I came to Thailand at 95 kg and leaving at…..

I came to Thailand at 95 kg and leaving at…..

This post has been written on my final day in Thailand. The journey, to say the least, has been a rollercoaster, physically and mentally, there have been many times I have wanted to quit and go home, so glad I did not leave.

As you know, training is twice a day and there is a lot of downtime between sessions…..I could never sleep during the downtime, so was either out walking or sitting in a coffee shop. Either way, my thoughts were always on mum.

At the beginning of my journey…..95kg

The temperature is 38c, which for me is perfect when it dropped to 30c I wore a jumper! I started running twice a day and the food portions decreased, I cut out all sugar, including sugar in products and no fizzy drinks, this will continue in England. Also, I noticed that I do not need carbs e.g. rice and bread, this has not had any negative effect on my training.

So I hear you all ask, what is my final weight……?

New weight, 79 kg

My target weight loss was 20kg, realistically this would have been a very hard target to achieve.

So why did I choose 20kg?

My thinking behind this was that if I chose 5kg or 10 kg, this is what I achieved in the first few weeks of training, once achieved I would not have any more motivation to carry on. At least by choosing 20kg I could not slack and had to keep going with the exercise and new healthy lifestyle…..

Even my blood pressure has gone from an extreme high to a more satisfactory reading:

Blood pressure
Weekend Getaway…..

Weekend Getaway…..

Even back home I never stay in once place for too long, so here I have started going away for the weekend.

Thanks to Hilton this has been made possible, this weekend I managed to get a nice room with awesome views:

Millenium Hilton PANORAMIC EXECUTIVE SUITE

This overlooked the fantastic Chao Phraya River:

Chao Phraya River, daytime time lapse
Late afternoon/evening the time lapse video gets interesting after 3 minutes.
Chao Phraya River at night, time lapse.

Hope you enjoy the videos, this is one of my favourite views and areas of Bangkok.

What is that…..?

What is that…..?

Well after spending this amount of time in and around the gym, it was inevitable that I would finally see a snake!

As my regular readers know, I am petrified of snakes…..so this did come as a shock. The best thing, in this case was to get out the GoPro and capture it on video!! – Anything for social media!

Also, as you can imagine, I am very wary about walking through this area and double checking anything resembling a snake, for example tree trunks, ropes, tires!

Chao Phraya River…..

Chao Phraya River…..

The Chao Phraya is the major river in Thailand, with its low alluvial plain forming the centre of the country. It flows through Bangkok and then into the Gulf of Thailand.

I hope you enjoy this time lapse of the Chao Phraya river at night:

Chao Phraya night time lapse

Here is the daytime time lapse view:

Chao Phraya day time lapse

The Chao Phraya constitues a valuable waterway for the transport of the nation’s traditional exports of teak and rice south to Bangkok , though less bulky commodities are now moved overland by road or rail. For centuries the Thai’s have made use of the Chao Phraya, and particularly its canal (khlong) system, for drainage, recreation, and fishing and as a source of water.

The river’s headwaters—the Ping, Wang, Yom, and Nan rivers—rise in the mountains of northern Thailand. At Nakhon Sawan, 140 miles north of Bangkok, the main river begins with the Ping-Nan confluence. Its tortuous course flows past Chai Nat (site of a government dam and irrigation scheme), Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Nonthaburi, and Bangkok to its mouth at Samut Prakan. From its formation at Nakhon Sawan, the river falls less than 80 feet (24 m) in its journey to the sea.

The Chao Phraya system drains 61,807 square miles (160,079 square km) and is the basis of several major irrigation projects. The river’s basin is a low, filled arm of the Gulf of Thailand that is seamed with numerous distributaries. Near Chai Nat a distributary—the Nakhon Chai Si River—branches to the west and parallels the mother stream to the gulf at Samut Sakhon, 25 miles (40 km) west of the main mouth. The main stream bifurcates and reunites several times. Below Chai Nat, the Noi River branches westward and rejoins the Chao Phraya at Sam Khok. The Lop Buri River branches eastward and, before returning to the main stream, flows past the cities of Lop Buri and Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya; at the latter, it receives a great eastern tributary—the Pa Sak River—from the Phetchabun Mountains of the northeast.

Chao Phraya river system
Chao Phraya river
My First Milestone…..!!

My First Milestone…..!!

Four weeks ago to the day, I arrived at Kiatphontip, Bangkok with the aim of losing 25kg from my starting weight of 95kg. I did not set any milestones, so this actually just happened…..in hindsight I should have set some milestones, but I am happy with my progress and today I weighed in at 84.9 kg, that is a loss of 10 kg in four weeks!

I have been very careful about what I eat and am very fortunate that Noona the amazing chef at the gym cooks very clean and healthy food. Many people who know me, know that I have a sweet tooth, luckily for me the fruit, especially watermelon and pineapple quench the need for sweets.

Here it is very easy to grab a bag of fruit and eat it on the go, these bags of fruit are 30 Thai Baht each.
Salmon with scrambled eggs and greens, extremely filling and as Noona would say ‘soooooooo tasty!’
The temptation to celebrate with eating with one of these amazing looking ice creams is great, but I better achieve my next milestone first!

The next four weeks I have set a milestone of losing another 10kg, this is where my training will have to be more intense!

Please keep following for more progress updates…..

Bangkok’s Highest Observation Deck and Rooftop Bar…..

Bangkok’s Highest Observation Deck and Rooftop Bar…..

For visitors seeking the ultimate thrill and having a ‘God’s view’ of the beautiful city and busy streets in Bangkok, I recommend a visit to King Power MahaNakhon Tower in Silom/Sathon central business district of Bangkok. 314 metres above the streets of Bangkok, this building has an awesome ‘skywalk.’ Also, a two-tiered observation tower which hosts Bangkok’s highest rooftop bar.

 King Power Mahanakhon Tower
The SkyWalk with views of the city. Image by King Power Mahanakhon

Taking the glass encased elevator to the 78th floor and you are presented with amazing views.

The stunning views!
The stunning views of Bangkok
Beautiful Sunset

Here is a link, where you can book tickets for this impressive building:

King Power Mahakhon Website

If you have been, I would love to know your thoughts…..

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