Your week ahead (1-7 January 2017)

Happy new year from Dubai!

Aries

swords-10

10 of Swords – walk away and let go. Focus on the present rather than dwell on the past. Keywords: completion, release, drama, transformation, victimhood, truth, shock

Taurus

pentacles-3

3 of Pentacles – show off your work and be proud of your achievements. Further success is on the cards. Keywords: reputation, learning, skill, performance, reward, security, completion

Gemini

wands-king

King of Wands – explore your passions and look to unconventional people and new places. Keywords: energy, creativity, power, wisdom, passion, freedom, openness

Cancer

15-the-vortex

The Vortex (The Devil in most other decks) – if you decide it’s time to break an agreement or habit, do it; it will be easier than you think. Don’t let your circumstances dictate who you are. Take back your power. Keywords: choices, contracts, control, power, affairs, restriction, addiction

Leo

cups-7

7 of Cups – rather than rush toward one option, stand back awhile – wait to see what manifests. Keywords: fantasy, confusion, choices, dreams, imagination, vision, passion

Virgo

swords-3

3 of Swords – feel the pain and see the truth of the matter. This situation has happened for a reason. Keywords: heartbreak, sorrow, betrayal, loss, affairs of the heart, break-ups, tears

Libra

17-the-star

The Star – follow your heart and respect your inner knowing. Trust that the universe will bring you whatever you need. Keywords: creativity, dreams, intuition, healing, spiritual path, rebirth, wishes

Scorpio

14-angel-of-the-ocean

The Angel of the Ocean (Temperance in most other decks) – you’ll need to work a little magic now to reconcile opposites. Be patient and compassionate, and you will get everything done. Keywords: balance, reconciliation, flow, compassion, finances, angels

Sagittarius

13-death

Death – allow that what will be will be. Rather than resisting the change that needs to happen, embrace it. Keywords: rebirth, endings, change, beginnings, release, relief, conclusions

Capricorn

swords-ace

Ace of Swords – use your intelligence and victory is yours. Keywords: beginnings, decisions, action, clarity, determination, solutions, ideas

Aquarius

swords-9

9 of Swords – what ties you in knots at 3am looks small in the light of day. Try to keep perspective when negative thoughts get in the way. Keywords: panic attack, fear, guilt, insomnia, nightmares, stress, mental overload

Pisces

wands-ace

Ace of Wands – step into your power – invent, talk and create. Whatever you say now will be well received. Keywords – beginnings, intuition, adventures, ideas, creativity, success, fertility

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Your month ahead (January 2017)

Happy new year from Dubai! Have an amazing 2017…

Aries

swords-10

10 of Swords – walk away and let go. Focus on the present rather than dwell on the past. Keywords: completion, release, drama, transformation, victimhood, truth, shock

Taurus

swords-8

8 of Swords – get practical and see that you are in control of your own future, regardless of what others think. You can free yourself by being less tolerant of the demands of others. Keywords: separation, fear, burdens, lack of vision, being stuck, responsibility, change

Gemini

cups-6

6 of Cups – enjoy reconnecting with the happiest aspects of your past, which energise, entertain and inspire you for the future. Keywords: friendship, visitors, happiness, comfort, childhood memories, protection, play

Cancer

swords-4

4 of Swords – accept that this is how things need to be just now. You will make progress when the time is right. Keywords: inaction, time away, a relationship break, healing, peace, stillness, rest

Leo

6 of Pentacles – receive any gift with thanks and grace, and if you are giving to others, enjoy it. Giving is its own reward. Keywords: finances, gifts, balance, help, compassion, humility, protection

Virgo

wands-2

2 of Wands – look for those around you who share your vision. Work together for great results. Keywords: partnership, creativity, communication, travel, planning, education, inspiration

Libra

swords-5

5 of Swords – stand your ground. You don’t need to respond aggressively but do be assertive rather than retreat. Keywords: opposition, arguments, shame, bullying, unfairness, loss, resilience

Scorpio

cups-2

2 of Cups – appreciate love and trust in your relationships. Keywords: soul mates, karma, love, intimacy, connection, healing, union

Sagittarius

Knight of Wands – choose which people, situations or projects will benefit most from your efforts and attention. Stay grounded and you’ll make great steps toward success. Keywords: energy, movement, passion, focus, balance, communication, relationships

Capricorn

cups-page

Page of Cups – enjoy the lighter side of life. Allow yourself time to play and let your imagination run free. Keywords: companionship, outings, fun, playfulness, imagination, love news, finances

Aquarius

pentacles-10

10 of Pentacles – appreciate the special bonds you share as a group and the love that comes with commitment. Keywords: family, celebrations, generosity, money, luck, completeness, love

Pisces

swords-queen

Queen of Swords – be prepared to make strong decisions or to respond to a final decision made by a woman. Keywords: intelligence, independence, leadership, insight, intolerance, determination, justice

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Your week ahead (25-31 December 2016)

Merry Christmas! It’s the last week of the year – make it a good one!

Aries

pentacles-4

4 of Pentacles – enjoy this period of calm and order, but stay open to new possibilities, too; keep looking for new ways to expand your empire. Keywords: stability, finances, property, protection, balance, order, foundations

Taurus

5 of Cups – look for and accept support. The situation is not hopeless and you will heal. Keywords: unhappiness, dejection, negative thoughts, confusion, hurt, disruption, abandonment

Gemini

12-the-hanged-man

The Hanged Man – use this waiting time to see your situation in a new light and find alternative perspectives. You may find an ingenious solution or gain a valuable insight. Keywords: waiting time, frustration, sacrifice, insight, purpose, viewpoints

Cancer

Judgement – if you feel you need to give a person a second chance or return to an old situation, now is the time to decide. If you’re reassessing the past in other ways, don’t be too hard on yourself. Keywords: contemplation, self-judgement, review, second chances, guilt, spirituality, memories

Leo

wands-5

5 of Wands – become the observer; you’ll soon know who needs your help. However, try not to heal everybody – focus on yourself too. Keywords: posturing, ego, pride, debate, tests, opinions, communication overload

Virgo

The Chariot – it’s time to move forward actively with your plans. Keep that ego in check when you need to, and enjoy this time of power and motivation. Keywords: journeys, determination, willpower, progress, friction, guidance, protection

Libra

10-wheel-of-fortune

The Wheel of Fortune – the Wheel is not so much a ‘doing’ card as a ‘receiving’ card – so enjoy and appreciate the good fortune that comes to you now. Go with the flow. Keywords: fate, luck, the unexpected, movement, change, crossroads, clairvoyance

Scorpio

swords-3

3 of Swords – feel the pain and see the truth of the matter. This situation has happened for a reason. Keywords: heartbreak, sorrow, betrayal, loss, affairs of the heart, break-ups, tears

Sagittarius

9 of Cups – you’re perfectly placed to manifest what you dream of, so make your wish. Keywords: happiness, support, love, entertaining, harmony at home, relationships, abundance

Capricorn

King of Pentacles – protect what is yours, while helping those on their way up the ladder. Enjoy the rewards that success brings. Keyword: money, protection, power, loyalty, stability, leadership, commitment

Aquarius

18-the-moon

The Moon – give yourself time to work out the best way forward. Your intuition holds the answer – pay attention to its messages through feelings and dreams, rather than rely on a logical approach to a problem. Keywords: the unconscious, doubt, decisions, dilemmas, sadness, the past, fear

Pisces

wands-10

10 of Wands – set some boundaries to reduce the stress. You may need to say no to certain people. Keywords: burdens, overload, confusion, exhaustion, priorities, pressure, blocks

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Your week ahead (18-24 December 2016)

Have a great week!

Aries

4 of Wands – be carefree while you can and replenish your mind, body and soul – you deserve it. Keywords: balance, love, contentment, freedom, openness, travel, new home

Taurus

Ace of Cups – open your heart and trust; you need not be overwhelmed by emotion. Just be open to what comes to you. Keywords: beginnings, passion, pregnancy, creativity, fulfillment, overflow of emotions, intensity

Gemini

swords-3

3 of Swords – feel the pain and see the truth of the matter. This situation has happened for a reason. Keywords: heartbreak, sorrow, betrayal, loss, affairs of the heart, break-ups, tears

Cancer

wands-9

9 of Wands – protect what is yours by all means, but free up your thinking. Create some mental space to plan for the future. Keywords: determination, challenges, sacrifices, hard work, protection, rigidity, fear

Leo

18-the-moon

The Moon – give yourself time to work out the best way forward. Your intuition holds the answer – pay attention to its messages through feelings and dreams, rather than rely on a logical approach to a problem. Keywords: the unconscious, doubt, decisions, dilemmas, sadness, the past, fear

Virgo

8 of Pentacles – you have the ability to earn more and learn more; wherever you focus your energy, success will follow. Keywords: analysis, dedication, detailed work, commitment, money, education, perfectionism

Libra

The High Priestess – keep your thoughts and feelings to yourself just now and respect others’ secrets as well as your own. Take time to concentrate on your spiritual interests and listen to your intuition. The right teacher will appear when you are ready for the lesson. Keywords: wisdom, secrets, discretion, teaching, spiritual work, vision, dreams

Scorpio

wands-king

King of Wands – explore your passions and look to unconventional people and new places. Keywords: energy, creativity, power, wisdom, passion, freedom, openness

Sagittarius

swords-4

4 of Swords – accept that this is how things need to be just now. You will make progress when the time is right. Keywords: inaction, time away, a relationship break, healing, peace, stillness, rest

Capricorn

The Tower – surrender to the universe, give up control and begin to construct a new way of working, thinking, relating or living. You now have the freedom to start over and a strong foundation on which to rebuild whatever has fallen. Keywords: breakdown, endings, chaos, surrender, breakthrough, beginnings, enlightenment

Aquarius

Judgement – if you feel you need to give a person a second chance or return to an old situation, now is the time to decide. If you’re reassessing the past in other ways, don’t be too hard on yourself. Keywords: contemplation, self-judgement, review, second chances, guilt, spirituality, memories

Pisces

The Fool – look before you leap – and, if you like what you see, dive right in! Keywords: risk, innocence, departure, new pathway, discovery, journeys, starting over

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Your week ahead (11-17 December 2016)

Have a great week!

Aries

swords-7

7 of Swords – protect your assets and examine the motives of others carefully – be on your guard. Keywords: theft, negative people, insecurity, intuition, mistrust, decisions, protection

Taurus

03-the-queen-of-the-ocean

The Queen of the Ocean (The Empress in most other decks) – it’s time to grow and evolve. Enjoy and invest time in your relationships, your home, your spiritual practice and new creative projects. Keywords: growth, nurturing, home, love, fertility, comfort, generosity

Gemini

Page of Wands – now is the time to express yourself – in words, pictures, dance, music or through any other creative pursuit you enjoy. Keywords: messages, travel news, communication, new work, expression, transition, entertainment

Cancer

swords-8

8 of Swords – get practical and see that you are in control of your own future, regardless of what others think. You can free yourself by being less tolerant of the demands of others. Keywords: separation, fear, burdens, lack of vision, being stuck, responsibility, change

Leo

swords-5

5 of Swords – stand your ground. You don’t need to respond aggressively but do be assertive rather than retreat. Keywords: opposition, arguments, shame, bullying, unfairness, loss, resilience

Virgo

8 of Pentacles – you have the ability to earn more and learn more; wherever you focus your energy, success will follow. Keywords: analysis, dedication, detailed work, commitment, money, education, perfectionism

Libra

wands-ace

Ace of Wands – step into your power – invent, talk and create. Whatever you say now will be well received. Keywords – beginnings, intuition, adventures, ideas, creativity, success, fertility

Scorpio

The Fool – look before you leap – and, if you like what you see, dive right in! Keywords: risk, innocence, departure, new pathway, discovery, journeys, starting over

Sagittarius

swords-ace

Ace of Swords – use your intelligence and victory is yours. Keywords: beginnings, decisions, action, clarity, determination, solutions, ideas

Capricorn

8 of Wands – take a breath before saying yes to all offers. Choose carefully and you won’t waste energy or time running in circles. Keywords: communication, speed, news, motivation, action, excitement, movement

Aquarius

10 of Cups – you can feel blessed for the life you have. It’s time to celebrate. Keywords: family, love, weddings, home, security, children, celebration

Pisces

The High Priestess – keep your thoughts and feelings to yourself just now and respect others’ secrets as well as your own. Take time to concentrate on your spiritual interests and listen to your intuition. The right teacher will appear when you are ready for the lesson. Keywords: wisdom, secrets, discretion, teaching, spiritual work, vision, dreams

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The final few

On Sunday the 20th of November I skipped the gym. We’d had a late night at home and my mum and I were also taking my sister-in-law and nephew to the airport in the morning. I think I’d mentally written off the week already though.

I had a session with Pete on Monday morning. I did some stretches and 400 m on the cross-trainer, had some water and began the workout. The first group of exercises consisted of:

  • Glute bridges x 20 (20-lb weights)
  • Goblet squats x 12 (25-lb weight)
  • Romanian deadlifts x 12 (20-lb weights)
  • Quick feet (stepping out and in quickly) x 20 s
  • Rest and repeat two more times

I had some water and did an abs circuit:

  • Mountain climbers x 30 s
  • High to low V-sit x 30 s
  • Weighted crunches x 30 (10-lb weights)
  • Reverse wood chop x 10 on each knee (10-lb weight)
  • Hanging knee raises x 10

The next group of exercises consisted of:

  • Pushups x 12
  • Fly x 12 (15/10-lb weights)
  • Chest press x 12 (4 bars)
  • Jumping jacks x 20
  • Rest and repeat two more times

In the first set, I used 15-lb weights when doing the fly, but it was just too heavy for me so Pete gave me the 10-lb dumbbells for the next two sets. After those three sets, I did another round of the abs circuit.

The next group of exercises were:

  • Bent over row x 12 (15-lb weights)
  • Prone fly x 12 (3-kg weights)
  • Lateral pulldown x 12 (narrow underhand grip)
  • Butt kickers x 20
  • Rest and repeat two more times

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

I skipped Tuesday. I told Pete I was going to take a few days off as I was just feeling unmotivated and tired… So apart from my sessions with Pete, I didn’t do much.

I had a session with him on Wednesday. I began with some stretches, 10 minutes on the treadmill (walking x 3 min, walk/run x 4 min, run x 3 min) and more stretching. The second group of stretches is more dynamic now – it includes lunges, walkouts, pushups, back extensions, airplanes – some of it is so tedious.

Anyway… after stretching for what seemed like forever, I did 8 minutes on the cross-trainer, sprinting for 20 s and then going a bit more easy for 10 s. Next came an abs circuit:

  • Single leg lowering x 20, alternating
  • Elbow to knee crunches x 10 on each side
  • Butterfly situps x 10

I had some water and did the next Tabata circuit for 4 minutes:

  • Reverse lunges, alternating x 20 s
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Jumping jacks x 20 s
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Combined squat/press x 20 s (15-lb weights)
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Quick feet x 20 s
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Repeat

I did the same abs circuit as before, had some more water and then moved on to the next Tabata circuit for 4 minutes:

  • Combined lunge/bent over row x 20 s (15-lb weight)
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Butt kickers x 20 s
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Combined lunge/bent over row x 20 s (15-lb weight), the other side
  • Rest x 10 s
  • High knees x 20 s
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Repeat

I did the same abs circuit again and finished off with some stretches.

I didn’t work out again over the weekend.

I had intended to go to the gym on Sunday the 27th but I’d been at an all-day barbecue the day before and woke up with a terrible hangover!

I had a session with Pete on Monday morning. I began with some stretches, a 400-m run on the treadmill and then some more stretches. I had some water and began the first group of exercises:

  • Deep squat x 12
  • Squat pulses x 10 (20-lb weight)
  • Romanian deadlift x 10 (20-lb weights)
  • Combined curtsey lunge/side lunge x 5 on each side

I was supposed to do three sets of that, but I could feel my knee starting to twinge when I was doing the curtsey lunges. In the end, I only did two sets. I had a short break and did an abs circuit:

  • Leg sweeps x 30 s
  • Russian twists x 20 (10-lb weight)
  • Hip rolls x 30 s
  • Butterfly situps x 15 (10-lb weight)

I had some water and did the next group of exercises:

  • Pushups x 12
  • Upward raise x 10 (10-lb weights)
  • Tricep kickbacks x 10 (10-lb weights)
  • Rest and repeat two more times

I did another set of the abs circuit and moved on to the next group of exercises:

  • Lateral pulldown x 12 (narrow underhand grip)
  • Pullovers x 10 (10-lb weights)
  • Bicep curls x 10 (10-lb weights)
  • Rest and repeat two more times

I did one more set of abs and finished off by stretching.

I skipped the gym on Tuesday and had another session with Pete on Wednesday morning. I began with stretching, a 400-m run on the treadmill and more stretching. I had some water and then did 7 minutes of the following exercises:

  • Kettlebell swings x 20
  • Skaters x 20
  • Combined bicep curl/press x 10 (10-lb weights)

I had to do that circuit as many times as I could in 7 minutes. After a short break, I did an abs circuit:

  • Crab lifts x 20
  • Single leg raise x 10 on each side
  • Russian twists x 20
  • Toe touches x 20

I did another group of exercises for 7 minutes:

  • Tricep dips x 12
  • Bent over row x 12 (10-lb weights)
  • Side step shuttle run x 30 s
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Side step shuttle run x 20 s
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Side step shuttle run x 10 s
  • Continue from the beginning, no rest

I had a short rest and did another set of the abs circuit. Then, there was another 7-minute group of exercises:

  • Prone fly x 12 (10-lb weights)
  • Incline pushups x 12
  • Cross-trainer x 400 m

There was one more set of abs and I finished off with stretches.

I didn’t work out again over the weekend.

Distance covered? 0 km.

Low point of the two weeks? Not being very motivated at all. If I could have stayed in bed for two weeks, I would have. November was a weird month – I’m glad it’s over.

High point of the week? My knees had stopped aching by the end of my gym break.

Weight loss? Meh.

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Your week ahead (4-10 December 2016)

Have a great week!

Aries

The Chariot – it’s time to move forward actively with your plans. Keep that ego in check when you need to, and enjoy this time of power and motivation. Keywords: journeys, determination, willpower, progress, friction, guidance, protection

Taurus

pentacles-ace

Ace of Pentacles – maximise your good fortune and make your money work for you; you deserve it. It’s a time to make a wise financial decision. Keywords: beginnings, finances, new job, success, property, security, creativity

Gemini

9 of Cups – you’re perfectly placed to manifest what you dream of, so make your wish. Keywords: happiness, support, love, entertaining, harmony at home, relationships, abundance

Cancer

swords-9

9 of Swords – what ties you in knots at 3am looks small in the light of day. Try to keep perspective when negative thoughts get in the way. Keywords: panic attack, fear, guilt, insomnia, nightmares, stress, mental overload

Leo

swords-knight

Knight of Swords – avoid being drawn into drama more than is necessary. Try not to take this setback personally; it’s their fight, not yours. Keywords: battles, confrontation, stress, unstoppable force, manipulation, immaturity, instability

Virgo

cups-queen

Queen of Cups – tune in to your nurturing side. In decision-making, your emotional intelligence is your best guide. Keywords: love, nurturing, generosity, sympathy, protection, care, emotion

Libra

cups-2

2 of Cups – appreciate love and trust in your relationships. Keywords: soul mates, karma, love, intimacy, connection, healing, union

Scorpio

3 of Wands – think laterally; try new ways to fire your communication and creativity. Keywords: travel, relationships, weddings, originality, success, the arts, sport

Sagittarius

swords-3

3 of Swords – feel the pain and see the truth of the matter. This situation has happened for a reason. Keywords: heartbreak, sorrow, betrayal, loss, affairs of the heart, break-ups, tears

Capricorn

17-the-star

The Star – follow your heart and respect your inner knowing. Trust that the universe will bring you whatever you need. Keywords: creativity, dreams, intuition, healing, spiritual path, rebirth, wishes

Aquarius

wands-king

King of Wands – explore your passions and look to unconventional people and new places. Keywords: energy, creativity, power, wisdom, passion, freedom, openness

Pisces

09-the-hermit

The Hermit – try not to resist aloneness. It gives you time for contemplation and healing, to find the answers you need, and know yourself more deeply. Keywords: thought, retreat, travel, inner journeys, solitude, seclusion, protection

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