Your week ahead (14-20 September 2014)

Have a wonderful week!

Aries

Cups Queen

Queen of Cups – being loving – dispelling anger and hate, having infinite patience; being tenderhearted – being kind and gentle with all creatures, feeling what others are feeling; being intuitive – being guided by the heart; being psychic – having a well-developed sixth sense; being spiritual – having reverance for all life, appreciating the deeper meanings of life

Taurus

16 The Tower

The Tower – going through sudden change – experiencing upheaval, being in chaos; releasing – exploding, erupting in anger; falling down – suffering a blow to the ego, experiencing a crash; having a revelation – exposing what was hidden, seeing everything in a flash

Gemini

Wands 7

7 of Wands – being aggressive – going after what you want, taking the offensive, making your point forcefully; being defiant – holding out against pressure, combating criticism, resisting authority; showing conviction – demonstrating strong character, knowing you are right, being firm

Cancer

06 The Lovers

The Lovers – relating to others – feeling love, getting closer, making a connection; being sexual – making love, opening to another, feeling a physical attraction; establishing personal beliefs – figuring out where you stand, staying true to yourself, making up your own mind; determining values – facing an ethical or moral choice, finding out what you care about, struggling with temptation

Leo

Swords Queen

Queen of Swords – being honest – facing the truth, even if it’s unpleasant, playing by the rules, avoiding lies and deception; being astute – sizing up a situation quickly, being quick on the uptake; being forthright – getting to the heart of the matter, being candid when necessary; being witty – never taking anything too seriously; being experienced – having seen and done it all, having realistic expectations

Virgo

Wands 3

3 of Wands – exploring the unknown – expanding horizons, leaving the secure behind; having foresight – getting a premonition, being visionary; demonstrating leadership – assuming a responsible position, showing others the way

Libra

20 Judgement

Judgement – making a judgement – having a day of reckoning, taking a stand, getting off the fence; feeling reborn – awakening to possibilities, making a fresh start, discovering joy; hearing a call – feeling drawn to a new direction, answering a need, recognising your true vocation; finding absolution – feeling cleansed and refreshed, atoning for past mistakes, feeling sins washed away

Scorpio

11 Justice

Justice – respecting justice – seeking equality, trying to do what is right, insisting on fairness; assuming responsibility – settling old accounts and debts, admitting involvement, doing what has to be done; preparing for a decision – weighing all sides of an issue, setting a course for the future, balancing all factors; understanding cause and effect – seeing how you chose your situation, accepting the results you created, recognising the action of karma, knowing that what is makes sense

Sagittarius

07 The Chariot

The Chariot – achieving victory – reaching your goal, winning, beating the competition; using your will – rising above temptation, focusing your intent, concentrating your energies; asserting yourself – knowing who you are, feeling self-confident, having faith in yourself; achieving hard control – getting your way, maintaining discipline, curbing impulses

Capricorn

09 The Hermit

The Hermit – being introspective – thinking things over, looking for answers within, needing to understand; searching – wanting the truth at all costs, desiring a new direction, needing more; receiving/giving guidance – going to or being a mentor, turning to or being a trusted teacher; seeking solitude – needing to be alone, desiring stillness, experiencing seclusion

Aquarius

15 The Devil

The Devil – experiencing bondage – being obsessed, being addicted and enslaved, losing independence; focusing on the material – forgetting the spiritual, getting and spending, being caught up in appearances; staying in ignorance – being unaware, choosing to stay in the dark, fearing the unknown; feeling hopeless – believing the worst, lacking faith, thinking negatively

Pisces

Pentacles 5

5 of Pentacles – experiencing hard times – running into material troubles, feeling insecure, struggling to make ends meet; suffering ill health – feeling run down and tired, abusing your body, refusing to take care of yourself; being rejected – having the door slammed in your face, being ostracised, standing alone

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The final few

On Saturday night Trevor texted me to ask if we could have our session at 8:30 instead of 10:30. Wow, that’s early – but I thought it would be good to get it out of the way. I was up at 7:30 and was at the gym by 8:30. Trevor asked me how I was getting on with the new work-out he’d given me. I told him it was OK but asked if I could swap the lunges for something else as they were starting to aggravate my left knee. He told me to swap the alternating lunges for deadlifts. I did my warm-up on the bike and then got on the treadmill.

Trevor told me I’d be doing the metabolic work-out I’d done a couple of weeks before.

  • Treadmill at 5 km/h x 30 seconds
  • Treadmill at 7 km/h x 1 minute
  • Combined squat/twist x 1 minute (not on the treadmill, obviously)
  • Treadmill at 5 km/h x 30 seconds
  • Treadmill at 7 km/h x 1 minute
  • Squats with one foot on the treadmill x 1 minute
  • Treadmill at 5 km/h x 30 seconds
  • Treadmill at 7 km/h x 1 minute
  • Burpees x 1 minute
  • Treadmill at 5 km/h x 30 seconds
  • Treadmill at 7 km/h x 1 minute
  • Tricep dips x 1 minute
  • Treadmill at 5 km/h x 30 seconds
  • Treadmill at 7 km/h x 1 minute
  • Mountain-climbers x 1 minute
  • Treadmill at 5 km/h x 30 seconds
  • Treadmill at 7 km/h x 1 minute
  • Combined bench squats/shoulder press (3-kg weights) x 1 minute

I took a short water break and then put on some boxing gloves. We did a few punch, jab, hook combinations for about 10 minutes and then I spent 5 minutes on the cross-trainer. After that I did the following abs circuit:

  • Russian twists (3-kg weight) x 20
  • Sit-ups (3-kg weight) x 20
  • In and out x 20
  • Plank x 30 seconds
  • Rest x 30 seconds
  • Repeat

It was tough. And I was glad when it was all over! I did some stretching after that and then was done. I went home, had an omelette and some tea and had the whole day ahead of me. It was quite nice!

On Monday I did the new circuit that Trevor showed me the week before. I did 18 minutes on the treadmill (I cheated a bit and reduced the incline for the last 6 minutes) and then did two rounds of the circuit: step-ups, dumbbell punches, squats, dead lifts, mountain climbers and abdominal in and outs. It was exhausting.

I had a yoga class on Tuesday morning – it’s only been three weeks but I can already feel the difference when I’m in various poses.

I took the day off on Wednesday and went back to the gym on Thursday. I decided I’d do the full 20 minutes on the treadmill before starting the circuit. As I entered the 20th minute, my hand hit the stop button by mistake and I thought ‘Oh FFS.’ It didn’t make sense to wait for the machine to reset itself just for 1 minute so I started the circuit. I did three rounds of the circuit, reducing the number of reps by 2 each time. It was tough but I got through it.

And that was my week as I didn’t work out over the weekend at all.

Low point of the week? My left knee has been aching slightly.

High point of the week? Working out four times this week. I also decided to wear dresses over the weekend instead of jeans/trousers – and everyone told me I looked great.

Weight loss? None.

This is exactly how I feel!

This is exactly how I feel!

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Your week ahead (7-13 September 2014)

Have a wonderful week!

Aries

Wands 9

9 of Wands – defending yourself – being paranoid, protecting others, feeling wary and guarded; persevering – trying repeatedly, keeping your resolve, refusing to take ‘no’ for an answer; showing stamina – holding fast, keeping up the pace, continuing despite fatigue

Taurus

Cups Queen

Queen of Cups – being loving – dispelling anger and hate, having infinite patience; being tenderhearted – being kind and gentle with all creatures, feeling what others are feeling; being intuitive – being guided by the heart; being psychic – having a well-developed sixth sense; being spiritual – having reverance for all life, appreciating the deeper meanings of life

Gemini

Cups 10

10 of Cups – feeling joy – radiating love, delighting in good fortune, counting your blessings; enjoying peace – doing away with hostilities, reducing stress and tension, calling a truce; looking to the family – working for peace in the home, supporting a relative in need, reaffirming a family commitment

Cancer

Pentacles 5

5 of Pentacles – experiencing hard times – running into material troubles, feeling insecure, struggling to make ends meet; suffering ill health – feeling run down and tired, abusing your body, refusing to take care of yourself; being rejected – having the door slammed in your face, being ostracised, standing alone

Leo

Pentacles 8

8 of Pentacles – showing diligence – making an effort, plugging away, producing steady results; increasing knowledge – taking a course, researching, increasing expertise; paying attention to detail – being painstaking, checking and re-checking, noticing the fine points

Virgo

Cups 9

9 of Cups – having your wish fulfilled – obtaining your goal, having your dream come true; feeling satisfied – feeling pleased as punch, indulging in a little smugness; enjoying sensual pleasure – relaxing, making love, appreciating the arts

Libra

Swords King

King of Swords – being intellectual – ably carrying out research, using thought creatively; being analytical – applying reason and logic, understanding a problem quickly; being articulate – being a lucid writer and speaker, being a stimulating conversationalist; being just – being impartial and objective, being concerned with truth and fairness; being ethical – encouraging high standards, living by your highest principles

Scorpio

Pentacles King

King of Pentacles – being enterprising – making any venture successful, attracting wealth, having the Midas touch; being adept – having quick reflexes, handling any situation competently, having a wide range of abilities; being reliable – being counted on in a crisis, assuming responsibility, meeting all commitments and promises; being supporting – encouraging the accomplishments of others, sponsoring worthwhile projects, readily jumping in to help; being steady – having a stabilising influence, maintaining a calm approach, avoiding mood and behaviour swings

Sagittarius

14 Temperance

Temperance – being temperate – finding the middle ground, reaching a compromise; maintaining balance – recognising all sides, feeling centred and secure; experiencing health – renewing energy and vigour, flourishing; combining forces – joining with others, finding the right mix

Capricorn

Wands Queen

Queen of Wands – being attractive – being appealing and popular, making friends easily, having great sex appeal; being wholehearted – being loaded with enthusiasm, being open and sincere; being energetic – being vigorous and strong, being a natural athlete; being cheerful – having a warm and sunny disposition, having an encouraging word for all; being self-assured – having faith in your abilities, quietly demonstrating self-confidence

Aquarius

Cups 5

5 of Cups – suffering a loss – letting go of a hope, being defeated, saying goodbye; feeling bereft – breaking up a relationship, longing to be reunited, feeling sorrow; feeling regret – being disappointed by events, wanting to turn back the clock, believing you made the wrong choice, wishing for what might have been

Pisces

Pentacles 6

6 of Pentacles – be generous – you are either about to be the beneficiary or giver of something with value; share what you have – there is always someone who needs it; generosity does not have to have monetary value – it could be a listening ear, spiritual support, etc.; don’t be too proud to accept what is offered, if you are the intended recipient

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The final few

I had my usual session with Trevor on Sunday morning. I did my warm-up on the bike as one of the cross-trainers made a weird noise when I started using it and I really don’t like the other one. I did my warm-up at resistance 7 and then got on the treadmill. Trevor was going to show me a new circuit to do on my own between our sessions:

  • Treadmill – alternating between 5 km/h and 7 km/h every minute for 20 minutes at 4% incline

He told me to aim for 15 minutes and gradually increase it to 20 minutes over time. After the treadmill I would do the following circuit:

  • Bench step-ups x 20 (10 on each side – not alternating)
  • Dumbbell punches (3-kg weights) x 20
  • Bench squats x 20
  • Alternating lunges x 20 (10 on each side)
  • Mountain climbers x 20
  • Abs in and outs x 20

I thought it didn’t sound too bad until Trevor told me I’d do that circuit six times. SIX! Was he insane? Each time I did it I would reduce the number of reps by 2, so in the second round I’d do:

  • Bench step-ups x 18 (9 on each side)
  • Dumbbell punches (3-kg weights) x 18
  • Bench squats x 18
  • Alternating lunges x 18 (9 on each side)
  • Mountain climbers x 18
  • Abs in and outs x 18

And so on. Until I was doing just 10 reps. It was tough. I did the circuit twice but had no energy after that. Trevor said it would take a few weeks for me to be able to do six sets. He also said I’d get pretty bored of it!

After the second set I did some stretching and we were done.

I woke up on Monday with sore shoulders, quads and glutes. I also woke up sneezing and shivery so I spent most of the day in bed.

On Tuesday morning I had a yoga session. I was still sore from Sunday’s workout but I think the yoga helped.

On Wednesday morning I went to the gym on my own. Trevor had cancelled our session the night before so I thought I’d try and get through the new circuit. I did 5 minutes on the bike to warm up and then walked over to the treadmill. It wasn’t working. None of the treadmills were working. They were all plugged in, all switched on – I turned them off and on again and still nothing. I called building maintenance and it took them 15 minutes to realise that the fuse had to be reset (even though I suggested it when they go there). After 15 minutes on the treadmill I did two rounds of that hellish circuit, did some stretching and I was done. Baby steps and all that.

I did the same work-out on Thursday, and did two rounds of the circuit. I noticed that while I was doing the lunges, my left knee was starting to ache – not a lot, but it was noticeable. Ugh, not again!

I didn’t work out again over the weekend, but was pleased I’d done four sessions of some activity!

Low point of the week? Feeling that familiar ache in my knee.

High point of the week? Getting to the gym twice on my own between sessions with Trevor.

Weight loss? None!

Swagger

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Your month ahead (September 2014)

Hello from Dubai! Have a great September…

Swords 7

Aries

7 of Swords – running away – shirking responsibility, sneaking off, leaving; being a lone wolf – wanting independence, staying aloof, preferring solitude; choosing hidden dishonour – covering your tracks, lying or stealing, avoiding a shameful secret

Taurus

Wands Princess

Princess of Wands – being creative – taking a novel approach, finding a new area of self-expression; being enthusiastic – getting excited, being passionate; being confident – stretching your envelope, moving beyond doubts; being courageous – taking assertive action, overcoming a fear

Gemini

17 The Star

The Star – regaining hope – having faith in the future, thinking positively; being inspired – realising an inner strength, regaining motivation; being generous – wanting to give or share, offering with no reservations; feeling serene – experiencing peace of mind, being tranquil amid trouble

Cancer

06 The Lovers

The Lovers – relating to others – feeling love, getting closer, making a connection; being sexual – making love, opening to another, feeling a physical attraction; establishing personal beliefs – figuring out where you stand, staying true to yourself, making up your own mind; determining values – facing an ethical or moral choice, finding out what you care about, struggling with temptation

Leo

04 The Emperor

The Emperor – fathering – protecting and defending, bringing security and comfort; emphasising structure – creating order out of chaos, being organised; exercising authority – taking a leadership role, representing the establishment; regulating – establishing law and order, setting standards of behaviour

Virgo

Pentacles 7

7 of Pentacles – assessing – evaluating the status, making sure you’re on course, finding out where you stand; reaping a reward – receiving payoffs, reaching a milestone, finally seeing some results; considering a direction change – pondering alternatives, thinking about change, standing at a crossroads

Libra

18 The Moon

The Moon – feeling fear – lacking courage, being overcome by anxieties, feeling a nameless apprehension; believing illusions – deceiving yourself, experiencing distortions, chasing after a fantasy; stimulating the imagination – opening to fantasy, having vivid dreams or visions, plumbing the unconscious; feeling bewildered – losing direction and purpose, being easily distracted, feeling disoriented

Scorpio

Wands 4

4 of Wands – celebrating – rejoicing over an event, observing an anniversary or milestone or special time, enjoying well-deserved rewards; seeking freedom – breaking free of bonds, cutting loose, letting go of limitations; feeling excited – bubbling over with delight, feeling jubilant, being surprised

Sagittarius

Wands King

King of Wands – being creative – having natural artistic ability, being original and inventive; being inspiring – setting an example others want to follow; being forceful – carrying authority naturally; being charismatic – magnetically attracting others, naturally becoming the focus of attention; being bold – being intrepid, daring to stand and be different

Capricorn

Cups 10

10 of Cups – feeling joy – radiating love, delighting in good fortune, counting your blessings; enjoying peace – doing away with hostilities, reducing stress and tension, calling a truce; looking to the family – working for peace in the home, supporting a relative in need, reaffirming a family commitment

Aquarius

Pentacles Ace

Ace of Pentacles – using material force – working with the physical, improving the body/health, focusing on concrete results; prospering – having the means to reach a goal, seeing efforts rewarded, increasing assets; being practical – using common sense, being realistic, accepting the tools at hand; proceeding with trust – feeling safe and protected, having a support system, believing in the good faith of others

Pisces

Swords King

King of Swords – being intellectual – ably carrying out research, using thought creatively; being analytical – applying reason and logic, understanding a problem quickly; being articulate – being a lucid writer and speaker, being a stimulating conversationalist; being just – being impartial and objective, being concerned with truth and fairness; being ethical – encouraging high standards, living by your highest principles

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