Ray's musings and humor

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

Lou Holtz


I have to handle some personal business for the rest of the week so I am shutting down the presses until next week. There are about 1,500 past Daily’s at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ if you want a substitute.


In the meantime I am off this morning to my 5 AM workout at my YMCA’s wellness center. I am still amazed at how much I am benefiting from my five day a week commitment. Any of you who knew me in my past life must be shocked about how far out of character this is compared to my previous behavior. I don’t smoke anymore and have not for years, I work out; I can’t drink anymore because of my medications, I work out: I don’t walk around gasping for breath anymore, I work out and it all pays off.

I doubt that I would have added this beneficial activity to my life if I had not transitioned to it via my cardiac rehab at the hospital. so again it was a negative experience that turned into a big time positive change in my life.

If you’re not exercising you really ought to think about starting. If you need some help here is some tips written by Health Coach Claire Kerslake that are worth your consideration.


7 Ways to Embrace Exercise

  • Change ANTS into PETS. Huh? Automatic negative thoughts (ANTS) like ‘I hate to exercise’ can really derail our attempts to develop an exercise habit in their tracks. Changing these thoughts into Positive Enabling thoughts (PETS) such as ‘It’s just something that I do’ or ‘I love to exercise’ can make such a difference.
  • Just do it. Like the slogan says, sometimes I just needed to take action.
  • Start small. There is magic in just starting for 5 minutes a day. Every day. This changes the wiring in our brain to really cement the exercise habit in. One of the mistakes I used to make when I was trying and failing to establish a regular exercise habit was to start with sessions of 30-60 minutes 3-4 times a week. It was too much, too soon and before long I’d have given up again. The 5 minute sessions were successful because they were short enough that I thought ‘anybody can do this’ and it was easy to do something every day. Then, over time, I slowly increased the length of the sessions.
  • Rewards. I’d half-heartedly tried my hand at using rewards in the past. Then I tried sticking simple gold stars on a chart. I felt like I was 8 again and it was amazing just what I was prepared to do to earn that gold star! You can be creative with this. It’s your journey – you get to make up your own rules! Sometimes we can be tempted to use food as a reward. This can be a trap for the unwary and sabotage all of your good work as hundreds of extra calories can easily be consumed as a reward for effort. In my case the Y automatically tracks my progress and even sends me monthly reports, the reward are the points I accumulate with each workout.
  • Accountability. The stick part of the ‘carrot and the stick’. This is just as important as the reward part. For me, an exercise diary worked well. A supportive friend who’ll hold you accountable, an exercise buddy or an online app can all keep you on the straight and narrow. There is a coach at the Y who does not hold back criticizing my behavior if I slack off, know that someone is watching ready to pounce if I slack off sometimes is enough to keep me going.
  • Experiment. Varying the contents of my exercise sessions helped to prevent boredom. In being willing to try new things, I discovered some activities I now really love that I never would have tried otherwise.
  • Make it enjoyable. I found adding music to my exercise sessions really made a difference. Exercising with a friend instead of meeting for coffee can also be a fun way to burn off some calories and provide the motivation to exercise regularly.


Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

Jim Ryan


He said: Yesterday my brother Jim was taking a test required for a management job with a local trucking company.   Part of the test involved a verbal section given by the company employment director (or whatever).

Question: “You are driving a forklift and 2 men get in your way, what do you do?”

My brother’s answer: “Go for the one with the most seniority!”


Q: What’s a Jewish sweater?

A: It’s what a Jewish child wears when his mother is cold.


Found on the retirement village bulletin board

FOXY LADY: Sexy, fashion-conscious blue-haired beauty, 80’s, slim,5’4″ used to be 5-6), searching for sharp-looking, sharp-dressing companion. Matching white shoes and belt a plus.

LONG-TERM COMMITMENT: Recent widow who has just buried fourth husband, and  am looking for someone to round out a six-unit plot. Dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath not a problem.

SERENITY NOW: I am into solitude, long walks, sunrises, the ocean, yoga and  meditation. If you are the silent type, let’s get together, take our hearing aids out and enjoy quiet times.

WINNING SMILE: Active grandmother with original teeth seeking a dedicated flosser to share rare steaks, corn on the cob and caramel candy.

MEMORIES: I can usually remember Monday through Thursday. If you can remember Friday, Saturday and Sunday, let’s put our two heads together.

MINT CONDITION: Male, 1932, high mileage, good condition, some hair, many new parts including hip, knee, cornea, valves. Isn’t in running condition, but walks well.


What is a friend? A single soul shared by two people.



Buddhist approaches a hotdog vendor and says: “Make me one with everything.”

He gives the vendor a $20 bill and waits. Finally he says: “Where’s my change?”

Says the vendor: “All change must come from within.”


“Half our live is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed though life trying to save.”

Will Rogers


A man goes to the doctor and tells him that he hasn’t been feeling well. The doctor examines him, leaves the room and comes back with three different bottles of pills.

The doctor says, “Take the green pill with a big glass of water when you get up. Take the blue pill with a big glass of water after lunch. Then just before going to bed, take the red pill with another big glass of water.”

Startled to be put on so much medicine the man stammers, “Jeez doc, exactly what’s my problem?”

Doctor says, “You’re not drinking enough water.”


Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart.

Gene Tunney


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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