Train for Weight Loss in Thailand at Phuket Fit

fitness camp phuket thailandPhoto courtesy of combatlifestyle.comWelcome to Weight-Loss Thailand a blogsite brought to you by Phuket Fit Training Camp in Phuket, Thailand.

Here you will be able to read blog-posts from people that comes to Thailand to train to lose weight. Follow their journey as they do Muay Thai, Cross-Training, Fitness, MMA, BJJ and Yoga training

In between guest bloggers we will also post testimonials and success stories from some of the people that left the camp being way slimmer and healthier then when they came.

Losing It In Paradise One Month In

 Tank 4If you’ve spent much time in Phuket, then you have undoubtedly met Tom “DJ Tank” Saharut Somsanuk. King of the Phuket social scene, Tank describes himself as, “a mixed up nutcase, but a nice one. Born and raised in the US; discovering his Asian roots in Thailand.” At 38, Tank has decided to take control of both his weight and his life. He’ll be working with Phuket Fit over the next year to lose some pounds and rediscover his fitness. We’ll be checking in on him every few weeks, to see how his journey is going. Here’s what he has to say…

Hey Tank! How far into your training are you now?

A month and some change. Training five days a week.

Tank 3How are things going?

Good! I miss some days here or there, but I’m mostly keeping up with it. I’ve lost thirty pounds (14KGs) so far and I can really feel a difference. I feel better around my heart and my other organs. I also feel more mobile. The biggest thing that’s changed is that my legs used to be black and calloused. I was afraid I was going to lose them because of my diabetes, but now they’re looking better. They look and feel more human. Smoother skin, they more life in them. Right now that’s what I’m most excited about.

Has the training gotten easier over the last month?

It’s actually harder because I can do a lot more. It’s harder because we up it and make it more difficult. Always improving on what we did the previous time. Using a heavier weight and doing more reps. Whenever my trainer asks if I can handle it, I tell her that I can. That’s what we’re here to do.

Tank 1How is the food side of things going?

At the Phuket Fit Grill, they make it really easy. The food portions are gigantic, but it’s healthy food. I’m used to it from the States, but instead of the veggies and lean meats I have here, it would be biscuits and gravy with dessert back home.

Are you struggling with any food temptations?

I own a burger stand, so it’s been hard. Even the burgers are getting less tempting, though. One you start eating well, your cravings seem to change. Instead of a daily craving, it’s maybe a weekly craving.

Have you discovered that you love any healthy foods?

I really like yams. They’re really filling and super tasty.

Have you faced any other challenges or setbacks along the way?

Tank 2Working all the time. You set yourself up to try and achieve 200 things, and then even if you achieve 90 of them, you’ve accomplished a lot. The big goal here has to been totally steer clear of everything. That’s not going to happen all the time, but I can at least avoid most bad things for most of the time. I’m not one of those guys who want to go to the gym just to train for fun. I’m a living kind of dude with bills and a family. I need to work to support them. I know I have to do this for me, though. If I hadn’t started to make a change, then I wouldn’t have been able to support them for much longer.

What’s your plan from here?

I’ll be training five ways a week and eating well. It’s all about moving forward and sticking with it. It’s great having a trainer to work with. If I had been able to do this on my own, I would have done it a long time ago. Working with Phuket Fit is finally helping me to achieve my goals.

Benchmarks: Week Nineteen

Aaron 3Welcome to Phuket Fit’s weight loss and fitness blog. I’m your host, Aaron Rowland. I’m a 27-year-old writer from Los Angeles, California. At my heaviest weight eighteen-months ago, I weighed in at 160 KGs.  I’m here at Phuket Fit to lose weight, improve my fitness and have the adventure of a lifetime. I’ve been here eleven months so far and I’m staying indefinitely. My favorite exercises are the bicycle crunch and the medicine ball slam. Tire flips, suicide planks and burpees give me nightmares.

Approaching Your Small Goals

Coming off a plateau week, its important not to panic. Even though the last few weeks have had a small yo-yo effect on my weight, it’s important to believe in what you’re doing and stick with your plan. When you start to notice a long-term slowdown or reversal in your weight loss, that’s when you need to start from scratch and try new things. Luckily, my weight is still heading in the right direction, so there aren’t any alarm bells sounding at the moment. One thing you can do to help stay motivated, is to set small goals for yourself. It can be a new fastest time up Buddha or even reaching a certain weight threshold. I know that I’m really looking forward to getting below 220 LBS, which will be the lowest I’ve weighed in over ten years.

Smart Choices On The Weekend

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The weekend can be a tricky time at camp. Most of the classes don’t run on the weekends, so it’s up to each person to stay active and to continue eating in a healthy way. Often some of your friends might want to go out partying on a Saturday night. Not wanting to be anti-social, you go with. The temptations are everywhere around you. Sugary high-calorie alcoholic drinks and salty greasy bar food is available wherever you turn. You don’t have miss out on fun times with your friends, just try to be smart about it. Instead of drinking a high-calorie beer, maybe try a vodka soda with a couple lime wedges. It’s a lot fewer calories, but you won’t feel like you’ve been left out of the fun. It’s also a good idea to eat before partying, so you won’t feel the temptation to eat poorly once you’ve started drinking.

Working Out With Friends

Another great way to stay motivated at camp is by creating a support system of friends to train with. It doesn’t take long at Phuket Fit to meet a bunch on interesting and motivated people, who are all on a similar fitness journey. Interact with them outside of class, but also find out what classes they’ll be taking. Working out with a friend is an excellent way to help push your training to the next level.

Aaron 1The End Of Week Nineteen

I step on the scale, and I’m thrilled to see my weight is 229.9 LBS. Almost three pounds down from last week, and less than ten pounds to reaching my short-term goal. Even if you find yourself occasionally gaining weight from week to week, its important to pay attention to the overall trends on the scale. Things like water retention and muscle mass increases can effect the scale from week to week, so it’s important not to obsess too much over any one weigh-in. Its easier said than done, though. Just keep moving forward and youll make it to your goal. Never give up. Theres no failure in falling down, just in not getting back up.

Aaron 2What’s Up Next?

I’ve been feeling a bit sick this week, so we’ll see how that affects my upcoming weight loss. Adding insult to injury is a day-long visa run to Burma that will also take away from my training time. Seems my overall results are going well, though. So, I’ll be following mostly the same training and food pattern this upcoming week.

Have a great week of weight loss! If you set your mind on it, I know you can do it!

Extreme 30 Day Transformation: Josh Vs. Andy Results

With 54% Of The Vote

  

Congratulations To

Josh Mitchell

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For Winning The

Extreme 30 Day Transformation

    

As A Prize To Reward His Success,

Josh Has Been Awarded

 

A Phuket Fit & MMA Zip Hoodie!

Hoody

(Available At The TMT Gear Shop)

 

Congratulations To Both Competitors!

 

If you’ll be at Phuket Fit for at least a month and you would like to challenge someone to the transformation of a lifetime, e-mail Phuketfit@phuketfit.co.th and let me know. We can’t wait to see you around camp!

Extreme 30 Day Transformation: Josh Vs. Andy Voting

VOTING IS NOW CLOSED

RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER THIS WEEK

Phuket Fit is proud to present our newest WeightLossThailand.com feature. Every month, two Phuket Fit guests will challenge each other to see who can achieve the most impressive fitness transformation in thirty days.

Well start each round by introducing our competitors and showing you their before photos. Then thirty days later, we will reveal their after shots and youll be able to see the fantastic changes theyve made.

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That was 30 days ago.

Now, its up to you.

Help us decide a winner by voting for which guest has made the most impressive transformation by commenting on WeightLossThailand.com or on Phuket Fits Facebook page. Comment on either the blog or the Phuket Fit Facebook post saying either “Josh” or “Andy” to register a vote. Only one vote allowed per person. Voting will be open throughout the entire weekend, and will close on Monday afternoon.

On Monday night, the votes will be tallied and the winner will walk away with some great Phuket Fit swag!

You ready to see their fantastic results? Here they are…

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Josh Mitchell

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From: Portsmouth, UK

Age: 25

Height: 177 cm

Starting Weight: 84 KG

Final Weight: 80 KG

Occupation: Bar Manager

 

  

Andrew Thorne

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From: UK & Australia

Age: 29

Height: 177 cm

Starting Weight: 76 KG

Final Weight: 76 KG

Occupation: Undetermined

 

Vote below for who had the most impressive transformation by commenting either “Andy” or “Josh” to help decide the champion!

If youll be at Phuket Fit for at least a month and you would like to challenge someone to the transformation of a lifetime, e-mail Phuketfit@phuketfit.co.th and let me know. We cant wait to see you around camp!

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RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER THIS WEEK

Victories: Abdullah Alkarafi Down 11 KGs In Six Weeks

Abdul 4A 29-year-old from Kuwait, Abdul has been spending his time working as a technician for airport navigation systems. Working long hours didn’t leave him with much time to exercise or eat well and he wasn’t even sure where to start. A month and a half ago he took a big leap into the unknown and ventured out to Phuket Fit to lose weight and recapture his fitness. This is his story…

How did you find out about Phuket Fit?

I was meeting with my family and a cousin of mine suggested I check out sports and fitness camps abroad. I checked on the web when I got home and found Phuket Fit. It had great reviews and I decided to come.

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What first made you want to come to Phuket Fit?

I came to lose weight. That was my big goal.

Did you have a certain amount of weight in mind that you wanted to lose?

I was hoping to lose at least 15 KGs, and I’ve lost 11 KGs so far. I’m very happy to lose that much.

What classes were you taking at Phuket Fit?

The first two weeks, I was doing four classes a day. Yoga and Body Fit in the morning, then Cross Training and Muay Thai in the afternoon. I could handle it the first week, but then after that my knee was killing me. I had to cancel the Muay Thai and just stick with the other classes. I also tried some of the Western Boxing classes and did private weight sessions with Peter the Hulk.

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How did you fight through the knee pain?

I stopped doing running and jumping. I just had to adjust the classes to do the exercises I was able to do. It’s very flexible.

What accomplishments at Phuket Fit are you proud of?

Losing 11 KGs and also running Big Buddha. The first time I did it in over seventy minutes but the most recent time I’ve done it in under an hour.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about coming to Phuket Fit?

It’s easy to tell yourself not to go to Phuket Fit, but you have to convince yourself to do it, and then just come. When you are in your country, it’s like, “This is a big challenge. Why am I doing this?” but you have to do it.

Abdul 1Have you learned anything that you’ll use back home?

I learned that I have to move. Move my body. I will do more cardio and lifting when I get home. I can’t do all the same things because I have to work, but I can at least do one or two hours a day. I don’t want to lose my progress.

Do you plan on coming back to Phuket Fit?

Yes. I hope so. I am wishing to come back for another two months. I want to continue to do sports at home and come back here again.

Losing It In Paradise: Introducing DJ Tank

Tank 1If you’ve spent much time in Phuket, then you have undoubtedly met Tom “DJ Tank” Saharut Somsanuk. King of the Phuket social scene, Tank describes himself as, “a mixed up nutcase, but a nice one. Born and raised in the US; discovering his Asian roots in Thailand.” At 38, Tank has decided to take control of both his weight and his life. He’ll be working with Phuket Fit over the next year to lose some pounds and rediscover his fitness. We’ll be checking in on him every few weeks, to see how his journey is going. Here’s what he has to say…

Tell us about DJ Tank!

Everywhere else, I’m Tom. On this island, I’m DJ Tank. Wedding DJ, Club DJ, Radio DJ. I’m in people’s lives on the radio during the day, and then at night, I’m DJ at their functions. It seems like I’m constantly working. For weddings, you have to reserve me six-months in advance.

How did you first hear about Phuket Fit?

I found at about Phuket Fit through Will [Elliott, Phuket Fit’s GM]. I had met him somewhere on the island and he invited me to come to camp for a BBQ Beatdown. I had a great time.

Have you been doing much exercise before now?

The only exercise I ever got was on the job. Working as a DJ for six or seven hours is sweaty. It’s tough. But no other exercise besides that. Even that was getting harder and harder to handle.

Tank 3What kind of food were you eating?

I lived on fast food. Anything that was deliverable. That’s the only thing I ever had time to eat. McDonalds was the main offender. My average order there would be a super-sized Big Mac combo with an extra double-cheeseburger on the side.

Do you feel like you finally have the motivation now to lose weight?

When I’ve tried to lose weight before, it required a level of energy that I just didn’t have. I’m working full-time, so I can’t be so tired after a workout that I’m unable to work. There has to be a balance between work and fitness, so that I’m not drained for my job. I’m working with Phuket Fit now to make that happen. So far, so good.

Have you set any goals for yourself to work toward while you’re training?

Training wise, I really want to get down to 150 KGs in six months or a year. My main goal is to be healthier and more comfortable in everyday life.

Are you looking forward to being able to perform any activities that you’ve previously missed out on because of your weight?

To be honest, just walking around with family. Doing normal things. Walking around a park with anyone. I just want to be able to enjoy it without getting exhausted. Short term, I want to get more energetic. During my first workout at Phuket Fit, even one lap would tire me out. Now, a week later, I can walk two laps while still talking.

Whats your starting weight?

I started last week at just over 200 KGs. After one week of training, Im now down to 196 KGs. Im already seeing big results!

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Tank’s Fitness Plan

5 Workouts A Week At Phuket Fit

1-Hour Per Session

  

Sample Workout

Warm Up:

Walk 400 Meters Holding A 5K Plate

 

3 Rounds, 10 Reps Per Exercise:

Bicep Curls

Toe Taps On Box

Tire Flips

Walking Plate Press

Around The World

Battle Ropes

Steps Ups

 

Cool Down:

Boxing Drills

  

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Sample Meal Plan

Breakfast:

Two Soft Boiled Eggs

Black Coffee

  

Snack:

Fresh Fruit

 

Lunch:

Chicken Breast

Brown Rice

Fresh Veggies

 

Snack:

A Handful Of Almonds

 

Dinner:

Steak or Salmon

Salad

Fresh Veggies

 

Check back soon to follow DJ Tank on his journey!

Benchmarks: Week Sixteen

Aaron 3Welcome to Phuket Fit’s weight loss and fitness blog. I’m your host, Aaron Rowland. I’m a 27-year-old writer from Los Angeles, California. At my heaviest weight eighteen-months ago, I weighed in at 160 KGs.  I’m here at Phuket Fit to lose weight, improve my fitness and have the adventure of a lifetime. I’ve been here ten months so far and I’m staying indefinitely. My favorite exercises are the bicycle crunch and the medicine ball slam. Tire flips, suicide planks and burpees give me nightmares.

Blasting Fat, Building Muscle

In weight loss, each week present a new challenge. Things that worked the previous week might not in the following one. Weight can also vary for a variety of factors. Water retention, fat loss, muscle gain, having just eaten or taken a trip to the restroom, etc. As I mentioned last week, it’s important to track more than just the number on the scale whilst losing weight. It’s important to take into account a variety of objective and subjective measurement tools to most effectively monitor the changes your body is making. Over the next few weeks, I’ll explore some of these ways.

Aaron 1Trekking Up Big Buddha

If you come to Phuket Fit for weight loss or fitness, you will quickly learn about the Big Buddha hike. Every Tuesday morning, in the Bodyfit class, a group of 30-40 Phuket Fit guests hike up a steep 4.2 KM hill in Chalong to Phuket’s Big Buddha landmark and temple. At less than a 5 KM run, some might underestimate how difficult it can be. With steep hills and sometimes-sweltering heat, some beginners can take well over an hour to finish. Prior to my Week 15 weigh-in, my personal best time up the hill was slightly over thirty-eight minutes. This week, though, I was able to trim forty-five seconds off my time for a personal best of thirty-seven minutes and fifteen seconds. Fitness tests like this can be a great way to assess progress when trying to lose weight and improve fitness.

The End Of Week Sixteen

Aaron 2I step on the scale looking forward to a big number. That’s how it has always worked in the past. If I gain weight or plateau one week, I’m typically rewarded the next with a big number. Unfortunately, that isn’t what happened this week. It’s official. I’ve hit a true plateau. That means the next few weeks will be a big shake-up. I’ll be throwing out the old playbook and writing a new one. New kinds of fitness and activity, new meal plans. I’ve also changed the scale’s setting to read in LBS instead of KGs. It’s easier for me to help track my progress that way, having grown up with the imperial measurement system.

What’s Up Next?

Later this week, I’ll be introducing you to DJ Tank. He’ll be working with Phuket Fit to lose weight and he’s a really interesting character here on the island! He’s got a long way to go, but you can see the determination in his eyes. Also, check back next week to how I’ve changed my weight-loss system and see if it helps to improve my weekly results!

Have a great week of weight loss! If you set your mind on it, I know you can do it!

Victories: Wineke Krull Getting Fit After Graduation

1234644_10201385228648107_479607161_nA 24-year-old from Holland, Wineke Krull has spent the last three weeks working hard at Phuket Fit. Preparing for a new life as a criminal lawyer, Wineke decide that now was the time to take control of her life and lose some weight. Having just graduated from university, she searched online for an inexpensive fitness boot camp and discovered Phuket Fit. This is her story…

How did you find out about Phuket Fit?

I had heard about doing fitness boot camps abroad, so I searched online to see where I could do it cheaply. I looked at going to either Ibiza or Thailand, but it was a lot cheaper to do it here.

What first made you want to come to Phuket Fit?

After a few years of being a student, and living the “student lifestyle,” I decided it would be a good time to lose some weight. It seems like right after graduation would be perfect timing.

536766_10201385663258972_1402017562_nWhen you arrived at Phuket Fit did you set any goals for yourself?

I wanted to lose 10 KGs during my four weeks at Phuket Fit. I had no idea if that would be possible, but that was my goal.

Are you on your way to achieving that?

I’ve been here now for three weeks, but I didn’t weigh myself when I started, so I don’t have a real starting point. I did weigh myself after my first and second weeks, though, and lost 4KGs that week alone. So, I think I’ve hit my goal. If not yet, then definitely before I leave. My clothes are already getting too big.

What accomplishments at Phuket Fit are you proud of?

Physically, I feel better. Also mentally. Last year, I hiked Lions Head in South Africa and I really struggled. When I hiked up Big Buddha here, I felt great and did it in a really good time. I already feel stronger in every way.

1235404_10201385228128094_1308063577_nWhat advice would you give to someone thinking about coming to Phuket Fit?

Just come. Don’t think you’re unable to do it. There are a lot of extremely fit people here, but there are also people who aren’t. Don’t be intimidated. Everyone is here with their own goals.

Have you learned anything that you’ll use back home?

The exercises I’ve learned. I’ve been sending the class workouts to my trainer back home so I can continue with the intense workouts when I’m done here.

Do you plan on coming back to Phuket Fit?

I would love to come back. I might be able to, but right now I’m still just a broke student.

Benchmarks: Week Fifteen

Aaron 3Welcome to Phuket Fit’s weight loss and fitness blog. I’m your host, Aaron Rowland. I’m a 27-year-old writer from Los Angeles, California. At my heaviest weight eighteen-months ago, I weighed in at 160 KGs.  I’m here at Phuket Fit to lose weight, improve my fitness and have the adventure of a lifetime. I’ve been here ten months so far and I’m staying indefinitely. My favorite exercises are the bicycle crunch and the medicine ball slam. Tire flips, suicide planks and burpees give me nightmares.

What Changes Are Important?

As I move through this weight loss journey, I’ve noticed that the scale can be quite unpredictable. Up a small amount one week then down a big amount the next week, it can be tough to determine success or progress utilizing just that one number. Over the next few weeks, I’ll try to start introducing other benchmark measurements to help track my progress. While muscle growth might prevent a large number on the scale one week, things like body measurements or fitness tests could provide a clearer picture in terms of general progress. This next week, I’ll explore the weekly Big Buddha run and how tracking your time on that each week can be a great way to track success.

Aaron 4Active On The Weekend

Every Sunday afternoon, Phuket Fit has a weekly trip to O2 Beach Club. It’s a great chance to socialize with other guests from Phuket Fit, as well as get in a fun Sunday workout. They have water polo nets set up in the pool, as well as a volleyball court. There’s always a large group of Phuket Fit guests in attendance, so it’s never hard to get a game going. Everyone is welcome, just talk to Joey in the Phuket Fit office if you are interested in coming. I’m there most weekends, so definitely come on down and join in the fun!

Queen’s Birthday

This last Monday, camp was closed for the Queen’s birthday. That’s no excuse not to get a good workout in, though. Even when camp is closed, there are countless fun and healthy ways to enjoy an active day. Swimming at the beach, wakeboarding, and hiking Big Buddha are just three of the many ways to stay active near Phuket Fit. Even jogging the road is a popular activity at all times of the day. I’d recommend getting an early start, though. In wet season, the temperature can still get really hot. Always bring water and electrolytes with you, even if you don’t think you’ll need them.

Aaron 2The End Of Week Fifteen

I step on the scale, not sure what to expect. It’s always tough to follow up a big loss with another great number. Unfortunately, that’s true for this week. I’ve pretty much stayed the same moving from 105.3 KGs to 105.6 KGs. I can’t be too upset after a great week like last week, but I am started to get concerned that my weight loss is starting to stall. If next week’s results are similar, I’ll need to take a hard look at drastically altering my diet plan and exercise routine to something new, that will hopefully shock my body back into losing large numbers. I’m still down over 45 LBs in fifteen weeks, but I don’t want to slow down now.

Aaron 1What’s Up Next?

This week will be more of the same. I spent another great Sunday at O2 Beach Club with our Phuket Fit crew and my workouts have been pretty similar to past weeks. Check back on Friday for an interview with another fantastic Phuket Fit guest and check back next week to see how my journey is going!

Have a great week of weight loss! If you set your mind on it, I know you can do it!

Benchmarks: Week Twelve

Benchmarks 4Welcome to Phuket Fit’s weight loss and fitness blog. I’m your host, Aaron Rowland. I’m a 27-year-old writer from Los Angeles, California. At my heaviest weight eighteen-months ago, I weighed in at 160 KGs.  I’m here at Phuket Fit to lose weight, improve my fitness and have the adventure of a lifetime. I’ve been here ten months so far and I’m staying indefinitely. My favorite exercises are the bicycle crunch and the medicine ball slam. Tire flips, suicide planks and burpees give me nightmares.

Back Into A Routine

Fresh off my weeklong detox and ready to train full-time, I decided it was time to get into my usual routine. Body fit in the mornings, a light breakfast, cross training in the afternoons, a healthy lunch, and then a few hours of rest before a small dinner. Doesn’t sound all that exhausting, but trust me, it can really take it out of you. The classes at Phuket Fit are intense and require a great deal of rest and recovery to prevent injury or muscle fatigue.

Benchmarks 1Getting Stronger

On Saturday, I took another trip to the wake park with friends and did some wakeboarding. It had been well over a month and a half since my last experience there, and I could really tell a big difference in my strength and ability. Over 5 kilos lighter and a good deal stronger, I was able to get a lot further on the course and found launching off the dock to be easier than I previously had. It was such a good experience; I even treated myself to a couple drinks afterward at a beach club.

Knowing When To Slow Down

When you’re training 5-6 days a week, multiple times a day, it’s important to listen to your body. If your mind says “stop,” you might be able to push harder and test your limits. If your body tells you to stop, on the other hand, it’s important to do so. Overtraining can quickly lead to injuries and illness. It’s a lot better to miss a class because you feel to sore or exhausted to participate, than it is to spend weeks away from training due to mistreating your body.

Benchmarks 3The End Of Week Twelve

I step up on the scale and discover I’m down 0.8 KGs (1.7 LBS) this week. While its not as high as my usual weekly total can be, I’m thrilled to be losing weight at a steady pace, now that I’ve returned to my pre-detox routine. I was definitely worried that my body might be resistant to burning fat after a week of super-clean eating, but that’s clearly not the case. If I can keep going at the pace I am now, I should definitely be at my goal weight of 85 KGS (187 LBs) by the end of the year.

What’s Up Next?

This last weekend was the monthly BBQ beat down, which often means alcohol and poor food choices are on the cards. They certainly were this time. What that means, though, is I need to work extra hard this week to make up for the extra calories consumed. Can I burn them off and have another great week on the scale? I guess we’ll see next week! Until then…

Have a great week of weight loss! If you set your mind on it, I know you can do it!