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Ray’s Daily

January 8, 2021


Blessed are those who hunger and thirst, for they are sticking to their diets.

I did not publish the Daily yesterday because I could not find anything positive about what the president triggered in our nations capital. It truly became a black day in our nations history when rioters attacked our democracy. We must stop this lunacy and return our country to being a more civil society. Here is a daily from a better day.

Ray’s Daily first published on January 8, 2010

I mentioned the other day that I was going to start a new lifestyle for the new decade. There are many things I should do or as my Doctors and wife say, I must do. But as I said, rather then trying everything at once I have started with weight loss. I had let myself go over the last six months using the excuse that I was recovering from my hospital stays. Well no more. In the last four days I have lost three pounds and only have XX pounds to go. I am doing it primarily by weighing myself every morning and then adjusting what I eat for the balance of the day. Now I know none of you are overweight so what I have added below won’t have any meaning for you, I just wanted you to see what I am considering.

First Steps for Getting Healthy This Year

by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips

1. FOOD: Out with the old, in with the new

Clean out your pantry, fridge and freezer. Banish fatty junk foods from the house (if they aren’t there, you won’t eat them). Don’t use the excuse that other people in the house want those foods; you are all better off without them.

Restock with healthy and fresh foods: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, eggs, lean meats and low-fat dairy products. There is still room for snack foods and sweet treats — just go for 100 to 150 calorie portions of tortilla chips, whole grain crackers, pretzels, frozen yogurt and dark chocolate. Compliment these snacks with fresh fruits and veggies.

2. Make a pact with yourself

Using a contract to set goals is empowering! Seeing your promise in writing makes it real. Goals such as “I want to lose 30 pounds” or “I’m giving up all sugar” don’t work as well as small goals that help you reach your ultimate destination. Try one of these short-term goals:

No soda or other high-calorie drinks

Snack on more fruits and vegetables

No more fried foods

Drink eight glasses of water daily

Cook dinner three nights this week, this is no problem I cook dinner every night.

Create your contract and post it on the fridge. I keep a written log of my weight

3. Cook more, eat less

Think about it — when you eat in restaurants or load up on take-out and processed foods, you almost always eat more calories, fat and sodium. Portions are larger; it’s impossible to know exactly what you are eating; plus, you’re paying a premium and want your money’s worth. Start planning your dinners in advance — that way you can create a grocery list you can stick to (it gets easier with practice). Keep it simple. Meal ideas and recipes should be quick and easy to fit in your lifestyle.

4. Secret Weapon = Exercise

You’ve heard it before, and that’s because it’s true. Healthy living and weight loss come from a combination of diet and exercise — what you eat and how much you move.

Multi-task! Do sets of push ups and crunches while watching a favorite TV show, and 30 minutes of exercise will fly by. Always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.

5. Stay positive

Keeping up with diet and exercise goals takes work — hard work! Having a positive attitude makes those road bumps a little smoother.

Nobody is perfect, so be forgiving when you slip up. It’s also important to reward yourself once you accomplish a goal. Remember, being in a positive state can help you and those around you stay motivated and on track.

Did you notice I said these are things I am considering, I must admit I did edit her suggestions just so they’d fit the Daily. In truth the only deferred piece is exercise and that is in my 2010 plan but not until after the doctors have their say.


Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork.

English Proverb


A porter loaded down with suitcases followed the couple to the airline check-in counter.

As they approached the line, the husband glanced at the pile of luggage and said to the wife, “Why didn’t you bring the piano, too?”

“Are you trying to be funny?” she replied.

“No,” he sighed forlornly. “I left the tickets on it.”


“No man is happy who does not think himself so.”

Publilius Syrus


Mary:  My last ex mastered the art of having the last word in an argument.

Jill:  You’re kidding!

Mary:  I’m not!  He learned to say, “I’m sorry!”


I love to go shopping. I love to freak out salespeople. They ask me if they can help me, and I say,’ Have you got anything I’d like?’ Then they ask me what size I need, and I say, ‘ Extra medium.’

Steven Wright


Mrs. Goldberg was shopping at a produce stand in her neighborhood.  She approached the vendor and asked, “How much are these oranges?”

“Two for a quarter,” answered the vendor.

“How much is just one?” she asked.

“Fifteen cents,” answered the vendor.

“Then I’ll take the other one,” said Mrs. Goldberg.


He said: As we grow older, do we tend to gesture more or less with our hands while talking?

She said: Ask me one more growing old riddle and I’ll give you a gesture you won’t forget in a hurry.


You Know You’re Getting Old When

  • you find yourself standing next to your car with your keys in your hand, but you can’t remember whether you’re going somewhere, or you just got back. ..
  • you walk out to the parking lot of the mall, and not only did you forget where you parked, but you forgot what car you were driving.
  • your daughter takes you out to dinner, and the cashier takes one look and gives you both Senior discounts.
  • everything hurts, and what doesn’t hurt, doesn’t work.
  • you reach down to pull up your wrinkled stockings and realize you don’t have any on.
  • when you raise your arm, and you find your “muscle” is now on the bottom side.
  • when you have as students the grandchildren of your former students.
  • when you sit down to the breakfast table, and the snap, crackle, pop you hear isn’t your breakfast cereal.
  • when you bend over to tie your shoes and ask yourself, “Is there anything else I need to do while I’m down here?”


You know you’re getting old when you order stewed prunes and the waiter say, “excellent choice!”


I don’t think I’ll ever have a mother’s intuition. My sister left me alone in a restaurant with my 10-month old nephew. I said, “What do I do if he cries?”

She said, “Give him some vegetables.”

It turns out that jalapeno is not his favorite.


You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.

David Viscott


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


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