No Pain, No Gain

I’m at day 19 of regular exercising and the phrase that stricks with me right now says,”no pain, no gain”. I don’t know who originally said that, but whoever it was, I totally get it!

I’m still at the stage where I’m feeling the muscle soreness a few hours to the day after. I mean, it is a stage, right? Or is this going to be a long term thing? Do you just feel sore all the time when?

Anyways, I am proud with my consistency. I thought when I was starting out it would be a hard habit to keep up. But I’ve found it to be quite the opposite. I enjoy working out to some of my favourite music and I find that it helps set the tone and pace for everything I do. I also find that I have more energy and feel generally better since I’ve started exercising. My mood had also improved. So, there is benefits to the enduring the occassional soreness.

Any tips/ advice from exercising veterans? What do you like to do? Is there anyone who’s just starting off like me?

-A


(Picture from Pixabay)

Poetry Fridays!

April Rain

The April rain, the April rain,
Comes slanting down in fitful showers,
Then from the furrow shoots the grain,
And banks are fledged with nestling flowers;
And in grey shaw and woodland bowers
The cuckoo through the April rain
Calls once again.

The April sun, the April sun,
Glints through the rain in fitful splendour,
And in grey shaw and woodland dun
The little leaves spring forth and tender
Their infant hands, yet weak and slender,
For warmth towards the April sun,
One after one.

And between shower and shine hath birth
The rainbow’s evanescent glory;
Heaven’s light that breaks on mists of earth!
Frail symbol of our human story,
It flowers through showers where, looming hoary,
The rain-clouds flash with April mirth,
Like Life on earth.


Mathilde Blind

Something Old & Good

In my household, we listen to a variety of music. My brother is stuck in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, whereas my parents and I enjoy a wider range of old and newer songs and styles. Although I like different music, I usually can be found listening to more contemporary music. So for something positive today I thought I would step back and mention a few of my favourite older songs.

To start, I’m going to talk about The Nylons – and I am referring to the original group and members. They were formed in Canada. One of my favourite songs done by them is their cover of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. Take a listen!

Two honourable mentions are the songs “Up the Ladder to the Roof” and “Combat Zone”.

Two, I don’t think this list would be complete without mentioning Keith Green. He was a man before his time. His lyrics were challenging and he always passionately sung and performed his music. He wasn’t afraid to speak out and challenge the norms. My favourite song of his would have to be “You Put This Love in My Heart”. The video below has better audio quality, but if you have time to look up a live performance, to see how he passionately plays the piano is amazing!

One famous older group I love is Abba. Their harmonies are great and the songs are well written. People young and old enjoy Abba; they have long been split up, but their music still continues to last for generations. Though, pretty much all of their songs were #1 hits, the one I am going to highlight is “Thank You For The Music.”

The last artist I will mention is someone who has been writing music for decades now and is still successful at producing great songs. He is popular in rock and other sub-genres. And even for someone who isn’t really into rock, (aka. Me), I still enjoy this artist’s music. His name? Bon Jovi! One of Bon Jovi’s older song I like is “Livin’ On A Prayer”.  Honourable mentions are two of his later songs “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” with Jennifer Nettles and “We Weren’t Born to Follow”.

Hope you enjoy these artists and songs as much as I do! Do you like older music too? What are your favourite artists and songs?

What If We Were Bold?

It’s story time! So get comfortable, listen and prepare to be challenged.

A girl sits in a coffee shop. Visibly upset, she fumbles around on her phone texting. She leans back in the chair and stares hard at nothing in particular. Giving up, tears fall down her cheeks and she looks down in defeat. Frustratedly she checks her phone again, swiping back and forth to different pages. Momentarily she notices two women sitting in a booth beside her. She doesn’t pay much attention to them, but soon enough she notices they’re talking about faith. Time feels like an eternity as it passes by. Still struggling, she gathers her things, disappears into the washroom and wipes away her tears. Then she passes by the women, still talking about church and faith, and leaves the coffee shop.

This story really struck me hard today. Know why? It’s because that’s actually my true story. I am that girl, struggling and crying in the coffee shop, feeling overwhelmed with the stresses of life. But how many times have I been like those women? Have I talked about my faith with a friend or family member, when there is someone around me hurting? I’m sure there have been times I haven’t noticed or even ignored people.

We’re all so busy now that we don’t have time for others. We don’t notice. Now in order to get help we have to book an appointment with someone whose job IS to listen to you.

The challenge for myself and for you all is this question: what would happen if we were bold? What if we took time to look around us? If we listened to others, and reached out, despite it being abnormal or awkward, what impact would we have on our neighborhoods and cities? What if you are the one, that by reaching out, changes or saves someone’s life?

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ~Gandhi

-A

Exercise Goals

I’ve never been the most active person, but since getting asthma, exercising is a must for me. I’ve heard many times now about the importance of strengthening my lung capacity. I was doing well at first; however, like a lot of good intentions, after a while I fell out of practice. Fast forward to recently, I’m starting over with trying to form this habit.

End goal: for regular exercise to become habitual and last for the long-term.

I thought a good way to accomplish this goal, and to be accountable to someone, would be to blog about it.

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(Image from Pixabay)

So here I am… actually on Day 6 right now, because the idea of blogging about my goals only recently crossed my mind.  I thought it would be best to post sooner rather than later, before I lost my mojo.

Besides my body being sore, it’s going well. I’ve mostly been using an elliptical, today though I wanted to switch it up and do some weight lifting instead. I know strength training is good and healthy to do, so my dad was kind enough to guide me through some different exercises to strengthen my back and arms.

Though I am sore and tired, I’m sure that’s normal when you’re just starting out. However, I’m hopeful and optimistic for the future. If I put in the effort, I’m sure to succeed! How do you like to stay fit and active? What helps you stay on track and motivates you to keep exercising?

The Cross

I’m taking a break from my “Tasteful Thursdays” And “Poetry Fridays” posts, to pause and reflect over Easter. In the Good Friday service at my church they did a powerful drama based on a skit called “Aftermath”. Re-watching it is still like seeing the drama for the first time.

It’s crazy and very humbling to think that “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:8, NLT).

“Jesus Christ, I think upon your sacrifice.
You became nothing, poured out to death
Many times I’ve wondered at your gift of life
And I’m in that place once again.

“Once again I look upon
the cross where you died.
I’m humbled by your mercy
and I’m broken inside.
Once again I thank you.
Once again I pour out my life.”

~Matt Redman, “Once Again”