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.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Day 161 - Sticking My Fruit

Good Morning everyone... and hope all have a great weekend!

Thanks for all of the comments yesterday.Very interesting how we approach the rules of dieting, getting healthy, differently. We all apply rules and most it seems break them in ways that fit themselves. A large debate could boil on whether rules should be bent or broken or not. Debate or not what we all must hope for is that we don't bend the rules all the way back to our former selves and lose momentum on our missions.

Fruit is Fantastically Fabulous Food. If I had to pick one change in my diet over the past 5+ months that has made the biggest bang in my mission it is likely the regular use of fruit. Now I did eat fruit before I started all of this, but not like I do now. Before I'd eat an apple alongside an Almond Joy. A banana surrounded by ice cream and smothered in hot fudge. A handful of grapes to munch on while I grilled the 20 ounce steal I was soon to inhale.

Today fruit is my staple snack. Fruit keeps my body fueled, my mind alert. On average I eat three pieces of it a day. Usually as between meal snacks as I've said and occasionally a fruit salad is made from fresh fruit (never canned fruit, ugh) to go with a meal instead of a veggie salad.

Up there in the picture you see a good old fashioned sheet of notebook paper. A trio of months ago I started peeling off those stickers that come on the fruit we buy and sticking them on that sheet. That sheet is kept at work where I eat most of those between meal snacks. Now that certainly isn't all of the fruit I've eaten in that time. Only 1 out of every 3 or 4 pieces of fruit I buy has such a sticker. So quick math, 81 stickers on the sheet times 4, yeah I've eaten over 300 pieces of fruit in roughly three months.

Why do I do this? Simply because I choose to play with my food I suppose. Honestly I don't really know why I started to do this, I just did. And now that I have a full sheet, I am sharing it with you, again I don't really know why.

Ok, I need to go get some walking in...

Do you like to play with your food?

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. My last blood test showed I was extremely low in potassium, another good reason to include fruits in our healthy lifestyles.

  2. My grand babies love stickers and are young enough to love fruit stickers just as much as "real" stickers. Cheap fun. Also, I have a piece or two of wooden realistic-looking fruit that I keep in my large fruit platter so that it never goes empty. Sticking an actual apple sticker on my wooden apple enhances the illusion. Playing with food, indeed.

  3. This looks like so much fun I'm going to do it myself and see if I can get my whole family involved. When I first looked at your photo, before I read the text of course, I thought it was a really big paper hung on a door, so what I intend to do is this: Hang a really big sheet of paper on the inside of our pantry door and start filling it with fruit stickers. Once it's full, we'll have a big party or go on a big trip or something as a family. Thanks for the great idea! I'm such a thief!

  4. love that sticker poster! Great motivation for grown-ups and kids alike! :)

  5. Cool idea, Patrick. My job is about helping people track initiatives through data, which often isn't available. So I end up describing non-numeric data representations. I'm going to include your sheet in a presentation!

  6. You are too funny! I love it though! I think I want to eat my food so I don't have time to play with it! :-) When I was younger & ate ice cream, I used to mix it all up till is was like a pudding though!

    Hey, I have a gravatar but does not seem to work here. How do I get my pic next to my comment on your great site???

  7. That's priceless, Patrick. I remember my step-daughter - before she moved in with me - used to stick those stickers to her bedroom door.

  8. I think that's great. I think I should start doing that together with my kids. It would help them eat more fruit too and have fun.

  9. I LOVE that sticker idea! Such a fun thing to do! I like to play and do fun things like that with my food too.

    Fruit is awesome. Best snack ever, imho.

  10. So funny to read your post right now.. as I just realized that I must be doing better because I chose to eat 1/2 a banana over crackers or sweets! I love your fruit sticker art too; it's great.

  11. just started following you, thanks to mizfit! i, too, play with my food. i like to leave the stickers in random places where i work, then go back to see how long they stay there. i think the record is a week. putting them on paper certainly helps keep track of the goodness.
    great idea!