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, January 6, 2011

Day 265 - Perfection Aint A Shake Away


Seen any images on television, the web, anywhere of extremely beautiful, perfectly gorgeous, people? Certainly you have, I know I have.

Recently I caught a commercial for the Shake Weight. Last night I saw one for some twisting abdominal chair that easily could double as a dungeon torture device. Let me tell you, if I really thought for a minute I could Shake or Twist my way to looking as perfect as the paid models in these ads then I wouldn't be writing this now; I'd be Shake'n & Twist'n.

Sure, they are exercising. If we exercise & keep at it we are likely to look better in time. Upon making the decision to buy such a device does anyone truly believe they'll end up looking as perfect as these models? Sadly, I am guessing some do.

Millions of these devices are sold which means millions of people are using them either a little or allot. Soooo, where are all the model-perfect bodies amongst us? At Target this week I saw none. Nope, none at work yesterday nor at Dick's Sporting Goods last night. Tonight I'll be at Costco, think I'll see any there? Oh I suppose it could happen, but my hopes aren't high. Where my hopes are high is on the price of gasoline being tolerable there.

Well if these model-perfect bodies aren't in these every day places we frequent, where are they? I'm beginning to think there are oh-so-few of these bodies in proportion to the mega-millions of average to imperfect bodies amongst us. Ok, I've always thought that.

Without any researched fact to support this next thought I'll go out on a limb and say that a vast majority of these model-perfect bodies are not just the result of determined diet & exercise; but also deliberate cosmetic enhancements. Yes, I know, shocking to suggest. Or is it just a shockingly obvious thought?

Hey, they are models, or movie stars, or of some other professionals who make their bacon (and never eat it) because they have smokin hot, cut to model-perfect bodies. Ok, that's fine, their choice, hooray & good luck to them.

Back to us.... We work too. We have friends and families too. Most of us here eat healthy & exercise too. Yet we don't have model-perfect bodies. Well, maybe one or two (oh-so-few) of our fellow bloggers do or are close to such a body. But perhaps I should just speak for myself...

That's right; I am not perfect! And furthermore; I will never be model-perfect. At least that is my belief, and I am fine with that.

If perfection is defined as the images we are faced with regularly, I am Ok accepting I will never be perfect.

Are you Ok with that?

Do any of you believe you will achieve model-perfect bodies?
Or want one enough to do what the Shake Weight dude up there did to get his?
Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. Yes Patrick, we are on the same wavelength this morn!

    It all is in what your goals are, how much you want it, how you do or do not want to look & the hard work it takes to get to any of these places... harder work if you want the lean & mean stuff. Shake weights are not gonna get you there! ;-)

    I wrote how I am willing to do the very hard work to be where I am right now but it is sacrifice to do it... we all have to do what is right for us & what we are willing to do...

    You are doing great!

  2. I know I will never have a model perfect body. It's a fact of life, we get old and sag. I am more concerned by what my innards look like than my outards (definitely not a word). Even after I have lost all of the weight I want to lose, I will still have a short waist, crooked hips and dimples on my arse.

  3. Out family has an ongoing joke that is hilarious. My son (6) was watching a commercial and decided that he wanted to do something special for his step sister (15). He is a bit of a comedian so we were not sure he was being serious. At dinner he piped up and said hey sis I think you should get the shake weight for your arms. There was a dead silence and then we all busted out laughing. After all the laughter calmed down (15 minutes later) he explained that he wanted her to have the strong arms the model did in the commercial. It was so funny.

  4. Nope. I will never get there, Patrick and I am fine with that. I was one of the many people who was not born with natural beauty and even if I can afford to have my extra skin removed someday, I will be far from perfect of beautiful in the eyes of the world. It doesn't really matter to me. What matters is that I am healthy and when I'm not depressed I like myself. I think that is more important than appearance. As far as exercise equipment, I followed the guidance of my physical therapist. I was in a wheel chair then and when I went to therapy I looked around to see what equipment they REALLY used to help people get healthy. I found that biking was a good idea. I found that the treadmill is the most important piece of equipment for those who don't get out much. I use some hand weights and some resistance bands. I also have a few yoga props and a mat. Not a lot of money in anything but the treadmill but it has been worth every cent. Some of the weights and weighted balls came with free workout videos so I have plenty to do to get me in shape and keep me in shape. I won't be shaking or contorting myself into a pretzel to get there. :)

  5. No way. I am a shortie, so will never be model perfect, ever. Does not matter to me. I only want to be healthy.

    But it begs a different question: who is profiting from all those gadgets that people seeking model perfect bodies aspire., too. Weight loss industry and gimmicks: mega bucks for some.

  6. The Shake Weight!!! OMG!!! I remember the first time I saw that commercial. The family and I were sitting in a restaurant (in the bar area, where they had TV's) and that came on. I'm sorry, but it seemed pretty obscene to me!! I about fell off my seat laughing. I cannot watch that commercial without busting a gut, and I bet the guy who invented it is laughing all the way to the bank!! Seems like exercises for certain kinds of actors...if you catch my meaning.

  7. That shake weight thing is hysterical...go to you tube and search for a parody commercial of it..LOL

    I know I'll never have a model figure and that's not my goal. I want to be healthy..body soul and spirit, and yeah, I do want to be able to shop for cute clothes..but wearing a bikini is not an aspiration that I have...more like a nice Lands End one. :)

    As far as cosmetic surgery..I am totally NOT opposed to getting a tummy tuck and giving the girls a lift if I can afford it..but that's as far as that goes.

    My mother had these flip flops called "fit flops" that were supposed to tone your butt and thighs. She spent $50 for them. I said 'sorry ma, but the only thing that is going to do that is endless squats and walking lunges!!!"

  8. Patrick, great post. I will never be close to one of those images, and I am a ok with that. I want healthy, a few less chins, some semblance of a neck and other than that I really will care if I can go for a nice long walk, enjoy an outing...besides if the world was made up of perfect, I think it would be a boring place. I like people to be real. take care, have a great day.

  9. I will never be model perfect and I'm ok with that. I do love the trendy weight loss gadgets though and have been sucked into buying more than one of them!

  10. When I saw the name of the post I knew what you were talking about. We just saw the shake weight at the drugstore the other day. These items that you talk about are like crash diets, etc. Looking for the easy way out (does not exist - or I haven't found it yet).

    I used to have a pretty rocking hot body in the day. At that time I was in my 20's and had lost about 60 lbs at the time. I was teaching aerobic dance classes 3 x per week and lifting weights 3 x per week and hiking, etc. My point - first of all, it's great not to destroy your body with lots of extra weight (like I have now) and you really, really, really have to work at it - and being young doesn't hurt :-)

    That's not to say that women in the 40's, 50's, etc do not have hot and perfect bodies - 'cuz they do - but me - don't think so. Sorry for the rambling. I loved your post.

  11. I have an absolutely stunning, perfect, body, Patrick. It just happens to be hidden under protective layers right now. I'm slowly revealing the underlying gorgeousness, so the world has time to adjust to the beauty within.

    Ann (aka, butterfly in the making)

  12. I won't have and don't want a model perfect body. I am striving for a fit body that can run, and jump and keep up with everything I want to do.

    Personally I want a man who feels real and not a rock. So I feel the opposite is true. And I especially don't want to touch one of those rock hard models all oiled up!

  13. I think that genetics plays a role and some of us just are never going to have those bodies no matter what we do or eat. IMO

  14. Because I make my living in the fitness industry I take these ads very seriously, and I view these devices, and most others, with a supremely cynical eye. With each passing decade, as I see the PT Barnum marketing style more deeply embed itself into the fitness industry, it just makes me want to puke that much more.

    Not sure which I struggle with more; corporations willing to steal millions of dollars for making false promises, or a population of Americans believing that they can look perfect, and get there will little effort on just "3 easy payments of $29.95". Kill me.

  15. ok with it and HAPPY NOT TO BE.

    happy happy with my flaws and imperfections ESPECIALLY as I get older.
    Im just glad to flawed-be here.

  16. psssst all the perfect bodied people live in California. You're looking in the wrong state. :-) (kidding)

  17. My DH and can't hold a straight face when we see that commercial ...specially when the women is holding it...i know, we have dirty little minds.

    But seriously, how on earth can someone expect to look like those models just by holding a device that shakes? I mean...come one?

  18. Oh and to answer the questions. Nope, i don't nor do i ever expect to have a 'model' type physic and I'm completely at ease with that.

    Im happy with just eating right and exercising at this point. LOL

  19. Well, I better find a way with being ok about not being perfect. Even those models aren't really perfect. Just ask the photoshop specialists who alter all their pics! I just really want to be the best me I can. Sometimes I get impatient for it, though.