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, November 1, 2010

Day 198 - Let's SEE November

Hope that all enjoyed their Halloween. Two of our four kids still trick-o-treat; the oldest and the third oldest. The other two don't want to be bothered by it, or feel they are too cool, etc. Too bad, the other two do it mainly to hang out and have fun with their friends and that they do.

November is here and it is not going to wait around for anyone to enjoy the ride it has in store for us. Nov. 1 will soon be Nov. 2, then 3, 17, 23, 30 and done. So now, this minute, is the time to open your mind to the success possibilities for this month. Is your mind open? If so, then I bet one or more possibilities is dancing before your eyes.

Pick one, you may have more, but just focus on one at a time here. Got one? Great, what do you want to do with this possibility? Your attitude is correct if you think that is a silly question whose only answer is to turn that possibility into reality. Fine, bit harder question then; how are you going to do that?

If you believe it is important that this possibility becomes reality, then it does not deserve to be left to chance. It deserves a plan, a plan you can S E E... If you can see it, then you greatly increase the probability your possibility will become reality. Seeing is not hard, not at all. Simply take that possibility and...

Set a goal for it for this month; remember this is important so be specific with what reality will look like...

Establish a plan for how you will achieve; keep it simple but be sure to consider the actions you will take, the support/facilities you will need, the guidelines/rules you will follow, etc...

Execute your plan an action at a time and continuously review & improve your plan as November unfolds.

Here is the health/fitness Possibility dancing before me now: Weighing less than 250 pounds. If I stay true to what I have been doing, then I will end the month weighing 250 even. But if I amp my act up just a bit more, I can get into a new decade and also into the lower 1/2 of this 200's century. Here is how I shall SEE it...

Set for November if a goal to Weigh-In on Nov. 30th (a special Tuesday w/i for me) at 249.5 or less. My scale reads in tenths, but I record in 1/2 pound increments and I round the tenths up to the next 1/2, so 249.6 will not cut it, 249.5 it must be.

Establish a plan could be as easy as just doing what I have been, BUT... I just told you yesterday that I have been inconsistent with both eating & exercise recently. So leaving it at that shouldn't leave me brimming with confidence, and it doesn't. So here is my plan...
  • No Fast Food, Candy, or similar food as poor in quality
  • Exercise 5x week; 2x Cardio & 2x Strength & 1 Flexibility Workout (that will be new for me)
  • Drink 2 liters, or more, of water a day
  • Participate in #NovGTD, log my miles and tweet it up each day
  • Calorie intake will be no more that 2000 calories and carb controlled
  • Avoid inducing fasting response, eat 6x a day; 3meals and 3 snacks
  • Eat breakfast at home to avoid skipping it
  • Take fruit to work for snacks to avoid grabbing poor quality snacks at the office coffee shop
  • Every other lunch at work will be a visit to the salad bar which is a treat since it is a good one
  • Plan out evening meals to avoid creating last minute high-calorie dinners of convenience
Execute the plan. And I shall. I'll also continuously review & improve in my head and as well put up a review for the week prior in my normal Sunday weigh-in posts.

What November possibilities are dancing before your eyes?
Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. I like the specificity of you action plan. I need to make this month, and December, count. I have frittered away too much of the year and now it is almost over. Yikes!

  2. Tomorrow is day 199 of responsibility 199. I think we should throw a party. A fruit party. Maybe we, as a Patrick's fans & friends should eat a total of 199 pieces of fruit minimum. Who's with me? Then on Wednesday we can have a potty party.

  3. Great post and well thought out plan! And, congrats on hitting day 199, I'd be happy to throw a fruit party...I'm with ya, Lanie!

  4. Party like it is 1999! OK, so I added a 9! :-)

    Lots of great goals there Patrick! You go!

    I turn 53 this month so my goal is to turn 53.. :-) Just kidding! My goal is to always do better!

  5. I missed my weight loss goal for October so I hope to make it up and then some in November. If I can work at a healthy rate my year goal is just within reach, but I have to stay on it!

  6. Fantastic post, Patrick. Your comment that the opportunity "does not deserve to be left to chance" really struck me. It made me think about all the time that gets spent planning projects and events in my day-to-day work life and how important it is to ensure success. Why not apply that same level of discipline to weight loss? November will be about clean eating and reaching new mileage goals with running for me. I look forward to following your goals for November as well!

  7. I have been concentrating just on my water intake, its amazing how everything else coming into place when you are hydrating properly.

  8. Oh i definitely want to see you dance tomorrow!! Love your goals.

  9. My, you woke up feeling energetic and full of beans this morning Patrick! lol.

    For the last week or so i have been concentrating on the hydration too, and am trying to keep drinking 4-6 pints of water per day - this is easy-peasy on exercise days as i must go through 3 pints just in the gym, but on non-gym days i forget and wait until i need a drink before drinking anything.

    Goals for this month for me then are to continue with the water, exercise 4+ times per week and to achieve the 2 goals i have pledged in #NovGTD, namely 45 miles of running and 45 miles of Spin-bike.....this is raising the bar quite a bit for me, but i will feel like Usain Bolt if i manage it!

    Here's to November.

  10. So important to focus on the task at hand. Doing things like you spoke of in your post will keep ones mind focused on the task at hand. It is not an easy task at all. BTW I love seeing the ticker heading in the right direction!!!

  11. I love how you lay out exactly HOW you're going to accomplish your goals. I need to work more on that. This month is my big month...finally... my 60 mile walk is occurring in 2 weeks. My goal is to complete said walk without having to resort to using one of the "sweeper shuttles" to get me to any pit stops or camp. That's my goal. I've been working on it for months and hopefully in two weeks, it will come to fruition. I also hope to be under 200 lbs by the December 1. That's 6 lbs...totally doable!

  12. Congrats on the weight loss Mr. Patrick! You're doing terrifically! Good luck with your plans!! :-) I love the goal-setting!

  13. My goals for November are to focus on two words that my friend and former nutritionist tried to drill into me: consistency and momentum. I spent the last week counting all of my calories and paying attention to the kinds of choices I made. I exercised half the week because I got sick on Thursday. Well, I lost 3 lbs last week. I also focused on a great deal of water consumption.

    I'm stoked for November. I've been set back in my strength training as I have to take at least a week or more off, but I can continue with cardio so I'm focused on clean eating within my calorie range 5-6 x day and cardio at least 5 days/week (as I am able as I'm dealing with this inner ear thing)

    I really need to be consistent..and as a result gain momentum. This is my month that it gets rollin'!!!!

  14. Great plan ahead of you and I am sure you will succeed!

  15. is it fruit party day?