I know you’re just dying to know what I look like after 5 weeks training at Titan Fitness, Thailand, but hold your horses! There are a few things I want to cover first. Or you could just scroll down, I can’t stop you 😉
Those who have followed this journey for the last month or so will know I had high hopes and dreams for my stay here in Phuket. I wanted to lose weight, to feel healthier and to get my vigour back.
So has it worked? You bet your sweet ass it has!
Aside from the weight and inch loss, which I’ll get to in a minute, I’ve noticed a few incredible changes which if I’m honest, I was hoping for but I wasn’t expecting. The first of which is…
Do you know I haven’t bought a pair of shorts in 8 years? I’m not talking about jeans cut off just above the knee. They’ve been a bit of a mainstay for me all of my life actually. I’m talking about SHORTS. Ones which show off those hideous white, blubbering hams in all of their inescapable glory.
When I arrived at Titan I had to go shopping for workout gear (I had none. Zero), and for a while all I could find were short shorts. Cue a feeling of dread beyond anything I felt when bungee jumping in Canada or riding a motorbike in Vietnam.
But I worked with what I had, and pretty soon I didn’t notice what I was wearing in class. And the best bit? I’ve actually bought myself a couple of pairs of shorts to wear in the actual street. Changed woman, coming through!
I still don’t have the best legs in the world, but you know what? They’re my legs and I’m going to give them the vitamin D they’ve been missing out on for the best part of a decade.
This isn’t the first time I’ve attended a fitness camp. In fact, I’ve done two before in the UK for a week each time. I also ran a marathon a couple of years ago but that was a bit of a disaster and we don’t want to talk about that. My point is, I’m not really new to this fitness thing, I just can’t stick at it.
The real difference between doing something for a week and for five weeks is that the exercise really becomes part of your routine rather than just a break in your normal cycle of self abuse.
You know what I’m talking about. When you live off vegetable stir fries and nutribullet all week and then down 10 bottles of wine at the weekend, all the while justifying it to yourself that you’re living a balanced life. Yes, I’m talking to you, ‘Generation Offset‘.
Five weeks of eating well and working out six days a week has given me a fantastic base on which to build. I’m fitter now that I’ve ever been and exercise feels natural and comfortable.
It’s also taught me that you can still enjoy a few treats here and there, but that’s exactly what they should be… Treats. If you make them the main part of your lifestyle then obviously the results are going so show on your body. Which leads me nicely to my next point…
How many times have you staggered into a gym, looked at the stacks of equipment and wanted to turn and run in the opposite direction? I know I have.
In my gym in London I used to have a routine. 20 minutes on the cross trainer, 10 minutes jogging on the treadmill (hating every second) and then a few presses of that leg thingy machine followed by a large doner kebab or some other awful abomination on the way home.
OK the last bit is a bit of an exaggeration but it’s no joke that I had no idea how to use any of the equipment in the gym, and I didn’t want to learn for fear of looking like a newb.
In Chalong, I’ve had all the time in the world to ask my stupid questions about form and technique, and never felt as though I was being treated like a dummy. In fact, the guys there helped me out with loads of stupid beginner questions, and even identified a few ways to improve my diet so that I was getting the most from the experience.
Two weeks in, I noticed that my shape was changing but that I hadn’t lost a single pound in weight. I thought it must just be muscle turning into fat, and of course some of it was, but on closer inspection there were a few things I was eating which weren’t doing me any favours at all.
After a chat with Dan, one of the trainers, I tweaked a few things which helped me to start shedding that weight after all.
If you’re thinking of coming to Thailand to do this yourself, I’d recommend getting a nutrition consultation with one of the trainers when you arrive. It’ll save you a lot of headaches trying to work out where you’re going wrong.
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I think it goes without saying that in any group of people thrown together for a common purpose (in our case, getting fitter and healthier), you’re going to strike some common ground. But the people here in Chalong are like a new breed.
Everyone is so positive, focused and supportive. And it’s not just the people in the classes which you form bonds with. After so long here I feel like I know literally the whole town. From the shop keepers to the people working in the restaurants and smoothie bars, to the handful of dogs which rush to greet you every day.
I feel like I belong here.
So much so that I’m already thinking about when I can come back. Can we fit another few months into our schedule to come and do this next year maybe? I really hope so.
And Now the Vital Statistics…
OK so that’s enough of me wittering on. I’m sure you only came here to see how much weight I’ve lost and maybe to judge me. That’s perfectly OK. I’d be doing the same thing… ‘What does she look like now? Has she lost the double chin? How’s the belly looking?’
See for yourself…
In the full 5 weeks my total weight loss is 3 kilos (7lbs). At first glance, I could be disappointed with a weight loss of just 3 kilos, but in reality I’ve stacked on muscle. I mean there are muscles in places I didn’t even know there should be!
My strength is a hundred times what it was when I arrived, I’m walking taller and my posture is better. So what if the scales are telling me one thing? I know my body and I know that this is the best condition I’ve been in for nearly a decade.
My hair has also grown, and my nails are long and strong. Must be something to do with all the protein I’ve been eating. I dread to think how many chickens I’ve consumed over the last month. Sorry chickens!
Anyway, I know I’m not the skinniest waif in the world, but I’m happy with the way things are going. So now the hard work starts. I’m determined to build a new healthier lifestyle, including eating well, exercising regularly and enjoying the occasional treat.
I’ll keep you updated on how things are going over the next few months, and I’ll be sharing a few of the tips I’ve learned for keeping in shape whilst you travel too. Stay tuned…
Disclaimer: I received a small discount on my stay with Titan Fitness in return for my honest opinion on this site. As always, my views are entirely my own. As if you’d expect any less from me!
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