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.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Aren't Kids Sneaky Inspirations?

A great weekend for my wife & I. We went to see Ashley at college & got there just in time for her soccer game. They won, but she did not play. Being one of two freshman on the team playing time has to be earned. She played in their first two games. Go figure that the game she gets zip time is the game we drive 4 hours to go see. Oh well, we went to see her much more than we went to see her play.

After the game we went back to her dorm room; not as neat as it was when we dropped her off there a month ago. We met some of her new friends who were on their way out to go bowling. We took her to dinner somewhere she loves to go; Olive Garden- yuck! There we chit chatted for a couple of hours and just hung out. All seems to be going well with her at school. She adjusted much quicker than we expected. Not that we expected her to have any serious issues with the transition. It is very pleasing to know that your kid was able to leave home and take flight in a big way. Oh she has a long flight ahead of her, but so far she is soaring.

Here is a fun picture I snapped on the way home yesterday...
A tanker truck filled with coffee; wonder how many cups that equals?

We didn't take too  many photos on the trip, and I don't have anymore to share here right now; but there is one photo that I wish I had taken but didn't.

When we were in Ashley's dorm I was reading what she had scribbled on her white board. Allow me to note here that her white board looks marvelous as it was expertly hung by a master of stuff hanging a month ago. Ok, the hanging bit was not really the marvelous part. What was marvelous was what she had scribbled. Any guesses what she had written there?

Nope, not how much she misses us.
Nope, not when she is coming home next.
Nope, not even what she is going to buy us for Christmas.

She had goals writing on her board. Those objectives she considers so important that she wanted daily reminder of them. Huh, what a novel idea...

Decide what is important to achieve, commit it to writing, and display it in a place that when you wake everyday, you remind yourself of what is important to you.

Aren't kids sneaky inspirations? 

I'll be buying a white board today after work.

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. LOVE what your daughter wrote on that white board - LOVE! AND, I want to know where that truck is! ;-)

    So glad you got to see & enjoy your daughter!

  2. That's one smart cookie you raised...and I'm sure the art of hanging a whiteboard was greatly appreciated as well. :)

  3. Maybe she learned that from her parents! It is a great idea.

  4. I would love to have a tanker truck full of coffee! I could probably drink it all in one day!!

    It sounds like you had a great weekend!


  5. I'm so with you. My daughter passed me intellectually when she was 5. By the time she was 9; game over. Now, at 21, and in her senior year of college, enroute grad school, I take such joy in how she has paved her way own way there -- by way of her goals; PhD by 26, Professorship by 30, see the band U2 on every continent by 27. Wait, where does THAT fit in....?

    Good for you dad, good for you!

  6. We have a white board in our kitchen for menus and a daily goal fro each of us. Smart girl!!

  7. Great news that she's settled in with no problems. It sucks not seeing her play football but i guess it meant you got to spend a few extra hours with her off the pitch!

    I love the idea of having a whiteboard to record goals. I've used up countless notepads full of to do lists. I swear i'm an addict but having a whiteboard would be a great way for me to save paper too! :)

  8. so so so made me smile.

    have a great weekend.

  9. That truck is amazing! Your daughter is a smart girl- must be good to see as a parent:)

  10. Glad you had a great weekend!!

  11. Hey, Patrick, did you get lost following that coffee truck or something?
    Missing your posts. Hope all is going well.