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.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Day 123 - Misunderstood and Admired

Good Morning!

No early a.m. exercise yesterday, I had to have the boys up, out and at school at 545 a.m. for soccer practice so no time for myself in the morning. But in the evening after dinner and wrestling with a plumbing project I got on the treadmill and burned off 500 calories in 50:47, so I've got one cardio and one strength workout in this week; need another of each minimum before Sunday's weigh in.

As promised here is yesterday's log looked like this....
  • 615a - Grapefruit, Tomato Juice
  • 9a - Milk, Banana
  • 1045a - Almonds
  • 12p - Garden Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs, Sesame Oil Dressing
  • 3p-Peach, Premier Protein Shake
  • 6p - Country Pork Spare Ribs (2 small ones for me), Cole Slaw (Homemade)
  • 730p - Exercise: 500 Calorie Treadmill Walk Off (50:47 Minutes)

Every once in a while you read a post that makes you stop, re-read it, and feel moved. Yesterday I had that pleasure when I read THIS post by Misunderstood and Admired, I don't know his real name. As I commented to him this was a post that left me feeling as if I knew why he is on this mission. If you are not familiar with him you owe it to yourself to check him out even if you just read this one post.
Myself, I have rewound his blog and read all his posts, start to finish. If you have the time, it is seriously worth the reading time. I wish I had jotted down a few of the more insightful posts as I read, but I didn't. Not necessary though as the blog is not that long, less than four months worth of entries. But those few months of entries are gripping, you feel him grow from post one to post yesterday. His journey is not just about weight loss, it is one of making things better; his marriage, fatherhood, his overall happiness.

There was one other post, in addition to yesterdays, which I found very revealing about him, his feelings, his struggles along his journey, his perseverance; that other post is THIS one he made on Monday, July 12, 2010. As I did not come to follow him initially until later in July yesterday was the first time I read this particular post. I'd call it a must read...

Actually if you have very little time left for blog reading today stop reading mine, click on that link, and spend it reading his post. Go ahead, trust me. For those of you who have more time and are still with me here; do the same - go read it and then come back for more of my observation on Misunderstood and Admired.

Honestly I hesitate to summarize his blog further because there is the chance that I have read him wrong; what I read has been a hard but rewarding if not successful journey to date for him. But he himself may not feel as good about the results as I've read it to be, so, I'll stop my pitch there and again suggest that if you have the time, it is seriously worth the reading time. It is worth it because he is doing what we all want; he is achieving what he desires. And dare I say, he his becoming a better person beyond just becoming a healthier person.

"If you have the desire to change your thinking followed by the motivation to act achieving is inevitable"
– misunderstood and admired

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. Thanks for the tip. I enjoyed his blog a lot.

  2. I love Misunderstood and Admired..I, too, recently went back and read his blog from the beginning. Very inspiring!

  3. Thanks for the head's up. I took your advice and read his blog from the beginning. Very inspiring!!

  4. I will check it out after more sleep.. after gym sleep!

    Congrats on your workout & sticking to it no matter what!

  5. Off to check him out. Thanks for the link-up!

  6. Patrick – I cannot begin to express my thanks for all the kind words. Yes – Hard – Rewarding – and Successful!!! Like I have been saying this week I have already won. It has been hard to read back through my words at times because it seems I hid some issues from myself and through my words I could see I really needed some help and a change. Thanks again.

  7. awesome post! I love it when people give shoutouts like this. I'm going to go read right now, after I hit submit :)

  8. Hey Patrick!

    I realize you are a big guy, but 500 calories in 50 minutes is running on the road for 5, ten minute miles. I am only trying to be helpful, but I do not think your workout was that much.

  9. I love when you say to stop reading your blog and go read his. You're awesome to support the blogging community like you do!!

  10. Alright Alright Ill go read it. Pressure!!!!!!

  11. It was my pleasure to give a shout out to Misunderstood and Admired & introduce some of you to him, I hope you have enjoyed his blog.

    Dr. J... got me thinking. Fact - I did not run 5, ten minute miles, no way; can;t do it. I did walk on the treadmill starting at 2 mph and ramped up to 3.5 mph for most of the journey. I had set the treadmill to count down from 500 calories to zero, it took me 50:47 to get to zero. I honestly have no idea what it takes to burn 500 calories, if running 5, ten minute miles is the comparison, then my treadmill is on crack. Still it was a good exercise and I walked away sweating and feeling worked. But I shall perpetrate no frauds here and pretend I burned 500 calories if the math doesn't support it. Thanks for checking the math :-)

  12. Getting a good workout is the important thing, and you are doing that! Just don't depend on the numbers the treadmill gives you if you then balance them out with your calorie intake. In my opinion, we are better off underestimating the numbers that machines give us. You are doing great, I just don't want you to get derailed from your progress.

  13. Thanks for recommendation. I read through some of his posts and he truly does encompass what blogging should be about. He really opens himself up and puts his heart into what he's saying. Great read!