The final few

I had my usual session with Trevor on Sunday morning. After my warm-up on the bike, I spent 12 minutes on the treadmill:

  • 1 min x 5 km
  • 2 min x 7 km
  • 1 min x 5 km (1% incline)
  • 2 min x 7 km (1% incline)
  • 1 min x 5 km (2% incline)
  • 2 min x 7 km (2% incline)
  • 1 min x 5 km (3% incline)
  • 2 min x 7 km (3% indline)

After that I did the following circuit:

  • Combined burpees/shoulder press (10-lb weights) x 10
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Treadmill (self-powered) x 1 min
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Spiderman plank (elbows on a bench) x 1 min
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Russian twists (3-kg weight) x 1 min
  • Rest x 1 min
  • Repeat two more times

After a longer rest (that self-powering treadmill exercise is a killer), I did this circuit:

  • Sumo squats (15-lb weight) x 15
  • Bent over row (15-lb weights) x 15
  • Combined deadlifts/upright row (10-lb weights) x 15
  • Combined forward lunge/lateral raise (3-kg weights) x 15

I did some stretching after that and was done for the day.

My cousin and I had our usual yoga class on Tuesday morning – our teacher showed up late and without deodorant again. But once we began the class I stopped noticing the smell.

I had another session with Trevor on Wednesday. After my 5-minute bike warm-up I did this circuit:

  • Walking lunges x 2 lengths of the gym
  • Combined bench squats/shoulder press (3-kg weights) x 10
  • Flutter kicks x 10
  • Leg scissors x 10
  • V-sit x 10 s
  • Abdominal in and outs x 10
  • Side hip raises x 10 (on each side)
  • Boxing
  • Treadmill (1 min 5 km, 3 min 7 km, 3% incline)

It doesn’t sound too bad, but the boxing and the treadmill were exhausting. Who knew I could even jog for 3 minutes in a row? After a rest and some water, I did the circuit again but made the following changes: during the walking lunges I used 3-kg weights; during the boxing I was pedalling on the bike and moving my arms up and down like a piston while boxing above me; and during the treadmill I was on a 5% incline.

I did some stretches after that and was done.

I didn’t work out again that week. I had friends in town and was out a lot!

Low point of the week? Eating and drinking a lot. More friends in town and an impromptu visit to Abu Dhabi to see Pharrell!

High point of the week? I can jog for 3 minutes on the treadmill!

Weight loss? None.

Keep going

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Your week ahead (23-29 November 2014)

Lots of Major Arcana cards this week – lots of forces around! Have a wonderful week…

Aries

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

Taurus

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

Gemini

Wands 6

6 of Wands – triumphing – having your day in the sun, coming out on top, achieving success; receiving acclaim – earning applause, achieving recognition, getting a pat on the back; feeling pride – strutting your stuff, holding your head up high, having a high opinion of yourself

Cancer

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

Leo

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

Virgo

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

Libra

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

21 The World

The World – integrating – experiencing wholeness, combining, working in unison; accomplishing – realising your goals, seeing dreams come true, finding a beautiful solution; becoming involved – rendering a service, using a gift or talent, sharing what you have; feeling fulfilled – savouring the present, taking pleasure in life, enjoying peace of mind, counting your blessings

Capricorn

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

Aquarius

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

Pisces

13 Death

Death – ending – closing one door to open another, putting the past behind you; going through transition – changing status, being in the middle; eliminating excess – concentrating on essentials, shedding old attitudes; experiencing inexorable forces – going through what cannot be avoided, riding your fate

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The final few

I got to the gym for my usual Sunday session and started my warm-up on the bike. Ten minutes later there was still no sign of Trevor so I texted him. ‘Are you on your way?’ I decided to continue on the treadmill. I started walking/running but soon got bored as I didn’t have my iPod. Ten minutes later I stopped, looked at my phone (no response) and went back to the bike. After 10 minutes on the bike I decided I just wasn’t in the mood and went home. Still, that’s 30 minutes of cardio! And still no response from Trevor.

He texted me later that day to say he was sorry for not showing up, but he’d been really ill and thought he’d need to go to hospital. Yikes.

I didn’t go to the gym on Monday. I had to go to Standard Chartered in Bur Dubai (worst bank ever) and deal with more of their rubbish. I also had a lot of work come in on Monday, including several hours’ worth for a new client so I just put my head down and got on with it.

My cousin and I had our usual yoga class on Tuesday morning – she’s started staying for breakfast after we’re done with yoga and we have egg white masala omelettes. What a great start to the day!

On Tuesday evening I texted Trevor to find out how he was feeling and whether we’d have our Wednesday morning session. He said he’d be at the gym at 8.30am and would fill me in on what happened.

While I was doing my warm-up on the bike, Trevor told me that he’d gone out with a friend on Saturday evening and is convinced their drinks were spiked. After three or four glasses of wine, he and his friend couldn’t remember leaving the place and he woke up on his kitchen floor! Very strange. It’s a bar I go to all the time as well, so it was a bit concerning.

After my warm-up I got on the treadmill for 12 minutes:

  • 1 min at 5 km/h
  • 1 min at 5 km/h with a 7% incline
  • 1 min at 7 km/h with a 7% incline
  • Repeat four times

I then did the following circuit:

  • Combined reverse lunge/forward kick x 20 (alternating, 10 on each side)
  • Tricep dips x 20
  • Wide squats (3-kg weights) x 20
  • Mountain climbers x 20
  • Deadlifts (10-lb weights) x 20
  • Treadmill (30 s on, 20 s off) x 3
  • Rest and repeat two more times

During the treadmill exercise, I had to use it without the power on so it was my own energy making the conveyor belt move. It was tough. I actually felt like I was pushing a cart or something and then read the following on Wikipedia:

A treadmill is a device generally for walking or running while staying in the same place. Treadmills were introduced before the development of powered machines, to harness the power of animals or humans to do work, often a type of mill that was operated by a person or animal treading steps of a treadwheel to grind grain. In later times treadmills were used as punishment devices for people sentenced to hard labour in prisons. The terms treadmill and treadwheel were used interchangeably for the power and punishment mechanisms.

I did a few stretches after that and then was done. I was also drenched in sweat.

I didn’t work out again in the week. A combination of too much work, visitors in town and laziness is never a good thing.

Low point of the week? I had friends in town so was out for lunch on Tuesday, lunch and dinner on Wednesday, lunch on Thursday, dinner on Friday and drinks on Saturday – all with different people! It’s great to have visitors but after this week I felt bloated and just wanted a bowl of dal and rice.

High point of the week? I’ve definitely noticed that my body is a lot stronger than it was a couple of months ago. It’s most noticeable during the balancing poses in my yoga class, so I feel like I’m getting somewhere!

Weight loss? None.

Holy shit

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Your week ahead (16-22 November 2014)

Have a wonderful week…

Aries

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

Taurus

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

Gemini

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

Cancer

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

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 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

Libra

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

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

Capricorn

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

Aquarius

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

Pisces

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

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The final few

Trevor cancelled our Sunday session as he had something to deal with at the gym. I went to the gym on my own and did 3 km on the treadmill (29:16). I was still tired from the flea market the day before and was kind of relieved I didn’t have a full session.

On Monday I did 20 minutes on the treadmill (walking and running) and then did two sets of the circuit that Trevor had given me: bench step-ups, dumbbell punches, bench squats, deadlifts, mountain climbers and abdominal in/outs.

I had yoga on Tuesday morning. My cousin wasn’t well so it was just me and the teacher. She made me do a lot of things that I hadn’t done before. For example, while I was in shoulder stand, she asked me to rotate my hips so that my legs were like a helicopter. It was weird because I was trying to move my legs and still manage to keep myself in a shoulder stand position!

I had a session with Trevor on Wednesday morning. He asked me if we could start at 8am instead of 8.30am, which was fine with me. I like to get it out of the way. I warmed up for 5 minutes on the bike and then spent 12 minutes on the treadmill:

  • 1 min at 5 km/h
  • 1 min at 5 km/h with a 7% incline
  • 1 min at 7 km/h with a 7% incline
  • Repeat four times

I then did the following circuit:

  • Combined reverse lunge/bicep curls (10-lb weights) x 16 (alternating 8 on each side)
  • Combined curtsey lunge/inner thigh stretch x 16 (alternating 8 on each side)
  • Abdominal in/outs x 16
  • Rear deltoid fly (3 kg weights) x 16
  • Tricep dips x 16
  • Mountain climbers x 16 (on each side)
  • Treadmill x 4 min (5 km/h with a 7% incline)
  • Rest and repeat

I did a few stretches after that and then was done.

On Thursday I did a 5 minute warmup on the bike followed by 3 km on the treadmill (26:10) and on Friday I did only 2 km on the treadmill (19:32) and called it a day.

I was really hungover on Saturday and didn’t do anything. It was a miracle I could even get out of bed. I had to get to the bank before 3.30pm and even that was a challenge. I got home and got back into bed for an hour before meeting a friend who was in town from London.

Low point of the week? I had a friend in town from Lagos on Wednesday and Thursday and another friend from London on Thursday to Sunday. I ate and drank a lot this week.

High point of the week? Six times in a week is still pretty good going!

Weight loss? None.

Motivation

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