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…..

Holiday Money…..

Holiday Money…..

Many people have asked about holiday money. Do I use the ATM, which bank cards do I use for holidays……

I use the following banks for holiday money, N26, Revolut and Starling. The reason I chose these banks, is because they do not charge for any withdrawals and the exchange rate they offer at overseas ATM’s and places that take card payment is very favourable to the consumer. Whilst travelling I am not a big fan of carrying too much cash, I prefer to pay using the card, where it is accepted.

Regardless of which bank I use here in Thailand, I noticed that if I need cash, the majority of ATM’s will charge 220 baht, which can add up. Aeon Thana Simsap is the only one I found which charges 150 baht.

Found to be the cheapest and only charge 150 baht for cash withdrawal

The other banks charge 220 baht for a withdrawal transaction charge:

If whilst traveling in Thailand you have found a cheaper/free transaction fee, please do comment below!

Settling In…..

Settling In…..

The last few posts have been haphazard, apologies for that. I thought I could just land in Thailand and start blogging straight away.  It took me a few days to get settled in and acclimatised, which I am still trying to do.  The temperature is around 32 degree c and making me constantly tired.  Also, it does not help that I am not drinking enough water!

Saturday night I met a couple of friends and we went out, they were drinking whiskey whilst I was on the water.  It was a strange ‘private members club’ We walked in through the staff entrance, let’s just say it was a very surreal experience.  Just to add, in our section the only entertainment was a band playing in front of a football match!

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(Not what you expected?)

On Sunday I relaxed at the local pool, the water was freezing…..which in the heat you would think I would welcome but I needed warm water.  It took me a while to get used to the temperature.

Sunday swim

Sunday evening was tough for me and I was ready to go back to England, my uncle had sent me some pictures of when my mum was young.  As some readers will know, mum passed away a few months ago.  Mum is always on my mind and at the moment it is like a roller coaster ride, some days I remember mum with a smile, some days I break down and cry.  This made me realise that this journey to good health will not just be physical but also mental.

Monday was a whole new day, through good support of friends, I decided to stay and achieve my goal of losing 25kg.

In the afternoon I trained, forgetting how intense the heat is, luckily between rounds, there is a huge container full of ice water.

My first coffee in Thailand

Tuesday was spent at Salaya shopping mall, where I picked up a few essentials and had a coffee.  My first one since arriving in Thailand.

Salaya Central Plaza

Today, Wednesday I felt more settled, hence the long post!

Drinking around 2 litres of water a day, perhaps I should be drinking more and the good news is that so far I have lost 5kg in body weight, probably water but I will take this as a win!

Teaching is addictive…..

Teaching kundalini yoga is fantastic. I taught my second class with the set New Lungs and Circulation. Sangeet and Gurrinder got a very good workout and enjoyed my class.

NYC Open Top Bus Tour…..

At the time of writing this blog there are three bus tour companies in NYC, Gray Line, City Sights NY and New York City Bus Tour

Basically the prices are all the same, regardless of what the people on the street say!

Points to remember it is worth going to the office and paying for the tickets, there is no tax to pay when buying from the office and they can be trusted.

We opted to go for City Sight NY as they also offered a cruise around Manhattan, the price is $54.00 per person. This is for a hop on/off uptown and downtown. A two hour night tour (you may not hop on/off on the night tour and a boat cruise.

With City Sight NY
Downtown Tour
Uptown treasures and Harlem tour
Brooklyn tour
Night tour
Museum of City of New York (Free)
City sightseeing midtown cruise (90 minutes)

Not a bad price but to be honest if you are willing to spend some time to arrange it you can just take the public buses.

The Staten Island Ferry.

The Staten Island Ferry provides 20 million people a year (60,000 passengers a day not including weekend days) with ferry service between St. George on Staten Island and Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan. The ferry is the only non-vehicular mode of transportation between Staten Island and Manhattan. NYC DOT operates and maintains the nine vessel fleet as well as the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island, Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Manhattan, the City Island and Hart Island Facilities, The Battery Maritime Building and all floating dock building equipment. The Staten Island Ferry is run by the City of New York for one pragmatic reason: To transport Staten Islanders to and from Manhattan. Yet, the 5 mile, 25 minute ride also provides a majestic view of New York Harbor and a no-hassle, even romantic, boat ride, for free! One guide book calls it “One of the world’s greatest (and shortest) water voyages.” From the deck of the ferry you will have a perfect view of The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. You’ll see the skyscrapers and bridges of Lower Manhattan receding as you pull away and coming into focus again as you return. A typical weekday schedule involves the use of five boats to transport approximately 60,000 passengers daily (109 daily trips). During the day, between rush hours, boats are regularly fueled and maintenance work is performed. Terminals are cleaned around the clock and routine terminal maintenance is performed on the day shift. On weekends, three boats are used (75 trips each Saturday and 68 trips each Sunday). Over 35,000 trips are made annually.

I nearly taught a Kundalini yoga class…..!

When we went to Sardhana, the person who was going to lead the Kundalini yoga class did not turn up, so they turned to me to take the class!! Unfortunately, I did not know any kriyas from the top of my head, so could not lead it. I was so disappointed but this has taught me a valuable lesson – memorise the kriyas!

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