Notes by Nectar

Your destiny lies in your own hands

Your month ahead (June 2016)

How did we get to June? Have a great month!

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Aries

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

Taurus

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

Gemini

Page 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

The Empress – mothering – giving birth, nourishing life, expressing tenderness; welcoming abundance – luxuriating in plenty, having more than enough, feeling rich; experiencing the senses – giving and receiving pleasure, focusing on the body, doing physical activity; responding to Nature – embracing the natural, feeling connected to the Earth, going outdoors

Leo

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

Virgo

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

Libra

7 of Swords – running away – shirking responsibility, sneaking off, leaving; being a lone wolf – wanting independence, staying aloof, preferring solitude; choosing hidden dishonour – covering your tracks, lying or stealing, avoiding a shameful secret

Scorpio

Knight of Cups – finding a balance between being romantic/over-emotional – remembering special occasions/blowing hot and cold in affections; being imaginative/fanciful – spinning marvelous tales/having an overactive imagination; being sensitive/temperamental – responding deeply to life/getting melancholy and depressed; being refined/over-refined – being suave and gracious/getting overwhelmed by pressure; being introspective/introverted – seeking below the surface/being unable to relax around others

Sagittarius

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

Capricorn

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

Aquarius

Knight 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

7 of Cups – indulging in wishful thinking – creating fantasies, building castles in the air, lacking focus and commitment; having many options – looking at a wide open field, getting to pick and choose, being offered many alternatives; falling into dissipation – letting everything go, being lazy, procrastinating, eating/drinking/partying to excess

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The final few

I had a pretty good week, after feeling really awful the week before.

On Sunday morning I decided to go back to Week 4 Day 1 of the 10k Runner app (after a long break):

  • Warmup x 5 min
  • Run x 3 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Run x 4 min
  • Walk x 3 min
  • Run x 4 min
  • Walk x 3 min
  • Run x 3 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Cool down x 5 min

I needed to start with something manageable, to ease myself in!

I had a session with Pete on Monday morning. I did a 1 km warmup on the treadmill (8.26) and some stretches. I then did the following superset:

  • Chest fly x 14 (10-lb weights)
  • Front fly x 14 (10-lb weights)
  • Abdominal scissors x 20
  • Rest and repeat two more times

I had some water and moved on to the next group of exercises:

  • Pushups x 10
  • Bentover row x 14 (10-lb weights)
  • Russian twists x 20
  • Rest and repeat two more times

I had some more water and did the final group of exercises:

  • Romanian deadlifts x 14 (10-lb weights)
  • Goblet squats x 14 (15-lb weight)
  • Reach-through crunch x 20
  • Rest and repeat two more times

I did a few stretches afterwards and was done for the day.

My hamstrings and upper body were quite sore on Tuesday! I went back to the gym for Week 4 Day 2 of the 10k Runner app:

  • Warmup x 5 min
  • Run x 3 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Run x 5 min
  • Walk x 3 min
  • Run x 5 min
  • Walk x 3 min
  • Run x 3 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Cool down x 5 min

I had another session with Pete on Wednesday. I started with a 10-minute warmup on the cross-trainer and some stretches. I then did the following group of exercises:

  • Kettlebell swings x 3 (8-kg kettlebell)
  • Combined squat/upright row x 2 (8-kg kettlebell)
  • Shoulder press x 1 (8-kg kettlebell)
  • Repeat x 6 (no breaks)
  • Jumping jacks x 30
  • Repeat the whole thing two more times (no breaks)

Oh God, it was awful. I did three circuits of that in 5:21.

Pete usually gets the worst exercises out of the way first, so when he told me I’d be doing burpees in the second group of exercises, I wanted to cry. The second group went like this:

  • Deadlifts x 10 (20-lb weights)
  • Burpees x 8
  • Combined bicep curl/shoulder press x 6 (10-lb weights)
  • As many sets as possible in 6 minutes

It was worse than the first set of exercises! I had some water while Pete told me I’d be doing a 4-minute Tabata set next. Then he pulled the dreaded ladder out of his bag. I wanted to lie on the floor and have a tantrum. It was almost as if he’d chosen all my least favourite things and put them all together. The ladder circuit went like this:

  • Jumping in and out x 20 s
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Stepping side to side x 20 s
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Scissors x 20 s
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Salsa x 20 s
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Repeat one more time

I know I’d been dreading the ladder but it really wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. The burpees were definitely much worse. I had some more water and did three sets of the following on the lateral pulldown machine:

  • Pull down and hold x 20 s
  • Lateral pulldown x 10
  • Rest and repeat two more times

After some more water, I did an abs set:

  • Hip rolls x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Scissors x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Mountain climbers x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s
  • T-raise x 30 s
  • Rest

I did some stretches after that and was done for the day. Yippee!

My hamstrings were still sore on Thursday, but I went to the gym for Week 4 Day 3 of the 10k Runner app:

  • Warmup x 5 min
  • Run x 3 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Run x 5 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Run x 5 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Run x 3 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Cool down

I managed to do that – and that was my week. I didn’t work out over the weekend.

Total distance covered this week?

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

High point of the week? Working out five times 🙂

Weight loss? It started to go in the right direction but I’m not sure what happened towards the end of the week. According to my Libra weight tracker app, I’ll reach my goal weight by February 2017.

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Your week ahead (29 May – 4 June 2016)

I’m using my new Fountain Tarot deck! Have a great week 🙂

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Aries

4 of Coins – 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

Taurus

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

Gemini

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

Cancer

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

Leo

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

Virgo

Page 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

Libra

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

Scorpio

The Wheel of Fortune – 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

Sagittarius

The World – integrating – experiencing wholeness, combining, working in unison; accomplishing – realising your goals, seeing dreams come true, finding a beautiful solution; becoming involved – rendering a service, using a gift or talent, sharing what you have; feeling fulfilled – savouring the present, taking pleasure in life, enjoying peace of mind, counting your blessings

Capricorn

Page 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

Aquarius

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

Pisces

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

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The final few

I had a terrible week. I was so tired on Sunday after a really busy weekend (I’d been out for lunch and dinner every day since Thursday)… Pete texted me on Sunday evening to see if I was ready for some heavy lifting the following morning. I replied that I was!

But I woke up at about 6am on Monday feeling really queasy. I cancelled my session with Pete and by 9am it was clear to me that I had some king of tummy bug. It couldn’t have been anything I’d eaten as I had my meals at home on Sunday, so I asked some friends via WhatsApp if they knew if there was a tummy bug doing the rounds in Dubai. One friend replied that both her parents had had the same thing the week before and another friend replied saying she had the same symptoms. I guess the only consolation is that at least I knew the cook wasn’t trying to poison me. I could barely eat on Monday, I missed my Arabic class, I couldn’t focus on anything and I slept for 2 hours on Monday afternoon/evening.

I felt a bit better on Tuesday, but nowhere near 100%. I cancelled my session with Pete on Wednesday as well.

Basically, I did nothing all week.

Total distance covered this week? Big fat zero.

Low point of the week? Doing nothing.

High point of the week? Was there one?

Weight loss? A bit! But what an awful way to lose it. And once I start eating normally again, it will go right back up!

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Your week ahead (22-28 May 2016)

Have a great week 🙂

Aries

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

Taurus

18 The Moon

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

Gemini

Pentacles Prince

Prince of Pentacles – finding a balance between being unwavering and stubborn – staying fixed to a chosen course and refusing to listen to reason; being cautious and unadventurous – checking/double-checking and being too conservative; being thorough and obsessive – being meticulous and being too picky; being realistic and pessimistic – predicting problems in advance and dooming a project from the start; being hard-working and grinding – being tireless and unflagging and forgetting life should be fun

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

Pentacles 5

5 of Pentacles – experiencing hard times – running into material troubles, feeling insecure, struggling to make ends meet; suffering ill health – feeling run down and tired, abusing your body, refusing to take care of yourself; being rejected – having the door slammed in your face, being ostracised, standing alone

Virgo

03 The Empress

The Empress – mothering – giving birth, nourishing life, expressing tenderness; welcoming abundance – luxuriating in plenty, having more than enough, feeling rich; experiencing the senses – giving and receiving pleasure, focusing on the body, doing physical activity; responding to Nature – embracing the natural, feeling connected to the Earth, going outdoors

Libra

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

Wands Queen

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

Capricorn

Pentacles King

King of Pentacles – being enterprising – making any venture successful, attracting wealth, having the Midas touch; being adept – having quick reflexes, handling any situation competently, having a wide range of abilities; being reliable – being counted on in a crisis, assuming responsibility, meeting all commitments and promises; being supporting – encouraging the accomplishments of others, sponsoring worthwhile projects, readily jumping in to help; being steady – having a stabilising influence, maintaining a calm approach, avoiding mood and behaviour swings

Aquarius

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

Pisces

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

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The final few

I began the week with Week 5 Day 1 of the 10k Runner app:

  • Warmup x 5 min
  • Run x 5 min
  • Walk x 3 min
  • Run x 6 min
  • Walk x 3 min
  • Run x 5 min
  • Cool down x 5 min

I managed to do it but was really out of breath by the end of it!

I had a session with Pete on Monday morning. I started with a 10-minute warmup on the cross-trainer:

  • 3 min x 6 km/h
  • 3 min x 8 km/h
  • 4 min x 9 km/h

After some stretches I did three sets of the first group of exercises:

  • Leg extension x 12 (machine)
  • Romanian deadlifts x 12 (20-lb weights)

I had some water and did an abs set:

  • Mountain climbers x 30 s
  • T leg raise x 20 (alternating 10 on each side)
  • Elbow plank to straight-arm plank x 30 s
  • Bicycle crunch x 20 (alternating 10 on each side)

After some more water, I did the following set of exercises three times:

  • Hamstring curl x 12 (machine)
  • Goblet squats x 12 (20-lb weight)

I did the same abs set as before and then did the last set of lower body exercises:

  • Glute bridges x 20
  • Side leg raises x 10 on each side
  • Kickbacks x 10 on each side
  • Rest and repeat

I did some stretches and went home. I even felt fine the next day.

I went back to the gym on Tuesday but just walked for 3 km (28:16).

I had another session with Pete on Wednesday. I began with a 1 km walk/run on the treadmill (8.36). I did some stretches and we began with the first set of exercises:

    • Kettlebell swings x 30 s
    • Rest x 30 s
    • Kettlebell swings x 30 s
    • Rest x 30 s
    • Jumping jacks x 30 s
    • Rest x 30 s
    • Burpees x 30 s

Rest x 30 s

After some water, I did the following circuit:

  • Cross-trainer x 100 m
  • Hanging knee raises x 10
  • Combined kettlebell bicep curl/shoulder press x 10
  • Repeat as many times as possible in 6 minutes

After some water, I did the next set of exercises:

  • Farmer walk x 4 lengths of the gym (25-lb weights)
  • Plank twist x 20 (alternating 10 on each side)
  • Upright row x 10 (machine)
  • Repeat as many times as possible in 6 minutes

I had some more water and then did three sets of the following exercises, no breaks:

  • Back extensions x 10
  • Double crunch x 10
  • Spiderman plank x 20 (alternating 10 on each side)

And I was done. I was tired but didn’t ache at all the next day…

And I didn’t work out again in the week or over the weekend.

Total distance covered this week? 6.04 km.

Low point of the week? I still don’t feel very motivated. And I can’t even remember the last time I went to a yoga class.

High point of the week? Was there one??

Weight loss? Gosh, this is depressing.

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Your week ahead (15-21 May 2016)

Have a great week 🙂

Aries

Pentacles 5

5 of Pentacles – experiencing hard times – running into material troubles, feeling insecure, struggling to make ends meet; suffering ill health – feeling run down and tired, abusing your body, refusing to take care of yourself; being rejected – having the door slammed in your face, being ostracised, standing alone

Taurus

15 The Devil

The Devil – experiencing bondage – being obsessed, being addicted and enslaved, losing independence; focusing on the material – forgetting the spiritual, getting and spending, being caught up in appearances; staying in ignorance – being unaware, choosing to stay in the dark, fearing the unknown; feeling hopeless – believing the worst, lacking faith, thinking negatively

Gemini

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

Cancer

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

Leo

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

Virgo

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

Libra

Pentacles 9

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

Pentacles Ace

Ace of Pentacles – using material force – working with the physical, improving the body/health, focusing on concrete results; prospering – having the means to reach a goal, seeing efforts rewarded, increasing assets; being practical – using common sense, being realistic, accepting the tools at hand; proceeding with trust – feeling safe and protected, having a support system, believing in the good faith of others

Capricorn

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

Aquarius

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

Pisces

05 The Hierophant

The Hierophant – getting an education – pursuing knowledge, seeking a deeper meaning; having a belief system – identifying a world view, knowing where to put your faith; conforming – fitting in, doing what’s expected; identifying with a group – devoting energy to a group, feeling loyal to others

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The final few

So, April was a disaster – and I decided it was time to get back into my gym routine.

I went to the gym on Monday and decided to ease myself in gently. I decided to do Week 4 Day 1 of the 10k Runner app:

  • Warmup x 5 min
  • Run x 3 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Run x 4 min
  • Walk x 3 min
  • Run x 4 min
  • Walk x 3 min
  • Run x 3 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Cool down x 5 min

And I managed to do that, listening to my Prince playlist.

I had a session with Pete on Monday morning. I began with a warmup on the treadmill:

  • Walk x 1 min
  • Run to 500 m
  • Walk x 1 min
  • Run to 1 km

I got to 1 km in 8:31. I did some stretches and Pete told me I’d probably hate him by the end of the session as I’d be working my legs mostly. He said there were three sets of exercises, each one beginning with pelvic lifts (x 20). So, the first set of exercises went like this:

  • Pelvic lifts x 20
  • Bulgarian squat hold x 20 s
  • Bulgarian squats x 20 (10 on each side)
  • Rest x 40 s
  • Bulgarian squat hold x 20 s
  • Bulgarian squats x 20 (10 on each side)
  • Rest x 40 s
  • Bulgarian squat hold x 20 s
  • Bulgarian squats x 20 (10 on each side)

I hate Bulgarian squats! And the squat hold was torture – my legs felt like jelly by the end of that set.

I had a water break and moved on to the next set of exercises:

  • Pelvic lifts x 20
  • High knees x 20 s
  • Romanian deadlifts x 10 (10-lb weights)
  • Rest x 40 s
  • High knees x 20 s
  • Romanian deadlifts x 10
  • Rest x 40 s
  • High knees x 20 s
  • Romanian deadlifts x 10

I had some more water, and did the next set of exercises:

  • Pelvic lifts x 20
  • Semi squat hold x 20 s
  • Combined in/out jumps/squat x 1 length of the ladder
  • Rest x 40 s
  • Semi squat hold x 20 s
  • Combined in/out jumps/squat x 1 length of the ladder
  • Rest x 40 s
  • Semi squat hold x 20 s
  • Combined in/out jumps/squat x 1 length of the ladder

Oh. My. God. Those ladder squats killed me – I’d jump into the ladder and squat, jump out of the ladder and squat, all the way to the end of it. My legs were on fire. And not in a good way.

I did a 3-minute walk on the treadmill after that, at 5.2 km/h – just so my legs wouldn’t seize up later. And during my stretches, Pete told me to hold each one for at least 20 seconds to make sure I got a really good stretch.

I wasn’t as sore as I thought I’d be on Tuesday, although both my knees were aching a bit. My glutes and hamstrings were a little sore, but nothing like I’d imagined. I went back to the gym to do Week 4 Day 2 of the 10k Runner app. One of the ladies in the building was there with her daughter and she asked me how often I had my trainer and what else I did in between sessions and then she told me she could really see a difference in my shape. Well, that was nice! We chatted for a bit and after enough procrastinating I got on the treadmill:

  • Warmup x 5 min
  • Run x 3 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Run x 5 min
  • Walk x 3 min
  • Run x 5 min
  • Walk x 3 min
  • Run x 3 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Cool down x 5 min

Phew, I was glad when that was over.

I had another session Pete on Wednesday morning. I began with an easy 3-minute warmup on the cross-trainer and then went through the stretching routine.

I began with 12 minutes on the cross-trainer, alternating 20 seconds of sprints and 10 seconds of an easy pace. It was exhausting!

I then did the first group of exercises:

  • Lateral pulldown hold x 20 s
  • Lateral pulldown x 10
  • Hanging knee raises x 10
  • Rest 20 s and repeat two more times

I had a water break and did the next group of exercises:

  • Pushup hold x 20 s
  • Pushups x 10
  • Side crunches x 20 (10 on each side)
  • Rest 20 s and repeat two more times

After some water I did an abs set:

  • Side plank with reach through x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Bicycle crunches x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Side plank with reach through x 30 s (the other side)
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Double crunches x 30 s
  • Rest

I did another 4 minutes on the cross-trainer, alternating 20 s and 10 s. And after that I finished off with some stretches and went home.

Thursday was a holiday and Eco Yoga Sanctuary was closed so I went to the gym to do Week 4 Day 3 of the 10k Runner app:

  • Warmup x 5 min
  • Run x 3 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Run x 5 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Run x 5 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Run x 3 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Cool down x 5 min

I managed to do that without stopping and went home.

And I didn’t work out again over the weekend.

Total distance covered this week? 9.46 km – although the run that I did on Thursday has disappeared from my Nike+ app although the total distance covered in May (so far) includes the 3.04 km. That’s weird – and annoying!

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

High point of the week? Feeling like I’ve got my groove back!

Weight loss? Hmm – I think I’m moving in the right direction. And when will I hit my goal weight of 65 kg? According to the Libra weight-tracking app, it will be December this year.

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Your week ahead (8-14 May 2016)

Have a great week 🙂

Aries

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

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

Swords 4

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

Cancer

12 The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man – letting go – accepting what is, ending the struggle, giving up control; reversing – turning the world around, seeing from a new angle, overturning old priorities; suspending action – giving up urgency, living in the moment, pausing to reflect; sacrificing – putting self-interest aside, putting others first, giving up for a higher cause

Leo

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

Virgo

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

Libra

Swords 7

7 of Swords – running away – shirking responsibility, sneaking off, leaving; being a lone wolf – wanting independence, staying aloof, preferring solitude; choosing hidden dishonour – covering your tracks, lying or stealing, avoiding a shameful secret

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

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

Capricorn

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

Aquarius

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

Pisces

Pentacles Ace

Ace of Pentacles – using material force – working with the physical, improving the body/health, focusing on concrete results; prospering – having the means to reach a goal, seeing efforts rewarded, increasing assets; being practical – using common sense, being realistic, accepting the tools at hand; proceeding with trust – feeling safe and protected, having a support system, believing in the good faith of others

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The final few

Apart from my two sessions with Pete this week, I did no exercise. I was tired, lazy and just didn’t want to do anything.

I had a session with Pete on Monday morning. I began with a warmup on the treadmill:

  • Walk x 1 min
  • Run to 500 m
  • Walk x 1 min
  • Run to 1 km

I got to 1 km in 8:42. I did some stretches and Pete told me I’d be doing weights in the session. The first set of exercises consisted of:

  • Leg extension x 12 (machine)
  • Dumbbell crunches x 20 (10-lb weights)
  • Rest and repeat two more times

I had a water break and moved on to the next set of exercises:

  • Chest fly x 12 (10-lb weights)
  • Bent over row x 12 (15-lb weights)
  • Rest and repeat two more times

I had some more water, and did the next set of exercises:

  • Hamstring curl x 12 (machine)
  • Elbow to knee crunches x 20 (10 on each side)
  • Rest and repeat two more times

After another short break, I did the following set of exercises:

  • Bicep curl x 12 (machine)
  • Overhead tricep extension x 12 (15-lb weight)
  • Rest and repeat two more times

And then came the final set:

  • Sumo squats x 12 (25-lb weight)
  • Reverse crunches x 20
  • Rest and repeat two more times

I did some stretches and went home. I even felt fine the next day.

I had another session with Pete on Wednesday morning. I started with a treadmill warmup:

  • Walking x 1 min
  • Running to 500 m
  • Walking x 1 min
  • Running to 1 km

I managed the 1 km in 8.33. I did some stretches and Pete told me it was going to be a tough session. The first set consisted of three rounds of the following exercises, without any breaks:

  • Kettlebell swings x 20
  • Upright row x 10
  • Ski jumps x 20
  • Scissors x 20

Ugh, it was hard. I then got on the cross-trainer for 4 minutes, alternating 20 seconds of sprinting with 10 seconds of an easy pace.

After some water, I did the next set of exercises:

  • Combined squat/side kick x 10 (alternating 5 on each side)
  • Jumping jacks x 30
  • Combined side raise/bicep curl x 10 (5-lb weights)

I had to do that continuously for 4 minutes, no breaks. I got on the cross-trainer again for another 4 minutes of intervals.

I had some more water and then Pete said there were two abs circuits left:

  • Plank x 30 s
  • Abdominal knee in/out x 20 s
  • Macarena plank x 30 s
  • Double crunch x 20
  • Rest
  • Side plank x 30 s (on one side)
  • Single leg lowering x 20 (alternating 10 on each side)
  • Side plank x 30 s (on the other side)
  • Butterfly situps x 20

And I was done. I was tired but didn’t ache at all the next day…

Eco Yoga Sanctuary was closed on Thursday for maintenance work so I couldn’t go to my yoga class (I totally would have though)…

And I didn’t work out again over the weekend. But, I decided that I was going to give myself a couple of days and then get back into it properly the following week.

Total distance covered this week? Just 2 km.

Low point of the week? I still don’t feel very motivated.

High point of the week? Was there one??

Weight loss? Hmm – it does seem to be going down a little. And when will I hit my goal weight of 65 kg? According to the Libra weight-tracking app that answer is still ‘NA’.

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