Yellow Market, Salaya, Thailand…..

Yellow Market, Salaya, Thailand…..

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

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I know it is early days, but…..

I know it is early days, but…..

I am taking this as an early win.

A few years ago when I first came to Thailand for an extended period, the diet was not taken seriously, eating the naughty snacks and having fizzy drinks, it took me at least a month to shed any weight.

This trip is different, from day two (day one I had durian!) I took the diet very seriously and shed 6 kg in the first 6 days. Some of this could be water weight, nonetheless, I am using this as a positive booster.

Early days, but now even more determined.

My Thoughts on my 25kg Target Weight Loss

My Thoughts on my 25kg Target Weight Loss

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!

Enjoying a strong black coffee whilst creating this post.

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!

I am sure these are here ONLY to tease me!!

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.

Rice, fish curry and vegetable soup with bits of pork.
Rice, fish salad and chicken curry
All cooked by the amazing chef and sister, Noona
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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…..

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!

My First Session…..

My First Session…..

Current Weight: 95kg

Target Weight: 70kg

Press ups in this session: 40, Target: 100 per session

Sit ups in this session: 70, Target: 500 per session

I had my first Muay Thai session on Friday afternoon, it was exhausting, especially in this heat and humidity. We started by skipping for 30 minutes, then bag work, where one would kick and punch the bag. This was followed by 5 rounds with the pad-man, in-between rounds, one does 10 squats and 10 press-ups.

Afterwards, I ran back to the accommodation, had a shower and this delicious food.

Very tasty and healthy Thai food, yes I ate it all!

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