From hating Bangkok to actually loving it for what it has given me. It has made me open my eyes to what a rat race we live in, people are just so busy within themselves and not bothered about anybody else. People here are very quick to judge, I have been called Osama, or they think I am an Arab or just a stinking ignorant Indian. When I tell them I am from the UK, they look at me with disbelief.
Apart from one, the Sikhs have been very unfriendly. This has actually stopped me from visiting the Gurdwara. My friend was doing an Akhand Paath, I asked what help can I give, he looked at me confused, help?! We just give the money to the Gurdwara and they take care of everything. We then only attend on Sunday. Here money talks…..!!
In the ‘ghetto’ you see people living in one bedroom houses, sorry that is incorrect and I should say one room houses. Everything is done in the one room, it is a living room, bedroom, kitchen and dining room in one, if lucky the toilet is outside. Yet, when you walk past they are happy to say hello and talk to you. Some people are actually offering me food! No matter how little food they have, they are always eating, smiling and joking as a family. We have so much yet we always want more…..!! The media, a fantastic marketing tool always brain washes us into thinking ‘we need that…..!’ Or ‘we should look like this…..!’
There is a huge drinking and drug culture here. From doing a quick search there is no support network here for people to talk or resolve their issues. There is a Kundalini Yoga class downtown but they charge 400 baht per class (about £8 GBP). This is a huge amount of money so the clientele will be well off.
The people in the ghetto have got used to me, well I do stand out! Probably the only guy there with a beard and moustache! They always have time to talk to me. The motorbike taxis are always discussing football, now I do not know a thing about the sport so I just mention a few club names and they cheer me! The stall holders are always asking how am I or where am I going. It is a genuine interest. Of course this relationship did not happen overnight but built over the last three months.
I have got so much out of Bangkok but given back nothing. Now this really upsets me, the Thais are amazing and once you build a bond are very friendly.
If you have any ideas how we can help, please do comment or email me…..
It was 2005 when I first drove a car in America, I was a bit apprehensive, driving on the other side, I thought to myself “wow that will be difficult.” In my mind I had built up what a difficult task it would be. Sangeet and I had hired the car in downtown Boston, at the best time possible, rush hour!!
To my surprise and I think Sangeet's relief, I picked up driving in the USA very easily. Driving around, with Sangeet doing a great job at navigating we found the way out of downtown and was soon driving towards the state parks. These days, when landing in America we pick up a rental car and drive to our destination, regardless of the distance.
Now in Thailand there are a lot of people who ride motorbikes and scooters, it is very cool and you feel the urge to ride. On our six month trip we hired a scooter in the Cook Islands, that is where we first learnt to ride. When I picked it up, the lady asked “have you ridden before” I said no, she suggested that I go for a test ride in the car park….I nearly rode off the edge and into the lagoon!! Sangeet drove the scooter like she has always been riding one!
Yesterday for the first time I rode a motorbike this has four gears, it was such a cool experience, yes, I know before you say, Bangkok is no place to learn, but hey I have been doing Muay Thai for the last three months!!
I can handle and deal with whatever I put my mind to…..
Wow! How quickly has this arrived!! This is my last full week at WPT Gym, Bangkok.
As Master Pimu has said my training has intensified:
500 sit ups
50 press up (need to improve)
Walk and run to Fashion Island. 6 km return
Running around the ring 20 times in a sweat suit, 30 times just in shorts.
Round knees on bag 150
Pad work sometimes with Bee Muay Thai
Sparring with Master Pimu
Clinching with Master Pimu
Technicals with Master Pimu
200 punches to the stomach from Bee
Running around the ring 30 times
Walk and run to Fashion Island
This is performed twice a day in the evening I will also incorporate light weights.
I hear you ask why starters, mains desserts?
Good question, and my answer is I still think about food…..!!
Starting weight: 88.8kg
Target weight: 63kg
Weight recorded on November 22nd 2013: 77.3kg
When I started training at the WPT gym in Bangkok, I was so wishing the three months would quickly pass…..now I have roughly ten days, I am thinking why did I wish the time away…..? Especially as I am making excellent progress with my weight loss and fitness.
This is what could be possible with my current training and diet:
Oops I just read the statement about putting my body in starvation mode!!
This has made me think, is life like this? Are we wishing this wonderful gift of life away? When we are young we are always wishing to be older so we can do ‘adult’ things, e.g. drive a car. Go out traveling, not have to be told what to do. Then when we are adults we are thinking I want to retire…..!
On a Monday one would go to work wishing Friday would quickly arrive. Literally not living and enjoying each moment but always looking towards the future.
This was my experience here, always looking forward to going home and giving Sangeet a huge hug. Sometimes hating being here, especially after the first month when I was training very hard and not making any dent to my weight.
Two years ago when I had the huge weight loss, within 4 weeks I had gone from 95kg to 70kg (so wish I had joined weight watchers, I would have been their ultimate winner, then could have gone on various chat shows, e.g. Oprah and “discussed” how I lost the weight through meditation and yoga, I could have made billions!!) the surgeon without taking any biopsies and whilst I was in theatre fully awake with a camera up my….well I am sure you know where. He announced I had cancer!! The week that followed was just so painful, I was in tears, in fact writing and thinking about it now has started to make my eyes water. Only then I wished I had done the things you are always putting off to the future.
We are always putting things off to the future, “I will go traveling when I retire” or whatever your heart desires. We should make the most of life and do it now. Who knows we may not reach the retirement age…..!!
Starting weight: 88.8kg
Target weight: 63kg
Weight recorded on November 20th 2013: 80.8kg
How much do we really need to eat…..?
I never asked myself this question until I started training here in Bangkok. In the UK my philosophy was what the hell just eat away, sometimes I would try and eat healthy, go to the gym and not see any weight loss, I thought to myself I am eating food which I am not really enjoying, I would then just go back to eating naughty foods!
Training and living here has let me experiment with my eating habits, when I first started, I ate two very large meals a day, both after training. There was no in-between snacking. At first this felt great, eat as much as possible, you will definitely burn it off. After the first month my weight had hardly changed!
I then cut out the rice and ate more vegetables. Excellent for a few days until I seemed to be loosing my energy. The electrolytes came next, this helped a bit but not much, I found just drinking plain iced water helped a lot more.
Now comes wearing a sweatsuit, the first few weeks were exhausting. I did the walk/run came back to the gym and literally collapsed! I needed large amounts of water, which annoyed Master Pimu!
For the lack of energy I tried eating a banana before training, for some people this may help but I found myself being more sluggish…..
Also tried eating once a day. You would think I will have no energy and actually you are right, I lasted about one round of hitting the pads after that my performance just went down hill!! At first eating once a day I was loosing half a kilogram per training session then after a few days my weight had shot up!!
At the moment after the morning training session I would have a small portion of vegetables, no rice. Around 13:30 I will have some fruit. In the evening I will have another small bowl of vegetables.
I know some people have said that fruit is not the best but at the moment for me it seems to be working…..I have energy for my training sessions, which are so much more intense, the last two weeks are going to be crazy…..!!!
As yet I am still working on eating habits that suit me…..
What works for you…..?
This is an open note to myself, when things are getting tough or I want to give up, I can look back and read this. Also it reminds me to carry on eating healthy!
I have worked extremely hard over the last 2.5 months, the training has been very tough, extreme Muay Thai training twice a day in the intense heat. You could say I have gone to the extremes in order to get onto a healthy lifestyle. So far it has been worth it! It would be a big shame to see this gone to waste.
My workouts now consist of 420 sit ups and 150 knees per session, so 840 sit-ups per day, before I leave Bangkok this will have increased to 1000 sit-ups a day. In the UK, I started doing sit-ups and got to 50 after a while I gave up, when I tried to get back into doing sit-ups I found 10 very hard!!
Sometimes one takes for granted at what level they have reached. When one sees no fast results it is easy to give up.