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.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Day 121 - Three For Victory

A call to arms has gone out within my head. Having given thought to what I need to do here to get back on track with losing at least 1.5 pounds a week here is the trio of actions I have decided on...

First, I have reviewed MY CHANGES, a list of eight changes in behavior that has I evolved as I got into this mission. Holding firm in my commitment to these changes is the first thing I need to do.

Second, I need to socialize my food & exercise log this week. Many times I have said it that I do not count calories. But I do log what I eat, and do for exercise, in a small note book, I have talked about my log and how I log on DAY 16. To this day I have been consistent in that approach. This week I shall share that log with my posts with my food consumed the previous day. Yesterday log looked like this...
  • 7a - Tomato Juice
  • 730a - Exercise: Shining Hills Forest Preserve, 3 miles in 58:14
  • 1030a - Tomato & Mozzarella Salad w/ Olive Oil & Celery Seed Dressing
  • 1p - Cheese Stick
  • 3p - Burger w/ Salsa & Grilled Onions. Lettuce Wedge w/ Salsa & drizzle of Blue Cheese Dressing
  • 7p - Grilled Chicken Breast, Grapes, Cherries
The reason I keep this log is to have a reference to look back upon in situations just like this one I am in now. In the pages of the past two weeks I have way too many red entries than are acceptable, and too many blur. Driving for a return to green entries!

Third, Mix it up, exercise that is. I am going to give exercising in the morning before work a try this week at least once. My thinking here is with the kids going back to school, the day light hours decreasing, I am bound to find it easy to succumb to excuses in the evening to not get in the exercise I need. Hedging that with morning exercise may do the trick. We'll see.

That should do it. I am open to suggestions, always have been - so share them if you got them; please!!

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. The morning exercise is oh-so-important. If I don't do it before sunrise, the day gets away from me and it never gets done. 30 minutes of brisk dog-walking this am did the trick for me!

  2. Sounds like you have a great plan for the week!

  3. Patrick, planning is key & accountability as well so sounds like you have it going here! :-)

    I always like to do the morn workout & that way nothing gets in the way later. That is me. Saying that, some people just can never get used to it & feel better later & we all need to do what feels best for us.. BUT for sure, first thing, nothing to stop you but not getting out of bed! ;-)

  4. Might I make a suggestion on the food choice? You'll optimize your fat burn and muscle building if you consume some kind of protein immediately following your workout (like, within 30 minutes of a workout). That could be a little tunafish, a leftover grilled chicken breast, or a small protein shake. Great job working out and making healthy food choices, by the way.

  5. Great planning! You have all the tools you need.

  6. Sounds like a good plan. Good luck!

  7. Good plan, Patrick. I'm gonna try to hang on your coattails in trying to lose 1.5 lb per week over the next few weeks. I too have several Back to Basics rules, very similar to your "Changes." I'll exercise 45/6/7 and log my food on WW. Let's get some synergy going!

  8. Working out first thing in the morning is ideal. That said, I never do. I am not a morning person so the chances of me springing out of bed with the dawn chorus are slim (irony). If I could though, I would.

  9. Are you SURE you weren't a trainer in the past? Your plan sounds excellent, Patrick.

  10. Sounds like a great plan to just get back to the basics and to share on here. I know for me accountability is a big thing.

    I've never been a morning exerciser (except on the weekends) so I say if you try it and like it they say it's a good thing to keep doing if not just as long as your getting in the exercise you should be fine.

    Here's to a great week for all of us!

  11. morning exercise will also increase your metabolism for the whole day and once in the groove can increase your energy level if you are getting propper rest first.

  12. i enjoy working out in the mornings -- but I am hungrier throughout the day...that's just me though...

    for some reason - every time I come's relaxing. :)

  13. Your success continues to amaze me! You are so determined and I love that you just do what you have set out to do. Congrats again!

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