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, September 29, 2010

Day 165 - Got Handbook?

Tuesday was an 'A' effort by myself. Exercise was had and my eating was akin to that straight out of a diet handbook. If only there were such a handbook that was perfectly tailored to me. And there were one perfectly tailored to you. If only...

Well, lets noodle that for a second or three. Mmm, noodles; um focus!  Over the years and my dozens of weight loss attempts I have probably purchased, borrowed or stolen (borrowed & never returned) a book on this diet plan or that diet fad for each attempt. Oh the money I've donated to this gaba-bazillion dollar industry.

In no way am I saying it was all good money thrown at bad information. Applying honesty to my thoughts, and I must, I did benefit from those past attempts. My brain has knowledge packed in its corners from what I've read, listened to, seen, etc. during each of those previous attempts.

Today, on this mission; my final mission that will take the rest of my life to enjoy. Today, I have come to believe that I finally have the ONLY handbook to follow. It doesn't come from a book store, or online store, or from a neighbors collection.

My handbook follows no one diet & exercise plan. Simply, I do not believe there is a handbook out there that is perfectly tailored to ALL of us. Although that said, most all in the end break down to a common thought; eat better and eat less than you burn and burn more by moving more than you move now. Huh, so what is the difference in all those books, plans, and the like for sale out there?

That is up to you to decide. For me, I've decided that the best approach for me is a slow and steady track towards a better me. Where did I come up with that. Just from experience, from my collective learnings, failures, and shaping how they can help me achieve what I current want to achieve. I do not want to fail & quit a mission ever again.

And fail I will not. Because I have found my handbook. It has been so close at hand for so long. It is in my head. I believe I know what will work for me because I have taken the time to give it thought, come up with an approach I believe in, and am doing it.

Trust yourself. Believe in yourself. You know you better than any book, anyone else. Take the knowledge you have assembled, seek more if you feel necessary, and then you determine how to do this. Follow a commercial plan, or not, your choice. Follow what you so fully believe in that you can put your complete trust behind it. Find that, come up with that, and I am betting you (and I) will never fail & quit a mission ever again.

What does all of that have to do with that photo up there? Not a thing. That is my daughter who worked the concession stand during my son's varsity soccer game yesterday. My exercise was to walk around the high school campus for an hour before the start of his game.

When done, I stopped by to razz her (my job) and get a drink to chug-a-lug during the game. Yeah, I know, it is a diet soda versus a bottle of water. My taste buds were wanting more than no taste. Look at all those wonderful treats beside her; amazing how there is not a healthy item to be found there. maybe the popcorn can be considered a healthy item. Simply, they know they'd sell far less, thus raise far less for the school, if the options were not those you see there. Sad, but true lesson in what is considered (right or wrong) to be really important I suppose.

What are you snacking on today while you ponder the handbook inside of your head?

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. Nah, not for me until I get to 199 pounds. Before I get there, seems counter productive to try and squeeze in that which we know is evil. But different strokes....

  2. Great post. You have said slow and steady before. I think some of that needs to be forced into my journey. You are a continued source of strength for me. ONWARD!

  3. I say it often as you said here.. we all have to find both the food & exercise program that is right for us & works for us.. it is a lifestyle change! And with that, life changes so your whole program may change or parts of it. Mine has many times thru the years & with age, now, even more so... Great post Patrick!

  4. Sounds a lot like you're following your intuition. You know that's going to piss some people off!

    I'm looking forward to my last pear as a snack before I go grocery shopping this morning. Guess what I'll be getting more of? YUM!

  5. It's funny isn't it just how obviously simple it is to get healthy once you actually sincerely look for the answer. There's just too much cake, pizza, chips, chocolate, ice-cream, etc in front of us to be able to see.

    My handbook is very similar to yours - no diets to follow, no hard and fast exercise plan to stick fact there's no words at all, just a pic of me as i am now and a bunch of empty pages for me to fill in.

    The pic of all the unhealthy snacks and not an apple or orange in site reminds me of the documentary Supersize me...the vendors really do conspire to keep us unhealthy don't they? It just turns more of a profit for them.

  6. Great post! I know some people who swear by this plan or that, this book is a god-send, this eating plan is end-all-be-all. I think I'm with you. No plan is tailored to the individual and that's where we just have to find what works for us.
    Snacks for me today include a banana and string cheese. Have a great Wednesday!

  7. Patrick, I linked to you on my blog today and said a few kind words. Check it out!

  8. when I played soccer ... a zillion years ago!!!... all we had was Gatorade and oranges cut into quarters. Chips are now the norm??!! WOW!!

  9. You are the master of exercising, Patrick! You are closing in on the halfway mark, aren't you? Keep it up - what you've been doing has been working for you!

  10. What am I eating while I read this? Well, nothing, of course. It's not lunchtime nor snack time, so I'm not eating a thing. I think for snacktime (in an hour) I'll have a small glass of skim milk and some veggies.

  11. I have found my handbook with weight watchers and it is working for me. Love the post. I also put a picture of something off of my grill on my post to see today just for your..

  12. Well said!
    Your right everyone has to figure out what works for them. Sometimes that can be the problem, lol.
    Keep up the good work!

    Morning Snack is whole wheat Applesauce Muffin
    Afternoon is Peanut Butter Granola

    Semper Fi

  13. As always Patrick, a good post. You are always insightful and interesting.

  14. Great post, Patrick. Obviously it's working for you because you are successful and happy...not mean and grumpy - like AK. I wish it were true on Blogger that there were different strokes for different folks, unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the case. But will be successful and I'll keep on smiling at your success.

  15. My go-to snack when I get munchy is almonds. Roasted, unsalted almonds. I try to limit it to about 25 nuts (they're a small variety), but sometimes I have twice that--and am still within my plan.

  16. It's working for you!!! that is great!

  17. Just found your blog. Love it. I am officially a new fan. Thank you.