Your week ahead (1-7 June 2014)

Have a wonderful week!

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Aries

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

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

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

The Tower – going through sudden change – experiencing upheaval, being in chaos; releasing – exploding, erupting in anger; falling down – suffering a blow to the ego, experiencing a crash; having a revelation – exposing what was hidden, seeing everything in a flash

Leo

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

Virgo

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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Libra

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

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

Sagittarius

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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Capricorn

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

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

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

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Your month ahead (June 2014)

Halfway through the year already!

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Aries

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

Taurus

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

Gemini

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

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Cancer

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

Leo

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

Virgo

Queen of Cups – being loving – dispelling anger and hate, having infinite patience; being tenderhearted – being kind and gentle with all creatures, feeling what others are feeling; being intuitive – being guided by the heart; being psychic – having a well-developed sixth sense; being spiritual – having reverance for all life, appreciating the deeper meanings of life

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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

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

Sagittarius

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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Capricorn

Prince of Swords – finding a balance between being direct/blunt – being frank and outspoken/tactless and rude; being authoritative/overbearing – commanding with attention/forcing a position on others; being incisive/cutting – being sharp and alert/having a barbed wit; being knowledgeable/opinionated – having well-reasoned opinions/being arrogant; being logical/unfeeling – reasoning clearly/undervaluing intuition

Aquarius

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

Pisces

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

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The final few

I had my usual Sunday morning session with Trevor. I started with 5 minutes on the cross-trainer and then he told me to do 5 minutes on the bike. Once I’d done that I did the following circuit:

  • Treadmill x 2 minutes (1 min at 5 km/h, 1 min at 7.5 km/h)
  • Alternating lunges x 30 seconds
  • Squats x 30 seconds
  • Treadmill x 2 minutes (1 min at 5 km/h, 1 min at 8 km/h)
  • Alternating lunges x 45 seconds
  • Squats x 45 seconds
  • Treadmill x 2 minutes (1 min at 5 km/h, 1 min at 8.5 km/h)
  • Alternating lunges x 1 minute
  • Squats x 1 minute

After that, we went to the stairwell and I walked down one floor and back up again, then I walked down two floors and came back up again, but after that I told Trevor that I couldn’t do any more. It was stuffy in there and smelled of cigarettes. There were pizza boxes on the fourth floor. It was generally unpleasant. So we went back to the gym and did some boxing. A lot of it! And between rounds of boxing I was either running up and down the length of the gym or stepping on and off the side of the treadmill or doing mountain climbers.

To finish off I did two rounds of an abs circuit, working the upper abs, lower abs and obliques, followed by some stretches.

I decided I’d take it easy on Monday. On Tuesday I did the 20/20/20 workout again and on Wednesday I just did 3 km on the treadmill (walking and running).

On Thursday I had my usual session with Trevor. I did 5 minutes on the cross-trainer and then started my workout. He told me I was going to work out every muscle group during our session, doing three exercises for each group.

After that, I got on the treadmill for 5 minutes at a speed of 5 km/h and a 7% incline.

I then did six leg exercises:

  • Bench squats x 15
  • Bench step ups x 15 on each side
  • Alternating lunges x 16 (8 on each side)
  • Leg extensions (machine) x 15
  • Hamstring curls (machine) x 15
  • Adductors (machine) x 15

I thought I was done then but Trevor told me I hadn’t worked out my core muscles yet (isn’t that the same as abs?). I did:

  • Mountain climbers x 15 on each side
  • Vertical knee raise machine x 15
  • Plank x 1 minute

I did 3 minutes on the bike at an easy resistance to finish off, I did some stretches and I was done. Phew! The session seemed to go on forever!

I didn’t work out at the weekend – but that was four trips to the gym this week!

Low point of the week? Eating rather badly on Wednesday – I had a hot dog at the cinema after staying off bread for almost three weeks, and then that night I had a small Galaxy bar after dinner.

High point of the week? Trevor told me my waist had shrunk and that my legs were looking leaner. I also only had one drink all week. That’s right – one single vodka with soda on Friday night.

Weight loss? None. Ugh.

Hot guy

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Your week ahead (25-31 May)

Have a wonderful week!

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Aries

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

Taurus

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

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

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

Leo

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

Virgo

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

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Libra

4 of Pentacles – wanting to possess – acquiring material goods, keeping what you have, hanging on to someone; maintaining control – wanting to be in charge, insisting on your own way, setting limits and rules; blocking change – wanting everything to stay the same, stagnating, holding on to the present

Scorpio

6 of Pentacles – be generous – you are either about to be the beneficiary or giver of something with value; share what you have – there is always someone who needs it; generosity does not have to have monetary value – it could be a listening ear, spiritual support, etc.; don’t be too proud to accept what is offered, if you are the intended recipient

Sagittarius

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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Capricorn

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

Aquarius

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

Pisces

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

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The final few

I’d finished the batch of 20 sessions with Trevor the week before and wasn’t sure whether to buy a batch of 10 sessions or go for the cheaper option of 30 sessions. I was hesitating about the 30 sessions because I’d only be able to have about 12 before I left for the summer. I considered buying 10 now and then 30 when I got back but then I figured summer would be expensive so it would be better to just buy 30 now and not worry about it when I got back! I’d still have almost 20 sessions to use when I returned.

I had a tough session on Sunday morning. Trevor asked me how my back was and whether he thought we could intensify the workout. I told him I was fine and I was up for it. I did my 5 minutes on the cross-trainer and then moved onto some cardio on the treadmill. I did 10 minutes alternating each minute between 5 km/h (no incline) and 7 km/h (5% incline). He does like his inclines (I don’t).

Trevor told me I’d be working out my legs – and he wasn’t kidding. I put the weighted bar on my shoulder and began:

  • Squats x 15
  • Walking lunges x 2 lengths of the gym
  • Good mornings x 15 (I don’t know why these are called ‘good mornings’!)
  • Walking lunges x 2 lengths of the gym
  • Good mornings x 15
  • Reverse lunge with knee drive (no bar) x 10 on each side
  • Reverse lunge with knee drive (with the bar) x 10 on each side

I got back on the treadmill for 3 minutes to loosen up my legs. I then did:

  • Curtsey lunges (no bar) x 10 on each side
  • Curtsey lunges (with the bar) x 10 on each side
  • Deep squats x 15
  • Deadlifts x 15
  • Combined deadlift/row x 15
  • Combined deadlift/row/lateral raise x 15

I finished with 3 minutes on the bike followed by a balancing exercise using a 3-kg dumbbell (10 on each side) and some stretching.

On Monday I woke up and my hamstrings were on fire. And not in a good way. I put off going to the gym until about 5pm and then decided I’d better just go – I really had no excuse not to. I got there and there were three kids in there – I’d say they were between 13 and 15 years old – which I didn’t mind. But they were SO LOUD. Trevor had told me to go back to the 20/20/20 workout which I did when I first started training with him. I did 20 minutes on the treadmill – and I had my headphones on. But when it got to the abs/mountain climbers/etc circuit, I took my headphones off so I could hear the timer on my phone. The kids were so noisy that at one point I actually shouted at them, telling them that this wasn’t their living room. And then I thought, ‘Jesus, I sound like my mother.’ But it worked and they were (mostly) quiet after that.

On Tuesday I was in pain. My hamstrings ached and my abs had joined them. But I went to the gym. I didn’t think my abs could take another circuit like Mondays so I decided to do just cardio. I spent 30 minutes on the treadmill, alternating between walking and running. I got to 3.10 km. I started doing some lateral pulldowns but the cable was in such bad condition I thought it might snap.

I decided to take the day off on Wednesday. My abs only ached when I moved or breathed!

On Thursday I had a full-on cardio session with Trevor. I did my 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer and then moved on to the treadmill. The circuit went like this:

  • Treadmill x 4 minutes (1 min at 5 km/h, 3 min at 7 or 7.5 km/h)
  • Bike x 3 minutes (resistance 8)
  • Cross-trainer x 3 minutes (resistance 10)
  • Boxing x 5 rounds (30 seconds boxing, 20 seconds ‘active rest’)
  • Rest

It was tough and I was sweating like anything after the first round (I did three rounds in total). In the 20 second active rest periods between boxing I did walking lunges, squats, jogging on the spot and a couple of other things – the word ‘rest’ is deceiving! After the three rounds I did some stretches and was done.

I thought I’d get another workout in over the weekend but that didn’t happen…

Low point of the week? I can’t think of anything!

High point of the week? Working out a lot, not eating too badly, and I’ve managed to still stay off bread.

Weight loss? None.

Inspired

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