Your month ahead (May 2014)

Have a fabulous May!

2014-04-29 11.19.01

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

Ace of Wands – using creative force – inventing a better way, expressing yourself, allowing a talent to unfold; showing enthusiasm – feeling fired up and eager, creating an aura of excitement, giving 110%; having confidence – believing in yourself, having high self-esteem, knowing things will work out; proceeding with courage – being true to your beliefs, daring to take a stand, facing your fears

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

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

Leo

Prince 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

Virgo

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

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Libra

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

Scorpio

Prince of Pentacles – finding a balance between being unwavering and stubborn – staying fixed to a chosen course and refusing to listen to reason; being cautious and unadventurous – checking/double-checking and being too conservative; being thorough and obsessive – being meticulous and being too picky; being realistic and pessimistic – predicting problems in advance and dooming a project from the start; being hard-working and grinding – being tireless and unflagging and forgetting life should be fun

Sagittarius

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

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Capricorn

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

Aquarius

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

Pisces

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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The final few

I got to the gym on Sunday and started warming up. I did 5 minutes on the cross-trainer and then checked my phone to see if Trevor was running late. No message. I got back on the cross-trainer and did another 5 minutes. I checked my phone again. Nothing. I sent him a text: Are you on your way to me? While I waited for him to respond I decided to walk on the treadmill. Ten minutes later he replied saying he’d sent me a text on Friday to say he couldn’t make it on Sunday. Did he?? I thought I may have seen it and forgotten about it (I was at a brunch) so went through my phone again. No message. I’ve had issues with text messages in the past so knew he must have sent it but it wasn’t delivered. As I was already at the gym I spent 30 minutes on the treadmill and then went to work.

On Tuesday morning I did the new circuit that Trevor had shown me (treadmill, squats, dead lifts, step ups, etc).

When I woke up on Wednesday my back was really sore. I thought it might have been the dead lifts but I’ve done more than that on many occasions before and had never felt like this. I thought I might have slept funny and hoped it would disappear on its own.

I had Thursday session with Trevor but was still in a lot of pain. I did my warm-up on the cross-trainer but even that was uncomfortable. Trevor made me lie down and do some stretches. My lower back felt frozen, and my left side was much tighter than the right side. He thought it would be best if we avoided squats and other exercises that involved a wide range of movement. I sat on a bench with some light weights and began an arm circuit. I went through six or seven different exercises for various arm muscles and then walked on the treadmill at an incline of 4% for 5 minutes. I did the same circuit again and then moved onto a few of the leg machines. I finished with the same stretches I’d done at the beginning of the session – they felt a little bit easier so I thought I was on the mend. Trevor told me to take it easy until my next session – at the very most to do some walking on the treadmill.

On Friday morning I got out of bed and tried to stand up straight. I couldn’t. I felt like an old hunchback woman and it took me about 10 minutes to be able to stand up properly, while walking around slowly. It almost felt like my legs were disconnected from my spine and I was walking like C3PO (from Star Wars). I spent most of the day in bed – I was only comfortable horizontally and on my right side) but in the evening I decided to meet some friends for dinner. One of them suggested I see her chiropractor and the following day she gave me her number.

On Saturday morning, I called for an appointment but the receptionist told me the first available appointment would be the following Saturday. A week?? I took the appointment but told her to please let me know if she had any cancellations and that I was desperate. That evening she called to say there was an appointment the next day for 9am. Thank God! I’d spent the whole day in bed and was getting fed up.

Low point of the week? Being in so much pain. Just turning over in my sleep made my body feel like it was being ripped in half.

High point of the week? I guess I did three workouts!

Weight loss? My weight is still 75/76 kg…

Quitting

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Your week ahead (27 April – 3 May)

Have a wonderful week!

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Aries

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

Taurus

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

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

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Cancer

9 of Wands – defending yourself – being paranoid, protecting others, feeling wary and guarded; persevering – trying repeatedly, keeping your resolve, refusing to take ‘no’ for an answer; showing stamina – holding fast, keeping up the pace, continuing despite fatigue

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

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

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Libra

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

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

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Capricorn

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

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

Pisces

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

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The final few

After the great week I had the previous week, this week was disappointing.

I didn’t have my usual session with Trevor on Sunday morning. I wasn’t feeling very well and ended up cancelling it.

After work on Monday I decided I’d rather go to the gym than go to yoga. I got to the gym and went through the new circuit that Trevor had showed me the week before – I managed to do three rounds of it but then decided I’d had enough.

To make up for my missed session on Sunday, I had a session with Trevor on Tuesday. After 5 minutes on the cross-trainer, I did the following circuit:

  • Medicine ball (3-kg) sit-ups x 20
  • Medicine ball Russian twists x 20
  • Kettlebell (10-kg) swings x 20
  • Kettlebell side lifts x 10 on each side
  • Medicine ball wood chops x 10 on each side
  • Medicine ball – passing back and forth x 10 on each side
  • Treadmill x 5 minutes (1 minute at 5 km/h, 2 minutes at 7.5 km/h, 30 seconds at 5 km/h, 1.5 minutes at 7.5 km/h)

Trevor asked me if I’d noticed what area of my body we were working on. Umm, yes! The core! He said the sides of my waist would feel a bit sore the following day. After a short break, I did that circuit again.

Once that was done, I did the following circuit with the body bar:

  • Deadlifts x 10
  • Combined deadlifts/row x 10
  • Combined deadlifts/row/upright row x 10

After that there was another circuit:

  • Glute kickbacks x 10
  • Glute pulses x 10
  • Glute extensions x 10
  • Repeat on the other side
  • Rest (in child’s pose!)
  • Lateral kicks x 10
  • Lateral pulses x 10
  • Lateral raises x 10
  • Repeat on the other side

That was exhausting. I was sure that would be the end of the session but then Trevor announced I’d be working on my adductors. ‘Aren’t we done yet?’ I wailed. My entire body was sore. Trevor assured me it would just be another 5 minutes and I could hobble home. I lay on the mat on my side and did the exercises that Rama had taught me and which I used to do on my own (but which are so painful again!):

  • Single leg raises x 10
  • Single leg pulses x 10
  • Single leg circles x 10 clockwise and anti-clockwise
  • Repeat on the other side

I then did some stretching (which felt so good) and I was done.

Trevor wasn’t kidding when he said my sides would be sore the following day. My sides ached, my hamstrings ached, my glutes ached, everything ached!

And I didn’t make it back to the gym again that week.

Low point of the week? Getting to the gym only twice after a great week the week before.

High point of the week? Finding out I can run (slowly) for 2 minutes – I’ve had a real mental block when it comes to that!

Weight loss? My weight has shot up again. I’m back to 75/76 kg…

Change

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Your week ahead (20-26 April)

Have a wonderful week!

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Aries

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

Taurus

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

Gemini

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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Cancer

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

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

Virgo

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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Libra

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

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

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

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Capricorn

Prince of Pentacles – finding a balance between being unwavering and stubborn – staying fixed to a chosen course and refusing to listen to reason; being cautious and unadventurous – checking/double-checking and being too conservative; being thorough and obsessive – being meticulous and being too picky; being realistic and pessimistic – predicting problems in advance and dooming a project from the start; being hard-working and grinding – being tireless and unflagging and forgetting life should be fun

Aquarius

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

Pisces

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

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