As regular readers of Gaygoat.com will already know, back in 2013 I travelled to Thailand and trained with Master Pimu of WPT Gym. It has taken a while but Bob from The Higher Way and I have finally got together to record the podcast below. Please do share your thoughts about this podcast, part two is coming soon!
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.
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……?
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:
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.
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…..
For those readers who are actually wondering if I am training or not, here is a video from one round with Kru (teacher) Pit:
Mr Pit (fight name Sorapit Fairtex), is the most experienced trainer and one of the longest serving trainers of the Kiatphontip gym. He has a wealth of Muay Thai knowledge and he is an excellent teacher. His prior experience has been at Kiatsongrit camp for 17 years where he trained Changpuek Kiatsongrit, Nokweed Devy and his brothers Paidang and Santos, among many other fighters who he has helped on their fighting career.
I am very blessed that each training session, Kru Pit is holding the pads for me, the way he teaches is just fantastic. If he sees I am all tensed up, he will just start dancing to the music and get me to dance as well!!
If you get a chance please do come and train with Kru Pit. A post of the gym and facilities is coming soon!!
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.
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!
Hi, thanks for visiting my blog, feel free and have a look around.Here is a bit about me, as you may or may not have guessed my name is Mandeep,I work to travel as opposed to work to pay bills and die!Every trip for me is an adventure, I have been very fortunate to stumble across amazing places and meet awesome people along the way.
Why gaygoat? When I first started this blog I was a vegetarian, so gaygoat – happy goat! Also you have to admit it is catchy and a URL you will not forget!