Your month ahead (November 2014)

Wow – November already! Have a great month :-)

Aries

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

Taurus

19 The Sun

The Sun – becoming enlightened – finding the sense behind the chaos, getting to the heart of the matter; experiencing greatness – being singled out for notice, becoming the centre of attention; feeling vitality – experiencing joy, feeling invigorated; having assurance – knowing you can succeed, trusting your abilities

Gemini

Cups 8

8 of Cups – seeking deeper meaning – leaving the rat race, finding out the facts, concentrating on what is important; moving on – abandoning a hopeless situation, starting on a trip of unknown length, finishing up and walking away; growing weary – dragging through the day, lacking energy, getting weighed down by worries

Cancer

Pentacles 4

4 of Pentacles – wanting to possess – acquiring material goods, keeping what you have, hanging on to someone; maintaining control – wanting to be in charge, insisting on your own way, setting limits and rules; blocking change – wanting everything to stay the same, stagnating, holding on to the present

Leo

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

Virgo

Pentacles 10

10 of Pentacles – enjoying affluence – feeling financially secure, having a good run of fortune, being free from money problems; seeking permanence – looking for a solution that will last, having an orderly family life, being concerned with the long term; following convention – being conservative, taking part in traditions, proceeding according to the rules

Libra

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

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

Capricorn

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

Aquarius

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

Pisces

Cups 6

6 of Cups – experiencing good will – doing a good turn for another, receiving a gift, feeling blessed; enjoying innocence – being acquitted, having a clear conscience, feeling simple contentment; focusing on childhood – feeling carefree, being taken care of, indulging in play

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The final few

On 5 October, I had my usual Sunday morning session with Trevor. I started with a 5-minute warm-up on the bike and then moved on to the treadmill for 12 minutes:

  • 5 km for 4 minutes (min 1: 0% incline, min 2: 4% incline, min 3: 8% incline, min 4: 12% incline
  • 5.5 km for 4 minutes (inclines as before)
  • 6 km for 4 minutes (inclines as before)

I then did the following circuit:

  • Sumo squats x 30 s
  • Shoulder press (3-kg weights) x 30 s
  • Reverse lunges x 30 s
  • Dumbbell jabs (3-kg weights) x 30 s
  • Treadmill x 1 min at 8 km/h
  • Rest

I then did the next circuit (but can’t remember some of the exercises):

  • Bench squats x 30 s
  • ? x 30 s
  • Alternating lunges x 30 s
  • Lateral press x 30 s
  • Treadmill x 1 min at 8.5 km
  • Rest

I did another circuit after that:

  • Deadlifts x 30 s
  • Upright row x 30 s
  • ? x 30 s
  • Bent over row x 30 s
  • Treadmill x 1 min at 8.5 km
  • Rest

And there was another circuit after that!

  • Mountain climbers x 30 s
  • High knees x 30 s
  • Russian twists x 30 s
  • Sit ups x 30 s
  • Treadmill x 1 min at 8.5 km
  • Rest

God, I needed a rest!

After all that we moved on to the weights machines:

  • Lateral press (wide grip) x 15
  • Lateral press x 15
  • Lateral press (underhand grip) x 15
  • Tricep extensions x 15 (3 sets)
  • Abductor extensions x 15 (3 sets)
  • Seated upright row x 15 (3 sets)

And then it was finally over. I did some stretching and crawled home.

On Monday I went back to the gym and did the 20-minute treadmill workout and circuit I’d been doing between sessions.

I had a yoga class on Tuesday morning. My cousin couldn’t make it so it was just me. It was a good class and our new teacher tries to make it a little different each week which I like.

I had another session with Trevor on Wednesday. There were two other people in the gym and one was using the bike so I did my warm-up on the cross-trainer for 5 minutes.

After that I did the following circuit:

  • Bench squats x 10
  • Combined bench squats/shoulder press x 10
  • Combined deadlifts/upright row x 10
  • Combined reverse lunges/lateral raises x 10 (5 on each side)
  • Sumo squats x 10
  • Crunches x 10
  • Toe touches x 10
  • Float kicks x 10 (10 on each side)
  • Mountain climbers x 10 (10 on each side)
  • Bike x 5 min

After a rest, I repeated the circuit increasing the number of reps to 12. At the end of it I spent 5 minutes on the treadmill (2 min at 7.5 km/h, 1 km at 5 km/h, 2 min at 7.5 km/h). I did the circuit a third time and at the end of it spent another 5 minutes on the treadmill (5 min at 5.5 km/h with an 8% incline). I was finished by the end of it.

I didn’t work out again that week. Or the two weeks after as I was in London – I did do a lot of walking while I was there though.

Low point of the weeks? Eating a lot while I was in London – I was at our local Chinese restaurant every other day.

High point of the weeks? Not exercise-related but meeting my third and latest nephew in London for the first time .

Weight loss? None – I think I put on 1 kg in London.

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Your week ahead (26 October – 1 November 2014)

Hello from London! Have a wonderful week…

Aries

08 Strength

Strength – showing strength – having stamina, being a rock; being patient – refusing to get angry, taking time, maintaining composure; being compassionate – understanding what others are feeling, giving others lots of space, being kind; achieving soft control – guiding indirectly, being able to influence, demonstrating the strength of love

Taurus

01 The Alchemist

The Alchemist – taking action – doing what needs to be done, producing magical results; acting consciously – acknowledging your motivations, examining the known situation; concentrating – feeling centred, being totally committed; experiencing power – having vitality, feeling vigorous, being creative

Gemini

Swords Prince

Prince of Swords – finding a balance between being direct/blunt – being frank and outspoken/tactless and rude; being authoritative/overbearing – commanding with attention/forcing a position on others; being incisive/cutting – being sharp and alert/having a barbed wit; being knowledgeable/opinionated – having well-reasoned opinions/being arrogant; being logical/unfeeling – reasoning clearly/undervaluing intuition

Cancer

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

Leo

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

Virgo

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

Libra

Pentacles 9

9 of Pentacles – being disciplined – exercising self-control, sticking to a programme, reining in impulses; relying on yourself – handling the situation alone, doing it all by yourself, wanting to be alone; pursuing refinement – achieving a comfortable lifestyle, being tactful and diplomatic, remembering to be gracious

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

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

Capricorn

Pentacles 10

10 of Pentacles – enjoying affluence – feeling financially secure, having a good run of fortune, being free from money problems; seeking permanence – looking for a solution that will last, having an orderly family life, being concerned with the long term; following convention – being conservative, taking part in traditions, proceeding according to the rules

Aquarius

Pentacles 2

2 of Pentacles – juggling – coping with demands, having a lot of irons in the fire, keeping everything in balance; being flexible – going with the flow, seeing the possibilities, handling challenges; having fun – taking time to play, feeling in high spirits, seeing the humour in the situation

Pisces

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

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Your week ahead (19-25 October 2014)

Hello from London! Have a wonderful week…

Aries

Swords Princess

Princess of Swords – using your mind – analysing the problem, using logic and reason; being truthful – acting honestly, exposing what is hidden; being just – acting ethically, righting a wrong; having fortitude – facing problems squarely, keeping a firm resolve

Taurus

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

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

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

Leo

Cups King

King of Cups – being wise – giving good advice, understanding many levels of experience; being calm – keeping your head in a crisis, never seeming nervous or tense; being diplomatic – balancing the needs of many people, being able to diffuse a tense situation; being caring – feeling compassion for the less fortunate, doing volunteer and charity work; being tolerant – allowing others their freedom, being patient in trying circumstances

Virgo

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

Libra

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

Scorpio

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

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

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

Aquarius

Swords 6

6 of Swords – feeling the blues – just keeping your head above water, working to get through the day, feeling somewhat depressed; recovering – dealing with the effects of a trauma, beginning to get your health back, heading toward a more positive place; travelling – changing location, taking a trip, going on a journey, entering into a new frame of mind

Pisces

Pentacles 4

4 of Pentacles – wanting to possess – acquiring material goods, keeping what you have, hanging on to someone; maintaining control – wanting to be in charge, insisting on your own way, setting limits and rules; blocking change – wanting everything to stay the same, stagnating, holding on to the present

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Your week ahead (12-18 October 2014)

Have a wonderful week!

Aries

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

Taurus

Pentacles Queen

Queen of Pentacles – being nurturing – giving love and support, making people feel better; being big-hearted – giving freely and abundantly; being down-to-earth – handling problems matter-of-factly, taking a simple and sensible approach; being resourceful – making a little go a long way, being handy and versatile; being trustworthy – being loyal and steadfast, keeping confidences and secrets

Gemini

Pentacles 9

9 of Pentacles – being disciplined – exercising self-control, sticking to a programme, reining in impulses; relying on yourself – handling the situation alone, doing it all by yourself, wanting to be alone; pursuing refinement – achieving a comfortable lifestyle, being tactful and diplomatic, remembering to be gracious

Cancer

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

Leo

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

Virgo

05 The Hierophant

The Hierophant – getting an education – pursuing knowledge, seeking a deeper meaning; having a belief system – identifying a world view, knowing where to put your faith; conforming – fitting in, doing what’s expected; identifying with a group – devoting energy to a group, feeling loyal to others

Libra

Swords 3

3 of Swords – feeling heartbreak – having your feelings hurt, getting some unsettling news, being disappointed; feeling lonely – feeling lost, being separated, wandering far from home; experiencing betrayal – being let down, breaking your word, finding your trust misplaced

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

Cups 7

7 of Cups – indulging in wishful thinking – creating fantasies, building castles in the air, lacking focus and commitment; having many options – looking at a wide open field, getting to pick and choose, being offered many alternatives; falling into dissipation – letting everything go, being lazy, procrastinating, eating/drinking/partying to excess

Capricorn

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

Aquarius

Swords Ace

Ace of Swords – using mental force – being objective, finding out the facts, analysing the situation; having fortitude – facing problems, finding the strength to overcome; seeking justice – righting a wrong, accepting responsibility, establishing the truth; proceeding with truth – cutting through confusion, being honest, having clear understanding

Pisces

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

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The final few

I had my usual Sunday morning session with Trevor. I started with a 5-minute warm-up on the bike. I then did the following circuit:

  • Squats x 20
  • Alternating lunges x 20
  • Combined deadlift/bent over row x 10 (10-lb weights)
  • Sumo squats x 10 (15-lb weight)

I then did some boxing combined with other exercises:

  • Combined kick/toe touch x 30 s
  • Jabs x 30 s
  • Combined twist/knee up x 30 s
  • Hooks x 30 s
  • Squat jumps x 30 s
  • Upper cuts x 30 s
  • Rest

I then did the circuit of squats/lunges again and after that went back to the boxing intervals:

  • Bench squats x 30 s
  • Sparring x 30 s
  • Combined bench squats/kick x 30 s
  • Sparring x 30 s
  • Bench squats x 30 s
  • Sparring x 30 s
  • Rest

I did the same circuit a third time and went back to the boxing intervals:

  • Mountain climbers x 30 s
  • Sparring x 30 s
  • Spiderman plank x 30 s
  • Sparring x 30 s
  • Bench squats x 30 s
  • Sparring x 30 s
  • Rest

After a rest I did 10 minutes on the treadmill at 6 km/h with a 1.5% incline. After that I did some stretching and I was done.

I had a yoga class on Tuesday morning with our new teacher. She’s very hands-on and pushes us a lot more than her husband did. After just two lessons with her I started to think she’s a better teacher.

I had another session with Trevor on Wednesday. I did the usual warm-up on the bike for 5 minutes and then did 16 minutes on the treadmill. I alternated between 5 km/h and 7 km/h at an incline of 5%.

After that I did the following circuit:

  • Deadlifts x 10 (with the body bar)
  • Combined deadlifts/bent over row x 10 (with the body bar)
  • Combined deadlifts/bent over row/upright row x 10 (with the body bar)
  • Torso twists x 10 (with the body bar)
  • Wide squats x 10 (with the body bar)
  • Narrow squats x 10 (with the body bar)
  • Combined reverse lunges/shoulder press x 10 (5 on each side, with 3-kg weights)
  • Mountain climbers x 20
  • High knees x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Repeat

After doing that circuit twice, I spent another 3 minutes on the treadmill at 5 km/h and then I was done. I did some stretching and our session was over.

I went back to the gym on Friday and did 20 minutes on the treadmill (alternating walking/running) and three rounds of the circuit Trevor had given me. When I got to the gym there was a man on one of the treadmills. Being Friday I expected there to be other people in the gym, but this guy was walking on the treadmill in black trousers, grey knitted sweater and black lace-up office shoes. I thought it was rather odd gym attire. He then moved over to the weights machines but spent so much time on the phone between sets I wondered what the point was!

I didn’t work out again over the weekend. I’ve also stopped wearing my Jawbone as all it did was tell me how I wasn’t sleeping enough or walking enough. In fact, the only times I ever hit my target of 10,000 steps per day was when I was in London and Barcelona. Even on days when I get to the gym I barely make 4000 steps (if I’m lucky) and there’s only so much walking to the kitchen and back I can do each day. So I decided it had to go.

Low point of the week? I can’t really think of anything.

High point of the week? Working out four times in the week.

Weight loss? None.

Wine later

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