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 24, 2010

Day 221 - Holiday: Bring It

Who doesn't enjoy a holiday? Well, there are plenty of people that do not look forward to holidays for a variety of reasons. So the question instead should be who doesn't enjoy the holiday food? In less time than it takes to dredge a forkful of turkey through gravy I can answer that question myself with a I DO.  

Tomorrow is a holiday, Happy Thanksgiving in advance. We will be entertaining family and serving a very traditional Thanksgiving spread. I will say without reservation I am looking forward to the time with family and also the food that will surround us like a coyote would surround a helpless rabbit. Bring it on I say!

Getting healthy, I say bring that on too. And I've been bringing it since April. Is getting healthy hard work? Absolutely! Is it difficult? To a degree it is especially when getting started and sifting through the mazes of how to do it.

We are humans, so it is natural that we make most everything we do more difficult than it really is. On holidays, we can really make a twist out of enjoying the day while staying healthy. I have done it as recently as this past Independence Day and Easter. Fretting over the menu or the buffet that would be there that day; spending the day doing a careful tip toe through the maze of food before me.

I am not, NOT, doing that tomorrow or ever again. I am not making holiday's difficult anymore because they shouldn't be. Simply, what we do everyday is what we should do holidays. Sure, the food on a holiday is different in that it is more tempting. But our approach to the food that day should be no different than any other day. Practice the same good sense where portion size and nutrient balance is concerned. Don't make it any harder than that.

Enjoy whatever food it is that is part of your holiday within the same guidelines you'll apply to your food today, and the day after the holiday.

By the way, what is going to be on your holiday table?

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. You are right, Patrick. It's only ONE day. Enjoy it!

  2. Like any other day, to our bodies, that is.
    And our hips, and thighs, etc.etc.
    Good post, guy!
    The real celebration is in our hearts and minds!
    Happy Holidays to you and yours, Patrick!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving!

    We had the holiday a month ago in Canada, so it's just a regular day for me, but I think you have a good philosophy.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving Patrick to you and your family!

  5. My Thanksgiving Dinner? Turkey, brined according to Allan's suggestions (less fat, but juicier turkey), baked sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, roast carrots, salad, green bean casserole, cheesy potatoes, croissants, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, gravy (of course), steamed asparagas,and stuffing. On my plate: all the veggies, minimal potatoes, turkey and cranberry sauce. And LOTS of WATER!!!

  6. And Happy Thanksgiving to you, Patrick! And to your family as well!

  7. Solid plan!! Thats what I am going to be doing as well! :)

  8. I am eating the same way as any other day! :-)

    Enjoy Patrick!

  9. I am going to eat, but not crazy, I think I won't let any of my food touch each other and load up on the veggies. Have a nice day :)

  10. Eating turkey is good for you, Eating the whole turkey may not be!!!

  11. I really think you're so right. This is for life and holidays and food are parts of life. Good parts.
    I hope you do enjoy the day(or did).
    BTW, I like your maze/turkey graphic.