Fitness – GPS Technology for Running

I am sometimes a bit of a geek when it comes to techno stuff.  I don’t really own a lot of gadgets but I like to check out new stuff.  Something I have been checking out from time to time is GPS watches.  My wife is a runner and I had thought of getting her one, but at that time they were very large and cumbersome.  I personally don’t run (at all) but I started researching again the other day because a friend of mine was looking for one.

I am not gonna give you any massive insights into which one to buy but they are way cooler than they used to be.  I found this awesome blog that has very in depth reviews of a lot running technology.  So if you are interested in running/fitness technology check out this site:  http://www.dcrainmaker.com

Jason – Fit 4 Life Staff

Finances – You and Your Finances

Have you ever wondered how to keep your finances in order. How do I budget or plan for the future? I’ve found a great website that can be a great help with those of us who have a hard time keeping our heads above water with money! It’s called, Sorted and you can click on the following link to check it out. http://www.sorted.org.nz/home

I hope it will help you come to grips with your finances and get on the road to being stable and not stressing!

Jamie – Fit 4 Life Staff

Friendship – Going through the hard times

Over the last four or five years, I have learned about friendship from a completely different angle. Up until then most of my friendships had been pretty fun, deep, but life was good and simple and enjoyable and my relationships reflected that.

Five, almost 6 years ago, my husband and I went through a four year ordeal at our former workplace, that rocked our world and changed our lives forever. It was hard and whilst we had each other, we also learned we had some amazing friends who stuck by us, who encouraged us and motivated us to keep on going and when things came to a head, they grieved with us and have helped us heal. I learned how amazing it is to have close friends share those most intimate and scary journeys that life presents from time to time.

In the midst of my own pain, some dear friends of ours began their journey with infertility…none of my standard answers or thoughts could have bring comfort or healing to their broken and wounded hearts as they endured medical procedures, pregnancy loss several times and the ache that was there every day….to hold their own baby in their arms. I learned to walk alongside giving comfort when I could, I learned that my standard answers were actually just annoying and hurtful and ignorant, I learned to listen, to cry and to encourage without giving false hope (I am still learning all this!). It’s hard being that person sometimes because we grieve and hurt, but it’s still not as deep as what our friend is going through. Then, I was able to rejoice with them when their precious son was born this year….what a wonderful day that was!! I was privileged to be present at his birth and to experience their amazement at what God had done…the miracle that He had provided. WOW!

But now, I am on another journey with a close friend and this one will not have a happy ending, this one is gut-wrenching, sorrowful, heart-breaking and sad beyond belief as my friend watches her beautiful 16 year old son suffer through terminal cancer. It was a shock when I found out in January (I’ve known her son since he was a baby), but then we had the hope of surgery and radiotherapy and it seemed like maybe, maybe there would be a joyful outcome, but then in September that dream was shattered. My heart broke for her and her family, and part of me wondered if I could be the person I needed to be for my friend. To be there through this most horrendous nightmare she experiences everyday.

I’ve learned a lot…..to cry with her, to pray with her, to hug her when she’s hurting, to go with her to appointments, to provide distraction when one is needed, to be her sounding board and emotional backstop and more than that to just be there and one day to be there when she farewells her son for the final time. It’s scary to be one of those friends that has to help her through this and everyday I feel inadequate, but she reassures me that just being there is what she needs most.

So, if you’re journeying with someone through a hard time…hang in there! It’s tough, but the joy of being able to be there for someone else you care about is huge. If you’re going through hard times, rely on your friends. They love you and care about you and want nothing more than to be there for you. And for those of you who are just ticking along….learn how to be a friend in those hard times….learn to listen, to care, to not give advice, to cry, to mourn and to rejoice. That’s what friends are really for!!

If you want to read a bit of my friend’s son’s story, then you can go to this article

Take care

Christy – Fit 4 Life Staff

 

Faith – Some favourite quotes from the Bible

When I wrote my blog for Fit 4 Life on the topic of Friendship a while back, I listed some of my favourite quotations on friendship and why I liked them. Seeing it is my turn to write a blog again, although this time on the topic of ‘Faith’, I decided it would be a good idea to list some of my favourite Bible verses and give a brief blurb about what they mean to me.

Just as an aside, at our team meeting earlier this week my team said I need to write shorter blogs, so even though the Bible contains 54,248 verses, I have decided to focus on just three verses, at least for this time… (Well, really four verses, as one quote is actually two verses to give the sense!)

John 5:39,40 “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to Me! Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life…”

In these verses Jesus was talking to religious people, and He was saying that they knew how to quote Bible verses but they had completely missed the point of what they meant and what they were intended to do – namely, lead people to actually come to know who Jesus is and have a real and vibrant relationship with Him! Thinking about these verses causes me to question myself all the time and to ensure I am not just quoting empty words – even Bible verses – to people, but rather I am attempting to help lead people into a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend”

When I think about this verse from Proverbs it speaks to me about how positive change in a person’s life occurs. Somebody once said, “You will be the same person a year from now apart from the people you meet and the books you read”, which I think is similar to what Proverbs 27:17 is saying. When I think back on my life, the greatest growth in my life has occurred from things which people (often friends and family – especially my wife!) have said to me which got me thinking about my behviour, eventually leading me to make positive changes to my life. (I like this verse so much I actually quoted it during my speech on my wedding day!)

 Hebrews 6:10 “For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do…”

Through the years I’ve been accused of many things in my Christian life, but one thing I have never been accused of is being a slacker! I have worked hard to develop myself as a Christian and to take God and His Word (the Bible) seriously, and to live it out on a daily basis as best and as ‘hard’ as I can! This verse from Hebrews is a good reminder to me – and hopefully to others like me(!) – that God remembers our hard work. He has an accurate record of everything we have ever done for Him and for His kingdom, and He will not forget the efforts and sacrifices which we make for Him in this life. They will all be revealed and rewarded when we stand before Him one day!!

Hope you enjoyed some of my favourites! If you have a bible at home, look them up and find some of your own.

Bryce – Fit 4 Life Staff


Finance – Tax Time!

You might remember me saying before in another ‘Finance Blog’ that this area of my life is not my strongest.

So I have another referral for you guys.  When it’s that time of year to do your taxes and you are dreading it like I usually do, I would highly recommend seeing my accountant Chris Heaslip.  He makes what seems daunting and let’s be honest boring, headache free and fun!  He doesn’t make you feel dumb for not knowing all the ins and outs of the financial world.  He’s the most outgoing, friendly compassionate accountant I know – definitely not the typical generalised boring accountant that’s for sure.

So you don’t need to dread doing your taxes anymore.  Have a great experience by seeing Chris.  He works at IRS Tax Limited (Accountants Specialising in Tax).  Here is the link for more info and contact details:  www.irstax.co.nz

 

Happy accounting!

Kirstie – Fit 4 Life Staff 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fitness – Cross Training for Fitness

Have you ever been in a workout rut? Are you getting tired of doing the same old thing over and over again? Have you ever thought of Cross Training?

Cross-training is a great way to try something new and boost your fitness and help reduce injury. Here’s a great article that you might find helpful, and I hope it spurs you on to a new level in your fitness program.

As you know we also have a Cross-Training type class here at Fit4Life. It is totalFit with Kirstie on  Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. She will definitely help take your fitness to a new level! Come check it out.

totalFIT – Mondays 5:10pm & 6:10pm, Wednesdays – 5:30pm (1/2 hour), Thursdays – 6pm

Jamie – Fit 4 Life Staff