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, August 13, 2010

Day 118 - We Win When

Yesterday Christine asked me this; "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?"

Now that is what I call great; friends holding friends accountable. Thanks Christine. And to answer your question, here is what I have been doing…

Exercised on Tuesday & Thursday. Tuesday was the mosquito walk I blogged about and yesterday was a lunch time walk. Both about 2 miles. Accountability consideration; not enough. Argh, it is true, just that plain too; not enough. More cardio will be had today & tomorrow and a stint with the dumbbells will be had too - promise!

Food has been good this week, not great and not bad. I have found that I am being tempted more and pondering giving into to temptation more as of late. Not sure why, perhaps all of the change influences I blogged about yesterday. Really I don't want to ponder that too much as it feels like I am searching for excuses.

Certainly I have no excuse for any giving in to temptation of which I can cite two instances this week. Our team at work went out earlier this week to welcome a new hire to the team, and beer & pizza was everywhere which I did dabble in. I didn't dive into it as I would have in the days of old, but, if honest I dabbled more than one who is looking to drop pounds ought to have. The other was whipping up some homemade Mac N Cheese for the wife & kids for dinner, I think it was Monday, and then having that as my dinner too. Lately when doing something like that for them I've usually whipped up a salad for myself. That night we had no salad fixings in the house, so I had a small bowl of that sinful nonsense. Weak, that was just weak of me!!

Yesterday, thanks to Christine's poking me accountability nerve early in the day, I decided to make it a two'fer. I had two salads yesterday, one for lunch and dinner each. Would have been bad if I had two for lunch or two for dinner, no? The picture up above there, that is lunch. The one below here, that was dinner. I love mozzarella & tomatoes, a near perfect pairing if I ever tasted one.

Today will be just as good as yesterday I am certain. Um, no, it will be better; why not?

It is reflection like this that makes the difference in the success of a mission. It is people like Christine asking one simple & direct question that make the difference. It is that which will make the difference this time around which we all seek, I know I seek it.

This reflection has inspired me to title today's post, "We Win When"

We Win When - We blog, when we share our successes & struggles. We all need help, knowledge, accountability & an avenue to vent. Blogging gives us that and we get more of what we need when we give & take with those we follow.

We Win When - We say immediately say No to temptation & then say Yes to a better choice. Saying No should not be negative, it should not leave you feeling left out or punished. It should in fact feel good & empower you further. Following each No with a Yes enables that.

We Win When - We have fun with the changes we are making to our eating and exercise habits. Forcing ourselves to eat food we despise or perform exercises we dread or are not yet capable of doing, there is no fun there. Find the healthy choices that you can call fun, and have at them.

We Win When - _____________________________

You fill in the blank, We Win When ?

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. We win when...we keep going.

    Nice post!

  2. You called me a bad seed over there.... OMG, the horror....More tomatoes, less cheese !!!!
    Enjoy the weekend

  3. Glad I could be a help to you, Patrick.

    Question: When you do your walking, what you call your "cardio," do you get your heart rate elevated? Or are you strolling? (I only ask because I know that when I walk, I'm slowwwww and I stroll along. My heart rate is never elevated. But I know other power walkers that could overtake me as I'm jogging...they're really cruising! No doubt their heart rate is up there!)

    That tomato/mozzarella salad looks delicious!

    "We win when....we open our hearts to ourselves. When we recognize our real potential and our commitment to the betterment of our selves. When win when we love ourselves enough to give ourselves the very best care."

    Well...that's what I'm trying to tell myself today, anyway.

  4. We win when we keep coming back, day after day, to go after the brass ring of learning to live fit and healthy.

  5. We win when...we start the day with a positive attitude, even when things aren't going how we imagined.

  6. Great post Patrick! Life can throw many curve balls but the key is to able to get thru them without relying on food. That is the learning experience. Little slip ups happen but getting right back to it, that is the plan.. the winning plan!

    Funny, I am not a salad person.... I like the dressing too much so I just eat the veggies with my fav seasoning or mustard, my protein, my fiber. When I was young & lost weight, it was all about salads but the wrong way & no protein either. I guess I am just not a salad person anymore & really not a lettuce fan.

    I LOVED your comment on my blog today! :-)

  7. We when we...hold ourselves accountable for our actions ala Christine. Great post! I love mozzarella and tomatoes. Makes me wants ome...

  8. we persevere. Losing weight takes time and we didn't gain it overnight, and we won't lose it overnight

  9. Wow, a great contribution from all here for 'We Win When'... I need to sumamrize these on a page for quick reference over & over - Thanks!!