Your week ahead (1-7 November 2015)

Have a great week!

Aries

Swords 5

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

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

Gemini

Swords King

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

Cancer

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

Leo

Wands 4

4 of Wands – celebrating – rejoicing over an event, observing an anniversary or milestone or special time, enjoying well-deserved rewards; seeking freedom – breaking free of bonds, cutting loose, letting go of limitations; feeling excited – bubbling over with delight, feeling jubilant, being surprised

Virgo

02 The High Priestess

The High Priestess – staying non-active – withdrawing from involvement, being receptive to influence, waiting patiently; accessing the unconscious – using your intuition, trusting your inner voice, being aware of a larger reality; seeing the potential – allowing development, opening to what could be; sensing the mystery – opening to the unknown, seeking what is concealed, looking beyond the obvious

Libra

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

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

Capricorn

Cups 2

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

Aquarius

06 The Lovers

The Lovers – relating to others – feeling love, getting closer, making a connection; being sexual – making love, opening to another, feeling a physical attraction; establishing personal beliefs – figuring out where you stand, staying true to yourself, making up your own mind; determining values – facing an ethical or moral choice, finding out what you care about, struggling with temptation

Pisces

Swords Princess

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

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Dubai 2015: Week 43

After the gym on Sunday morning I met up with a friend for an early lunch. We went to Tasha’s and got a table without having to wait – it was about noon by the time we got there. We sat down and decided to share the quinoa salad and the penne with mushrooms. Both were very good but I thought the pasta could have been a little less oily. We were there for a while as we hadn’t seen each other in ages and it was about 2.30pm by the time I got back home. I was home for the rest of the day.

On Monday morning I had a session with Pete and later that afternoon I had a piano lesson. My dad arrived from Bombay that evening – he’d been there since the end of August, when we all went together for his medical treatment. The house had been so quiet for so long – and now it was back to CNN and dodgy Indian channels at full volume!

I went to the gym earlyish on Tuesday morning. On my way home, I was rummaging through my handbag and couldn’t find my keys. I was pretty sure I’d taken them with me and thought I’d have a proper look once I was outside the flat. As I approached our front door I saw my keys hanging there. Crap! I’d locked the door from the outside and then left the keys there. Anyone could have picked them up and walked off with them. And if anything had happened on the inside, they wouldn’t have been able to open the door to get out.

After I’d had a cup of tea and showered, Ajay (our cook/housekeeper) and I went to Lulu for the weekly shop. It’s not the most exciting couple of hours of my week, I can tell you. I’m waiting for the driver to come back from his (ridiculously long) holiday so that I can send the two of them together!

Apart from my session with Pete on Wednesday morning I did nothing but catch up with work.

On Thursday night I met up with a friend from Lagos who was in town. He’d booked a table at La Petite Maison and I’d been looking forward to it all week. He’s vegetarian though, so everything we ordered was vegetarian. To start with we ordered the burrata, the lentil salad and the scrambled eggs with truffles. For our main course we shared the risotto with goats cheese, the gnocchi and the dauphinoise potatoes. I thought the gnocchi was bland, but the risotto and potatoes were fantastic. We shared the cheesecake for dessert.

After dinner, we went to White Dubai at Meydan. My friend had been invited to a party and took me as his ‘plus one’. I’d never been to White Dubai – what a place! The music was so good – and I wish I’d taken a photo of the view of Sheikh Zayed Road and the Burj Khalifa from there. Our hosts had a huge section to themselves which was nice. I even knew a few people there. I got home at around 3am.

I was tired on Friday and spent the day in my pajamas. Well, until 6pm anyway, when I decided I had to get ready if I was going to be on time to meet my friends for drinks and dinner. I met a couple of girlfriends at Fai at the Palace Downtown. We had a drink and then had dinner next door at Thiptara. We ordered a lot of prawns as one of my friends eats only seafood. For our starters we ordered the papaya salad and the deep fried prawns with hot chilli sauce. For our main course, we shared the phad thai, stir fried prawns with basil and chilli, and we ordered a red curry with prawns. We also ordered a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc.

Everything was fine, but when they brought us our main course, they brought us a green curry with prawns. They were very apologetic and eventually brought us what we’d ordered. They also gave us complimentary sorbets for dessert.

While the food was good, the service was terrible. There were only two waiters in the whole restaurant and getting their attention was not easy. It was Friday night and the restaurant was full – so two waiters really didn’t do the job!

After dinner I went to meet some other friends and left my two girlfriends at Fai. They later told me that the staff were still feeling bad about getting our order wrong and gave them a complimentary drink as well!

I was in high heels so luckily my friends picked me up from the Palace lobby and we decided to go to the Nippon Bottle Company at the Dusit Thani. I’d heard a lot about this place and had been wanting to go there. It’s just to the left of the lobby at the Dusit Thani, but the entrance is rather deceiving. Four of us managed to get a table and ordered some drinks. I thought it would be best if I stuck to wine, but the others had Kamikazes (I’ve only ever seen these as shots so it was weird seeing these served in tall glasses).

We each had two drinks and decided to join some of my other friends who were at La Cantine du Faubourg at the Emirates Towers Hotel. It was after midnight and the place was packed! I managed to find my friends and we hung out with them the rest of the night. By 2am I couldn’t take the pain any more and took my shoes off. I knew that putting the back on would be hell but by then I didn’t care! I left at about 2.30 with my neighbours and we came home…

I got out of bed on Saturday at about noon. All I wanted to do was sleep. And have a foot massage. I did neither. But I did spend the day in my pajamas, which was perfect!

I love my life.

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The final few

I woke up on Sunday absolutely determined to go to the gym that morning. I was at the Shangri-La gym by 10am and there were three treadmills free. I decided to do Week 3 Day 1 of the 5k Runner app by Fitness22 which consisted of:

  • Warmup x 5 min
  • Run x 1.5 min (7.5 km/h)
  • Walk x 1.5 min (5.5 km/h)
  • Run x 2.5 min (7.5 km/h)
  • Walk x 2.5 min (5.5 km/h)
  • Run x 2.5 min (7.5 km/h)
  • Walk x 2.5 min (5.5 km/h)
  • Run x 1.5 min (7.5 km/h)
  • Walk x 1.5 min (5.5 km/h)
  • Cooldown x 5 min

It was only 26 minutes but it was tough. I also did Week 3 Day 1 of the squats app:

  • Squats x 10
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Squats x 12
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Squats x 12
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Squats x 10

And I did the same with the situps app:

  • Situps x 5
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Situps x 8
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Situps x 8
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Situps x 6
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Situps x 5
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Situps x 5
  • Rest

I did a few stretches after that and went home. On Sunday evening Pete sent me a text saying he assumed I was OK after the workout on Wednesday because I hadn’t complained about it! I told him I had been surprisingly OK, apart from sore triceps. He then responded with: ‘Tomorrow is going to be active and no weights. Be ready to sweat!’ Oh God – I was already dreading it. I imagined I’d be spending the hour doing jumping jacks and treadmill runs and burpees.

I woke up on Monday with really sore legs and I couldn’t figure out why. I couldn’t believe it was the squats or the treadmill the day before that caused the soreness because I’ve worked harder than that before without feeling so bad. Anyway – sore is good because it means the exercise is working!

I had a session with Pete on Monday morning. I started with a 10-minute warmup on the treadmill – starting with the incline at 1% and then increasing it each minute until I was at a 10% incline by the end of the warmup. I did some stretching after that and had some water and then began with 4 minutes on the treadmill:

  • Walk x 30 s (5.5 km/h)
  • Run x 30 s (7.5 km/h)
  • Walk x 30 s (5.5 km/h)
  • Run x 30 s (7.5 km/h)
  • Walk x 30 s (5.5 km/h)
  • Run x 30 s (7.5 km/h)
  • Walk x 30 s (5.5 km/h)
  • Run x 30 s (7.5 km/h)

I then did a 4-minute abs circuit:

  • Knee-ins x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Rolling plank x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Toe touches x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Double crunch x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s

Next came a 4-minute Tabata circuit:

  • Floor touch squat jumps x 20 s
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Dumbbell front raise/side raise x 20 s (3-lb weights)
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Floor touch squat jumps x 20 s
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Dumbbell front raise/side raise x 20 s (3-lb weights)
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Forward lunge x 20 s (on one side)
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Butt kickers x 20 s
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Forward lunge x 20 s (other side)
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Butt kickers x 20 s
  • Rest

I did another 4-minute abs circuit after having a sip of water:

And then I got back on the treadmill for another 4-minute alternating walk/run. After some more water, I did another 4-minute abs circuit:

  • Standing oblique crunches x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Russian twists x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Single leg lowering x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Crunches x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s

I got back on the treadmill for another 4-minute alternating walk/run. I had some more water, did some stretching and was done for the day! Yay! By the end of Monday, my legs were really sore.

My quads were still sore on Tuesday morning. I’d cancelled yoga on Tuesday morning as my cousin told me that she couldn’t make it and I felt like a little break from yoga. I was at the Shangri-La gym by 9.15am and did Day 3 Week 2 of the 5k Runner app (it was the same as Day 3 Week 1). I found it tough – during both 2.5-min runs I had to slow down for the last 30 seconds or so. My legs were aching, my left knee was aching, I just felt tired. After 26 minutes on the treadmill I decided to skip the squats app for that day and just do the situps. Week 3 Day 2 consisted of:

  • Situps x 6
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Situps x 8
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Situps x 8
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Situps x 8
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Situps x 6
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Situps x 5
  • Rest x 30 s

I did some stretches after that and went home.

On Tuesday evening Pete sent me a message: ‘Damage control! Any uneasiness? There shouldn’t be.’ I told him I was OK apart from my quads still being sore. His response? ‘We will destroy upper body tomorrow, then you’ll forget about those quads.’ Oh crap – I wish I hadn’t said anything!

On Wednesday morning Pete told me the session would be all about weights and no cardio at all – but it would be tough. Instead of a treadmill warmup, I did the ‘1 to 5’ warmup, which I’ve done before:

  • 1 squat, 1 pushup, 1 situp
  • 2 squats 2 pushups, 2 situps
  • 3 squats, 3 pushups, 3 situps
  • 4 squats, 4 pushups, 4 situps
  • 5 squats, 5 pushups, 5 situps
  • 4 squats, 4 pushups, 4 situps
  • 3 squats, 3 pushups, 3 situps
  • 2 squats, 2 pushups, 2 situps
  • 1 squat, 1 pushup, 1 situp

Moving from one position to the other is probably more tiring than the exercises themselves! I did some stretches, had some water and began with three sets of the following:

  • Front squat x 14 (15-lb weights in the first set, 10-lb weights in the second and third sets)
  • Deadlifts x 14 (15-lb weights)
  • Rest x 1 min

In the first set, the 15-lb weights were far too heavy and I was finding it hard to keep my upper body upright. So in the second and third sets Pete gave me lighter weights to use. I hate those front squats – they are so hard! After a short break, I did three sets of this:

  • Chest press x 14 (15-lb weights)
  • Bent over row x 14 (15-lb weights)
  • Rest x 1 min

After another short break, I did three sets of these two exercises:

  • Tricep dips x 14
  • Bicep curls x 14 (10-lb weights)
  • Rest x 1 min

I found the third set of bicep curls really hard! In fact, I found those two exercises very tough on my wrists. I had some more water and moved on to the next set of exercises:

  • Upright row x 14 (10-lb weights)
  • Tricep extension machine x 14
  • Rest x 1 min

I did some stretches after the last set of exercises and could barely raise my arm to give Pete a high five! I knew my upper body was going to ache a lot the next day. When I got home my arms were still trembling, which made drinking my cup of tea challenging. Pete was right though – I’d forgotten about my aching quads!

I woke up with sore shoulders, biceps and hamstrings on Thursday – but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I decided to go to the gym in my building instead of walking over to the Shangri-La. I hoped nobody was using the treadmill! I got there and there were two people there – an Indian woman in her salwar kameez doing some light weights (well, good for her) and a guy I see in there regularly who was on the treadmill. He told me he only had a minute left so I waited. When he was done we had a chat about the state of the gym and he told me he’d complained three times about the treadmills and cross-trainers and nothing had been done. I told him I’d joined the gym at the Shangri-La and he said he knew of at least four other people from the building who went there too.

He went off to do his weights and I started Week 3 Day 3 of the 5k Runner app:

  • Warmup x 5 min
  • Run 2 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Run x 3 min
  • Walk  3 min
  • Run x 3 min
  • Walk x 3 min
  • Run x 2 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Cooldown x 5 min

The 3-minute runs were hard. I gradually reduced the speed from 7.5 km/h over the 3-minute runs until I was walking fast at 6.5 km/h in the last 30 seconds of each run.

I moved on to Week 3 Day 2 of the squats app:

  • Squats x 12
  • Rest x 45 s
  • Squats x 14
  • Rest x 45 s
  • Squats x 12
  • Rest x 45 s
  • Squats x 10
  • Rest

I increased the rest time between sets as I didn’t want to feel as sore as I did after Sunday. I then did Week 3 Day 3 of the situps app:

  • Situps x 6
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Situps x 8
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Situps x 10
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Situps x 8
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Situps x 6
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Situps x 5
  • Rest

I did some stretches and went home.

I didn’t work out over the weekend but did some dancing on Friday night!

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

High point of the week? Five workouts done this week!

Weight loss? Still going up and down.

Diet

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Your week ahead (25-31 October 2015)

Have a great week!

Aries

Swords 3

3 of Swords – feeling heartbreak – having your feelings hurt, getting some unsettling news, being disappointed; feeling lonely – feeling lost, being separated, wandering far from home; experiencing betrayal – being let down, breaking your word, finding your trust misplaced

Taurus

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

Gemini

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

Cancer

07 The Chariot

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

Leo

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

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

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

Wands 4

4 of Wands – celebrating – rejoicing over an event, observing an anniversary or milestone or special time, enjoying well-deserved rewards; seeking freedom – breaking free of bonds, cutting loose, letting go of limitations; feeling excited – bubbling over with delight, feeling jubilant, being surprised

Capricorn

Swords King

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

Aquarius

Swords 6

6 of Swords – feeling the blues – just keeping your head above water, working to get through the day, feeling somewhat depressed; recovering – dealing with the effects of a trauma, beginning to get your health back, heading toward a more positive place; travelling – changing location, taking a trip, going on a journey, entering into a new frame of mind

Pisces

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

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Dubai 2015: Week 42

After a weekend of eating out for almost every meal, I just wanted to stay at home and relax. After a trip to the supermarket and then the gym on Sunday morning, I came home, showered and got into my pajamas. I intended to spend the day bumming around the house. I caught up with some work, caught up with some TV and read my book.

I had a session with Pete on Monday and a piano lesson later that afternoon. I managed to finish my recording of the Chopin prelude I’d been working on:

After my piano lesson I walked to the Radisson Royal and went for a massage at Spa Zen. I’d bought two Cobone vouchers before my trip to Bombay and I needed use them before the end of October. The massage was lovely and I didn’t want it to end!

I woke up feeling a bit fluish on Tuesday morning. Ugh – I really didn’t want to get sick! I went ahead with yoga and then got ready for the monthly IBWG (International Business Women’s Group) lunch at the Trade Centre Club. I’d already paid for it, and I didn’t feel ill enough to cancel. Once again, I met some interesting people – and of the four other people on my table, I’d met three of them before. It wasn’t as crowded as I thought it would be, considering summer is well and truly over now. The presentation was all about effective networking – language, body language, etc. It wasn’t anything I didn’t know before but it served as a good reminder.

Once I got home, I got into my pajamas and did a bit of work. I felt a bit worse by the time the evening came round and thought it would be wise to cancel the trip to Muscat. We were supposed to leave on Thursday morning and I didn’t want to get there and feel even worse.

I felt the same on Wednesday but still went ahead with my training session with Pete. I took it easy the rest of the day and most of Thursday.

I’d been invited to a friend’s place for dinner on Thursday night and I knew it wouldn’t be crazy so I went over with a couple of friends. It was a lovely relaxing evening at South Ridge – five of us spent the evening on her balcony with our sushi and wine and/or champagne, with a view of the Burj Khalifa.

I woke up on Friday feeling much better than the last couple of days. I didn’t have any plans until the evening so I took it easy during the day. I decided I wasn’t going to do any work and spent most of the day reading my book. That evening I met up with a couple of friends at Taste Kitchen in Mercato Mall. I had the spicy tomato juice (yum) and the pasta with prawns, garlic and chilli. It was also very good. The three of us then went to see Legend, the new movie about the Kray twins starring Tom Hardy. I thought it was a great movie, but a bit too long (over 2 hours) and a bit too violent (but that was to be expected). The acting was excellent. I was home soon after midnight.

I woke up on Saturday feeling feverish all over again so I spent most of the day in bed.

I love my life.

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The final few

My plans to go to the gym on Sunday morning were put to one side when our cook told me there was no food in the house. I thought it would be best if we went to the supermarket first and then I could go to the gym instead of feeling rushed. As a result it was noon by the time I got to the gym and it was crowded! All six treadmills were being used and as I walked past they all seemed to be in the first ten minutes of their walk/run so nobody was finishing any time soon. Don’t these people work??

I resigned myself to a bike (the cross-trainers were being used too) and started pedalling. Ugh, it was so dull. And uncomfortable! I made it to 5k in about 13 minutes and decided I’d had enough of it. The treadmills were still busy. I decided I’d do a few rounds of abs exercises and call it a day. I did three sets of the following:

  • Situps x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Elbow to knee crunches x 30 s (on one side)
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Elbow to knee crunches x 30 s (on the other side)
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse crunches x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s

I did some stretches and went back home. Later that day I was still feeling like I hadn’t done enough so I did a half-hour yoga class using my Yoga Studio app. I took the easy option and did the relaxation class which was a lot of stretching and not too strenuous.

I had my usual session with Pete on Monday morning. I started off with a 7-minute warmup on the treadmill:

  • Walking x 1 min (5.5 km/h)
  • Running x 30 s (7.5 km/h)
  • Walking x 30 s (5.5 km/h)
  • Running x 30 s (7.5 km/h)
  • Walking x 30 s (5.5 km/h)
  • Running x 30 s (7.5 km/h)
  • Walking x 30 s (5.5 km/h)
  • Running x 3 min (7.5 km/h)

After some stretching, Pete told me I was going to give 110%. OK, but what does that mean? He said I would run for 100 metres and then do 10 reps of seven different exercises. It didn’t sound too bad, right? What he actually meant was I’d be doing 100 metres between each exercise. Clearly he’s mad. I did the following circuit:

  • Running x 100 m (7.5 km/h)
  • Squats x 10
  • Running x 100 m (7.5 km/h)
  • Tricep dips x 10
  • Running x 100 m (7.5 km/h)
  • Alternating reverse lunges x 10 (5 on each side)
  • Running x 100 m (7.5 km/h)
  • Steps ups x 10 (on the side of the stationary treadmill)
  • Running x 100 m (7.5 km/h)
  • Tricep extensions x 10 (10-lb weight)
  • Running x 100 m (7.5 km/h)
  • Pushups x 10
  • Running x 100 m (7.5 km/h)
  • Burpees x 10

There was no rest in between any of the exercises and no water break. I was so happy when it was over! And I was even happier when Pete told me I’d only be doing that once! We moved on to an abs circuit after that:

  • Mountain climbers x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Elbow to knee crunches x 30 s (on one side)
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Elbow to knee crunches x 30 s (on the other side)
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Plank x 30 s

I then did three sets of the following:

  • Lateral pulldowns x 14
  • Bicep curls x 10 (10-lb weights)

I was struggling by the third set of bicep curls and in the end Pete told me to do 8 reps instead of 10.

I did one more abs circuit:

  • Hip raises x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Russian twists x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Rolling plank x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Situps x 30 s

Then it was back to the treadmill for another 3 minutes of walking at 5.5 km/h followed by some stretches. And I was done for the day! Man, that was tough!

I had my usual yoga class on Tuesday morning. It was just me in the class as my cousin was ill so I got extra attention. I’m not sure that I like being her main focus though! I have noticed that my balancing poses are getting a bit better – could my legs actually be getting stronger??

I had another session with Pete on Wednesday morning. I did a 7-minute warmup on the treadmill:

  • Walk x 1 min (5.5 km/h)
  • Run x 30 s (7.5 km/h)
  • Walk x 30 s (5.5 km/h)
  • Run x 30 s (7.5 km/h)
  • Walk x 30 s (5.5 km/h)
  • Run x 30 s (7.5 km/h)
  • Walk x 30 s (5.5 km/h)
  • Run x 3 min (7.5 km/h)

The last couple of times I’ve done this warmup I’ve decreased the speed slightly at the end of the sixth minute or I would hold on to the sides of the treadmill for some support during that last 3-minute run. But this was the first time I’d been able to run the 3 minutes at the end without decreasing the speed or holding on to the sides of the treadmill. Even Pete commented that it looked like it was getting easier. Yay! He then told me we were done with the treadmill for the day. Double yay!

Instead, I did three sets of this circuit:

  • Crunches x 10
  • Abdominal toe touches x 10
  • Reverse crunches x 10
  • Rhomboid exercise x 6 on each side (alternating)
  • Fly x 12 (10-lb weights)
  • Pullovers x 12 (10-lb weights)
  • Lateral pulldown x 12
  • Abductor machine x 20
  • Glute kickbacks x 20 on each side (3-kg weight in the crook of my knee – or popliteal fossa, if you want to get technical)
  • Side-lying leg lifts x 20 on each side
  • Hamstring curl machine x 12
  • Leg extension machine x 12
  • Rest

The rhomboid exercise involved me kneeling on the mat with my elbows on the bench, almost in a pushup position. I would then raise my arm to the side, keeping the arm bent and return it back to the bench and then repeat on the other side. I didn’t even know where the rhomboid muscles were:

Rhomboids

I found the hamstring curls the hardest and was sure I’d definitely be able to feel that the following day! I did some stretches after that and was done for the day.

I didn’t work out on Thursday – I was tired and wanted to take it easy. Surprisingly, my hamstrings didn’t ache at all but my triceps were really sore after Wednesday’s workout!

On Friday afternoon I decided to do a 30-minute yoga class at home using the Yoga Studio app. I decided that I’d go to the gym on Saturday morning but when I woke up on Saturday I was feeling feverish and thought it probably wasn’t a good idea.

Low point of the week? Feeling a bit fluish and unwell in the week…

High point of the week? Managing to do two yoga sessions on my own this week.

Weight loss? Up and down, as usual.

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