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.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Day 209 - Simply, Got Purpose?

Back to health blogging after a two day break. These past two days I dedicated my thoughts to the USMC Birthday and Veterans Day respectively. While I am all about the "Me First" philosophy to being healthy and being our best in general, on days such as those I simply insist on placing less attention to me and more thought to them.

This week thus far has been a good one for exercise. Not great, but good. Have put in a couple of cardio sessions and one on the weights. For whatever reason I feel my weight sessions lately are lacking fire. The exception being the one at the YMCA this past Sunday. It simply could be I am bored with what I have been doing and need to shake it up not just a little but a good deal.

This week thus far has been another saga of inconsistency with the diet. Overall I have eaten good, but not great. My guard is not as high as it needs to be at present as I have been more open to temptation than I should. Saying that is simply frustrating because I am a simple guy, and discipline should be simple. Temptations are not good for you and thus should not be had; there for do just that and do not give in to them. A majority of the time I am A-Ok with that simplicity. But why not 99% of the time?

Note I purposely meant 99%, not 100%. No human can be 100% consistent with healthy eating day in and day out for a lifetime. And we ought not feel we need to be or try to be... 99% yes, 100% no; simply that's my opinion.

Therefore I repeat, why not 99% of the time? Something to ponder...

In quickly pondering this my mind quickly picks up on the word 'purpose'. Simply (I am 99% committed to over using that word today), simply what purpose does doing this serve? No, I am not asking what is the purpose behind my mission to get healthy. Rather, what is the purpose for doing what I am considering doing right now?

I believe in times of inconsistency that I am not asking myself that question, or any similar question, before I commit to action. Nope, just doing what is there to be done, whether it serves a purpose worth serving or not. So, the real challenge for me is not the act itself of eating something I shouldn't, or too much of a good thing, etc... rather the challenge is to simply check myself before I act. Simply before eating this or that ask myself "What purpose does eating this serve and is that purpose worthy to me."

Oh, the picture above. I have no picture at all that goes with the text of this post. Usually I do, today not at all. When such a predicament occurs, the only proper action is to simply post a cat picture.

I hope you enjoy this picture of Zinger as much as you enjoy your Friday!

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. Inconsistency is my problem right now. I really don't have a solution except to say I have to decide that I will get back on track. Until then I am just wondering around...

  2. Determine what specific goal you want to achieve. Then dedicate yourself to its attainment with unswerving singleness of purpose, the trenchant zeal of a crusader.

  3. It's amazing how we sometime think we are at the 99% even tho we are not! I have looked at this past week and seen where I could make some improvements.

  4. Just post a cat picture haha!

    I totally was feeling blah about my weight training. I had a session with a personal trainer and we did simple moves with dumbbells but I was wiped out. One legged squats are horrible but great for getting more fit. and pushups with dumbbells then one arm row. and one legged step ups with overhead presses. WHEW I'm tired already.

    I'm also off track of eating. but I will definitely keep your question in mind "what's the purpose?"

  5. Consistency some times is so easy but often very hard to attain!
    But i know you can and you have a good plan of action.

  6. It is so hard to stay consistent with dieting. I think we just need a break once in a while. You have done amazing though so hey like you said we are only human. Who could be 100% anyway... Love the picture of cat by the way.

  7. Zinger looks like a little cat statue with light up eyes.

    Yea consistency is a tough one. I do know it's what has gotten me where I am though. It's the unbreakable rules that at times I found myself breaking and as long as I got back to not breaking them I've been fine. I know we can't do anything 100% consistently but almost is usually good enough. It's when we just flounder and give ourselves permission to do as we wish that gets us in trouble.

    I'm sure you will get yourself back to it you always do.

  8. I have nothing really interesting to add. I just wanted to say hello, happy weekend, I'm reading, I'm thinking of you and hoping that you're doing wonderfully!

  9. I didn't even notice the cat in the picture at first glance...and then - wowza! Those eyes!!!

  10. Those cat eyes! The first thing that caught my attention in the pic & then that comfy chair!!

    Patrick, consistency is about doing it a large % of the time & doing it day after day & not giving up totally.. which is what you are doing. SO let's say one day you have something "off your plan".. but the very important thing about you is you get right back to it the next meal or day & don't throw up your hands & call it quits. That is what is key!!! AND, you are doing it at least 95% of the time in my eyes...

    As for your weights, which I love as you know, mixing it up is fun so maybe you head to that YMCA to mix it up every so often!

    You are doing great!!!

  11. The snag about 99% consistency is that our mind tends to focus on the 1% inconsistency. The trick - if there is one (not that I am any demonstration of its effectiveness at all) is in not overthinking it - its our best thinking that gets us in doodoo I find. Although I totally understand that you are hating what you are seeing, just keep it simple and dont overthink it - just do it.

  12. Consistency Schmonsistency, I always say! (not out loud tho, that'd be difficult)

    I decided to start re-reading and taking notes on some of my most favorite books on the subject of self-control. I'm hoping it helps put my mind back into where it needs to be. Which is NOT on the apple pie that Sweetie baked today. It's official: he's trying to sabotage me.

  13. Love your 99% idea. It all is so simple and yet it's not. Mainly because we make it that way. Weird, huh? Have a great weekend. Cute cat.

  14. Inconsistency! It stinks. Story of my life, yes it's hard, oh, why does it have to be so hard? Nice post.