– A pessimist keeps blowing out the light to see how dark it is.

– Dwelling on negative things is like writing a nasty letter to yourself, reading it, and then  becoming offended by it.

– Indecision may or may not be my problem.

– If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.

– If we keep on looking back, it is like driving down the road in a car and focusing on the rear-view mirror instead of watching the road ahead… we are bound to “crash.”

– You can’t be a smart cookie if you have a crummy attitude.

– Nobody raises his own reputation by lowering others.

– Nothing ruins the truth like stretching it.

Staying motivated during tough times

Stress is spreading as the economic woes continue. Many of us are finding it hard to make a living

which can pay the bills, pay the mortgage, and feed the family. During these times, it is hard to stay

positive and motivated. But, it is important to stay motivated to take care of yourself mentally and

physically. Too much stress can cause all kinds of problems. Be aware of this and do your best to

not let stress creep into your life and stay there for a long period of time.

The link below is a good article by Marc Siegel, who is an associate professor of medicine at New York University School of Medicine, and he wrote about stress and health in USA TODAY.

Stress is creeping; it damages the body’s organs just as alcohol and cigarettes do. Cumulative stress is a well documented cause of depression, suicide, heart disease, stroke, predisposition to infection, and certain kinds of cancer. The body builds up the vessel-constricting heart thumping hormones noradrenaline, adrenaline and the steroid cortisol. The problems cascade from there throughout the body.

What can be done?

The best advice is often the simplest: Eat healthy food, sleep right and avoid obsessing on the doom and gloom. Do yoga, meditate or exercise regularly to combat….



Stay motivated by maintaining your physical health

 A positive mental attitude is not developed in a single decision to
replace negative thoughts with their positive equivalent. It is a
sustained commitment that requires personal discipline, the same kind
of discipline that is required to stay in shape and maintain your
physical health. It is a commitment that must be reinforced daily,
or it is soon forgotten and cast upon the scrap heap of good intentions.
When you take charge of your fate and determine that you will
live positively in every aspect of your life- physical and mental-
you will receive an extra benefit. Positive physical conditioning
will reinforce your positive mental attitude, and your positive attitude
will help you stay in better physical condition. -Napoleon Hill

The new Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans was released yesterday
by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If you want to live a
healthy adulthood, then get moving. All sorts of physical activities can lower
the risk of early death and many serious medical conditions.


* You don’t have to get all the activity at once. A walk for an hour three
days a week works as well as, say, a 30-minute exercise class on weekdays
or saving most of the activity for a two-hour Saturday bike ride.
* For aerobic activities, go at least 10 minutes at a time to build heart
rate enough to count.
* You should be able to talk while doing moderate activities but not catch
enough breath to sing. With vigorous activities, you can say only a few words
without stopping to catch a breath.
* Children’s daily hour should consist of mostly moderate or vigorous aerobic
activity, such as skateboarding, bicycle riding, soccer, simple running.
* Three times a week, children and teens must include muscle-strengthening
activities- sit-ups, tug-of-war, and bone-strengthening activities such as
jumping rope or skipping.
* Adults should do muscle-strengthening activities- push-ups, weight training,
carrying heavy loads or heavy gardening- at least two days a week.
* Older adults who are still physically able to follow the guidelines should do
so, with an emphasis on activities that maintain or improve balance.
These are minimum goals, the guidelines note.
People who do more will see greater benefits.

Here is the link for the complete guidelines:


Motivation and health

 Your health can have a big impact on your motivation. If you constantly feel sluggish and tired,

it could be a result of your diet. A good way to stay motivated and feeling good about yourself is

by eating a proper diet. Try to eat smaller and more meals throughout your day. Eat a diet consisting of

grains, fruits, and vegetables. They are easily digested and keep your blood sugar more stable

which diminishes your appetite. Also, you will have a higher energy level and less fat storage. Staying

motivated, alert, and having enough energy to accomplish your goals is much easier with a good diet.

You will notice this right away.

 If you are in a bad mood, you probably won’t be motivated to accomplish your goals. It may just help

to check your diet and see what types of foods you are eating. Eating certain foods may change your

mood and increase your motivation.

 I read this article in Parade and it provides some good information regarding how eating the right

food can help you.

 The next time you feel blue or irritable, you may want to take a look at what’s in your fridge. Researchers who study the food-mood connection have found that certain vitamins and other compounds in food can change brain chemistry. Foods influence……..