Your month ahead (April 2015)

Have a wonderful April!

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

Wands 3

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

Gemini

Wands 2

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

Cancer

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

Leo

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

Virgo

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

Libra

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

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

Capricorn

Pentacles Princess

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

Aquarius

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

Pisces

Pentacles 2

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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Dubai 2015: Week 13

Compared to the week before and the week before that, it wasn’t too busy a week.

I was working on Sunday and Monday. On Monday afternoon I had a massage at the Oberoi Spa – which was lovely, as usual!

My sister arrived on Monday night with her two boys – V1 is 4.5 years old and V2 is 7 months old. I hadn’t seen them since I was in London in October. They had flown Etihad so by the time they got home from Abu Dhabi it was after 11pm. We had dinner, played with the kids for a bit and went to bed.

On Tuesday afternoon, I went to see a hypnotherapist. I met her at the IBWG lunch a few weeks ago and decided I was finally going to get some help about my fear of descending stairs and escalators (and anything downhill with nothing to hold on to). I’d mentioned her name to a friend and she said she’d heard really good things about her so I was quite keen to get it done. I was at her office for about an hour and a half. She initially asked me all kinds of questions – how long I’d been in Dubai, what I did for a living, who I lived with, were my parents together, where were my siblings, what I did in my free time, whether I drank and smoked, whether I’d had hypnotherapy before (I had two sessions in 2011 when I was starting to lose weight). We talked about a lot of things. And then the hypnotherapy began. I was conscious the whole time while she spoke to me and responded when she asked me to. At times she would lift up my arm and drop it, to see how relaxed I was – or she would touch my shoulder or forehead. When the session was over, I felt good. We were on the first floor so she told me to take the stairs down and see how I felt. So I walked to the stairs and walked down – without holding on to the bannister. I didn’t freeze at the top, I just walked down like it was the most normal thing in the world. I went back up and told her. She asked if I wanted another session the following week but I told her I’d see how I got on and if I needed another one I’d be in touch with her after her holiday. And then I left, taking the stairs again without holding on to the side. I couldn’t believe myself.

I had a session with Trevor on Wednesday morning, and then worked the rest of the day. That evening I had a piano lesson and then met the rest of the family for dinner at PF Chang at The Dubai Mall. I hadn’t been there in ages. We had some hot and sour soup, dynamite prawns and spring rolls to start with. For our main course we just ordered the Mongolian beef and some rice. It was quite a filling meal.

On Thursday night I met up with a couple of friends at Calabar. I got there at about 7.30 and the place was packed – inside and outside. We had a space at the bar so we were comfortable but I’d have rather been outside. We had some wine (hooray for happy hour) and then ordered some pepper beef, volcano rolls and beef sliders (which I didn’t eat). We decided to go to La Petite Maison for a drink afterwards. Of course one drink became five and I got home at around 1am. I felt awful the next morning.

On Friday we were home until the late afternoon. My sister and I took V1 to Oasis Centre, which he loves. We went to Baby Shop (crowded and horrible) to pick up a few things and then wandered around. We took V1 to Fun City and then to McDonald’s. I hadn’t had McDonald’s in months but had some chicken nuggets and French fries.

I was home all day on Saturday. My sister and mum took V2 to the doctor as he’d been unwell for a few days. Dad was out playing poker. V1 decided he’d stay home with me. He was watching a movie, I was doing a bit of work. Everything was under control. And then. His movie finished and he ran into his room. Ten minutes later he still hadn’t come out so I went to see what he was up to. And then he started hollering for his mother. He hollered for an hour. In his room, in my room, in my face. I told him I couldn’t understand what he was trying to say when he was screaming so he would calm down for a few minutes, say what he wanted to say (mostly ‘Where’s Mama?’ and ‘Tell Mama to come home’) but as soon as I would respond he would start hollering again. He didn’t want chocolate, he didn’t want Oreos, he didn’t want to go for ice cream, he didn’t want to play with his iPad. Oh. My. God. Finally I told him I’d call his mother if he brought his iPad to my room. He said ‘I won’t bring it until you call her,’ and I responded with ‘I’m not calling her until you bring it.’ This went back and forth a few times until he brought his iPad to my room. I called my sister – there was no response so I pretended I was speaking to her – and then I told Vinay she was on her way home and that he had to teach me how to play ‘Memory Game’ on his iPad. By the time she got home with V2, he was so engrossed in the game, he barely looked at her! Men. Honestly.

That evening my sister, V1 and I went to the Dubai Mall to do some shopping. We picked up a bouncer from Mothercare and then went to Koton and Debenhams. I tried on a few things – I needed something to wear to my birthday drinks the following week and actually managed to find something (thank goodness). We were home for dinner and it was an early night for us all.

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The final few

I had another good week at the gym.

Trevor cancelled our Sunday morning session and my first thought was: ‘Ah, I can just stay in bed.’ And then I thought I should get up and go on my own and try and improve on the 3 km time from the week before. I had the gym to myself. I did a 5-minute warmup on the bike and then did 3 km on the treadmill. I managed it in 26:11. I alternated walking and running – I started at 5.5 km and would jog at 7.5 km and then decided to switch to 6 km and 8 km. I’m aiming to get to 25 minutes and then will try and go for 5 km after that. So, in just two weeks I’ve taken almost 2 minutes off my 3 km time. It feels good! After that, I did two sets of lower body exercises and went home.

I went back to the gym on Monday and decided I was going to walk. My knees were a bit sore and I thought walking would be better than running. I started at 6 km/h and then increased the speed every 5 minutes by 0.1 km/h until I got to 6.5 km/h. That took me to 30 minutes but I decided to carry on and do 5 km in total. I ended up finishing in 47:45.

On Tuesday morning my cousin texted me to say she had a bad cough and couldn’t make it to yoga – so we cancelled our class. I went to the gym anyway, wondering if I could improve on my 3 km time. I did a 5-minute warmup on the bike and then began on the treadmill. I managed 3 km in 25:48 – another improvement! I alternated walking and running each minute – my minimum speed was 5.5 km/h and my maximum speed was 8.5 km/h (but I only did that a couple of times – I stuck to 8 km/h most of the time). I did two sets of lower body exercises after that and some stretching and I was done.

I had a session with Trevor on Wednesday morning. I did a 5-minute warmup on the bike and then we did 20 minutes of boxing. Each round consisted of 30 seconds of boxing (various combinations of jabs, hooks and uppercuts) and 30 seconds of a bodyweight exercise (squats, stepping on/off the treadmill, mountain climbers, alternating lunges, and so on). Halfway through I had 1 minute of rest. After the 20 minutes of boxing, we moved on to an abs workout. Trevor is starting an abs challenge on Instagram (@Trevor_Flowers_Fitness) from 1st April – and I got a preview of what was in store for the month. I did the following circuit:

  • Mountain climbers x 40 s
  • Rest x 20 s
  • Side plank x 40 s (changing sides halfway through)
  • Rest x 20 s
  • Abdominal in and out x 40 s
  • Rest x 20 s
  • Abdominal toe touches x 40 s
  • Rest x 1 min 20 s

I did that circuit four times. It was exhausting. After that I did 5 minutes on the treadmill at an incline of 7% followed by some stretching and I was finished for the day.

I didn’t work out again in the week – but four days in a row is pretty good!

Low point of the week? My knees are still aching – both of them.

High point of the week? I worked out four times this week! I met up with some friends on Thursday night and one of them told me I’d lost weight since he’d last seen me almost three weeks before. We did end up having a lot of wine though…

Weight loss? Still up and down. Maybe I should just focus on how I feel!

Abs

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Your week ahead (29 March – 4 April 2015)

Have a wonderful week!

Aries

Wands 7

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

Taurus

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

Gemini

Wands King

King of Wands – being creative – having natural artistic ability, being original and inventive; being inspiring – setting an example others want to follow; being forceful – carrying authority naturally; being charismatic – magnetically attracting others, naturally becoming the focus of attention; being bold – being intrepid, daring to stand and be different

Cancer

16 The Tower

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

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

Virgo

Pentacles 3

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

Libra

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

Scorpio

Wands 9

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

Sagittarius

Cups Prince

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

Capricorn

Cups 4

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

Aquarius

Cups 3

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

Pisces

Cups 6

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

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Dubai 2015: Week 12

I had a busy week with work and most of my plans to attend Art Dubai went out the window.

I had a session with Trevor on Sunday and then decided I was going to finally open my new laptop! Later that day I went to Spa Zen at the Radisson Royal for a massage. I wanted to use my Entertainer voucher before it expired at the end of March – they give a gift voucher which you can use for the second massage. The week before I’d been to the Oberoi and they told me I’d have to take the second massage before the end of March as that’s when the Entertainer voucher expired. I was prepared for the same thing to happen at the Oberoi, but instead they gave me a voucher valid for six months! Awesome – so I didn’t have to rush to use it (although I was fully prepared to squeeze in another massage before the end of the month).

I worked all day on Monday. I’d wanted to go to Art Night at DIFC but had too much work to do. I still had work to do on Tuesday but some friends of ours were in town so my dad and I took them out for lunch. We went to Don Alfonso – I’d been raving about it so much that Dad wanted to try it. We got there a little after 1.30 without a reservation and were shown to a table. I have to say it’s much more crowded at lunch than it was the last Thursday evening. They had a set menu for lunch.

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I thought that AED125 for two courses and dessert was very good value for money! I started with the seared tuna and capers (I love capers) – our friends ordered the buffalo mozzarella and tomato starter – the amount of mozzarella was huge – it was about the size of a tennis ball! For my main course I had the beef tagliata.

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It was excellent. I was full after that but as dessert was included we ordered a few things to share, including the almond lueco fagon – the waiter told me it was similar to cheesecake (it wasn’t, but it was still good).

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After lunch, I went to Holland & Barrett at Citywalk. I wanted to pick up some vitamins and the other things Dr Leila had mentioned in her talk the week before. I bought three things: a Holland & Barrett multivitamin for women, Omega 3 capsules and a probiotic. The total for those three things was AED360 – so expensive! I think I’ll have to stock up the next time I’m in London… After leaving there, I went to Boots next door and that’s when I discovered that instead of giving me AED140 in change, the shop assistant at Holland & Barrett had only given me AED90. So I went back, fully prepared for an argument. I told her what had happened and she just handed over the other AED50. Had she done it intentionally? I never check my change – perhaps I need to start!

It was almost 5pm by the time I got home and I finally settled down to do some work.

After my session with Trevor on Wednesday morning, I worked all day. And I mean all day. I cancelled my piano lesson that afternoon and knew I wasn’t going to make it to the opening night of Art Dubai which I’d been looking forward to. After last year, I somehow managed to make it on to the Collector’s Circle VIP list and wanted to make the most of all the talks they were holding! But work comes first.

I finally made it on Thursday. Some friends and I had decided we’d meet for a late dinner so we could have a look around Art Dubai beforehand. With various work commitments and traffic, it was almost 9pm by the time we got to Madinat Jumeirah and I noticed that they were closing at 9.30pm! I didn’t think we’d have enough time but in retrospect I think that’s the best time to go! By 9pm on Thursday, everyone was already at the bar and the halls weren’t crowded at all – we actually managed to walk around the exhibition in about 45 minutes. There were some stunning pieces of work – and there were some which made me wonder why they were there. I loved this person in prayer but I wish I’d taken it from different angles so that the letters were clearer.

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After walking around, my friend and I picked up a third friend from the Abraaj Lounge and walked over to MJ’s Steakhouse at Al Qasr where we were meeting our fourth for the evening.

We decided to skip the starters and go straight for the main course. I had the 200 g Wagyu steak and a side of macaroni and cheese (for the table – ahem). The food was delicious. We also had a couple of bottles of Shiraz – and it was a really lovely chilled evening.

It was only about 12.30 when we left Al Qasr and three of us decided to go to the Four Seasons for a drink. I hadn’t been there yet and had been wanting to see it. The hotel is stunning. We went up to Mercury Lounge, their rooftop bar. We were met with Randy Crawford’s ‘Street Life’ playing extremely loudly and one couple dancing furiously by themselves, between the bar and the lounge area. I thought they might be the ‘entertainment’ as they seemed to be very keen on the song!

After the chilled evening we’d had, none of us were in the mood for loud 80s music so we decided to try the bar in the lobby, Hendricks Bar. It was quiet and comfortable – just what we were looking for. We went through the wine list, thinking we’d share a bottle of rose but all they had was Whispering Angel (which the three of us had had before at La Serre) – either by the glass or a magnum. We certainly weren’t going to finish a magnum at that time of night between the three of us, so we ordered three glasses (at AED95 each – rip-off!). The waiter brought the magnum over with three glasses and poured it for me to try. It was nowhere near chilled and I told him so. ‘But it’s been in the fridge, madam,’ was his response. He was such a condescending shit I almost asked him whether the fridge was actually switched on. There was no doubt the glasses had been chilled, but the wine certainly wasn’t. At AED95 per glass, I expect chilled wine. We decided we’d all have a Belvedere and soda (my first vodka since 2nd January) and I asked for some fresh lime juice on the side. The lime juice never turned up and I just could not be bothered to ask for it again. We had one drink and left – it was after 2.30 by this time!

I met up with a friend for lunch on Friday. He had a friend staying with him so the three of us (and his puppy) went to Maison Bagatelle on the Boulevard for lunch. Even though it was cloudy, it was a surprisingly hot day but because we had the puppy with us we had to sit outside. I got there first and ordered a refreshing cucumber, apple, mint and ginger juice while I waited for the others to arrive. I ended up having the nicoise salad, my friend had the full English breakfast and his friend had the tapenade and a salad. We also ordered a truffle mac and cheese to share.

After lunch, we walked back to his place. The Classic Car Festival was on so we saw a few rare cars and then decided to walk through Burj Park. We opened a bottle of wine at his place, watching the activity on the Boulevard.

Mini Coopers on display

Mini Coopers on display

I went home after that. My mum arrived that evening so my parents and I stayed in for dinner and ordered some Chinese food.

I was home all day on Saturday. That evening, my mum’s cousins were having a housewarming at their new house in Emirates Hills. Mum was too tired to go so Dad and I went together. The dinner was outside in the garden – and it was such a lovely evening. I met some people I hadn’t seen in a while, had some dinner (catered by Royal Orchid) and was home by midnight. Perfect for a Saturday.

And that was my week!

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The final few

I had another good week at the gym.

I had my usual Sunday morning session with Trevor. I got to the gym and one of the ladies in the building was there with her daughter. We started chatting about exercise and it turned out that she’s a client of the doctor who gave the talk at Fitness First the week before. What a small world!

I did a 5-minute warmup on the bike and then moved on to the treadmill for 22 minutes:

  • 1 min x 5 km/h
  • 2 min x 5 km/h (5% incline)
  • 1 min x 5.5 km/h (5.5% incline, 3-kg weights)
  • 1 min x 5 km/h (no incline, no weights)
  • 1 min x 5.5 km/h (6% incline, 3-kg weights)
  • 1 min x 5 km/h (no incline, no weights)
  • 1 min x 5.5 km/h (6.5% incline, 3-kg weights)
  • 1 min x 5 km/h (no incline, no weights)
  • 1 min x 5.5 km/h (7% incline, 3-kg weights)
  • 1 min x 5 km/h (no incline, no weights)
  • 1 min x 5.5 km/h (7.5% incline, 3-kg weights)
  • 1 min x 5 km/h (no incline, no weights)
  • 1 min x 5.5 km/h (8% incline, 3-kg weights)
  • 1 min x 5 km/h (no incline, no weights)
  • 1 min x 5.5 km/h (8.5% incline, 3-kg weights)
  • 1 min x 5 km/h (no incline, no weights)
  • 1 min x 5.5 km/h (9% incline, 3-kg weights)
  • 1 min x 5 km/h (no incline, no weights)
  • 1 min x 5.5 km/h (9.5% incline, 3-kg weights)
  • 1 min x 5 km/h (no incline, no weights)
  • 1 min x 5 km/h (10% incline, 3-kg weights)

After that I did the following circuit twice:

  • Alternating clean and sweep x 10 on each side (15-lb weight)
  • Mountain climbers x 20 on each side
  • Wide sumo squats x 20 (20-lb weight)
  • Combined deadlifts/bent-over rows/kickbacks x 10 (10-lb weights)
  • Treadmill x 2 min at 7.5 km/h
  • Rest x 1 minute

The first exercise, the alternating clean and sweep, involved placing a 15-lb weight on the floor. I had to squat to pick it up with my right hand, ‘clean’ and then ‘press’, and then squat to put it back on the floor. I’d stand upright, squat to pick it up with my left hand and do the same thing. It was not easy.

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

I woke up really sore on Monday – my deltoid muscles, my inner thighs, my quads. Everything seemed to hurt. My knees were aching too so when I went to the gym I decided I’d just walk for 30 minutes instead of alternating it with jogging. I started at 6 km/h and every 5 minutes I’d increase the speed by 0.1 km/h. So in the last 5 minutes I was walking at a pace of 6.5 km/h. I managed to do 3.11 km. After that I did two sets of lower body exercises and some sit-ups and that was it.

I had yoga at home on Tuesday morning and was still sore – I felt even more stiff than the day before, especially around my thighs. My upper body seemed to have recovered.

Trevor asked me if we could meet at 8am on Wednesday instead of 8.30. I agreed because I want to make the most of this motivated phase I seemed to be going through! I did my 5 minutes on the bike and then spent 10 minutes on the treadmill:

  • 1 min x 5 km/h
  • 2 min x 7.5 km/h
  • 1 min x 5 km/h
  • 2 min x 7.5 km/h
  • 1 min x 5 km/h
  • 2 min x 7.5 km/h
  • 1 min x 5 km/h

Trevor told me that I was going to do a series of six exercises – but… I would do the first exercise and then do a 100 m jog on the treadmill. I would then do the first and second exercises and do a 100 m jog on the treadmill. And so on. It went like this:

  • Good mornings x 10, treadmill x 100 m at 7.5 km/h
  • Good mornings x 10, combined squat/press x 10 (10-lb weights), treadmill x 100 m at 7.5 km/h
  • Good mornings x 10, combined squat/press x 10 (10-lb weights), mountain climbers x 10 on each side, treadmill x 100 m at 7.5 km/h
  • Good mornings x 10, combined squat/press x 10 (10-lb weights), mountain climbers x 10 on each side, tricep kickbacks x 10 (15-lb weights), treadmill x 100 m at 7.5 km/h
  • Good mornings x 10, combined squat/press x 10 (10-lb weights), mountain climbers x 10 on each side, tricep kickbacks x 10 (15-lb weights), leg press x 10, treadmill x 100 m at 7.5 km/h
  • Good mornings x 10, combined squat/press x 10 (10-lb weights), mountain climbers x 10 on each side, tricep kickbacks x 10 (15-lb weights), leg press x 10, lateral pulldown x 10, treadmill x 100 m at 7.5 km/h

My legs felt like jelly after I’d done all that. I think I only stopped for water once and that was on my way to the leg press machine in round five. Out of all of them, I think the combined squat/press was the hardest for me. And by the end of those six rounds, I’d done 50 of them!

I did a few lower body stretches after that and was finished for the day.

I went back to the gym on Thursday and did a 5-minute warmup on the bike. I then did 3 km on the treadmill in 26:48 – already an improvement from the week before. I was quite thrilled about that. I did two sets of lower body exercises and went home.

I didn’t work out over the weekend.

Low point of the week? My knees are still aching a bit – both of them.

High point of the week? I worked out five times this week again! Apart from Tuesday, I didn’t eat too badly either – but I did have a few glasses of wine at the weekend.

Weight loss? Still up and down – just when I think I’m starting a downward trend it climbs back up again. Very frustrating!

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