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:
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!!
One of my favourite pastimes whilst here is to walk to the ‘yellow market.’ I just adore seeing the various kinds of fruits and vegetables. The meat, fish and eels are a sight to be seen! Today, there were many more stalls because of the forthcoming Chinese New Year
I hope you enjoy the video and would love to have your comments, at the moment I am learning new techniques for taking and editing videos, so all comments gratefully received.
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!
Over the weekend I did not train or do any exercise, apart from some walking. Which in my eyes is not really an exercise!
On Saturday I visited Chatuchak Market, once only popular among wholesalers and traders, Chatuchak Weekend Market has reached a landmark status as a must-visit place for tourists. Its sheer size and diverse collections of merchandise will bring any seasoned shoppers to their knees – this is where you can literally shop ‘till you drop’. The 35-acre (68-rai) area of Chatuchak is home to more than 8,000 market stalls. On a typical weekend, more than 200,000 visitors come here to sift through the goods on offer. Veteran shoppers would agree that just about everything is on sale here, although not all at the best bargain rates. But if you have one weekend in Bangkok, squeeze in a day trip to Chatuchak Weekend Market and you will not be disappointed.
After a few hours at the market, I was exhausted and decided to go home for a rest!
In the evening my friend and I went to the movies. Travelling on the bike in Thailand was, to say the least, an adventure!
The movie is called Glass, I am not here to promote or advertise the movie so readers you can google about this!
On Sunday I decided to meet a friend for lunch. On my first three month trip to Thailand, I had a lot of downtime in between training. So as a ‘paying it forward’ I decided to teach English at the local coffee shop for free. I had 13 students attend and we all still keep in touch, many students have gone on to successful careers, chemical engineers, lawyers, doctors and teachers. I would love to say it is probably down to my English classes, but most likely it is not!
We met at the Millennium Hilton and walked to the newly built mall, Iconsian. The mall blew my mind, it is a very impressive mall, each shop was a designer brand! The prices made the luxury store Harrods in London look affordable!
Thailand has imposed a ‘luxury tax’ for the designer items, European cars attract a 200% tax. The designer goods in this mall were at least twice as expensive as the UK. The main people that I saw shopping there were Chinese.
I do feel guilty for not training over the weekend but this weekend was well needed and looking back, I have no regrets. Also, as you can tell I am in love with the ambience and atmosphere for this fantastic mall.
I am sat here with my one vice, black coffee. Which according to some websites is a good thing and with other websites it is bad!
All I can say is everything in moderation (well sometimes!.)
I am pondering the life changing goal of a 25kg (well 20kg now!) weight loss. Taking extreme measures as to only eat what Noona at the gym cooks for me. No sweets, snacks, fizzy drinks or alcohol. For those who know me, know that this is not easy, especially when I walk into coffee shops and see an amazing selection of cakes. By the way, I have a sweet tooth!
Luckily, here in Thailand, when I do fancy something sweet I can get some pineapple or watermelon, it gets rid of my sweet craving. Here the fruit tastes like it should…..!!!
At the gym I get a good variety of fresh fish, meats and vegetables with rice which is the staple diet.
A lot of my eating habits need to change, for example, I am a very fast eater….the food would be piled into my mouth, head straight, unchewed into my stomach, where the poor stomach would have to do the hard work of processing it. By the time the stomach has done what it had, the second load of food appears, for my stomach, this is a never-ending story. Feeling sorry for me stomach?!
Also, snacking is a big no, easy to say whilst in Thailand, as the heat distinguishes the hunger.
This is all a mindset that needs to be changed for a long and healthy future…..
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