- POSTED ON: Mar 10, 2011

The term, “Character” refers to the traits, the distinguishing qualities,

that make up and distinguish an individual.

Each of us has many personal character traits, both positive and negative.
One of my own character traits is Determination,
a fixed intention to achieve a desired end.

Determined and Stubborn, are two words that describe a similar trait.
The word ‘Determined; has positive implications,
while the word ‘Stubborn’…sounds a bit negative.
Those who approve of my behavior would say that I’m Determined.
Those who don’t, would say that I’m Stubborn.
My daddy used to call it “Bullheaded”.

There are many areas in my life demonstrating this character trait.
The events of yesterday provide an example.

 My son-the-web-genius persuaded me to make videos a part of my site,
and to cooperate with him by letting him film a few videos of me cooking.
He believed that I would enjoy the process and therefore want to learn
how to make videos so I could post them here. He was right.

My first contact with a camcorder, and with the Mac computer
was last Friday afternoon, and I’m writing this early on Thursday morning.
Yesterday was my first attempt at making a video totally alone.
….well…except for instructions by telephone when I got totally stuck.

I wound up shooting that cooking video five separate times….
thank God that I’m doing very simple, easy recipes…
and I can’t even begin to describe my many technical difficulties with the Mac,
I-Movie, Safari, and YouTube…..all of which are quite new to me.
But I’ll tell you about my first error with the camcorder.
 To me, red means stop, and green means go.
So, I thought the green light on my camera meant that it was recording,
and the red light meant that it had stopped recording.

My camcorder’s instruction book didn’t correct this fundamental error.
So, the first time I shot the video, I filmed my set-up,
stopped the camera during my actual “shoot”,
and turned the camera back on after I ended cooking.
I first discovered my error when reviewing the film in I-Movie.
When I realized this, I recalled that my DVR uses a red dot for recordings,
and understood that this is probably basic knowledge for (almost) everyone.

As I write this article on my desktop windows computer,
my new MacBook Air is uploading that video to YouTube.
When that has been successfully done, I plan to put it here on this page.

So…what is the point?
That same characteristic of determination needs to be applied
to the Behavior processes that result in weight-loss Results.
I’ve discovered that successful weight-loss takes a great deal of
personal determination, and maintenance of that weight-loss takes even more.

Below is that Cooking Video.

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On Mar 10, 2011 wrote:
I've been known to be very determined and very STUBBORN but that is what causes me to be so productive. Loved your video. The music 'I think' takes away from what you are doing though. Maybe you could get some opinions on that. :) I'm going to try a few of your goodies. Hopefully that cookie right now. :) Thanks, Susie

On Mar 10, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Thanks, Susie, and I appreciate your feedback. One of my final errors in shooting that video was to forget to turn on one of the microphones, so my voice isn't as loud as it is supposed to be.

On Mar 10, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
Very tasty cookie. I used SF Maple Syrup as I didn't have any Hershey. I didn't even know they made SF. I better look around more. Thanks again, Susie

On Mar 10, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Susie, Sugar-free maple syrup sounds like a good choice.

On Mar 10, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
Oh and is there a way to have the login page remember us so we don't have to keep signing back in? Thanks, Susie

On Mar 10, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             No, Susie, that is a necessary technical detail that can't be avoided. For technical reasons, this site doesn't provide the option to stay logged-in. You don't need to log-in to read anything, only to make comments.

On Mar 10, 2011 Karen925 wrote:
This looks delish. I gave up sweets for Lent so it will be a while before I can make them. Thank you for posting.

On Mar 10, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Karen, you're a better person than me. I put artificially sweetened foods in a totally separate category, and ... despite their sweet taste ... don't consider them to be "sweets".

On Mar 10, 2011 rross wrote:
I agree that successful weightloss takes a GREAT deal of Determination and YES, maintaining that weightloss, even MORE! I love your cooking video's. I don't have sweet cravings (I have savory cravings), but LOVE your Oatmeal Protein Pancakes. Rina-Marie

On Mar 10, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Hi Rina-Marie, I am so pleased you've enjoyed the videos and my pancakes. Thanks for your kind words, and congratulations on your successful weight-loss and maintenance.

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