Busy Weekend

This weekend is yet another busy weekend, but one that I am really looking forward to.  The overwhelming event of the weekend is Marked By Love going to North York Temple in Toronto for the Palm Sunday service, and all the rehearsals that go with that.  But definitely looking forward to singing together and celebrating… I will marvel yet again at how it all plays out, I am sure.  There are many things that seem exciting possibilities, so that adds to the anticipation even in all of the busy-ness.

I’ve already been out for a fine meal with friends and tried orange roughy for the first time.  I really enjoyed it, but may never have it again after reading a little about it.  We’ll see… a little anti-climactic there!  But the company was great too… better than the food.  The restaurant itself I also feel that I can and should recommend.

Saturday is “my” girl Allison’s 5th birthday.  That is very unbelievable news to me.  It seems like it was just the other day that she was born.  Of all of my sister’s kids, she was the one I held the earliest, and she might even be the most like me in many ways.  (Scary…. probably for both of us.)  Anyway, we’re going out for breakfast in the morning, so I really shouldn’t still be up.  But I’m looking forward to that… really hoping that she’ll enjoy it too.

In fitness news, I just did 13 consecutive knee-based push ups tonight.  That’s a personal best so far.  I was discouraged the other day that I wasn’t going to be able to advance to the 3rd week of the 100 push up plan (see hundredpushups.com and my plan to accomplish this goal) without repeating the 2nd week of the plan.  I could hardly handle day 2 of this second week, so I could see the writing on the wall.  After today’s session I was just shy of meeting the requirements to proceed to the 3rd week plan, BUT I was MUCH stronger than I expected to be today.  Seeing this improvement already is definitely encouraging.  Hopefully this second shot at the 2nd week will be much easier and my maximums will be much higher.

I also went for another fitness walk on Thursday, this time after work.  That felt really good.  I listened to some interesting podcasts while I was out and also found it easier to blow my cornet at band practice later on that night.  I hope to get out on Sunday after getting back into Guelph… that will depend on the time and the weather, of course.  The weirdest thing about my fitness walk on Thursday?  The OPP police car ripping down Brant Avenue with full sirens blaring… and I was just about to cross the road…. very thankful that I waited on that decision hearing sirens somewhere.

Silly Songs, Sore Muscles, and Sudden Sleepiness

Hmm, thinking about doing a “Silly Songs with Donna” segment on the olivepeopleonline.com website… and/or Facebook.  More on that another time… that was just me thinking out loud.

Another weekend has come and gone.  I’m so busy on my weekends lately (or should be… had to cancel a few recent sets of weekend plans due to bad health) that it’s a wonder that I look forward to them.  But mostly I love my crazy weekends.  Usually they mean I get to see wonderful people who I don’t see often enough and frequently bring a lot of music with them as well.

Part of this weekend was spent helping out my friends in the Ontario Central East (Toronto area) divisional youth chorus by filling in for their accompanist.  I got play for them a lot last season, so it was nice to be able to return and play for them, catch up with them, etc. again.  The amazingly motivated thing that I did before leaving Guelph to help them was take this 30-40 minute “fitness” walk around my neighbourhood – the first of its kind in a long while.  Actually, I’m not sure I ever really did a “fitness” walk before.

The distinction I am making here is that I will take nice long walks, but they are more like strolls.  This walk on Saturday was a walk with great intention to be exercising.  Moving swiftly, doing some cardio, getting the blood pumping… And on Sunday I have sore muscles… muscles that I forgot I had… maybe even muscles that I have never made sore before…  But it’s that “good” I-know-I-have-been-exercising-so-I-feel-better-about-myself-today kind of sore.

And now, I must retire… or at least go to bed and find some sleep.  Listening to books on my iPod seems to do the trick lately. :)

Until another post… O Live, People!

100 Push-ups!

NO!  I cannot do 100 push-ups…. not yet anyway!

In fact, I can hardly do any at all… not of the real type… not yet anyway!

BUT, I have a plan!   (This is the Donna we all know and love!)

There is a website called hundredpushups.com and it is a plan to be able to do 100 push ups at the end of a 6 week program.  I just officially started today.  Granted, I am only doing the knee-based push-ups, but doing 100 of those should give me enough upper body strength to get going on real push-ups.

You can keep track of my progress, help keep me accountable, etc. by checking out my Twitter page.  All my progress on the 100 push-up plan goes here, because I have it linked up with the companion site to the 6-week plan, www.pushupslogger.com … so automatically Twitter gets updated when I log my workout sessions.  Neat eh?

There is also a 200 sit-ups site and logger site.  I may or may not do these… it only focuses on one kind of sit-up and I know there are many types… depends if there is a reason to do this for me.  More research is needed.  But for anybody interested, these sites are: http://twohundredsitups.com and http://www.pushupslogger.com/plog/situps

Let me know if you decide to follow these plans, or other similar online plans!

Thinking About Discipline

Often I find that whenever I consider discipline or self-discipline I am focussing on a specific aspect or area of life.  Maybe it is discipline to rehearse music or do technical work like scales and studies.  Or perhaps the discpline of exercising regularly, or choosing healthy options when eating.  We often hear about things that will grow us spiritually, such as spending time in prayer, being still and listening for God’s voice, and studying the Bible.

New Year’s comes and New Year’s goes.  We say “this year I will exercise 3 times a week for half an hour” or “this year I will commit to read through the entire Bible”.  We set these goals, sometimes not quite so specifically.  I am very skilled at opting for vague goals.  I think somewhere along the line I felt this might increase my chances of success when I could re-interpret by years end.  For example, “I want to spend more time in prayer” or “I want to cultivate more intentional relationships”.  The only thing I can be accountable to is my original intention behind setting the goal in the first place.  There is nothing within these goals that truly define anything.

So, it’s mid-March and I’m going on about discipline and New Year’s resolutions and you ask “Why is that?”  Maybe if I applied more discipline in crafting a clear-cut blog post you might already have your answer.  But alas, you’re stuck with what you see.  As for the “why” of this post, it certianly isn’t because I have answers.  But I had a thought last night.  (Just one… I have a quota and I try not to go over it very often.)

What if we take a more holistic view of discipline?  What if we allow the motivation for our physical exercise to be a by-product of our prayer life which in turn helps us focus on others, who may be the people we end up exercising with and then later praying with?  What if we listen to podcasts of solid Scriptural teaching or audio books of C.S. Lewis (for example) while running/walking/treadmilling, or do memory work of Bible verses while we do push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups?  What if we practise our music for band, but make it part of our devotional time when we look up and reflect upon the words of the featured tunes?  What if getting up in the morning to meet with God could become the opportunity to literally walk with Him and talk with Him?

Just thinking…. but also wondering what discipline and lifestyle really are about.

Until another random thought… O Live, People!