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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Good morning, dear friends 😀

Life comes with its ups and downs. It is really easy to enjoy the good times that we have, but it is when we are down with problems in wealth, health, at work or relationships, that we find it very tough to go through life. 😥

However, it is the successful dealing with these problems that makes us stronger and stronger. I know, this is easier said than done, for it is when we are right smack in the middle of whatever problems that we may be facing, that we often experience utter despair and misery.

But….we can still help ourselves by gathering a little bit of strength here and there, just enough to motivate us to go through life one step at a time…instead of being stuck in a rut with our problems. 😉

Here is something that I had read from a healing site, and I find that it makes a lot of sense…..

Two Days We Should Not Worry

There are two days in every week about which we should not worry,
two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.

One of these days is Yesterday with all its mistakes and cares,
its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.

Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control.
All the money in the world cannot bring back Yesterday.
We cannot undo a single act we performed; we cannot erase a single word we said.

Yesterday is gone forever.

The other day we should not worry about is Tomorrow with all its possible adversities, its burdens, its large promise and its poor performance;


Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control.

Tomorrow’s sun will rise,
either in splendour or behind a mask of clouds, but it will rise.


Until it does, we have no stake in Tomorrow,
for it is yet to be born.
This leaves only one day, Today.


Any person can fight the battle of just one day.
It is when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities
Yesterday and Tomorrow that we break down.

It is not the experience of Today that drives a person mad,
it is the remorse or bitterness of something which happened Yesterday
and the dread of what Tomorrow may bring.

Let us, therefore, live but one day at a time.

>Author Unknown

Coincidentally, I heard this song on the radio while I was driving my daughter to work this morning – this simple song called “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin was a big hit back in 1988 and it was the first a capella song to make it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Ijust love this song because the advice in it is so comforting and I like to be told to not worry and just be happy about life. 😆

This song is dedicated to my dearest friend from Romania, Rose, who is now recovering from a stroke and has just been discharged from the hospital. 😉

Here are the meaningful lyrics –

Don’t Worry, Be Happy
From the Movie “Cocktails”
Performed by Bobby McFerrin


Here is a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry be happy


In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy
……

Ain’t got no place to lay your head
Somebody came and took your bed

Don’t worry, be happy


The landlord say your rent is late
He may have to litigate
Don’t worry, be happy
Look at me I am happy
Don’t worry, be happy


Here I give you my phone number
When you worry call me
I make you happy
Don’t worry, be happy

Ain’t got no cash, ain’t got no style
Ain’t got not girl to make you smile
But don’t worry be happy

Cause when you worry
Your face will frown
And that will bring everybody down
So don’t worry, be happy (now)…..

There is this little song I wrote
I hope you learn it note for note
Like good little children
Don’t worry, be happy


Listen to what I say
In your life expect some trouble
But when you worry
You make it double
Don’t worry, be happy……

Don’t worry don’t do it, be happy
Put a smile on your face
Don’t bring everybody down like this
Don’t worry, it will soon pass
Whatever it is
Don’t worry, be happy

With love, peace and joy,

choesf 😀

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Time For Rewards In Dieting/Slimming

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Good Day to all, 😀

Hehe, after nearly 2 weeks of healthy eating, yoga exercises and cut down in calories…..ah, it is time for a little reward for myself today! 😆 Usually on weekends, I would cook a special dinner for my family (none of our usual Chinese rice and soup and stuff) and tonight, we are having Lamb Chops, Coleslaw, Crinkled Cut Fries and Potato Wedges. When it comes to this type of meal, any dieting has to be thrown out of the window! 🙄 If you see the mouth watering picture of lamb chops (which I have marinating in my fridge since last night….mmmmm) below, you will know what I mean …..

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In case you want the recipe for my lamb chops, please CLICK HERE

So, tonight, I shall give myself a little treat by enjoying this meal together with my family, except that I am going to have a much smaller portion than them, and I will be sure to drink lots of Green Tea after that to wash away those fat in the lamp chops and fries. 😉

For the past 2 weeks, I was having mainly vegetables and soups, no oily and fried stuff, no sweets/desserts/soda pops, and my rice intake was reduced to only 2 tablespoons’ full per meal, instead of the usual 1 1/2 cups for a Chinese. Bread was cut down to 1 slice, instead of 2. But in between, there would be some healthy snacking like an apple, a banana, an orange or a cup of hot brown rice cereal beverage. We must not skip any meals but instead eat more frequently daily, but in really small portions to keep our metabolism rate going high, instead of the rate dropping. Later I will post here a Yoga technique to increase our metabolism.

By eating lesser food and eating less meat, we are also giving our digestion system a break. Best is to drink lots of water (at least 2 – 3 litres daily) to flush our system and remove some toxins as well.

Initially, my energy levels were low due to my lower intake of daily calories, and it was a bit tough for me because I usually do a lot of energetic house work daily like walking up and down the stairs of my 3-storey home (I counted that I take up to 300 steps a day on the stairs) , mopping the house, etc……but by doing some Yoga breathing exercises a few times daily and energising my body with oxygen at cellular levels, my energy levels got better actually and my mind was crisp and alert! 😀

Oh, another thing that I forgot to mention in my breathing technique posts earlier – my skin and facial complexion actually got better with the breathing exercises! 😉 So, do more deep and slow breathing exercises if you want good, healthy looking complexion and skin! No need to buy those expensive face moisturisers that contain oxygenated stuff in them! Hahaha! 😆

My husband and I always believe in giving ourselves a little reward now and then if we had worked hard at something. By doing this, we are motivating ourselves to continue with whatever we were doing that was tough for us to undertake. On this food reward, I will actually be stopping the cravings that I face occasionally during my dieting. 😆 The important thing to remember is not to indulge too much in the yummy but highly caloric meals, and then end up failing in our dieting/slimming attempt.

Talking about cravings, the other day I read in a magazine that if we have strong cravings for sweet stuff like cakes, candies, chocolates, etc….if we eat a bit of lemon skin, this will remove or cut down our cravings for sweets. I didn’t have a chance to try this as I didn’t have strong cravings for sweet stuff but will try to eat some lemon skin if the opportunity arises. So, for some of you out there who will try this lemon tip here, I hope you will give us some feedback. I’m sure many of us are very interested to know if this lemon skin will work in stopping our cravings for cakes! 😉

Hmmm…perhaps next week I wll reward myself by baking an Apple Pie or a Banana Orange Cake!! 😆

Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend! 😀

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