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Be strong! Be strong!

July 5, 2013

Be StrongI recently noticed the following quote. Don’t ask who it is by. I found it on Twitter – “The only workout you’ll ever regret is the one you didn’t do.”

This week Torah Parsha (Portion) – Matot-Massei is a double Parsha. Below is a summary of the Parshas from

Moses conveys the laws governing the annulment of vows to the heads of the tribes of Israel. War is waged against Midian for their role in plotting the moral destruction of Israel, and the Torah gives a detailed account of the war spoils and how they were allocated amongst the people, the warriors, the Levites and the high priest.

The tribes of Reuben and Gad (later joined by half of the tribe of Manasseh) ask for the lands east of the Jordan as their portion in the Promised Land, these being prime pastureland for their cattle. Moses is initially angered by the request, but subsequently agrees on the condition that they first join, and lead, in Israel’s conquest of the lands west of the Jordan.

The forty-two journeys and encampments of Israel are listed, from the Exodus to their encampment on the plains of Moab across the river from the land of Canaan. The boundaries of the Promised Land are given, and cities of refuge are designated as havens and places of exile for inadvertent murderers. The daughters of Tzelafchad marry within their own tribe of Manasseh, so that the estate which they inherit from their father should not pass to the province of another tribe.

The Torah Parshas brings the 4th of the 5 Books of the Torah to an end. When we finish reading a book of Torah in synagogue, we chant together, “Hazak, Hazak, Venit-hazek!”  That is, “Be strong!  Be strong! And may we be strengthened/ to strengthen other!”  We have completed one cycle of Torah readings, and now we want to encourage ourselves to continue to study Torah and to grow in our religious wisdom and sensitivity.

The last few weeks have been very cold in Melbourne and it has not been easy waking up to do my exercise without an event to do in the short term except to maintain my fitness and continue to improve my Base level of fitness. Most days once I get on the road or in the pool I love every minute of my training (except getting 2 punctures in 2 weeks on my bike).

I recently read an article listing the Top 10 benefits of early morning training which I will list below ( ):

  1. Builds consistency
  2. No waiting
  3. Jump starts your metabolism
  4. Gives you energy
  5. Clears your mind
  6. Regulates your appetite
  7. Increases mental awareness
  8. Increases discipline
  9. Sleep better
  10. Improves your diet

I am someone who set’s the alarm to get my training done early so I can enjoy a good breakfast.  Training in the morning can be beneficial to your health and your peace of mind.

The article ended with the following phrase “…However, if it doesn’t work for you don’t force it. The ideal time to train is when it feels right for you.”

I think I have the “strength” to do it from the challenges I have set myself, the love of a routine, to meet & not let down my training buds and of course to get out and train.

This week listening to a Podcast by Chris “Macca” McCormack, he spoke of the great Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao and today I noticed a quote by him – “Life is meant to be a challenge, because challenges are what make you grow.”

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One Comment
  1. Mom permalink

    Always enjoy & get pleasure from your blog. Enjoyed the quotes, meaningful. Thanx for sharing with me. Luv xxx

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