revisit that list and perhaps even add to it. In doing so, it is my hope that I am shining up the armour I wear that will protect me from the assault upon my will that these challenges will bring. And as well sharpen the paring knife I use to slice my fruit because i really like my fruit sliced neat & clean.

I wont re-write those I wrote before, hence the link back, but let me add a few new ones.
I don't want have to just walk for exercise, I want to be able to jog, skip, run, sprint, etc.
I dislike sweating in air conditioned rooms
I don't want to ever have to use a Gopher Pickup Tool for anything
I dislike waking up, getting up, and feeling ready for a nap 5 minutes later

So, what are some of the reasons you chose to start your mission way back when?

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. So, um....what are you doing this week to ensure that when you step on the scale on Sunday that you'll see a loss? Because you came out even last week, right?

  2. Ok, Christine, you ask a mighty fine question; thanks for checking in. I'll make tomorrows post all about that.

  3. I am with you on the running.. Gonna take me some time....

  4. I've admitted to feeling bad lately, but I am using this idea of using energy to make energy. Perhaps it is more mental than anything, but it is working. When I feel beat, I do something. If I cannot run, I'll walk. If I just cannot leave home, I lift weights and do push-ups. I knew today would be 'blah' so I took a walk for 1 hour after dropping the kids off.

  5. I wear a white coat every day and I want it to mean so much more. I have 3 kids 12 and under, nuff said.

  6. two of my biggest motivators were vain I wanted to stop looking pregnant in pictures and I wanted to look more attaractive. More importanlty, I wanted to FEEL better and be able to do more, like maybe enlist if i get my weight down and my fitness up.

  7. When I gained my weight, I feel like I've lost myself. I don't see the real "me" when I look in the mirror. I used to be able to do so much and enjoy it - hiking, sports, travel. I don't enjoy these things anymore. I can't play with my kids without getting worn out too quickly. All things that I'm working on changing. This unhappy person I am now isn't me but she's in there - lurking. I think maybe I ate her.

  8. I just started to realize at age 43 that I might be able to be physically more healthy in the last half of my life.

  9. I want to feel younger at 60 than I did at 40. I also admit to loving it when people think that my grandbabies are my children! I don't want DH to be looking for a new wife because I die young.

  10. Great post Patrick! Thanks for the reminder to reflect on why I need to remain on the journey.

  11. Patrick, great stuff & accountability too! I see you attaining all you put your mind to!

    Me, I was young.. I just did not want to be fat & teased by kids & I wanted a boyfriend & tired of being the fat friend. That is what started me.... The reasons changed as I got older...

  12. This was a timely post, thanks Patrick. I've been having a rough week or two, but this actually kind of hit me. Gotta Do It, indeed, my friend!