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 26, 2010

Day 131 - Seen Da Light

Top-o-Thursday to you.
"Time sneaks up on you like a windshield on a bug." -- John Lithgow
Great day yesterday, near perfection in eating & exercise. All meals balanced, portioned well, and mighty tasty too; what more can a healthy wanna be ask for?

Exercise before work was 5 sets each of sit-ups and push-ups with stretching exercises between sets; Thanks to all who answered my call the other day for help with stretching. After work my son & I walked Lake Andrea. Well, we didn't walk it all, we jogged the last .2-.25 miles of that 2.25 loop.

Funny thing was my pants were falling down while jogging. Picture if you can my 272'ish pound frame jogging in dockers & a dress shirt (on Wednesday's I don't go home before going up to hang with my son), having to hold his pants up with my left hand while fumbling an ipod nano with the other because I knocked the ear cords out with my right hand as it pumped away. I must have looked a mess, or a fool; and I loved looking just as I did.

We finished that loop in 35:29 minutes, a good 2.5 minutes faster than the previous best. Guess I can't call the Lake Andrea PR a walking event any longer. It is now a place to get my body around as fast as I can with a mix of walk, jog, crawl, skip, moon-walk, and dare I say better fitting clothes?

So yes, I enjoyed ruling the day yesterday - have you ruled a day lately?

I shall soon post that I have lost 50 pounds, it may be this weekend or next; but it is coming soon...
I shall RESIST temptation to return into the dark and put back on any unhappy weight; nope I have Seen Da Light.

I have learned so much in the past 131 days, thanks in large part to many of you; and I thirst for more...
I have LAUNCHED this mission to 199 pounds or less in pursuit of greater happiness; yes I have Seen Da Light.

I will remember that being healthy is all mental, my will to change and my choice to act; I and I alone decide success over failure...
I will FORGO excuses of all form as cause to choose unhappiness; I have Seen Da Light.

I am happier today than yesterday, tomorrow will be happier today, the next 45 years will be my happiest yet...
I AM Responsibility 199; I have Seen Da Light.
(picture of me up there at son's soccer game this week seemed fitting)

Have You Seen Da Light?
Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. Yes I have seen da light when I can put on my old pair of shorts over top of another pair of shorts. Will not go back there.

  2. I thought I saw da light two years ago when I got down to 170, but then it got dim as I crept back up to 196, but I saw da light again and I am now at 189 and going back down..... so yea.... I've seen da light

  3. The positivity is awesome. Keeping to the workouts and eating schedule everyday is just that AN EVERYDAY commitment. Keep up the hard work - you know I know how hard it was yesterday for you! You will be 199 I have no doubts. Find ways to keep that focus Patrick!

  4. I love that visual of you working out yesterday & the whole pants thing.. I guess you were showing the light! ;-) Really, congrats on all you are doing & have done.. Amazing!!!!

    I rule the day every day I hit the gym! :-)

  5. I see dead people.. Ooops, wrong reference..By the way, a challenge we might like.. I am hoping for 199 on April 1, 2011..7 months...Your friend Sean dropped 200 in 10 months, and that would be my goal, 199 would be close.. Any shot for you..74 pounds in 28 weeks is 2.64 pounds per week.. Challenge is simple... Winner and spouse win dinner for 4 in their hometown with the Loser and Spouse...Big bucks challenge !!! Ready..

  6. I see them too, Allan!
    Anyways.... where were we... ah, yes....
    Patrick, I once thought it was all from "hand to mouth."
    Now, I have come to believe it is all from "ear to ear."
    All mental, like you said!
    That's me, grinning from ear to ear!

  7. It's so nice having you here, you are "da light" *smile*. I can't wait to celebrate with you on your 50 lbs gone forever. Love hearing your pants are falling down (now that just didn't sound right) lol.

  8. I think maybe I'm just stepping into the light, but either way I will be better today than yesterday and better tomorrow than today.

    Thanks for your awesome comments. You rock!

  9. I saw da light when I noticed my "butt shelf" was gone!! I can't wait to congratulate you on your 50 lb loss.

  10. I love reading your blog and seeing how you incorporate time with your kids together with your pursuit of health. My kids are much younger then yours, but your attitude of balance is one I hope to achieve.

    I've had the pants falling down too. I can get away with walking, or doing almost anything else in loose pants, but not running. Running just makes them drop.

  11. Patrick, I love love love that pic of you. I laughed about your pants as the same thing happened to me in the gym the other day. I've got to get some more workout pants, but I'm between sizes. Ugh. Not for long....

    BTW are you channeling some Tom Landry with that hat...

  12. Dockers and a dress shirt and I bet you looked marvelous. Sounds like a day of perfection to me. I cannot wait until you post that 50 lb loss, Patrick. Very exciting...and staring into the light....

  13. I think I see more of a twinkle right now. I know I have big changes to make and up to the challenge just haven't quite gotten there yet..

  14. I've Seen Da Light, too. Not going back.

    NSV with the pants falling down?

  15. Yep, there's so much light around here, I need sunglasses. I love it. Congrats on your lake walk. What a great thing to do with your sun. BTW get some new pants. Enough light already without moon glow!

  16. Jo - NSV with the pants falling down? YES, on the list now (left panel), thanks!

  17. Time to notch out an extra hole on the belt, Patrick? LOL Congratulations on besting your own record! That is fantastic!! Now, celebrate by purchasing some pants that fit your new frame. :D We want to see the light, not the moon ...

  18. lol about the pants falling down. Its the only con of losing weight!!! Congrats on your walk/run...


  20. You've lost a whole person so far, in weight. No freaking kidding your pants are falling down. Tell your wife to take you shopping dearie.

  21. I like to remind myself of a mis-quote I was made to emorize when I was pledging-

    Excuses are tool of the incompentent, that build bridges to nowhere. Those who use them are nobodies and masters of nothing.

  22. I, too, have seen the light. No turning back for this girl!

  23. Motivating post. Thank you!!!!

  24. you made me smile with that mental image :)
    yep, I have seen the light, baby!!! why did I ever wait so long???

    and the Lithgow.

    shine onward...

  26. Fantastic post. Congrats on the great effort. Is it weird for me to want to see the pants falling down moment?

    Let's hit our 50-pound loss next weekend, okay my friend? (Maybe we'll have to get two iTouch's?)