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All of us have the power to achieve our goals. We have the innate skills of self awareness, imagination, conscience, and an independent will, theses are skills which set humans apart from animals. These skills will, if used proactively to make better choices, help us to obtain a healthy weight. proactive people, (although influenced by such stimuli) will usually respond by a choice based upon personal values. The question is what are the steps we will take so that our actions will be more proactive, instead of reactive.? See my Suggestions below.

Steps to improve the power of self-awareness:
1. Know that your past, your thoughts and your feelings do not define your potential.
2. Take time to determine your priorities and goals.
3. Observe (without judgement) your thoughts, your feelings and the current situation.
4. Ask yourself if your understanding of the situation is valid or based on prior biases.
5. Ask yourself how a more conscious person might consider the current situation or whether more knowledge of the situation is needed to determine the best action.
6. Spend more time focused on your actions in the present moment than on the past or future.
7. Take time to determine whether your actions are in line with your priorities.

Steps to improve the power of imagination
1. Start with a positive end result in mind.
2. Practice creating a story having a positive result based upon random occurrences and objects.
3. Read up on matter upon which you set your priorities.
4. When a new idea is learned, e.g. from books and other media, try to imagine all the possible benefits and disadvantages of the new idea with respect to your priorities.
5. Visualized yourself in various possible future settings based on achieved goals.

Steps to improve the power of conscience
1. Read stories of virtuous people you admire, historic (e.g. Jesus) or current.
2. Make a list of virtues you would like to be remembered for.
3. Make a list of actions you want to avoid and commit to actions that would replace them.
4. Practice what you believe in.

Steps to improve the power of an independent will
1. Know that others can disagree with your idea of what is virtuous, do what you feel is right anyway.
2. Do not complete for the affection of others if it requires actions contrary to your beliefs
3. Always act according to your instincts and have no regrets if it doesn’t work out.
4. Make gradual changes. Although one highly motivated can make quick progress, it is more important to obtain good habits that will last a lifetime by creating a well thought out lifestyle habits one step at a time as by reducing sugary foods, decreasing the size of portions, or exercising for 10 minutes a day at first then increasing the quality of your nutrition, or time of exercising on specific days, once the initial habits are formed.
5. Share your journey with others. This not only helps them, it forces you to reflect on your life and in return grow in knowledge and ability to use your free will. As you write out your thoughts and study them, and as you receive a response from others your mental powers will grow.

Decisions to change one's prior eating and exercise habits are hard to achieve lasting change because they require you to move outside your comfort zone. What it boils down to is that you need to get out of your comfort zone if you haven't already. Making the most of the advice you gotten requires believing in yourself and taking responsibility. Make proactive responses to life events. You can't change what happened but you can respond in a positive manner that best keeps you on a path to achieve your goals. Share your weight loss journey with others both to inspire them and to get positive feedback. Choose friends who are a positive and ignore those who are negative. The most joyful person is one who can help others and receive positive feedback in return . Use the 10-10-10 principle to make decisions and be grateful for every decision you can make. Better decisions are made when evaluated by imagining what the best result of making, or not making that decision, would be 10 days, 10 months and 10 years later from the time you made the decision with respect to achieving your goals. Start taking greater and greater risks to build up up your confidence.
Don't worry about what others think of you. If you slip up, remember that God or the Universe is forgiving and decide then and there to make a positive improvement in response. Every moment is a chance to make positive choices. You eventually will be what you choose to be as you become more consistent. Its a matter of mind over matter usually with the help of a higher power. A good piece of advice from SparkGuy (creator of this site) is to focus on making small consistent changes one step at a time and track your food intake for at least 2-3 weeks. See his blog at www.sparkpeople.com/my

BTW A good team to work on cognitive behavior so that you don't sabotage your goal is one that is based on Judith Becks book titled "The Beck Diet Solution" which does not limit one to a particular diet but focuses on renewing the mind using cognitive behavior theory, her father had developed the theory of cognitive behavior and Judith applied it specifically to diet programs. See the Spark team at www.sparkpeople.com/my
_individual.asp?gid=10071 .

I also got Linda Spangle's new book "100 More Days of Weight Loss" to review which also is based on cognitive behavior theory. I like the layout of her new book, it is broken down into 10 sections each covering 10 days: See Your Potential, Build on Success, Keep Food Where it Belongs, Sustained Motivation, Separate food and Emotions, Fix the Real Needs, Manage Emotions Without Food, Overcome Barriers and Sabotage, Deal with Emotional Challenges, and lastly, Create Maintenance. I will write more on this book in the Spark team 100 Days of Weight Loss, teams.sparkpeople.com/100Days

I wish all a successful journey via SparkPeople. 593 306

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ndividual.asp?gid=64349 ; so we can share our journey and in return live A Wholesome, Inspirational, Healthy and Joyous Life.

Member Since: 5/15/2013

Fitness Minutes: 8,541

My Goals:
Help my children and their families grow,
Keep in touch with my brothers, sister and their families.
Be a mentor to others including family members.
Keep fit physically and mentally.

My Program:
Spend at least 600 minutes a month exercising.
Eat wholesome foods in proper proportions
Spend at least 30 minutes weekly keeping a journal.
Set time on my calendar to achieve my goals

Personal Information:
Currently live in Spotsylvania, Virginia
Grew up in Washington, DC and attended George Washington University
Retired US Patent examiner
Have 1 sister, 3 brothers, 4 daughters, 9 grandchildren, and 2 great grandsons

Other Information:
My wife and I attend an Episcopal Church although I consider myself a humanist

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  • v DEB9021
    Thanks for your comment on my marathon prep blog. It's inspiring to learn of so many people who get fit as they age. I am 51 and started running about 5 years ago, after losing 40 lbs walking. Never too late to improve your body, mind and spirit!
    4 days ago
    Great blog, thank you for sharing it. I hope you will have a superb Sunday.

    "You must believe you can. You must find the place inside yourself where anything is possible. It starts with a dream. Add confidence, and it becomes a belief. Add commitment, and it becomes a goal in sight. Add action, and it becomes a part of your life. Add determination and time, and your dream becomes a reality."-Nicole Wilkins
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    “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~Christopher Robin

    “Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.” ~Norman Vincent Peale
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    Happy Friday, just stopping by to say hope all is well and you are meeting succeeding in your endeavors. emoticon

    Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out. Robert Collier

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    15 days ago
    I hope you will have a terrific Tuesday.

    "If you struggle with loving you, notice how you talk to yourself. Habitual negative self-talk will keep you from fully embracing your authentic self. Stop the habit of self-loathing—it does not serve you—feelings of negativity only generate self-doubt and fears, which will keep you stuck miserably in an emotional rut."-Carol Whitaker
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