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, November 17, 2010

Day 214 - Feeling Great Because

From R2D2's wife to a variety of lamp switches, as always no shortage of creative guesses at our picture riddle. Ann of Ann Is Livin' Large No More gave us two guesses, Her first was a "chrome-plated under-desk-mounted bourbon dispenser", which falls into the category of 'how cool would that be to have'. Her second was a "Liquid Soap Dispenser" which was correct. Well done!

There you see it, a Liquid Soap Dispenser. I took that picture last week while at my annual visit with my oncologist. It has been a bit more than nine years since I kicked the beast off me, or out of me if you prefer. This annual is an extension of my annual physical with my primary care doc with the added bonus of extra blood work up and extra poking & prodding. All in all very routine from year to year. However this visit comes after this summers brief dance with melanoma. He was surprised to hear that the spot on my my cheek he labeled 'nothing to worry about' a year ago was later diagnosed as as melanoma in situ. I could tell he was bothered by this, and maybe he should be. I chose not to make much hay out of it as the good news is it has been removed and I am feeling great.

How about you, are you feeling GREAT today?
If YES, why?
If NOT, why?

I am feeling great because I am healthier today than I was yesterday.
Because I am way more healthier than I was on April 17th of this year.
Because I have a gorgeous wife who I love dearly and kids that haven't worn me out yet.
Because I know how to be healthy and know I can do it.
Because I believe the Chicago Blackhawks are going to break out of their funk soon.
Because I look forward to exercising which is something I never thought would happen.
Because I get to go deer hunting this weekend.
Because I have come to know so many cool people through blogging my way to a healthier me.

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. Patrick, you are taking care of business! As long as you keep getting checked regularly, all is good. As for your great stuff.. you are GRRRRRRREATTTTTTTTTT as Tony the Tiger said! :-)

    Had a great workout this morn so, great is good!

  2. I love your list:) This post made me smile and that has me feeling great!

  3. Patrick, I just love your sunny attitude it always brightens my day. Loved your list too. Glad the doctor visit when ok.

    Am I feeling great today? Actually I am, I've been just going along doing good things for myself and feeling good that I'm where I am.

    Here's to great days everyday!!!!

  4. Always a great read. You got an incredible attitude.

  5. I'm glad for your clean bill-of-health, but your experience highlights how important it is for all of us to be proactive in our healthcare. The doc should be a wee bit shaken. It will keep him more on his toes.

    Are the Blackhawks in line, behind the Cubs, waiting to break out of their funk soon? Just asking ...

    Go Hawks!

    Have a great weekend up in Wisconsin, Patrick.

  6. Be warm and careful this weekend. Brrrr. . ..

  7. I am feeling great today. Because...I am doing well. I'm finally proud of myself and I have so many great bloggy friends to read every day, like you! Glad your checkups went well.

  8. I am glad you have so many reasons to feel good! That should be a good feeling on its own.

    I have an odd feeling today. My body does not feel good. My mind feels great. I think they are tied together. My body has taken a beating for some great workouts that leave my mind feeling content.

  9. Patrick
    I love reading your blog because you have such a great outlook on life. It's especially great when your post puts a smile on my face after I've had a tough day with my daughter.

    My husband (who doesn't write a blog but is just a reader), really loves that you are a fellow Illinoian and Cubs fan.

    Happy! Heathy! 9 Years Anniversary!

  10. I am feeling fan-tabulous today because....i am drinking a huge amount of water; i too, look forward to exercise these days; and because my body is changing in all kinds of good ways.

  11. I love your attitude and needed to say, again, that I love your attitude :)
    Just seeing your avatar in my twitterstream makes me smile.


  12. Blogging people make it all fun and interesting, eh?
    And the bourbon doesn't hurt!