Wednesday, August 25, 2010

30 Day Shred Challenge


So in theory by now I should be done. Notice I said in theory. Yeah, that is a big clue there. The last couple of weeks have been hard to make the time, make the effort. It all started with a heatwave. temps were in the 90's and I don't have AC. Sadly, I am not a get up at 4am type of person. It's been extremely difficult to get back into the routine. I have gotten a few days in here and there but not what I'd like it it be. I didn't even get my usual walk outside done either. I am rather disappointed in myself a bit.
On the bright side I did start in again. I decided because of the time off some time back at level 1 might be a good plan.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tarotscopes August 16 - 22nd


This weeks image is from the Hubble telescope.
If you lived in the Northern Hemisphere and had clear skies this weekend did you get a chance to see the meteor shower? I tried and only saw a few because of fog one night and then just plain old light pollution.

Aries - 10 of Swords
You will finally be ending somethings this week but whatever it is you are ready to end it and go on to something new.

Taurus - 4 of swords
Looks like you will have a quiet week ahead of you. You may even just feel tired because of everything you do. Enjoy a well earned nap.

Gemini - 9 of Pentacles
You will finally be feeling a little more secure financially this week. Hopefully, this means most of your bills have been paid for the month.

Cancer - 2 of Wands (reversed)
Looks like you are headed back to square one this week on some projects because things just haven't panned out as you had hoped.

Leo - Queen of Swords
Opinions...everyone has got one and it looks like someone is going to want to tell you their opinion. This person really just wants to be heard and nothing more.

Virgo - 5 of Pentacles (reversed)
You are going to feel more optimistic about your lot in life and even your health. Things are not as bad as you once thought they were.

Libra - 7 of Wands
You will be on the defensive this week trying your best to defend a project or something you hold close to your heart. Just make sure you are fighting for something worth fighting for.

Scorpio - 6 of Swords
Now is the time to consider a quick vacation or day out. You need a break from the routine and the best cure is to just get away from it all

Sagittarius - Page of Wands (reversed)
Looks like that news you have been anxiously awaiting for is not going to come as quick as you would like it. There may even be email toubles this week.

Capricorn - 9 of Wands
You are actually at the finish line of something you have been working hard to get but you just don't realize it yet. Don't give up keep going.

Aquarius - The Hermit
Looks like there will be lots of quiet alone time in the week ahead but just make sure you are not locking yourself away from others and spending too much time alone.

Pisces - 8 of Cups
You are going to begin thinking about what it is you really want in life and probably even considering leaving things behind in order to get what you want.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Another week down only a few more to go


It was another week of sticking to my exercise regime. It went in some ways better and in some ways it was harder. I think my endurance and strength is vastly improving. At the beginning of the week I had some knee pain and stiffness but I continued on because it wasn't crippling or extremely painful. By the middle of the week it quit hurting. It's a lot of jumps and lunges which I wasn't used to doing. There were a few days in which I didn't feel like doing it at all but I did it anyway and felt so much better and dare I say it proud of myself for sticking with it.
Probably what you may be wondering is have I lost weight. I cannot say for sure if the scale will show a change but I can say that I feel like my jeans fit better.

Tarotscopes August 9 - 15th



This weeks image is the Strength card from The Bohemian Gothic Tarot. The second edition is due to be released soon. Bohemian Gothic Tarot.

Aries - 3 of Pentacles
You will be working hard this week on some project that is going to need to approval of another person in order for it to be fully finished.

Taurus - Queen of Cups + Lovers
The cards decided to stick together so you got two this week. You are going to just be following your heart and your intuition this week. The heart wants what it wants kind of thing going on.

Gemini - King of Swords
You will be using your own logical mind to make decisions and go forward with your ideas. Lot of talking to about why you are going to be doing things a certian way.

Cancer - 10 of Pentacles
Finally you are going to feel secure and on top of your financial life this week. Although, if you have kids don't be surprised if hey ask you for some additional money or a small loan this week.

Leo - 4 of swords (reversed)
If you have been feeling a bit under the weather or just plain tired you will now start to feel more active this week.

Virgo - Queen of Cups
You will be dealing with matters of the heart this week. If not your own then other will be coming to you for wise heartfelt motherly advice.

Libra - King Of Swords
Fair and balanced Libra will once again feel like the peace keeper in the group this week. Remember you can be a leader so don't let them walk all over you.

Scorpio - 4 of Wands
Surprisingly, you are going to feel very content, at peace and secure at home this week.

Sagittarius - Queen of Swords (reversed)
Beware of gossips and gossipy news. The info you get may not actually be true and so it's best to avoid getting involved and that includes telling gossipy news as well.

Capricorn - The Magician (reversed)
You are going to feel a bit lost and like you don't know everything you need to know this week. Stay calm and just keep swimming because sooner or later you will get what you need.

Aquarius - 8 of cups (reversed)
You no longer feel the need to look outside yourself and your circle for happiness. You already know you have it right there in front of you.

Pisces - The Chariot (reversed)
You are going to feel stuck and like your emotions have taken a roller coaster ride with you. Stay clearly focused on what it is you want. Also, this card on it's most simple form relates directly to travel and cars; in the reverse it can signal that your car has some sort of trouble or your trip hits some unexpected bumps in the road.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

On my walk






Okay so not everyone lives in a nice area so you may have to go find a quiet neighborhood to go for a walk in or a park. In any case get outside, get some fresh air and see some pretty things. I took pictures yesterday of some flowers in my neighbors front yard and I did in fact see a deer. I managed to get a picture of it. I think this is one of the in town deer that live here. You can't hunt in the city limits and there are plenty of sheltered forest like areas in which they can safely hide out. In fact last summer they had to relocated a mother bear and her cub from the area because they were raiding trash cans in a near by park.
So get out there and have some fun. what are you doing still sitting at your computer?!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Week 1 Done!


So last Monday I started the dreaded and much talked about 30 Day Shred workout. Jillian Michaels from Biggest Loser is the fitness instructor on the video. She is tough but in a weird way she keeps me motivated to keep going.
I have attempted this before but this is a longest time frame I have done this for so far and I have no intentions on quitting this time.
Monday-Friday last week I did level 1 which I had done before. I found on this umpteenth time around that is hasn't been as difficult or dare I say it as painful the day after. By Saturday i was feeling pretty challenged and decided to do what i first set out as doing just a few parts of level 2. I ended up doing the entire level 2 program! I was certainly proud of myself. I had read some online reviews that said that level 2 was so hard and difficult. Perhaps I built up the level of difficulty in my head so then the reality of it was that it wasn't too bad. I do admit I have to take a couple 5 second breaks in there for a few exercises. I follow the lower impact modifications that Anita does for some of the elements.
Sunday was my day of rest from exercise and boy did I need it. Along with the 30 Day Shred I have been keeping up with my regular walking in my neighborhood which is about 2 almost 3 miles some of it hills. Plus I walk my dog every day and sometimes I sneak in another 30 minutes of cardio in in the evenings.
I am feeling so much better not only fitness wise do I feel strong but in other aspects of my life I just feel better. It is true what they say that exercise and regualr fitness can improve your mood, help you get sleep, and just in general make you feel better.
Stay tuned because I plan on taking my camera out on one of my daily walks in the neighborhood and take some pictures. Maybe I will be lucky and there will be some deer wandering around.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Tarotscopes August 2 - 8


Aries - Magician
Oddly enough the Magician card is assigned to the sign of Aries. This week you can make your own magic and your own way. You know it too.

Taurus - 4 of swords
It is time for some mental relaxation and well maybe you should also focus on just staying out of "things" this week. Regroup and let those worries go this week.

Gemini - 9 of swords rx
You will realize that all your worries and fears can be easily managed this week. Just breathe and let go of the anxiety.

Cancer - King of Pentacles (reversed)
Once again you seem to have another week where you may be pushing yourself too hard and this time in the area of work. Keep in mind that time at home and with friend is important too.

Leo - The Hermit
Take some time to get away from it all. Ideally go do something in a quiet peaceful nature type setting but lacking that just spend some quiet time alone this week.

Virgo - The Tower (reversed)
Haven't you heard this tune before? That's what this week will feel like same tune just a different day. The tower is all about the unexpected but in this case you may just be expecting it. The tower is often seen as a "bad" card because it is about destruction but not all destruction is bad. New things can emerge from a change in thoughts and ideals.

Libra - 2 of wands (reversed)
You may end up going back to the drawing board this week; something is going to feel like 2 steps forward and one step back.

Scorpio - Judgment
Judgment is often assigned to the sign of Scorpio. You are finally going to hear what it is you have been waiting to hear or realize. From this you are going to start seeing things in a new light

Sagittarius - 7 of Swords
You are going to be sneaking off somewhere this week. Playing a little hooky from work perhaps in order to get a three day weekend.

Capricorn - The Empress (reversed)
Things may feel pretty stagnant this week for you and this may cause some strife in your personal life. This card is often associated with mom and....mother in laws. shall I say more. if mama aint happy no one is happy.

Aquarius - The Hierophant (reversed)
Like always those of us under this sign will be going along to the beat of our own drummer. That's the way we like it! Hierophant is all about tradition but reversed tradition and society type norms fly out the window for more novel and outside of the box thinking.

Pisces - Knight of Pentacles
You may get an offer to make a bit of extra income this week. if you have been looking for work you may in fact start going in a more positive direction on that this week.