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I am inspired by Joyce Meyer to honor my God (or the universe if you don't believe in God) by doing good works (contributing more to society than what is received). If you are likewise inspired, you will be blessed and can more easily lose weight as good health allows you to better contribute to society, and as a result, live A Wholesome, Inspirational, Healthy and Joyous Life.
I regularly attend an Episcopal church with my wife, but respect all people regardless of their faith. However, I believe there is an underlying message of wisdom and inspiration contained in the Bible that merits consideration by all believers in an ordered and purposeful life. Moreover, I believe that by striving to give back to the greater community more than what is received, I and others can live a wholesome, inspirational, healthy and joyous life.

My journey in SparkPeople since May 2013 has inspired me to help others follow my path to a joyous life, regardless of their current belief or non-belief and regardless of their current health. I succeeded in my quest to live a wholesome life by not allowing hate, pain, envy or sorrow to rule my day, but by relying on my inner strength to overcome all hate, fear, and doubt. I believe that all have that power, whether or not they now make use of it. Christians can find this power in the Holy Spirit; others can obtain this strength by drawing on the wisdom of the universe which is that whatever one can envision and hold in their mind, one can achieve. One lives a joyous life not by obtaining particular goals, but through having a purpose in life larger than all the evil thoughts of the world and faithfully, regardless of setbacks, living according to that purpose. Happiness comes well before the journey ends by having a vision of success. Whether, you are 30 or 300 pounds overweight, having faith that you can improve your current situation and also give back to society can lead to happiness.

Positive thinking has led and continued to lead my life. I believed that to have a wholesome, inspirational, healthy and purposeful life; I needed to make a meaningful contribution to society. I needed to improve my health, and fitness when I started in Spark at age 67 thirty-two pounds overweight. Although I did not rely on any particular diet, I did decide to cut out or drastically reduce sugary foods and processed foods; and instead eat wholesome foods. I also followed my daughter's advice and started practicing for a 5K run with her and her daughters in her home town. At the time I could not run even a minute without getting winded. I did not let setbacks discourage me. Now I am at my goal weight and can run a 5k in under 40 minutes. My life is not over, and I am continuing with SparkPeople. I want to maintain my health and inspire others to regain their health by eating wholesome foods and working on keeping fit. Also, I have been writing down, for frequent reference, guiding principles of living that are complete. Everyone should decide for themselves what their guiding principles are and strive to live by them in everything they do. I found that by having pre-chosen guidelines, I can better avoid the temptations of the world.
I wish all a successful journey in SparkPeople!

Member Since: 5/15/2013

Fitness Minutes: 7,891

My Goals:
Keep in touch with my brothers, sister and their families.
Keep fit physically and mentally.
Overcome my speech handicap by working with a speech therapist and practicing daily.
Be a mentor to others including family members.

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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

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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 1 great grandson

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