The final few

After almost a week of not doing any exercise, I had a session with Trevor on Sunday morning. I did my 5-minute warm-up on the bike and then was on the treadmill for 15 minutes:

  • 1 min at 5 km/h
  • 1 min at 7 km/h
  • 1 min at 5 km/h with a 0.5% incline
  • 1 min at 7 km/h with a 0.5% incline
  • And so on, increasing the incline by 0.5% every 2 minutes until I got to 15 minutes

Then I did the following circuit:

  • Shoulder press (with 3-kg weights) x 20
  • Wide squats x 20
  • Bent over row (with 10-lb weights) x 20
  • Single leg deadlifts (with a 3-kg weight) x 20 (10 on each side)
  • Abdominal in and outs x 20
  • Mountain climbers x 20
  • Treadmill x 5 min at a 5% incline

I did that twice and was done! The session seemed to go by really fast – in fact, I was expecting to have to do the circuit a third time but ended up with some stretches.

I bought some new Nike trainers on Sunday evening. I’d been wearing the pair I bought in Bali for over 2 years and it was time to move on.

My new Nike trainers

My new Nike trainers

Yes, they are very blue!

On Monday I went to the gym and did 20 minutes on the treadmill (walking/running) and just one round of the circuit. I’d planned to do three rounds of it but the maintenance guys came into the gym and started tinkering around (and staring) so I left.

My regular teacher told me that he was very busy and asked whether we’d like to take classes with his wife who is also a yoga teacher. We agreed and on Tuesday we waited for her to show up. I didn’t have her number (or even know her name, for that matter) so I texted my regular teacher and he was surprised she hadn’t arrived yet. She eventually showed up 20 minutes late, looking like a complete mess, without a yoga mat and I’m guessing without deodorant. Hmm, not a great first impression. She asked if I had a spare mat (luckily I do) but then decided the space we’d been having our classes in all this time was too small so I suggested we all move to my room which is big enough for three mats. She asked us what we’d been doing so far (honestly, don’t married people talk to each other at all??) and then we began the class. As the class went on I forgot about all the things that initially bothered me about her – perhaps I’d started to focus inwards as we went on? She had a more hands-on approach than her husband and I think she pushed us harder than he did. Or perhaps we wanted to make a good impression on someone new? Anyway, we decided we’d try her out for a while and agreed to another lesson next week.

I was up before dawn on Wednesday. I’d been sleeping so early and waking up early that I was up at some ridiculous hour. By 6am I wondered if there was any point going back to sleep as Trevor was coming at 8.30am. At 6.30am he texted to say he couldn’t make it as he wasn’t feeling well. I was relieved – and thought I’d be able to sleep for a while as now I didn’t have to get up. Not so. I eventually gave up trying to sleep and went to the gym anyway. I did 20 minutes on the treadmill (walking/running) and then did three rounds of the circuit. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

I was out on Wednesday night – it wasn’t a particularly heavy or late night but I woke up with a splitting headache on Thursday. And this headache went on until Saturday. I just couldn’t get rid of it. The only time it disappeared was when I had a massage on Friday evening – but soon after I was done it came back! I couldn’t figure out why I had it. I hadn’t mixed drinks or even had that much to drink. Alcohol combined with lack of sleep? No idea… I didn’t work out over the weekend because I felt so rubbish.

Low point of the week? Feeling awful for most of the weekend.

High point of the week? Managing to do three rounds of that circuit and working out four times in the week.

Weight loss? None.

Running shoes

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Your week ahead (28 September – 4 October 2014)

Have a wonderful week!

Aries

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

Taurus

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

Gemini

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

Cancer

Cups 4

4 of Cups – being self-absorbed – concentrating on your own feelings, seeing only your point of view, ignoring gifts and blessings; feeling apathetic – losing interest, finding life stale and flat, lacking motivation; going within – meditating, dreaming, withdrawing from involvement

Leo

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

Virgo

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

Libra

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

Scorpio

Swords 2

2 of Swords – blocking emotions – denying true feelings, hiding distress, maintaining your cool; avoiding the truth – refusing to look at facts, choosing not to know, ignoring the warning signs; being at a stalemate – staying stuck, refusing to decide, being unwilling to rock the boat

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

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

Aquarius

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

Pisces

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

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The final few

I had my usual session with Trevor on Sunday morning. I got to the gym just as Trevor texted to say he was running a few minutes late. I thought I’d start with my warm-up and just kept going until Trevor arrived. So I did 10 minutes on the bike.

Instead of the usual alternating walk/run, I did the following:

  • 2 min at 5 km/h
  • 1 min at 5.5 km/h with 3-kg weights and a 5% incline
  • 2 min at 5 km/h
  • 1 min at 5.5 km/h with 3-kg weights and a 6% incline
  • And so on until I got to an incline of 12%

Then I did the following circuit:

  • Sumo squats (with a 10-lb weight) x 15
  • Lunges x 20 (10 on each side)
  • Single leg deadlifts (3-kg weight) x 20 (10 on each side)
  • Combined squats/good mornings x 10
  • Cross-trainer x 3 min (resistance level 10)
  • Repeat

After the two sets of that circuit I did the following abs circuit:

  • Reverse curls x 15
  • Crunches x 15
  • Russian twists x 15
  • Plank x 30 seconds
  • Repeat

Then I did some stretching and I was done.

I had my yoga class on Tuesday morning. About 15 minutes into the class I started feeling a bit queasy but carried on. I put it down to being tired and felt OK for a while. Later that day, at about 6pm I started shivering and feeling queasy again. I got into bed and lay down until dinner. I felt better after eating but still not quite right. I slept early but woke up at 4am shivering again. And I didn’t get back to sleep for a while. At 6am I texted Trevor to say I wasn’t well and cancelled our session.

I felt a bit better on Wednesday and felt more or less ‘normal’ by Thursday. I have no idea what I’d eaten to make me feel like that but a friend told me there’d been a stomach bug going around.

I didn’t do much in terms of exercise the rest of the week.

Low point of the week? Only having one session with Trevor and one yoga class the entire week. And being sick, of course.

High point of the week? Was there one, I’m not sure…

Weight loss? None.

Go to the gym

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Your week ahead (21-27 September 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

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

Gemini

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

Cancer

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

Leo

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

Virgo

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

Libra

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

Scorpio

Wands 8

8 of Wands – taking quick action – making your move, putting plans into action, rushing into a new area; coming to a conclusion – closing out an activity, completing unfinished business, having all elements come together; receiving news – getting an important message, finding the missing puzzle piece, having a meaningful conversation

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

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

Aquarius

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

Pisces

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

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The final few

I had my usual session with Trevor on Sunday morning. I started with a 5-minute warm-up on the bike and then moved over to the treadmill.

I did the alternating run/walk for 13 minutes:

  • 1 min at 5 km/h
  • 2 min at 7 km/h
  • 1 min at 5 km/h
  • 2 min at 7 km/h
  • And so on for 13 minutes

Then I did the following circuit

  • Deadlifts (with the weighted bar) x 20
  • Forward bend row x 20
  • Shoulder press x 20
  • Push-ups x 20
  • Dumbbell punches (with 3-kg weights) x 20
  • Combined squat/reverse lunges x 20 (10 on each side)
  • Mountain climbers x 20 (10 on each side)

I did 3 minutes on the bike after that and repeated the circuit. After the second circuit I did 3 minutes on the treadmill. And then I did some stretching and I was done.

I had a yoga class on Tuesday morning. My teacher seems intent on forcing me back into positions I could do in December, before my long sabbatical from yoga. After my class I went to meet Chandra, the yoga teacher who had organised the yoga retreat I went on in Jamaica (more about that later). She was organising a full moon yoga class that evening but when she originally told me about it I already had plans and couldn’t go. While we were at Tom & Serg, my two friends who I was supposed to meet that evening cancelled, so it looked like I was free after all!

The class was held at the Dubai Garden Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road at 8pm. I don’t know why I was surprised that it was outdoors – being full moon yoga and all – but it had been really humid the last few days and being indoors appealed to me! There were six of us in total, including Chandra. I already knew one of the other people as he had been on the yoga retreat too. We introduced ourselves and then began the class. It was a fairly gentle class but as it was so hot we were all sweating in no time. Instead of doing Surya Namaskar we did the Chandra Namaskar (or Moon Salutation) which was totally new to me. I found it surprisingly relaxing. We did a couple of rounds at a normal pace but then slowed it down so that we spent more time in each pose, getting a deeper pose. We did a few more poses after that, again taking it quite slowly, and then the class was over. I got home just before 9.30, had some dinner and could barely keep my eyes open. So that was two yoga classes on Tuesday!

I had another session with Trevor on Wednesday. I started with a 5-minute warm-up on the bike and then moved to the treadmill:

  • 1 min at 5 km/h
  • 2 min at 7 km/h and 2% incline
  • 1 min at 5 km/h
  • 2 min at 7 km/h and 4% incline
  • 1 min at 5 km/h
  • 2 min at 7 km/h and 6% incline
  • 1 min at 5 km/h
  • 2 min at 7 km/h and 8% incline
  • 1 min at 5 km/h

Well, that’s what I was supposed to do. I couldn’t get past the 4% incline so just stuck to that instead of going up to 6% and 8%. It was much tougher than it sounds and I was totally out of breath by the end of it.

I then did the following circuit:

  • Deadlifts (with 10-lb weights) x 20
  • Sumo squats (with 10-lb weights) x 20
  • Combined curtsey lunge/shoulder press (3-kg weights) x 20
  • Abdominal in and outs x 20
  • Combined squat/kick x 20 (10 on each side)
  • Treadmill x 3 min (1 min at 5km/h, 2 min at 7 km/h)

I did that twice and then did some stretches and was done.

I didn’t work out over the weekend at all. I did dance for about 2 hours at a nightclub on Friday night though so I’m sure that counts for something!

Low point of the week? I had a very heavy weekend – there was lots of wine and vodka involved!

High point of the week? In the full moon yoga class I noticed that I found some things easier than when I’d last tried them in Jamaica. Also, my legs are definitely stronger than they used to be.

Weight loss? None.

Run slow

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