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Your month ahead (February 2014)

I can’t believe January’s over already!

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Aries

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

Taurus

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

Gemini

The Fool – beginning – entering a new phase, expanding horizons, beginning an adventure, heading into the unknown; being spontaneous – letting go of expectations, acting on impulse, surprising someone; having faith – staying open, feeling protected and loved, recapturing innocence; embracing folly – taking the ‘foolish’ path, being true to yourself, trusting your heart’s desire

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Cancer

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

Leo

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

Virgo

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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Libra

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

Scorpio

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

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

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Capricorn

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

Aquarius

8 of Swords – feeling restricted – feeling trapped by circumstances, experiencing few options, being fenced in by obstacles; feeling confused – being unsure which way to turn, not understanding what is happening, needing guidance and clarity; feeling powerless – doubting anything you do will help, looking for a white knight, avoiding responsibility

Pisces

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

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The final few

I had a terrible week. I did nothing all week until my session with Randy on Thursday.

I started with a 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer. I then did the following circuit three times:

  • Plank x 45 seconds
  • Sit-ups x 15
  • Combined side leg raises/obliques x 10 on each side

I did another 3 minutes on the cross-trainer and had a break.

The next circuit consisted of:

  • Kettlebell swings x 20
  • Burpees x 10
  • Push-ups x 10

After that circuit I was done and Randy stretched me out.

That was my last session with Randy for now. We’d come to the end of our 10-session package and I told him I wanted to take a break as I was starting a new (temporary for now) job and wanted to see what my hours would be like. Well, that’s what I told him – although the part about the job is true. I wanted to meet my friend’s trainer – she’d been raving about him – and I haven’t been very motivated recently (as you might have noticed). So I called Trevor and arranged to meet him on Sunday morning.

Low point of the week? Still eating, still drinking! Also, I just couldn’t bring myself to tell Randy I was shopping for a new trainer. A couple of my friends have said he doesn’t need to know – but I would rather he hear it from me than someone else! He’s a nice guy but I think I need to try something different now.

High point of the week? Hopefully Trevor will agree to working with me and whip me into shape.

Weight loss? None! Still in the mid-70s.

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Your week ahead (26 January – 1 February)

Wow – that’s quite a few Major Arcana cards in this week’s reading… There must be something in the air!

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Aries

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

Taurus

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

Gemini

The Hanged Man – letting go – accepting what is, ending the struggle, giving up control; reversing – turning the world around, seeing from a new angle, overturning old priorities; suspending action – giving up urgency, living in the moment, pausing to reflect; sacrificing – putting self-interest aside, putting others first, giving up for a higher cause

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Cancer

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

Leo

The Fool – beginning – entering a new phase, expanding horizons, beginning an adventure, heading into the unknown; being spontaneous – letting go of expectations, acting on impulse, surprising someone; having faith – staying open, feeling protected and loved, recapturing innocence; embracing folly – taking the ‘foolish’ path, being true to yourself, trusting your heart’s desire

Virgo

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

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Libra

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

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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Capricorn

The Empress – mothering – giving birth, nourishing life, expressing tenderness; welcoming abundance – luxuriating in plenty, having more than enough, feeling rich; experiencing the senses – giving and receiving pleasure, focusing on the body, doing physical activity; responding to Nature – embracing the natural, feeling connected to the Earth, going outdoors

Aquarius

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

Pisces

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

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The final few

I had a Sunday morning session with Randy after ages. He was away for just over a week due to some visa issues and I was a lazy cow while he was away!

My Sunday session started with a 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer. I then did the following circuit three times:

  • Alternating knee-ins x 50 seconds
  • Crawl-out/crawl-in x 50 seconds
  • Alternating lunges x 50 seconds
  • Plank x 50 seconds

I did another 3 minutes on the cross-trainer and had a break.

The next circuit consisted of:

  • Single-leg hamstring raises x 10 on each side
  • Sit-ups x 50 seconds
  • V-sit x 50 seconds

After that circuit I was done and Randy stretched me out.

On Monday I woke up, had breakfast, checked my email, did some work and then decided I couldn’t put it off any longer. I went to the gym. I did 30 minutes on the treadmill (3.24 km) – clearly I walked all of it but that’s better than nothing.

I had another session with Randy on Thursday morning. After my 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer and some stretching I did this circuit three times:

  • Kettlebell swings x 20
  • Stepping on/off the treadmill x 30 seconds
  • Plank x 1 minute
  • Tricep dips x 10

I did another 3 minutes on the cross-trainer and had a break. After some water I did the following circuit three times:

  • Step-ups x 10 on each side
  • Crunches x 20
  • Combined sumo squats/lateral raises (3-kg weights) x 15

After that Randy stretched me out and I was done. I don’t know why but my legs and hamstrings were so sore after that work-out. I could still feel the ache well into the following week.

Low point of the week? Still eating, still drinking.

High point of the week? I got numbers for two new trainers – but then found out one of them knows Randy (I think that would be weird).

Weight loss? None! My clothes are tight – and even that isn’t motivating me to do anything.

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Silent Sunday

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Silent Sunday

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Your week ahead (19-25 January)

Have a great week 🙂

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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

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

Gemini

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

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Cancer

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

Leo

Princess of Pentacles – having an effect – making plans real, using your body, acting on your dreams; being practical – taking a realistic approach, using common sense, finding a solution that works; being prosperous – increasing your means, enriching yourself, becoming secure; being trusting/trustworthy – having faith in others, keeping your word, establishing credibility

Virgo

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

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Libra

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

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

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Capricorn

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

Aquarius

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

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

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The final few

Another uneventful week. I intended to exercise every day but only managed it on Wednesday when I did 5 km on the treadmill (44:31).

I’ve been wondering whether it’s time to get a new trainer. I’m not motivated, my sessions don’t motivate me and I wonder whether a new trainer would help. A friend told me about the trainer she’s using – but what would I say to Randy?

Low point of the week? Eating, drinking, not exercising!

High point of the week? None.

Weight loss? None! I’m just getting fatter every day.

This is what I NEED to do!

This is what I NEED to do!

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Silent Sunday

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Silent Sunday

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Your week ahead (12-18 January)

Have a great week 🙂

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Aries

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

Taurus

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

Gemini

5 of Wands – disagreeing – quibbling over details, quarreling, arguing and bickering; experiencing competition – rising to the challenge, trying to outdo yourself, looking for a fight; experiencing hassles – getting annoyed by demands, needing to take care of details, being bothered by trivialities

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Cancer

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

2 of Wands – having personal power – commanding attention and respect, holding the world in your hands, having authority; being bold – daring to do what you want, speaking your mind, seizing the day; showing originality – taking a different approach, doing what no one else has done, marching to a different drummer

Virgo

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

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Libra

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

Scorpio

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, getting medical attention, neglecting your body and its needs; being rejected – having the door slammed in your face, feeling excluded, lacking support

Sagittarius

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

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Capricorn

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

Aquarius

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

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

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The final few

Not a very eventful couple of weeks. I didn’t have my usual session on Sunday with Randy – he couldn’t make it. We had a session on Tuesday morning (Christmas Eve) instead.

After my 5 minutes on the cross-trainer we went outside by the pool. I did the following circuit three times:

  • Push-ups x 15
  • Skipping rope x 45 seconds
  • Sit-ups x 15
  • Ladder x 6 lengths

After that we went back inside. I did another 3 minutes on the cross-trainer and had a break.

The next circuit consisted of:

  • Upright row  x 15
  • Single-leg hamstring lifts x 10 on each side
  • Plank x 45 seconds

I did that set three times.

To finish off the session I did a 400-m jog on the treadmill. After I’d finished that, Randy stretched me out.

On Christmas Day I went to the Dubai Mall and ended up getting myself an UP wristband by Jawbone. It’s fascinating – it tells you how many hours you slept and how many steps you’ve taken each day – you just need to download the app and then plug in your wristband every night (or twice a day). You can also connect it to other apps such as MyFitnessPal and some others (which I don’t use).

I thought I was having another session with Randy on Thursday morning but I didn’t hear from him. By the time I realised I hadn’t heard from him it was quite late and we were out at a bar (it was Christmas Day). I’d have been too hungover to do anything anyway. On Saturday Randy sent me a message saying he had to go to Iran for a week to sort out his visa. I told him I’d do my cardio on my own (erm, I did one cardio session). I did nothing the whole week and then on Saturday morning a friend and I decided we’d go around Safa Park a couple of times. We’d have to do something if we were going to do the 10k race on the 24th of January! She picked me up at 9:30 and off we went. It took us 1:09 to do 7 km. We walked it – I think we ran for a minute but ended up walking it. I haven’t been this unmotivated in a long time.

Low point of the two weeks? Doing hardly anything and still being really unmotivated. Combined with the amount I’ve been eating and drinking, this is a total disaster.

High point of the week? I’ve decided to cut out bread for a while (again). So far so good.

Weight loss? None! I’m at my heaviest weight since about 2 years ago. At the beginning of 2013 I was aiming to lose 6-8 kg but instead I put on about 7 kg – and it was in the last 4 months of the year. Time to get serious again!

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