The final few

I had my fifth session with Trevor on Sunday morning.

I did a 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer and then began a horrible circuit:

  • Deadlift x 10
  • Combined deadlift/upright row x 10
  • Combined deadlift/upright row/chin up x 10
  • Shoulder press (with 3-kg weights) x 20
  • Kayak paddling x 20
  • Combined reverse lunges/forward kick x 10 on each side
  • Combined squats/oblique exercise x 10 on each side
  • Treadmill x 5 minutes

I used the fit-bar for the first three exercises. I also used it for the paddling exercise where I sat on a bench with my feet up and paddled from side to side. With the reverse lunge/kick combination I would lunge backwards with my left leg, bring it forward and then kick forward with my right leg. That took some coordination! By the time I got to the squats/obliques I was shattered. On the treadmill I walked the first minute at 5.0 km/h and for the remaining 4 minutes I walked at 6.5 km/h at an incline of 4%. I did that circuit twice with a short break in between.

After the circuit I did 4 minutes on the stepping machine, 4 minutes on the bike and 4 minutes on the cross-trainer. And I was done! It was hard.

By Monday night my hamstrings were aching after all those deadlifts!

I made a lame attempt to do the 20/20/20 workout on Tuesday morning. I spent so long putting off going to the gym that when I got there I only did half my workout. Really, it was pathetic.

I could still feel my sore hamstrings by Thursday morning when I had my sixth session with Trevor. I started with a 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer and then began a circuit:

I had a short rest after the first set and we began the second set. Somewhere between the curtsey lunges and the plank I started to feel sick. I wasn’t sure if I was just tired or if I really wasn’t feeling well. I took a short break after the plank and then did the mountain climbers. I still wasn’t feeling great so Trevor abandoned the rest of the circuit and told me to pedal on the bike for 5 minutes. After that he put me on the treadmill for 8 minutes (speed of 5.5 with a 3% incline).

Once I’d finished on the treadmill, he made me do some floor exercises – pelvic lifts and variations on the regular pelvic lift, some hip and thigh exercises on all fours, and a 30-second plank. I then did some stretching and I was done.

I went back to the gym on Friday to do my 20/20/20 workout. I walked/ran for the first 20 minutes (alternating between 5.0 km/h and 7.5 km/h), did the abs circuit for the next 20 minutes and then got back on the treadmill for the last 20 minutes (walking at 6.0 km/h with a 3% incline). I felt like I’d achieved something!

Low point of the week? Feeling like a loser when I couldn’t finish the circuit on Thursday…

High point of the week? Trevor thought I was 29! Haha! Oh, I also made it to the gym four times this week. That hasn’t happened in a while.

Weight loss? I started the week at 77 kg (I know – awful) but for the rest of the week I was back down to 74 kg. The last time I saw 74 kg was at the beginning of January!

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Your week ahead (23 February – 1 March)

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

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

Gemini

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

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Cancer

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

Leo

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

Virgo

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

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Libra

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

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

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Capricorn

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

Aquarius

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

Pisces

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

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The final few

I had my third session with Trevor on Sunday morning.

I did a 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer. While I was warming up we talked about our weekends and Trevor asked me if I’d done any exercise since our last session. Umm, no, I replied. So you haven’t done anything? he asked. He may have sounded disgusted but I could have been imagining it. My circuit consisted of this:

  • Push-ups with my hands on a bench x 20
  • Tricep dips x 20
  • Lateral step-ups x 10 on each side
  • Combined squat/knee raises x 10 on each side (instead of a ‘squat’ I would sit on the bench and get up again, and instead of straight knee raises, I was touching my opposite elbow to the knee to work my obliques)
  • Treadmill x 5 minutes (walking at a speed of 5 km/h for the first 2 minutes, walking at a speed of 6 km/h with a 3% incline for the next 3 minutes)

After a short rest and water break, Trevor brought out the boxing gloves. We did some single jabs, hooks and uppercuts to begin with and then combined them. We also did a round where I’d sit on the bench, stand up, jab twice and sit back down – ten times. I thought my shoulders and arms would fall off by the end of it. I was relieved when I could take the gloves off.

Trevor told me to rest for a minute and have some water. And then we did the whole thing again.

The.

Whole.

Thing.

From the push-ups to the boxing. After the second round of step-ups and squat/knee raises, Trevor asked me if I’d rather use the bike or the cross-trainer instead of the treadmill. My thighs felt like jelly at this point but I wanted to use the treadmill. So I walked it out for 5 minutes at a speed of 6 km/h with the 3% incline. Halfway through the 5 minutes, Trevor asked me if I wanted to reduce the speed or the incline, but I told him I was OK.

After the second round of boxing, we still had some time left so we did a short abs circuit:

To make the side plank a little easier, Trevor asked me to bend my lower leg and keep it on the floor. It did make it a bit easier, but not that much!

After the abs round, I did some stretches and I was done. All I wanted to do was crawl into bed but I had to get ready and go to work!

I thought I’d wake up really sore on Monday but it wasn’t too bad. By Monday night, however, I could barely move. My lower body had seized up and my leg muscles just above my knees were aching. But it was a good kind of ache, if that makes any sense!

On Tuesday morning I was still aching but I went to the gym. I did my 20/20/20 workout (20 minutes on the treadmill, 20 minutes of abs and 20 minutes on the bike). Actually I only did 20/20/10 as I was running late for work but I still did most of it! I actually hate the bike – it’s really dull. I’ll get back on the treadmill the next time I do the workout.

I had another session with Trevor on Thursday morning. I got to the gym and it was freezing in there. All the air-conditioners were on and it was a chilly morning (15C) which made it seem even colder. I didn’t wait for Trevor, but got on the cross-trainer to warm up for 5 minutes.

Trevor arrived and I began my workout. Trevor told me I’d be on the bike for 9 minutes – 1 minute at resistance 4, 1 minute at resistance 8 and 1 minute at resistance 12, repeated three times. By the end of it my legs felt like jelly again. Resistance 12 is hard and that last minute was agony. And then I began the circuit:

  • Lateral squats x 20
  • Lateral pulldown x 20
  • Walking lunges x 20
  • Bench press machine x 20
  • Adductor machine x 20
  • Tricep kickbacks (3-kg weights) x 20
  • Step-ups on a bench x 10 on each side
  • Tricep dips x 20
  • Treadmill x 4 minutes (speed 5.5, incline 4%)

I had a water break and did the circuit again. It was tough. The squats and lunges made my legs shake and by the last five reps on the bench press machine I could barely lift the bar. In the first set during the tricep kickbacks I was looking at my legs and wondered whether it was me, or did they already look slimmer? Was that possible in just two weeks? I didn’t say anything to Trevor but as I was doing the first set of step-ups, he told me that the first place I’d probably see the difference would be my legs. Then he said – in fact, they already look slimmer. So it wasn’t just my imagination! Hurrah!

After the second set, I did some stretches and my session was done.

I didn’t work out again that week. My weekend was really busy and I was so tired. I also stupidly had McDonald’s for dinner on Saturday night and then immediately wished I hadn’t. Doh!

Low point of the week? Aching. All. Over. And having McDonald’s.

High point of the week? Already seeing slimmer thighs after just two weeks!

Weight loss? I actually got below the 75-kg mark for the first time in ages.

Slow 2

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Your week ahead (16-22 February)

Have a great week!

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Aries

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

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

Gemini

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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Cancer

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

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

Virgo

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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Libra

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

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

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Capricorn

Knight 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

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

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

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The final few

I had my first full session with Trevor on Sunday morning. I was nervous and dreading it. I was mostly dreading it because I would see how unfit I’d become over the last few months. I was also annoyed because I couldn’t find the one rubber band I have that held my hair in place and didn’t want to spend the entire session fidgeting with my hair.

I did a 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer and then began the 20-minute treadmill workout. It was simple:

  • 1 minute at a speed of 5 km/h
  • 1 minute at a speed of 7.5 km/h

I did that ten times. I was pleasantly surprised to find there was no incline. I asked him about it and he said the first session was just for him to evaluate how fit I was (not very). Throughout the workout Trevor would ask me how I felt on a scale of 1 to 10: 1 = sitting on the sofa flicking channels on a remote control; and 10 = finishing a marathon. After the first 10 minutes I felt like a 5 or 6 and my number gradually increased. Trevor asked me if I wanted to stop at 15 minutes but I said I wanted to do the whole 20 minutes. But by the last minute I was really out of breath. I had a break and drank some water.

The second 20-minute circuit consisted of:

  • Toe touches x 30 seconds
  • Rest x 30 seconds
  • Mountain climbers x 30 seconds
  • Rest x 30 seconds
  • Leg raises x 30 seconds
  • Rest x 30 seconds
  • Burpees x 30 seconds
  • Rest x 30 seconds
  • Rest x 1 minute

I did that four times. The normal interval is 45 seconds of exercise and 15 seconds of rest but Trevor said to begin with 30/30. The circuit wasn’t too painful – apart from the burpees. I was tired by the end of it – but in a completely different way from when I finished on the treadmill.

I had some more water and we went on to the final 20-minute exercise: cardio.

As we were running out of time, Trevor told me to do just 5 minutes on the bike at a resistance of 8 and to keep the speed at or above 7 km/h. I thought it would be easy but after just 1 minute I could feel the tops of my thighs starting to burn and at 3 minutes Trevor reduced the resistance to 5. It was exhausting, but again in a completely different way to the two previous circuits. And to think I’d have to do that for 20 minutes!

Again, it was the hardest I’d worked in a long time and I felt a little bit proud of myself. I asked Trevor how many times a week should I do the whole workout? He said if I did it at least three times I’d see a noticeable difference in a month. Jesus – when would I fit it all in? Right now there aren’t enough hours in the day for me. But I would make it happen.

When I got home I figured out the only way to measure my progress was with photos. I stood in front of the mirror in my underwear and took front and side view photos from my neck down. Don’t worry, I would never subject any of you to those! I passed out early that night but woke up several times in the night to get water – I was so dehydrated!

On Monday morning I woke up expecting to have sore abs but they weren’t too bad. That day after work I went to the gym and was shocked to see two other people there. And they were people I’d never seen before. While I was doing the 20-minute walk/run on the treadmill, two more people came in who I hadn’t seen before. That’s five people in the gym at the same time! When I finished on the treadmill I was exhausted and was irritated that none of the benches were free – so I left. Looking back, I realise it’s a stupid excuse but that’s how I felt at the time. And 20 minutes is better than nothing, isn’t it? By the time I went to sleep, my abs were starting to ache as Trevor said they would.

I didn’t work out again until my session with Trevor on Thursday morning. I started with 5 minutes on the cross-trainer and then did the following circuit:

  • Jabs (3-lb weights) x 30 seconds
  • Rest x 15 seconds
  • Combined squats/shoulder press (3-kg weights) x 30 seconds
  • Rest x 15 seconds
  • Combined lunges/lateral raises (3-kg weights) x 30 seconds
  • Rest x 15 seconds
  • Tricep dips x 30 seconds
  • Rest x 15 seconds
  • Combined dead lift/row x 30 seconds
  • Rest x 15 seconds
  • Cardio x 4 minutes
  • Rest x 1 minute

It was TOUGH! By the third and fourth rounds my shoulders were aching, especially during the lunge/lateral raise exercise. The 4 minutes of cardio consisted of 30 seconds at an easy pace and 30 seconds at a sprint. In the first two rounds I used the bike – 30 seconds at level 1 with an RPM of 60 followed by 30 seconds at level 10 with an RPM of 90-100. In the third round I used the cross-trainer – 30 seconds at level 1 at a speed of 6 km/h followed by 30 seconds at level 10 at a speed of 8 km/h. In the last round I used the treadmill – 30 seconds walking at 5 km/h followed by 30 seconds of jogging at 7 km/h but with an incline of 3.0. It was intense.

Trevor asked me if I’d enjoyed it. And actually, in some weird way, I did. I felt like I was really working out like I hadn’t done in a long time. Now I just need to do the workouts he’s given me to complete on my own.

I didn’t work out again in the week, but I woke up on Friday with really sore shoulders and legs after Thursday’s workout!

Low point of the week? Not making it to the gym between sessions. I’m just so tired all the time…

High point of the week? Working out like I really mean it – after such a long time.

Weight loss? Let’s not go there.

4 weeks

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Your week ahead (9-15 February)

Have a wonderful week!

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Aries

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

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

Gemini

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

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Cancer

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

Leo

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

Virgo

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

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Libra

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

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

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Capricorn

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

Aquarius

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

Pisces

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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