There are actually four elements of autonomy that people can have. They are autonomy over task, time, technique, and team. Autonomy over task describes the ability to choose what we do. We can be given a general guideline, such as a manager asking employees to come up with a new design for our website, but what that design is must be something of the employees own creation. In that sense, autonomy over task allows us to be creative about the activities that we do. In terms of weight loss, it allows us to use our own imagination and resources to define how we will reach our goals. Autonomy over time describes when, and for how long we will do what we do. We, again can be given a general guideline, such as a manger giving an employee flex time in which she must complete thirty hours of work, but when she does these thirty hours is up to her. Much like autonomy over task, autonomy over time allows us to be creative about how we will progress toward our goals. Given that weight loss is not an exclusive activity and must be fit among many other life responsibilities and activities, autonomy over time is crucial. Autonomy over technique describes how we will do what we will do. While, as with the first two components, we can be given a general framework, such as being asked to paint a fence, how we paint the fence is up to us. Obviously, each person will have her own unique style, and autonomy in this division over our lives allows us to express and develop our own unique strengths. Clearly, feeling strong is something that not only promotes weight loss, but also transcends it. Autonomy over team describes who we will do what we will do with. It is the ability to choose the people we want around us in the activities that we do. Autonomy in this area allows us to surround ourselves with people that we feel comfortable with, and with whom we feel we work best. We can determine for ourselves the ability level with which we are most motivated. Additionally, we can choose the attitudes, behaviors and actions with which we progress the furthest. While it is not the ability to pick our neighbors attributes, it is the ability to pick our neighbors. Choosing who we surround ourselves with is married to our comfort level, which in turn, greatly impacts our drive to lose weight.