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    Inspiration & Information from Universal Wellness

    Release Date: 1/1/2008


    Universal Wellness New Developments

    Dear Friends,

    The newsletter didn't go out at the beginning of the month as I was still entertaining my parents for the holidays until mid January.  That, along with some new business avenues I am developing, dictated the letter to reach you now for me to remain in a peaceful place :)

    If your New Year's resolutions included you being in a more positive, peaceful place, I again encourage you to check out the Spiritual Cinema Circle.  With your subscription, you receive monthly movies that are uplifting and thought provoking.

    Another new endeavor I am pursuing is Seriesse International.  It is a cutting edge skin care line, enriched with vitamins and engineered with science, started by Jennifer Flavin Stallone (yes, wife of the famous Sly).  For those who feel their wellness includes this kind of care, please visit my new Seriesse "store".  This line also includes a nutritional support system.

    Telephone Wellness Coaching still is available to help you get on track for the life you desire in 2008.  If you still are unfamiliar with how this works, please Click Here!  Remember, a Gift of a Complimentary Consultation is available to determine if this avenue is appropriate for your personal needs.

    There's more excitement possibly on the horizon for healthy, fun footwear too.  If and when that get's rolling, you'll be one of the first to know!

    Love & Light,


    Self Care Check

    What's Your Excuse for Not Exercising?

    I Don't Have Time:
    The crazier your schedule is, the more you need an avenue to regularly reduce stress and pick up your energy.  When you prioritize your time to include exercise, you can actually think more clearly and are more productive doing other "necessary" activities.

    Exercise Is Boring:
    …then you've chosen the wrong activity!  With all the choices today, don't limit yourself to something that you don't like.  You can take all sorts of classes, step, jazz, tap, belly-dancing.  You can go hiking, walk on the beach or watch a movie while you are using the treadmill, elliptical trainer or stationary bike.  What sports do you like?

    I'll Get in Shape Through Dieting:
    With diet alone, you lose both fat and lean muscle mass (which also makes up your brain tissue).  Your metabolism will slow down requiring you to eat less to maintain the "lower weight".  You need to exercise to firm and tone your muscles, maintain or improve your bone density and strengthen your cardiovascular system.

    I Can't Afford It:
    You can't afford not to!  The price you pay for sickness greatly outweighs anything spent on fitness.  Find a low cost gym or community center near you.  Buy a few, effective pieces of equipment you will actually use at home.  Borrow from the library or purchase some exercise videos.  Hire a trainer for just a few sessions to be sure you are using your time and energy efficiently.  Telephone Coaching is an option if you'd like a trainer but can't afford to have one come to you on a regular basis.

    I'm Too Tired:
    Tiredness breeds tiredness.  So many people are amazed that when they go out for a brisk walk (even when tired), they feel more energized afterwards.  Your body and mind will do more for you if you take care of yourself right.
    I'm Don't Know What Exercise Is Right For Me:
    Isn't it frustrating to spend hours working on something and not seeming to get any results?  You can research the multitude of fitness information in books or on the internet.  Consult a Personal Fitness Consultant or a short or long term basis to develop a program that best suits your needs and preferences.

    It's Too Painful:
    Then you are doing something wrong!  With a few exceptions like arthritis and rehabilitation, get rid of the No Pain, No Gain theory!  Perhaps you could look into different modes of exercise.  Move at your own pace and observe my golden rule, "Listen to your body and, when in doubt - don't!"  Exercising too hard or incorrectly is as detrimental as not exercising enough.  Find the happy medium.

    I Can't Get Motivated:
    Find activities you enjoy.  Exercise with a friend.  Set meaningful and realistic goals.  Use music that inspires you.  You can get more ideas from my "Personal Success Guide for the 21st Century" by Clicking Here.

    You can have your excuses or you can have your positive, healthy results but not both!  It's up to you to decide.  What does the life you wish to live look like?  Now take the first step today!

    Inspiration Corner

    This was contributed by my good friend, Gisele Landry:

    "Tribute" by Lorraine Ross

    o Seek joy - first and foremost.
    o Seek reasons to laugh.
    o Seek reasons to offer words of praise - to self and others.
    o Seek beauty in nature, beasts and other humans.
    o Seek reasons to love. In every segment of every day, look for something that brings forth a feeling of love.
    o Seek that which uplifts you.
    o Seek opportunity to offer that which uplifts another.
    o Seek a feeling of Well-being.
    o Know that your value can only be measured in terms of joy.
    o Acknowledge your absolute freedom to do any of these things or to not do any of these things - for it is, without exception, your choice in every moment of every day.



    For Grins & Giggles

    Maxine and her 5 boy friends

    I am  seeing five gentlemen every day.

    As  soon as I wake up, Will  Power helps me get out of bed.

    Then I go  to see John.

    Then Charlie Horse comes along, and  when he is here he takes a lot of my time and attention.

    When he leaves, Arthur Ritis shows up and stays the rest of the day. He  doesn't like to stay in one place very long, so he takes me from joint to joint.

    After  such a busy day, I'm really tired and glad to go to bed with Ben Gay.

    What  a life!

    Oh yes, I'm also flirting with Al Zymer.

    P.S.  The preacher came to call the other day. He said at my age I should be thinking of the hereafter. I told him: "Oh, I do it all the time. No matter where I am in the parlor, upstairs, in the kitchen, or down in the basement, I ask myself:  "Now, what am I here after?"

    Professional Highlight

    Gene Samarco ~ Photographer, Philanthropist

    Photography for a Cause…..!  Gene's venture began to develop when his wife, Maggie and he were planning their trip to Australia to visit with their daughter, Cathryn, and to tour New Zealand while they were in that part of the world.  They were going to visit and stay with some of Cathryn's friends and wanted to bring a special "hostess" gift from America.  They searched around for a while to try to find something appropriate which was from and made in America.  To their surprise, the suitable things we found were not manufactured in America, but in other countries.

    Being an amateur birder and photographer, Gene and Maggie decided to make their own gifts from his pictures taken in Florida and other states.  They made "photo" cards and matted pictures from their photo collection of birds and flowers to present their hosts as gifts.  Needless to say, their hosts were extremely happy to receive them and appreciated the fact that they took the effort to make them.

    When they returned to the States, one of their neighbors admired some of the extra cards they made for themselves and asked if Gene would take a particular photo and frame it for her.  Another neighbor saw that framed photo and requested one.  She wanted to use it to give as a gift instead of keeping it for herself.  That's when Gene decided to begin to sell to neighbors, friends and acquaintances. 

    Not needing the money for himself or to support his hobby, Gene decided to donate all proceeds to a particular charity Maggie and he are passionate about…The Children's Inn at the National Institute of Health (NIH) located in Bethesda, Maryland.  This donation is made in memory of Paula Santoro, a special person the Samarcos knew who had attended the Inn for treatments.  Her premature death has touched their lives and, they therefore wanted to help other children receive the needed medical care when all conventional treatments have not been successful.

    Information about the Inn can be found at: www.childrensinn.org

    Gene Samarco may be reached at www.gene-marco.com for comments, pricing schedule, etc. Be sure to check out his amazing nature photos from all over the world!

    Spotlight Exercise

    Have A Ball!

    By now you have probably seen an exercise ball or fitness ball sitting around the gym, in TV or magazine ads or even decorating your own house.  Perhaps you still don't have a clue about what they are for besides looking interesting.  A very cool thing about this fun toy is that you can get an entire workout with it!  You can bounce away to some fun music for your cardio workout.  There are a myriad of ways you can do your muscle conditioning and balance exercises.  Of course, flexibility can also be enhanced using the ball. 

    One of the simplest uses of the exercise ball is just sitting on it.  Yes, it is actually an exercise and can greatly enhance your posture.  Various muscles all over your body are contracting and releasing to help you maintain your balance.  It is important to make sure the ball is inflated for your height.  It is best, when sitting, to have your thighs parallel to the floor.  If you have not used the ball much before, start by sitting on it for a short period of time (10 minutes or so) and gradually increasing.  You can sit on the ball to watch TV or use it (like I do) for a computer chair.

    If you have any questions or need help finding a fitness ball, e-mail me michelle@universalwellness.us