Your week ahead (29 June – 5 July 2014)

Greetings from Ibiza! Have a wonderful week!

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Aries

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

Taurus

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

Gemini

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

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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

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

Virgo

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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Libra

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

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

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Capricorn

9 of Pentacles – being disciplined – exercising self-control, sticking to a programme, reining in impulses; relying on yourself – handling the situation alone, doing it all by yourself, wanting to be alone; pursuing refinement – achieving a comfortable lifestyle, being tactful and diplomatic, remembering to be gracious

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

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

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The final few

I had my session with Trevor on Sunday. I did a 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer and then did 3 minutes on the bike (resistance 7).

I then did the following circuit:

  • Squats x 16
  • Alternating lunges x 16
  • Tricep dips x 15
  • Tricep kickbacks (3-kg weights) x 15
  • Deadlifts (with bar) x 15
  • Wide squats (with bar) x 15
  • Push-ups x 15
  • Plank x 45 seconds
  • Treadmill x 6 minutes (1 min 7.5 km/h, 1 min 5 km/h, repeated twice and incline increased to 1%)

I had some water and did the circuit again.

I had some more water and then Trevor and I did some boxing – we did various sequences incorporating squats and high-knees.

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

I had asked Trevor if he’d be able to fit in an extra session on Tuesday to make up for the few I’d missed recently. He said that was fine but ended up cancelling on Tuesday morning. I was honestly so relieved as I’d had an unexpectedly late night on Monday!

I went to the gym on Wednesday and did 3 km on the treadmill (26:50).

I had my usual session with Trevor on Thursday morning. After my warm-up on the cross-trainer I got on the treadmill for 10 minutes:

  • 5 km/h x 1 min
  • 7 km/h x 1 min
  • 5 km/h x 1 min
  • 7.5 km/h x 1 min
  • 5 km/h x 1 min
  • 8 km/h x 1 min
  • 5 km/h x 1 min
  • 8.5 km/h x 1 min
  • 5 km/h x 1 min
  • 9 km/h x 1 min

After that we did a few rounds of boxing with squats and lunges between rounds.

I had some water and then went back on the treadmill for the same 10-minute routine.

I then did an abs circuit:

Toe touches x 30 seconds

  • Rest x 15 seconds
  • Plank x 30 seconds
  • Rest x 15 seconds
  • Repeat four more times.

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

Low point of the week? I was out a lot during the week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights. Also, going shopping before my holiday and not fitting into anything!

High point of the week? Taking up the speed on the treadmill and improving my 3 km time.

Weight loss? None.

Walking

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Your week ahead (22-28 June 2014)

Have a wonderful week!

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Aries

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

Taurus

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

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

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

Leo

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

Virgo

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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Libra

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

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

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Capricorn

The Chariot – achieving victory – reaching your goal, winning, beating the competition; using your will – rising above temptation, focusing your intent, concentrating your energies; asserting yourself – knowing who you are, feeling self-confident, having faith in yourself; achieving hard control – getting your way, maintaining discipline, curbing impulses

Aquarius

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

Pisces

10 of Pentacles – enjoying affluence – feeling financially secure, having a good run of fortune, being free from money problems; seeking permanence – looking for a solution that will last, having an orderly family life, being concerned with the long term; following convention – being conservative, taking part in traditions, proceeding according to the rules

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The final few

This post covers two weeks…

I had my usual Sunday morning session with Trevor on 1st June. After my 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer he told me to get on the treadmill. I did 8 minutes in total:

  • Walking x 1 min (5 km/h)
  • Walking x 1 min (5 km/h 5% incline)
  • Jogging x 1 min (7 km/h 5% incline)
  • Walking x 1 min (5 km/h 5% incline)
  • Jogging x 1 min (7 km/h 5% incline)
  • Walking x 1 min (5 km/h 5% incline)
  • Jogging x 1 min (7 km/h 5% incline)
  • Walking x 1 min (5 km/h)

I then used a medicine ball to do the following abs circuit:

With the last exercise Trevor was sitting at one of my sides and would throw the medicine ball to me and I’d have to throw it back, mimicking the Russian twist movement (does that make any sense?). After the abs circuit, I went back on the treadmill to do the 8-minute walking/jogging circuit again.

In the second abs circuit I did the same exercises but this time with 15 on each side (apart from the third exercise where I roll the medicine ball behind me and back to Trevor). I got on the treadmill a third time for 8 minutes of walking/jogging and then did the same abs circuit – but with 20 reps on each side (again, apart from the third exercise where we just stuck to 10 on each side).

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

On Monday and Wednesday I went to the gym on my own and did the 20/20/20 workout. I was supposed to have a session with Trevor on Thursday but had a really late night on Wednesday and ended up cancelling it.

I was away in Barcelona for the weekend – I left on Friday morning and got back late on Monday night. I did a lot of walking on Friday afternoon – I decided to walk from my hotel to Sagrada Familia which took about an hour (I’m so glad I decided to take my trainers!). The rest of the weekend was spent eating, drinking and dancing.

I was exhausted when I got back and could have slept for a week. On Tuesday and Wednesday I only left the house once to go to my piano lesson.

I had a session with Trevor on Thursday morning. After my 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer, I did the following circuit:

  • Combined squat/shoulder press (3-kg weights) x 15
  • Deadlifts (3-kg weights) x 15
  • Legs in/out x 10
  • Legs up/down x 10
  • Mountain climbers x 10 on each side
  • Walking lunges x 2 lengths
  • Treadmill x 3 min (5.5 km/h, 10% incline)

I then repeated the whole circuit but instead of going on the treadmill at the end I used the bike for 3 minutes with a resistance of 10.

We did a few rounds of boxing after that followed by 5 minutes on the cross-trainer at a resistance of 10.

And then I did an abs circuit:

  • Reverse crunches x 10
  • Toe touches x 10
  • Pendulum x 10 (5 on each side)
  • Plank x 30 seconds
  • Repeat

And then I did some stretching. The session seemed to go on forever!

Low point of the week? I ate really badly in Barcelona – and drank far too much.

High point of the week? The long walk in Barcelona was one of the highlights of my trip. The weather was just perfect and I’d forgotten what it was like to walk outdoors – the only places I walk here in Dubai are on the treadmill or at the mall.

Weight loss? None.

Running

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Your week ahead (15-21 June 2014)

Have a wonderful week!

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Aries

Queen of Pentacles – being nurturing – giving love and support, making people feel better; being big-hearted – giving freely and abundantly; being down-to-earth – handling problems matter-of-factly, taking a simple and sensible approach; being resourceful – making a little go a long way, being handy and versatile; being trustworthy – being loyal and steadfast, keeping confidences and secrets

Taurus

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

Gemini

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

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Cancer

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

Leo

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

Virgo

10 of Pentacles – enjoying affluence – feeling financially secure, having a good run of fortune, being free from money problems; seeking permanence – looking for a solution that will last, having an orderly family life, being concerned with the long term; following convention – being conservative, taking part in traditions, proceeding according to the rules

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Libra

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

The Moon – feeling fear – lacking courage, being overcome by anxieties, feeling a nameless apprehension; believing illusions – deceiving yourself, experiencing distortions, chasing after a fantasy; stimulating the imagination – opening to fantasy, having vivid dreams or visions, plumbing the unconscious; feeling bewildered – losing direction and purpose, being easily distracted, feeling disoriented

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Capricorn

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

Aquarius

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

Pisces

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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