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.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Day 215 - Getting Goofy Questions

Having lost some weight I get the joy of chatting about weight loss with people. Some want to know what I am doing, I am always willing to share; eating smarter and moving smarter. Others want to know my thoughts on what they themselves are doing; lord help them for asking my opinion. And some want to just argue, as long as they can take what they dish out; bring it on.

Along the way I have been asked some really goofy questions. Goofy meaning some are just silly, some are just asked in poor context they almost make no sense, and some are a blending of obvious and obnoxious. I thought you may enjoy pondering them just as I have. You may even choose to answer them, I can't say I always dignified each one with an answer when I was asked; but since I am tossing these out to all of you I shall at least comment on each if not answer just for you.

Q: How fast can you lose weight?
A: Um, honestly, instantly if need be; a quarter-pound drop is usually a trip to the bathroom away.

Q: How do you lose weight after pregnancy?
A: I have lost weight, not given birth; the difference should be fairly easy to see on a male I think.

Q: How are you going to lose your final 10 pounds?
A: A legitimate question, but I was asked after I made it known I have another 60 pounds I want to lose. I am just focused on the next 2 pounds, the next 10 at most has my attention. Those last 10 pounds, I don't know; Ex-lax muffins and coffee maybe?

Q: What would you estimate your current weight to be?
A: OK, seriously, I do work with allot of very smart people; so I can't explain how this actually rolled off someones lips. I replied, "The same as I did tomorrow". 

Q: How can you look thinner faster than you actually lose weight?
A: Oh lord, that's an easy one. But we all have to learn it from the master himself, Thornton Melon. If you don't know what I mean, rent Back To School, watch and you will be enlightened.

Q: Can you share some weight loss success stories?
A: Well, if you don't like my story currently in progress, sure. Go to and scan my blog roll.
I answered this question with that answer twice. Just last week the last person to ask was too impatient to do as suggested and asked for links to some of the better ones. Being the nice guy that I am, I shared these five. I don't like to pick favorites, I don't mean to because I am grateful for each and everyone of you I interact with. But in trying to help with this slightly goofy request I chose these five. They are currently in various stages of their own journeys to shed obesity once and for all and they intensely grab my attention...

Have you been asked any really goofy questions?
Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. Haha, I love that someone asked you how to lose weight after pregnancy.

    I haven't been asked too many questions. The most common one is just "how". Everyone is always looking for the magic answer and seems disappointed when all they hear is the obvious: keep track of what you eat, eat less, move more.

  2. Q: How are you going to lose your final 10 pounds?

    I have 17 left and I am pondering the exact solution you gave. Or possibly cutting off my leg mid calf. It's the plateau is getting annoying.

  3. I'm really disapointed that you didn't get that pregnancy question. Maybe you could give some advice on breast feeding? People are funny. YOU are a success story that inspires me every. single. day. Thanks for the shout out. I am so lucky to have all the support here and the people like you that keep me focused and committed when I have those days that are hard.

    I hardly ever get questions. I really wish I did. It might be good for a laugh now and then. Of course, I would probably just get medical questions....

    Here's one you'll know the answer to. How do you handle your son tuning 13? A TEENAGER in my home. Loud rock music. Constantly texting. GIRLS calling the house. I'M NOT READY!!!

  4. Obviously I am not as "big" in the blog world... I rarely get questions. The ones from my loyal readers are always pertinent. I sure to get some crazy spam though.

  5. Thanks for the shout out, Patrick. I love some of the questions you're asked. Funny! You need to hone your responses to silly questions to this response: "Never mind THAT ... do these pants make my butt look big?" (Said, as you turn your backside to the question-asker.) Hehehe ... trust me, after that response, they'll be talking about other things. :D

  6. Patrick, breast-feeding pics. Your expertise in the blogging world is enviable, but pregnancy questions??

  7. I LOVED THIS POST!!!!!!!!!! I think those of us that have lost & got fit do get wacky questions although I think to the person, they don't even get how weird the question is.... too funny!

  8. Ha ha ha on the pregnancy question!

    I think the last 10 lbs are the hardest - I am still working those %^$& off

  9. The last few pounds?
    Good luck with the coffee -
    So far it hasn't helped with my last 15 pounds!!

  10. most annoying question: If I eat what I want when I want it won't I eat a thousand brownies and weigh 500 lbs? Answer: Um . . . if you seriously want to eat that many brownies, your weight isn't your biggest problem.