Your month ahead (December 2014)

Have a great month 🙂

Aries

0 The Fool

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

Taurus

18 The Moon

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

Gemini

Pentacles Ace

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

Cancer

12 The Hanged Man

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

Leo

08 Strength

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

Virgo

Pentacles 10

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

Libra

15 The Devil

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

Scorpio

Pentacles King

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

Sagittarius

Swords 4

4 of Swords – resting – taking a break, giving your body time to heal, taking life easy; contemplating – taking time alone to think, standing back from the situation, reviewing where you are; quietly preparing – making sure your base is secure, tying up loose ends, stabilising

Capricorn

11 Justice

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

19 The Sun

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

Pisces

Wands 5

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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Your week ahead (30 November – 6 December 2014)

Have a wonderful week…

Aries

Pentacles 9

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

Taurus

Cups Princess

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

Cups 5

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

Cancer

Pentacles Queen

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

Leo

Pentacles 6

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

Virgo

Pentacles 4

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

Libra

Swords 2

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

Scorpio

Wands 8

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

Sagittarius

Wands Queen

Queen of Wands – being attractive – being appealing and popular, making friends easily, having great sex appeal; being wholehearted – being loaded with enthusiasm, being open and sincere; being energetic – being vigorous and strong, being a natural athlete; being cheerful – having a warm and sunny disposition, having an encouraging word for all; being self-assured – having faith in your abilities, quietly demonstrating self-confidence

Capricorn

03 The Empress

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

Swords 9

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

Pisces

Cups 7

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

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The final few

I had my usual session with Trevor on Sunday morning. After my warm-up on the bike, I spent 12 minutes on the treadmill:

  • 1 min x 5 km
  • 2 min x 7 km
  • 1 min x 5 km (1% incline)
  • 2 min x 7 km (1% incline)
  • 1 min x 5 km (2% incline)
  • 2 min x 7 km (2% incline)
  • 1 min x 5 km (3% incline)
  • 2 min x 7 km (3% indline)

After that I did the following circuit:

  • Combined burpees/shoulder press (10-lb weights) x 10
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Treadmill (self-powered) x 1 min
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Spiderman plank (elbows on a bench) x 1 min
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Russian twists (3-kg weight) x 1 min
  • Rest x 1 min
  • Repeat two more times

After a longer rest (that self-powering treadmill exercise is a killer), I did this circuit:

  • Sumo squats (15-lb weight) x 15
  • Bent over row (15-lb weights) x 15
  • Combined deadlifts/upright row (10-lb weights) x 15
  • Combined forward lunge/lateral raise (3-kg weights) x 15

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

My cousin and I had our usual yoga class on Tuesday morning – our teacher showed up late and without deodorant again. But once we began the class I stopped noticing the smell.

I had another session with Trevor on Wednesday. After my 5-minute bike warm-up I did this circuit:

  • Walking lunges x 2 lengths of the gym
  • Combined bench squats/shoulder press (3-kg weights) x 10
  • Flutter kicks x 10
  • Leg scissors x 10
  • V-sit x 10 s
  • Abdominal in and outs x 10
  • Side hip raises x 10 (on each side)
  • Boxing
  • Treadmill (1 min 5 km, 3 min 7 km, 3% incline)

It doesn’t sound too bad, but the boxing and the treadmill were exhausting. Who knew I could even jog for 3 minutes in a row? After a rest and some water, I did the circuit again but made the following changes: during the walking lunges I used 3-kg weights; during the boxing I was pedalling on the bike and moving my arms up and down like a piston while boxing above me; and during the treadmill I was on a 5% incline.

I did some stretches after that and was done.

I didn’t work out again that week. I had friends in town and was out a lot!

Low point of the week? Eating and drinking a lot. More friends in town and an impromptu visit to Abu Dhabi to see Pharrell!

High point of the week? I can jog for 3 minutes on the treadmill!

Weight loss? None.

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Your week ahead (23-29 November 2014)

Lots of Major Arcana cards this week – lots of forces around! Have a wonderful week…

Aries

Swords Ace

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

Cups 5

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

Gemini

Wands 6

6 of Wands – triumphing – having your day in the sun, coming out on top, achieving success; receiving acclaim – earning applause, achieving recognition, getting a pat on the back; feeling pride – strutting your stuff, holding your head up high, having a high opinion of yourself

Cancer

Cups 8

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

Leo

20 Judgement

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

Virgo

17 The Star

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

Libra

09 The Hermit

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

Scorpio

14 Temperance

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

Sagittarius

21 The World

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

Capricorn

10 The Wheel

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

Wands Princess

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

Pisces

13 Death

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 got to the gym for my usual Sunday session and started my warm-up on the bike. Ten minutes later there was still no sign of Trevor so I texted him. ‘Are you on your way?’ I decided to continue on the treadmill. I started walking/running but soon got bored as I didn’t have my iPod. Ten minutes later I stopped, looked at my phone (no response) and went back to the bike. After 10 minutes on the bike I decided I just wasn’t in the mood and went home. Still, that’s 30 minutes of cardio! And still no response from Trevor.

He texted me later that day to say he was sorry for not showing up, but he’d been really ill and thought he’d need to go to hospital. Yikes.

I didn’t go to the gym on Monday. I had to go to Standard Chartered in Bur Dubai (worst bank ever) and deal with more of their rubbish. I also had a lot of work come in on Monday, including several hours’ worth for a new client so I just put my head down and got on with it.

My cousin and I had our usual yoga class on Tuesday morning – she’s started staying for breakfast after we’re done with yoga and we have egg white masala omelettes. What a great start to the day!

On Tuesday evening I texted Trevor to find out how he was feeling and whether we’d have our Wednesday morning session. He said he’d be at the gym at 8.30am and would fill me in on what happened.

While I was doing my warm-up on the bike, Trevor told me that he’d gone out with a friend on Saturday evening and is convinced their drinks were spiked. After three or four glasses of wine, he and his friend couldn’t remember leaving the place and he woke up on his kitchen floor! Very strange. It’s a bar I go to all the time as well, so it was a bit concerning.

After my warm-up I got on the treadmill for 12 minutes:

  • 1 min at 5 km/h
  • 1 min at 5 km/h with a 7% incline
  • 1 min at 7 km/h with a 7% incline
  • Repeat four times

I then did the following circuit:

  • Combined reverse lunge/forward kick x 20 (alternating, 10 on each side)
  • Tricep dips x 20
  • Wide squats (3-kg weights) x 20
  • Mountain climbers x 20
  • Deadlifts (10-lb weights) x 20
  • Treadmill (30 s on, 20 s off) x 3
  • Rest and repeat two more times

During the treadmill exercise, I had to use it without the power on so it was my own energy making the conveyor belt move. It was tough. I actually felt like I was pushing a cart or something and then read the following on Wikipedia:

A treadmill is a device generally for walking or running while staying in the same place. Treadmills were introduced before the development of powered machines, to harness the power of animals or humans to do work, often a type of mill that was operated by a person or animal treading steps of a treadwheel to grind grain. In later times treadmills were used as punishment devices for people sentenced to hard labour in prisons. The terms treadmill and treadwheel were used interchangeably for the power and punishment mechanisms.

I did a few stretches after that and then was done. I was also drenched in sweat.

I didn’t work out again in the week. A combination of too much work, visitors in town and laziness is never a good thing.

Low point of the week? I had friends in town so was out for lunch on Tuesday, lunch and dinner on Wednesday, lunch on Thursday, dinner on Friday and drinks on Saturday – all with different people! It’s great to have visitors but after this week I felt bloated and just wanted a bowl of dal and rice.

High point of the week? I’ve definitely noticed that my body is a lot stronger than it was a couple of months ago. It’s most noticeable during the balancing poses in my yoga class, so I feel like I’m getting somewhere!

Weight loss? None.

Holy shit

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