Your month ahead (March 2016)

Have a great March! How did we get here so fast?

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

Wands Ace

Ace of Wands – using creative force – inventing a better way, expressing yourself, allowing a talent to unfold; showing enthusiasm – feeling fired up and eager, creating an aura of excitement, giving 110%; having confidence – believing in yourself, having high self-esteem, knowing things will work out; proceeding with courage – being true to your beliefs, daring to take a stand, facing your fears

Gemini

Cups 9

9 of Cups – having your wish fulfilled – obtaining your goal, having your dream come true; feeling satisfied – feeling pleased as punch, indulging in a little smugness; enjoying sensual pleasure – relaxing, making love, appreciating the arts

Cancer

Pentacles 7

7 of Pentacles – assessing – evaluating the status, making sure you’re on course, finding out where you stand; reaping a reward – receiving payoffs, reaching a milestone, finally seeing some results; considering a direction change – pondering alternatives, thinking about change, standing at a crossroads

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

Cups Ace

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

Libra

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

Scorpio

Cups Queen

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

Sagittarius

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

Capricorn

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

Aquarius

Swords Queen

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

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

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The final few

I was not in the mood for the gym on Sunday morning.

After a really heavy Friday night, I still hadn’t recovered – my ears felt blocked and I had a slight headache (which oddly enough I didn’t have the day before). I didn’t think I could run without falling over so I decided to just walk on the treadmill. I did a few stretches, skipping my usual 5 minutes on the cross-trainer, and got on the treadmill. I started at a speed of 6 km/h, but increased it to 6.2 km/h after about 5 minutes. And once I got to 15 minutes I increased the speed again to 6.4 km/h until I got to 30 minutes and then I stopped. That was all I did, but I still think it was better than nothing. I noticed that I was a bit sweaty by the end of the 30 minutes but I wasn’t out of breath.

I had a session with Pete on Monday morning. The gym was quite busy that morning – two of the treadmills were being used so I did a 10-minute warmup on the cross-trainer instead. As I was stretching, Pete told me I’d be doing what he called the ’30 workout’ that morning: basically exercises in multiples of 30. Oh no, I had a vague recollection of doing that a few weeks ago and being sore for days afterwards.

I did the first set of exercises:

  • Combined squat/shoulder press x 30 (10-lb weights)
  • Lateral pull down x 30
  • Cross-trainer x 30 calories (I think it was roughly 4 minutes)

I had some water and noticed that one of the women in the gym was taking selfies as she was using every machine. It was quite entertaining to watch and Pete was quite amused. I then did the second set of exercises:

  • Romanian (straight leg) dead lifts x 30 (10-lb weights)
  • Pushups x 30
  • Cross-trainer x 30 calories

I had a bit more water and then did the third (and final) set:

  • Combined reverse lunge/bicep curl x 30 (10-lb weights, alternating 15 on each side)
  • Combined front raise/side raise x 30 (3-lb weights)
  • Cross-trainer x 30 calories

After some more water I did the first abs set:

  • Hanging knee ups x 30 s
  • Side bends x 15 on each side (15-lb weight)
  • Butterfly situps x 30 (3-kg weight)

After a break came the second set of abs:

I did some stretches after that and was done for the day. It wasn’t as bad as the similar session a few weeks ago – because by the end of that session I’d done 90 squats with weights!

My hamstrings were sore on Tuesday – I felt fine everywhere else. I went to the gym but someone was using my favourite treadmill. I warmed up on the cross-trainer for 5 minutes and did some stretches and eventually decided to use my second favourite treadmill. I did Week 6 Day 1:

  • Warmup x 5 min
  • Run x 10 min
  • Walk x 5 min
  • Run x 10 min
  • Cool down x 5 min

I really struggled. I don’t know if it was the treadmill or if I was tired or what else could have happened, but I struggled from the very beginning. Five minutes into the first run I walked at 6.8 km/h for 30 seconds and then took the speed back up to 7.2 km/h. I almost didn’t even begin the second run – I thought I might just walk fast for 10 minutes – but then eventually alternated between walking and running for 10 minutes. I was disappointed but I just couldn’t do it that morning.

That afternoon I decided to go a hatha yoga class at Eco Yoga Sanctuary. It was quite a gentle class but I noticed at the beginning that it wasn’t just my hamstrings that were sore from Monday’s workout – my sides were quite sore too!

I had another session with Pete on Wednesday morning. He said we weren’t going to use the weights much but I’d be out of breath for most of the session. Oh God. I began with a 10-minute warmup on the treadmill:

  • Walk x 3 min
  • Run x 30 s, walk x 30 s (4 min)
  • Run x 3 min

I walked at 5.5 km/h and ran at 7.5 km/h. I did some stretches after that and then Pete put two dumbbells on the floor – about 5 metres apart. The first exercise would be shuttle runs:

  • Shuttle runs x 20 s
  • Rest x 40 s
  • Repeat for 4 minutes

Pete told me the point of the exercise wasn’t to cover a great distance but it was all about controlling the pivot and change of direction.

After a water break, I did an abs circuit – which he calls the ‘Holy trinity’:

  • Hip raises x 10
  • Knee to elbow crunch x 10 on each side
  • Crunches x 10

Whenever Pete mentions hip raises I think of glute bridges, which is wrong. The hip raise is lying on the floor, my legs straight up and raising my hips. It’s not a big movement but it’s effective.

Then came a 4-minute Tabata circuit:

  • Split squats x 20 s
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Overhead tricep extensions x 20 s (with one 15-lb weight)
  • Rest x 10 s
  • High knees x 20 s
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Bicep curls x 20 s (with one 15-lb weight)
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Repeat

I had some water after that and did 4 minutes on the treadmill:

  • Walk x 30 s (5.5 km/h)
  • Run x 30 s (8 km/h)
  • Repeat for 4 minutes

I did the same abs circuit after that, followed by the earlier 4-minute shuttle run, another abs circuit as before and another 4 minutes on the treadmill. At least, I think that’s the order I did everything in. I definitely finished with the treadmill! I did a few stretches after that and was done.

I went back to the gym on Thursday morning. I did 5 minutes on the cross-trainer as a warmup followed by some stretches. I then began Week 6 Day 2 of the 10k Runner app:

  • Warmup x 5 min
  • Run x 10 min
  • Walk x 3 min
  • Run x 10 min
  • Cool down x 5 min

It was painful. I managed the first run – I took the speed down to 6.8 km/h twice but only for 15 seconds each time. The second run of 10 minutes was much harder – I alternated the speed between 6.8, 7.2 and 7.5 km/h but I really struggled with it. I think I might have to repeat Week 6 – is there any point in carrying on to Week 7 if Week 6 is such a struggle?

I didn’t work out on Friday.

On Saturday evening my friend and I went to Jumeirah Beach for our evening walk. We managed 6 km in just under 1 hour – but we didn’t manage to improve on our time. We were both quite tired (she’d already done 14 km that morning and I hadn’t slept much over the weekend).

Total distance covered this week?

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Low point of the week? I’ve been feeling so tired and forcing myself to exercise. I also didn’t manage to finish Week 6 of the 10k Runner app – I’ll have to redo that next week… I’ve been working a lot this week and even though I was out on Thursday and Friday nights I ended up working when I got home – until 3.30am on both nights. And because I knew I had work to do, I only had one drink on Thursday night and none on Friday.

High point of the week? Doing seven workouts this week, including the 1-hour walk on the beach!

Weight loss? My weight somehow dropped to 75.6 kg this week – but just for a day – and then it crept back up again! The Libra weight-tracking app now tells me I’ll hit my goal weight of 65 kg in mid August this year. It also tells me that my lowest recorded weight is 75.6 kg (I’ve been using this app since August 2014)!

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Your week ahead (28 February – 5 March 2016)

Have a great week – can’t believe it’s already March 🙂

Aries

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

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

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

Cancer

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

Leo

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

Virgo

Pentacles 7

7 of Pentacles – assessing – evaluating the status, making sure you’re on course, finding out where you stand; reaping a reward – receiving payoffs, reaching a milestone, finally seeing some results; considering a direction change – pondering alternatives, thinking about change, standing at a crossroads

Libra

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

Scorpio

Cups 10

10 of Cups – feeling joy – radiating love, delighting in good fortune, counting your blessings; enjoying peace – doing away with hostilities, reducing stress and tension, calling a truce; looking to the family – working for peace in the home, supporting a relative in need, reaffirming a family commitment

Sagittarius

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

Capricorn

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

Aquarius

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

Pisces

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

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Dubai 2016: Week 7

After a very dull week the week before, it was business as usual this week.

Sunday was Valentine’s Day and after the gym that morning, I spent some of the afternoon working. I decided to treat myself to a 90-minute massage at Spa Zen in the late afternoon. It was just what I needed. That evening my dad took my mum and I out for dinner. I chose Taste of Italy by Heinz Beck at Galleria Mall – a friend of mine had been there recently and said the truffle pasta was to die for. Sold!

Everything on the menu looked good – and I came very close to having the red snapper but in the end the truffle pasta won. For starters I ordered the marinated salmon with sour cream, Dad had the seafood salad and Mum had the seabass carpaccio. Everything was excellent. For my main course I had the truffle pasta.

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Dad had the baked seabass and Mum wanted a side order of mashed potatoes (tut, honestly). I’m sure my pasta was about 1000 calories but I loved every bit of it. We shared a passion fruit crème brûlée for dessert.

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I would definitely go back there again.

My Monday was busy. I had a session with Pete in the morning, worked all afternoon and an Arabic class in the evening.

Apart from the gym on Tuesday I was at home, working in my pajamas.

I had another session with Pete on Wednesday. Before my Arabic class I had some errands to run at Mercato and when I left the mall at 5.30 it was pouring. In just the 15 seconds it took for me to get into the car, I got drenched. Luckily the rain had almost stopped by the time I got to the Trade Centre Tower, but there was a huge puddle at the bottom of the staircase and I ended up going halfway round the building via the carpark to get into the building. And by the time my class was over it had stopped altogether.

It was my last Arabic class of Intermediate 1 so we had an assessment. We were allowed to look up words in our books (thank God) and I managed to do the whole assessment written in Arabic. I was also the first to finish by almost 20 minutes so the teacher went through the paper with me once I’d finished. I was quite pleased with what I’d done, but my brain was totally fried after that!

I got home at 9pm and had a late dinner with my parents and some of their friends who had come over.

I went to yoga on Thursday morning and then met a friend for lunch at The Sum of Us. I had a green juice and the smoked salmon omelette with goats cheese. My friend had the veal schnitzel, and he said it was pretty good. We shared a slice of carrot cake for dessert and had some coffee.

After lunch I went to the Hummingbird Bakery at Citywalk to collect some mini cupcakes I’d ordered. It was about 2.30pm but Citywalk was packed – I didn’t think it would be so busy in the middle of a weekday afternoon. Once I got home, I got into my pajamas and worked for the rest of the day.

I’d been invited to a friend’s place for tea on Friday afternoon (hence the mini cupcakes) – it was just a small close crowd: me, her, her parents, a friend who was visiting with her 10-week-old baby and her mum, and a couple of other friends with their 1-year-old daughter. I was the first to arrive so my friend, her mum and I sat outside by the pool for a little while until the others arrived. It was a bit chilly for the baby outdoors so we moved inside. It was a lovely afternoon and I didn’t leave there until 7.30pm. My plan was to go home and change for a party at some friends’ place but in the end I just quickly stopped at home to freshen up and pick up a bottle of vodka and some chocolates.

It was such a fun evening – it was same group I’d been to China Grill with a few weeks ago so I knew it would be pretty boozy and at some point there would be loads of 80s music! I drank a lot of vodka – and I was making my own drinks which is never a good thing as I’m sure they get stronger and stronger as the night goes on. I got home at around 3am (I think).

I felt like hell on Saturday and had a really bad squink. A ‘squink’ is a word I coined to describe the feeling of being hungover with a stabbing pain in either or both eyes. Each time I blink it feels as if the Devil himself is stabbing my eyeball with his pitchfork, causing my eye to water uncontrollably and usually remain swollen for the rest of the day. And it’s usually my left eye (although I once had a double squink – which was pure torture). It’s not pretty. And it only started happening after I’d had my laser eye surgery in 2003. My siblings used to laugh at me in those days – and then it started happening to them too. That, my friends, is called Karma!

I was supposed to meet some friends at Purobeach at 11.30 but at 11.20 I was still in bed. I’d warned them the day before that there was a good chance I’d be hungover so they weren’t too surprised when I said I was going to be late. So, looking and feeling a bit like Shrek, I got ready and went over to the Conrad – I was there by 12.15 and kept my eyes fully covered with my sunglasses! It was still watering a little but not too badly. The four of us chatted for a while and then noticed a woman with long red hair (dyed) spilling out of her tiny bikini top. And then she stood up and bent over and we realised she was wearing a G-string. Oh. My. God. I would say she was perhaps a bit bigger than me – but she must have some serious body confidence to prance around wearing almost nothing! We were mesmerized – it was a bit like a car crash – we just couldn’t look away.

We had lunch at the Purobeach restaurant. We’ve all been trying to eat healthily this year and the three of them ordered salads. My hangover demanded that I have the hot dog and fries and a Coke. It was exactly what I needed. We went back to our sunbeds for a little while longer and then left at around 4pm.

I spent the rest of the day catching up with emails and some TV shows. I couldn’t focus on much else!

I love my life.

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The final few

I went back to the gym on Sunday morning for the first time since Tuesday the week before. I’d had flu and took it easy for a few days. I began with a 5-minute warmup on the cross-trainer and some stretches. After that I began on the treadmill. I didn’t think it would be a good idea to pick up where I left off with the 10k Runner app, so I went back to Week 5 Day 1:

  • Warm up x 5 min
  • Run 5 min
  • Walk x 3 min
  • Run x 6 min
  • Walk x 3 min
  • Run x 5 min
  • Cool down x 5 min

I alternated between 6 km/h and 7.2 km/h. I managed to do the first run, and struggled with the second and third ones. I think I was just tired, but in the last run I just wanted to walk really fast at 6.8 km/h, but in the last 2 minutes I put the speed back up to 7. 2 km/h.

On Monday morning I had a session with Pete. He said the session wouldn’t be too bad (ha!) and my only cardio would be at the beginning as I was warming up on the treadmill. I walked for 10 minutes at a speed of 5.6 km/h, starting with an incline of 1% and then increasing it each minute by 1% until I was walking at an incline of 10%. I did some stretches while Pete told me about the circuit I’d be doing:

  • Chest press x 12 (with 10-lb weights)
  • Tricep pullovers x 12 (with 10-lb weights)
  • Tricep dips x 12
  • Abdominal knee in/out x 12
  • Bent over row x 12 (15-lb weights)
  • Sumo squats x 12 (20-lb weight)
  • Deadlifts x 12 (15-lb weights)
  • Side bends x 12 (10-lb weight in the first set, 15-lb weight in the second and third sets)
  • Lateral pulldown x 12
  • Shoulder press x 12 (10-lb weights in the first set, one 15-lb weight in the second and third sets)
  • Glute bridges x 12
  • Abdominal toe touches x 12

I found the tricep pullovers quite hard. And the tricep dips after the pullovers were quite hard too. In the first set, I found the 10-lb weight for the side bends too light, so Pete gave me heavier weights in the subsequent sets. On the other hand, I found the 10-lb weights for the shoulder press too heavy in the first set, so Pete gave me lighter weights in the second and third sets. On the whole, though, it really wasn’t too bad.

I did a few stretches after that and was done.

I woke up on Tuesday with really sore triceps. I was fine everywhere else! I went back to the gym – I warmed up on the cross-trainer for 5 minutes, did a few stretches and then carried on with Week 5 Day 2 of the 10k runner app:

  • Warmup x 5 min
  • Run x 5 min
  • Walk x 3 min
  • Run x 8 min
  • Walk x 5 min
  • Run x 5 min
  • Cool down x 5 min

I struggled again – in the last 5-minute run, I walked (fast) some of the way, but not for long.

My triceps were still sore on Wednesday morning and I had another session with Pete. I started off with a 10-minute warmup on the treadmill:

  • Walk x 3 min
  • Run x 30 s, walk x 30 s (x 4 min)
  • Run x 3 min

When I finished, Pete said it looked like ‘a piece of cake’. ‘Not a very tasty one,’ I responded. After some stretches, I began with this circuit:

  • Jumping jacks x 50
  • Farmer’s walk x 8 lengths of the gym
  • Rest x 1 min
  • Repeat two more times

The farmer’s walk was simply walking holding a dumbbell in each hand. I started with 15-lb weights, but moved up to 20-lb weights in the second and third set. It doesn’t sound difficult but after 50 jumping jacks I could feel it in my legs. What I did notice was that I didn’t have to stop at all while doing the jumping jacks – I did all 50 straight through each time!

After a water break, I did a Tabata circuit:

  • Combined squat/shoulder press x 20 s (3-kg weights)
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Combined reverse lunge/bicep curl x 20 s (3-kg weights)
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Heartbeat squat x 20 s (one 3-kg weight)
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Side lunge x 20 s (one 3-kg weight)
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Repeat

When I was doing the heartbeat squats, I had to really control my abs so I didn’t fall over! After some more water I did an abs circuit:

  • Single leg raise x 10
  • Russian twists x 10 (10-lb weight)
  • Abdominal toe touches x 10

I then did a Tabata circuit on the cross-trainer:

  • Sprint x 20 s
  • Easy x 10 s
  • Repeat seven more times (4 min total)

Ugh – that was horrible! Another abs circuit followed:

  • Hanging leg raises x 10
  • Kneeling side bends x 10 on each side (alternating)
  • Abdominal toe touches x 10

I did another Tabata circuit on the cross-trainer:

  • Easy x 30 s
  • Sprint x 30 s
  • Repeat three more times (4 min total)

It was easier than the earlier cross-trainer circuit! I thought I was done after that last cross-trainer circuit but I had another abs circuit to do:

  • Abdominal knee in/out x 10
  • Standing elbow to knee twist x 10 (on each side)
  • Abdominal toe touches x 10

Yay! I was done! I did some stretches and went home.

On Thursday I went to a Hatha Flow class at Eco Yoga Sanctuary. There were three other people in the class and it was a teacher I’d never had before. I hadn’t been to yoga in 3 weeks and I was feeling quite tight, especially around my hips. It wasn’t too strenuous but I really enjoyed it and I felt so much better afterwards.

I did Week 5 Day 3 of the 10k Runner app on Friday morning. I did a 5-minute warmup on the bike first (someone was using the cross-trainer) and some stretches. Week 5 Day 3 consisted of:

  • Warmup x 5 min
  • Run x 8 min
  • Walk x 5 min
  • Run x 8 min
  • Cool down x 5 min

During the second run I took the speed down to 6.8 km/h, but just for 30 seconds. I varied the speed the rest of the time between 7 and 7.5 km/h. While I was on the treadmill, there was a woman in the gym who was using the weights machine – and each time she would finish a set, she would release the weights with a huge clash. It was so irritating!

I didn’t do my regular beach walk on Saturday evening – I was so hungover and I just wanted to get into bed after I’d come home from lunch at Purobeach with some friends.

Total distance covered this week? I also included my 10-minute warmup from my Wednesday session with Pete. That’s a run too, right?

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Low point of the week? I had a lot of vodka on Friday night and felt like crap on Saturday – which led to me having a Coke and a hot dog with fries for lunch.

High point of the week? Doing six workouts this week. Also, I was at a friend’s place on Friday afternoon and she told me my legs were looking amazing! In fact, she was inspired to go for a run on the beach the following morning…

Weight loss? My Libra weight-tracking app now tells me I’ll hit my goal weight of 65 kg by the end of August this year.

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Your week ahead (21-27 February 2016)

Have a great week 🙂

Aries

Cups King

King of Cups – being wise – giving good advice, understanding many levels of experience; being calm – keeping your head in a crisis, never seeming nervous or tense; being diplomatic – balancing the needs of many people, being able to diffuse a tense situation; being caring – feeling compassion for the less fortunate, doing volunteer and charity work; being tolerant – allowing others their freedom, being patient in trying circumstances

Taurus

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

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

04 The Emperor

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

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

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

Libra

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

Swords Queen

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

Capricorn

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

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

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

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Dubai 2016: Week 6

I had an incredibly dull week.

After the gym on Sunday morning, I spent the rest of the day working.

My Monday was busy as usual – it’s my busiest day. I had a session with Pete in the morning, my piano lesson after lunch and an Arabic class in the evening.

And on Tuesday I came down with the flu. I went to the gym that morning but by the end of the day I felt terrible. I cancelled my session with Pete on Wednesday morning and I emailed the Arabic Language Centre to let them know I wouldn’t be at the class that evening. I spent the day in bed, drinking Lemsip and listening to ‘Serial‘ podcasts. My God, it’s so addictive!

I felt better on Thursday but not perfect and I stayed in all day. And all of Friday too.

I finally felt well enough to go out on Saturday, but just to the beach for a walk.

I love my life.

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