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, December 1, 2010

Day 228 - MORE Go The Distance PLEASE

December is here and that means that challenge known as November Go The Distance is over and December Go The Distance is here. Use that link there to get involved with December's challenge if you have it in you to do so. These are the creation of and are hosted by the super-cool Fat Girl vs World. December's challenge has been expanded/improved to include personal pages for a variety of goal setting options which each individual participant can personalize. Best to check it out to see what I mean.

In wrapping up November Phil from Couch Potato to 10K has been honored with guest posting a summary of that months challenge; that good read awaits you HERE. For myself, I came up short on hitting my November goal; I walked/jogged 32 of the 35 mile goal I set so I completed 91% of my goal. No excuse for missing 100% other than I waned in planning my exercise as well as I had been. Oh I suppose I could say that I allowed other factors like hunting and holidays to occupy my mind and hinder my attention to exercise. They certainly did, but that is just an excuse, and not one I can accept.

Still, In October I did 25 miles. Thus November was an improvement month to month. December is here and my goal is 40 miles. I have no excuse not to hit it. I am off work the last two weeks of the year and if I don't hit it, well then I deserve to have my blogging license revoked.

These changes I am making are not as difficult as they are painful at times to adopt. They are for a lifetime and I need act like I understand that. One such way is planning my exercise into my days/weeks no matter what else is going on within my environment at the moment. Remember that word; environment. I'll be touching on it more this coming weekend when I weigh-in next.

So I wrap up November for myself with this lesson / reminder...
  • Plan to succeed not matter what my/your environment may be
  • Accept nothing less of myself/ourselves than giving my/our all to this plan
  • Improve one battle at a time, one day at a time, with unwavering faith in myself/ourselves
  • Necessary, recognize that this mission is necessary and embrace that it will never end even when I/we become great at that which I/we aspire to be

My mission here is to become great at being healthy. In 2010 I became better at it than I was in 2009. That fact is awesome, but it is not enough for me to be better at it; I feel I need to be great at it because it is, because I am, that important.

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. Go Patrick! You done good & you are a great example for your family too! I was writing about taking care of ourselves & we have to or we are not going to be there for others. YOU ARE IMPORTANT!

  2. YAY for you and your awesome determination.
    Whatever lit this fire under you, so long ago.....
    It's still kicking butts and taking names!

  3. Go! Go! Go! Your posts are always so positive and inspiring! While I'm not sure that I will sign up for the official Challenge, I'm going to take a long think about what my goals for December should be and blog about it tomorrow...always good to get those out there.

  4. Bring on the PAIN!! I admire your absolute dedication to improving your health, and I know this challenge is going to be a wonderful tool to help us all get there! I'll kick your butt for falling behind if you'll kick mine, LOL!

  5. Good post as usual patrick. I should say thanks to your good self as it was reading about OctGTD on your blog that got me intrigued enough to join in November. So, erm...thanks.

    91% is very good....personally speaking, i think it's a good thing to set the bar slightly too high each month and that way if we reach it we have truly excelled and if not, then coming so close still means that we were pushing our boundaries. Nice one.

  6. Patrick, I love your enthusiasm! And I'm going to adopt your slogan - finish the year strong!

    I was joking with someone this morning, that I've heard rumors we can actually lose weight in the last month of any given year! This is the year I'll prove it. lol

    Keep up the good work!! It has been FUN to watch you travel this journey in 2010, and I look forward to seeing what amazing progress awaits you in 2011. Will that be the year of achieving your goal weight?! I think so! I'm looking forward to that.

    Happy December, and good luck with December's challenge, though I don't think you need "luck" at this point!

    Have the kids started saying, "You da man" yet?


    Stay warm. It sounds like the Chicagoland 7-month winter has begun.

  7. A great reminder to me. I have not been good about planning my exercise in a while. That changes today. I hate this hectic time of year. Ugh.

  8. 40 miles! Wow!! You can do it, but it's going to take a lot of dedication. (If you get my half-marathon in on Sunday, you'll be a quarter of the way there just from one day's worth of work!)

  9. Love your lessons/reminders especially the first one which I need to keep fore front in my mind.

  10. I really really love this post. I'm going to read your November wrap up a few more times...
    Also, thank you so much for your comment on my blog. Your words were so timely and so very inspiring to me.
    Here they are, just to remind you:
    "No need to get on the scale if you don’t want to. But if you don’t listen to your body for a few seconds, or minutes. Hours would be too long… what is it telling you that you need today? Not want, but need. If it screams for attention like exercise, or a healthy meal, or a massage, or a ???? You don’t need a scale to tell you where your body & mind are today, or any day; and to determine what you need to do. Scale or not, you have to choose what you are going to do to meet your needs."

  11. I love our "Improve" bullet point and explanation. that's how its done! One step, one victory at a time. :)

  12. Great post as usual man. Let's put Nov behind us and both crush our goals for DecGTD!

  13. You are very inspiring, I am going to go read what this is all about. I like the advice about not needing a scale. keep up the great work yu are doing.