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
Taxi Ride…..

Taxi Ride…..

Hope you enjoy the following video of a taxi ride from Salaya to downtown Bangkok. This journey took longer then usual due to the traffic, well, Bangkok is one of the worlds most congested cities!

Taxi ride
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!

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…..

Just to Show, I am Training…..

Just to Show, I am Training…..

For those readers who are actually wondering if I am training or not, here is a video from one round with Kru (teacher) Pit:

One to one with Kru 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!!

Blending in…..

Blending in…..

When traveling I love to blend in with the locals, so carrying big cameras and looking like a tourist is not what I am about.

As a ‘local’ you manage to get some great deals. For example, a taxi to the mall from the gym is usually around 80 Thai Baht each way (at the time of writing, that is £2 GBP each way, which can quickly add up!)

After some enquiries, I was informed of a free bus that goes from Mahidol university, Salaya to Central Salaya (mall.) As soon as I heard about this saving, I was like a kid in a sweet shop……VERY EXCITED, it had made my day!

Bus departure times
Departure times from Mahidol university to the mall
Because of the frequent departure times the bus is never full!!
Complimentary bus, Mahidol university to Central, Salaya

Love to hear what great tips for saving on holiday you have made…..

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