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!

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Your month ahead (September 2014)

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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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Your week ahead (31 August – 6 September 2014)

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Aries

Swords 5

5 of Swords – acting in your own self-interest – thinking of your own needs, going for the win-lose result, gloating; experiencing discord – choosing to battle, creating ill will, feeling people are set against each other; witnessing open dishonour – losing your moral compass, sacrificing integrity, knowing of criminal activity

Taurus

Swords 9

9 of Swords – worrying – doubting all will go well, going over and over an issue, getting worked up; feeling guilty – wanting to turn back the clock, being hard on yourself, getting overwhelmed by remorse; suffering anguish – feeling you’ve reached your limits, having sleepless nights, wanting to cry

Gemini

Cups Ace

Ace of Cups – using emotional force – getting in touch with your feelings, expressing deep feelings, empathising with others; developing intuition – going with your gut reaction, enhancing your psychic awareness, trusting your inner voice; experiencing intimacy – falling in love, getting close to someone, going to a deeper level; proceeding with love – expressing affection, giving to those in need, getting rid of negativity

Cancer

Cups 3

3 of Cups – feeling exuberant – bursting with energy, being in the flow, dancing and singing; enjoying friendship – getting together with people you like, sharing, finding companions; valuing community – taking part in a support group, working together, discovering a common goal

Leo

10 The Wheel

The Wheel – feeling a sense of destiny – using what chance offers, finding opportunity in accident, altering the present course; being at a turning point – reversing, having a change in fortune, being surprised at a turn of events; feeling movement – being swept up in new developments, getting involved, experiencing change; having a personal vision – seeing how everything connects, becoming more aware, expanding your outlook

Virgo

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

Libra

Swords 4

4 of Swords – resting – taking a break, giving your body time to heal, taking life easy; contemplating – taking time alone to think, standing back from the situation, reviewing where you are; quietly preparing – making sure your base is secure, tying up loose ends, stabilising

Scorpio

Cups 2

2 of Cups – making a connection – joining with another, celebrating a marriage or union, working together; calling a truce – bringing together opposites, letting bygones be bygones, forgiving and forgetting; acknowledging an attraction – recognising a bond that is developing, accepting your preferences, feeling a positive response

Sagittarius

Wands 10

10 of Wands – over-extending – trying to do too much, refusing to say ‘no’, having to work overtime; feeling burdened – assuming responsibility, being left holding the bag, never having time to relax; struggling – doing everything the hard way, pushing against the current, having to work for every gain

Capricorn

Wands Ace

Ace of Wands – using creative force – inventing a better way, expressing yourself, allowing a talent to unfold; showing enthusiasm – feeling fired up and eager, creating an aura of excitement, giving 110%; having confidence – believing in yourself, having high self-esteem, knowing things will work out; proceeding with courage – being true to your beliefs, daring to take a stand, facing your fears

Aquarius

Cups Prince

Prince of Cups – finding a balance between being romantic/over-emotional – remembering special occasions/blowing hot and cold in affections; being imaginative/fanciful – spinning marvelous tales/having an overactive imagination; being sensitive/temperamental – responding deeply to life/getting melancholy and depressed; being refined/over-refined – being suave and gracious/getting overwhelmed by pressure; being introspective/introverted – seeking below the surface/being unable to relax around others

Pisces

Swords 10

10 of Swords – bottoming out – having nowhere to go but up, knowing it’s darkest before dawn, being at the lowest point; feeling like a victim – bemoaning your fate, seeing life as hostile, suffering from an attack; being a martyr – putting your own interests last, being self-deprecating, feeling like a doormat

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The final few

I had my usual session with Trevor on Sunday morning. I was hungover and 15 minutes late – and he found that amusing. Instead of 5 minutes on the cross-trainer he told me to do my warm-up on the bike as we were going to use the cross-trainer during the session. I did my warm-up at resistance 7 and then got on the treadmill.

I started with an easy pace of 5 km/h and an incline of 4%. Trevor told me I was going to do the following circuit:

  • Jog at 7 km/h x 1 minute
  • Squats x 1 minute (not on the treadmill, obviously)
  • Jog x 1 minute
  • Lunges x 1 minute
  • Jog x 1 minute
  • Squats off a bench x 1 minute (he’d actually told me to do step-ups onto the bench but I told him that if he made me do that I’d throw up)
  • Jog x 1 minute
  • Mountain-climbers x 1 minute

It doesn’t sound hard – and normally I’d have been OK – but I felt like shit after that. I then got on the cross-trainer and did this circuit:

  • Resistance 4 x 1 minute
  • Resistance 8 x 1 minute
  • Resistance 12 x 1 minute
  • Repeat (total 6 minutes)

Ugh. Everything was a huge effort. I think Trevor realised I was starting to fade (my constant whining may have given it away) and I moved onto the mat for some abs. I did a 4-minute circuit twice:

  • Toe touches x 40 seconds
  • Rest x 20 seconds
  • Legs in and out x 40 seconds
  • Rest x 20 seconds
  • Russian twists x 40 seconds
  • Rest x 20 seconds
  • Plank x 40 seconds
  • Rest x 20 seconds

Torture. And then it was over! I did some stretching, stumbled to my feet and went home – where I collapsed on the sofa in a miserable heap.

On Monday morning I had my first yoga class in a long time. I’d contacted my old teacher and he managed to give me a morning slot. It was hard! I could still touch my toes but I could definitely feel that I was less flexible than when I’d last had a lesson with him. A good reason to keep going!

I had a really good session on Wednesday with Trevor. My triceps were still aching after my yoga class and I knew my legs would be aching on Thursday. After my 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer, I got on the treadmill:

  • 5 km/h x 2 min
  • 7 km/h x 2 min
  • 5 km/h x 1 min
  • 7 km/h x 2 min
  • 5 km/h x 1 min
  • 7 km/h x 2 min
  • 5 km/h x 1 min
  • 5 km/h at 6% incline x 1 min
  • 5 km/h at 4% incline x 1 min
  • 5 km/h  at 2% incline x 1 min
  • 5 km/h x 1 min

Then came this circuit:

  • Deadlifts (with the weighted bar) x 16
  • Combined good mornings/alternating reverse lunges (with the weighted bar on my shoulders) x 16 (one good morning, one reverse lunge on the right, one good morning, reverse lunge on the left, and so on – 16 times)
  • Torso twists (with the weighted bar on my shoulders) x 10
  • Combined dead lifts/bent over row (with 10-lb weights) x 16

I asked Trevor how heavy he thought the weighted bar was (I had no idea). He said it weighed about 7-8 kg. After the weights circuit I did 8 minutes of cardio on the bike:

  • Resistance 4 x 1 min
  • Resistance 12 x 1 min
  • Repeat

I repeated the weighs circuit and then did 8 more minutes on the treadmill:

  • 5 km/h at 8% incline x 1 min
  • 5.2 km/h at 7% incline x 1 min
  • 5.4 km/h at 6% incline x 1 min
  • 5.6 km/h at 5% incline x 1 min
  • 5.8 km/h at 4% incline x 1 min
  • 6 km/h at 3% incline x 1 min
  • 6.2 km/h at 2% incline x 1 min
  • 6.4 km/h at 1% incline x 1 min

While I was on the treadmill Trevor asked me if it was getting easier. Er – yes. And also no. If that makes any sense.

Low point of the week? I was out on Thursday night and was at an all-day champagne brunch on Friday. I dread to think how many calories I consumed! I think I didn’t eat too badly but all the alcohol couldn’t have been good – champagne, mojitos, two cokes, margaritas and a vodka to top it off. It sounds like a lot (OK, it is a lot) but spaced out over seven hours I don’t think that’s too bad.

High point of the week? Starting yoga again.

Weight loss? I’ve lost 1 kg since I’ve been back. A good start!

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Your week ahead (24-30 August 2014)

Have a wonderful week!

Aries

Cups Princess

Princess of Cups – being emotional – being moved or touched, letting your feelings show, being sentimental or romantic; being intuitive – acting on a hunch, trusting your gut reaction, having a psychic experience; being intimate – starting or renewing a love affair, getting closer to someone, solidifying a friendship; being loving – forgiving yourself, forgiving someone who has hurt you, mending a broken relationship

Taurus

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

Gemini

Swords 10

10 of Swords – bottoming out – having nowhere to go but up, knowing it’s darkest before dawn, being at the lowest point; feeling like a victim – bemoaning your fate, seeing life as hostile, suffering from an attack; being a martyr – putting your own interests last, being self-deprecating, feeling like a doormat

Cancer

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

Leo

Cups 2

2 of Cups – making a connection – joining with another, celebrating a marriage or union, working together; calling a truce – bringing together opposites, letting bygones be bygones, forgiving and forgetting; acknowledging an attraction – recognising a bond that is developing, accepting your preferences, feeling a positive response

Virgo

Wands 10

10 of Wands – over-extending – trying to do too much, refusing to say ‘no’, having to work overtime; feeling burdened – assuming responsibility, being left holding the bag, never having time to relax; struggling – doing everything the hard way, pushing against the current, having to work for every gain

Libra

02 The High Priestess

The High Priestess – staying non-active – withdrawing from involvement, being receptive to influence, waiting patiently; accessing the unconscious – using your intuition, trusting your inner voice, being aware of a larger reality; seeing the potential – allowing development, opening to what could be; sensing the mystery – opening to the unknown, seeking what is concealed, looking beyond the obvious

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

Swords 9

9 of Swords – worrying – doubting all will go well, going over and over an issue, getting worked up; feeling guilty – wanting to turn back the clock, being hard on yourself, getting overwhelmed by remorse; suffering anguish – feeling you’ve reached your limits, having sleepless nights, wanting to cry

Capricorn

Swords 7

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

Aquarius

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

Pisces

Pentacles 3

3 of Pentacles – working as a team – finding all the needed elements, functioning as a team, cooperating; planning – organising resources, reviewing beforehand, being prepared; being competent – getting the job done, meeting your goals, being up to the job

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The final few

I had my first session in seven weeks with Trevor on Sunday morning. I’d been away (London, Ibiza, London, Jamaica, London) and had done hardly any exercise in that time (apart from a week-long yoga retreat in Ocho Rios, Jamaica – where I managed to get into crow pose for the very first time!). I did a 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer and then did 15 minutes on the treadmills, varying speeds between 5 km/h and 7 km/h.

I then did the following circuit with a weighted bar:

  • Deadlifts x 20
  • Good mornings x 10
  • Wide legged squats x 10
  • Reverse lunges x 10 on each side

This circuit followed:

  • Standing piston press (with 3-kg weights) x 10 on each side
  • Tricep dips x 20
  • Mountain climbers x 60
  • Reverse curls x 20
  • Toe touches x 20
  • Russian twists x 20
  • Side hip raises x 10 on each side

There was some stretching after that and I was done. After such a long break it could have been much harder but I definitely did feel less fit than I did when I left. Funnily enough Trevor thought I looked thinner after my holiday!

That was the only workout I did during the week. I’m trying to get back into a routine but I’d been out a few times and just got lazy.

Low point of the week? I’ve been catching up with friends ever since I got back to Dubai and I’ve been going out too much. And drinking too much. And eating too much. I also changed my phone so all my data in the Libra app didn’t transfer over and I’ve lost it all!

High point of the week? On the other hand, by losing all that data I can start from scratch and watch my weight go down rather than focus on how much I’ve put on in the last year! I also go in touch with my old yoga teacher and will start lessons again next week. I’m excited!

Weight loss? None (yet).

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