Until now scientists believed the brain and behavior was pretty much determined by the age of 12 or so. The brain could not change and therefore neither could the individual. However, we have discovered that the brain is more like plastic and can indeed be changed,meaning that behavior can be changed also. Let me read a brief passage from ‘the brain that changes it self by Norman Dodge
What do you want to be doing in 12 weeks?
“Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.”Mark Twain “My advice is to go into something and stay with it until you like it. You can't like it until you obtain expertise in that work. And once you are an expert, it's a pleasure.” Milton Garland “Rule your mind or it will rule you.” Horace Mann
You Must Have Vision“A vision without action is called a daydream; but then again, action without vision is called a nightmare.” Jim Sorensen What do you want your healthy life to look like? If you can’t describe it, you can’t do it. Write it down in detail but don’t worry about semantics.
Keep your vision. Do the work, but be gentle on yourself. We change best in the context of joyful living. Know your BMI. It’s a needed reality check. How to Get Motivation to Work For You
Behavior in exercise – Set 1 goal Behavior goals in eating habits - set 2 goals Change 2 behaviors that have resulted in stress/bringing joy back into life goals Specific weight goal in 12 weeks.
What are you willing to do now? exercise behavior change What are you willing to do now? nutritional behavior change What are you willing to do now? stress reduction/joyful living change Weekly Planning
Percent achieved with each behavior Increase – stay – or decrease behavior goal Filling the gaps of information for you – Dr. Joyner and myself. Will include cardio programming for increased metabolic expenditures and feeling good Twice a month weigh ins Weekly Assessment
1. Set a number of minutes you will walk daily this week. 2. Start thinking about what you want your healthy life to look like 3. Log what you eat for one week. Start Today
Please bring a pen. Bring a log book. Read weekly handouts. And remember