Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Beating Bronze!

Hey! So yesterday ... I went to Hart House with my brother. We both did the Hart House circuit. It was his first time doing it and he did quite well. As for me, I did the Bronze level and have never beat it before. Yesterday (July 13) was the first time ever that I beat that level with a time of 27:12 (the cutoff is 28 min). Of course, before I can move to the next level, I need to beat this level consistently.

The key things that helped me beat this level were:
1. Practicing pull-ups. I would usually get stuck will pull-ups, being really exhausted. This was one of my weakpoints.
2. Powering through burpees. From pushups to burpees, right away. In the past, burpees have been the other main weakpoint of mine. Key areas of development for me are my legs and upper body / arms. I believe that if I develop a lot more strength / endurance / stamina in my legs and core, I will be a lot more competitive during our team runs.

As I saw my time on my last set of dips, I knew I could beat bronze and got really pumped! I'm going again this Wednesday to give it another go.

Beating Bronze for the first time gave me incredible motivation. Intro I/II could be beaten by me easily without much work. However, with Bronze, all my teammates were putting in the effort and going to Silver - one even beat Gold! At the end of the day, hard work always trumps talent, right Naruto?

So in the meanwhile, before moving on to Silver, I'm going to look forward to giving Bronze a good whooping, to pay it back for all the times it has destroyed me and left me utterly wasted.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Waking Up

In his book, Tender Warrior, Stu Weber opens the book talking about the wake-up call. Often we are called to do certain things, to get moving, to start working, to work harder, to move outside our comfort zone. Or in the context of the book, the call to be a real man. And often times, we like to press the snooze button on life. We like to procrastinate. We don't want to grow up and start accepting responsibility. And please note, when I say we, I really mean me. However, often when I talk about me, it also benefits we.

Anyways, suffice to say, I'm done pressing the snooze button. I've slept in quite a bit and have atrophying muscles. I need to train myself again. Reading the Bible. Devoting myself to prayer. Practicing Biblical love. Eating properly. Strengthening my physical body. Keeping my room clean and taking care of chores. Taking care of myself and those around me. The thing about a wake-up call is that it calls you to wake-up and expend energy. At my current maturity, I have to go out of my way and be intentional if I want to "be a man".

I'm done with living a life of mediocrity. I'm going to give my best in all I do. What if I fall? I'll just get up and keep going. And in all things, put my trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. While I have this temporary motivation, I find that human nature makes this unsustainable.

God, today, I choose, to follow you. To get to know you. Living a life of obedience. No longer obeying the desires of my flesh (lust, laziness, pride, greed...), but obeying the desires of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control). I ask for strength for myself and for all those who desire you. In Jesus' Name, Amen.