Sometimes Piggy (or Froggy) gotta EAT and Eat and Eat

Today in Koh Samui some ladies on the lam knew that some real clean, organic food was needed. And it was absolute Heaven.  

The last two days I have gone to Vikasa Cafe which is apart of the yoga sala and yogis at Vikasa. The staff is lovely and Susu is amazing with children. Today’s chef was one of the “hot chefs” Chef Cyril. Abd seriously all of the chefs are gorgeous. It’s almost like a requirement.  

But enough about the eye candy let's see the real MVP...the food. (ps the drinks aren't bad...I had the Sin Gin which was gin mixed with kale juice and pineapple...SHUT THE FRONT DOOR delicious) and The Last Straw (fresh strawberries, vodka, soda and just plain yum!)

I love Samui as it one of the healthiest places I have ever been to in this word. The medical facilities are beyond amazing, the food healthy, beautiful and mouth-watering, and the exercise/training programs rivals those in NYC, London, LA etc.

Seriously the food is delicious but the experience is life-altering. Yeah I said THAT!

To Detox or Not To Detox is NOT the Question for Me

Over the last two years, I have tried various things in effort to improve my health. My two biggest mistakes have been choosing anything with the words "detox" in them because in all honesty they just don't work. Well let me rephrase this..they don't work for me. Not the energy or the results. Sure I look great for a few weeks but when you go back to life you realize you can not survive on less than 800 calories a day, and just juice. Whole foods/clean eating yes...but to live the rest of ones life on just juice is not feasible for me and about 96% of the free world.

Currently, I am in Thailand where the first part of my trip was spent with my best friend and some LOLA ladies. It was a great time for me and my friend, and I had a blast with my new friends. I did not have a blast at the detox camp. Mainly it was the energy of the place. I was unhappy with a few things and like an adult, I went to the management and believed we had a direct and upfront conversation. I had no issues with him after or so I thought. Then a few days later he calls me and my attitude negative. I was anything but, as I thought we had a conversation, but his words stuck with me. If he thought that was negative and this judgment was made off one conversation then what else was he holding back. That creates distrust. Then he would tell me what his staff said (all opposite of what they were saying to me. Granted, I could easily have told him the truth but in the end WHY? I didn't come here for drama but to get my health and my life on track. So I left...early...way early.

Why? There was Muay Thai camp down the street. I've stayed here before, never had an issue, always had fun and everytimeI left the healthy choices I made there STUCK. The people in general are happier here. The minute I moved my first bag onto campus a guest greated me with a huge smile. I was singing. I was at peace, even though my neighbors are half my age, love their music and hanging out outside during the day..come time to train or go to bed and they are right on time. It is amazing how my energy has changed for the best. I added more calories to my food plan and lost over 5 pounds (2.2kg) the week after I left. They even have working wifi and comfortable beds. Something the owner of the detox place tried to tell me wasn't really available in the area we were in. Granted, he did TRY to fix my bedding as well as the internet, but it was more than that...it was the overall feeling. I never felt like they ever actually CARED. It's money. They would take group walks and leave guests on their own. I just don't approve of this ..as one woman was in remission from cancer. What if she had an episode? So I would slow down my own exercise progress to watch someone else. THAT was NOT what I signed up for...but that was the way it was.

At the end of the day, detox no matter where I go just doesn't seem to work. Not physically nor mentally. And that's ok. It's also OK if it works for you. Different strokes for different folks.

However, this lead me to work on something I have toyed with for about a year. At my highest RECORDED weight, I was 343 pounds (156kg) and currently 197 (89kg) making a grand total loss of (67kg) 146 pounds. When I started this time (June 25, 2014) I was scale shy, I'd estimate that I've lost 104pds of those over the last three years. I lost weight with diet and exercise. Starting with Muay Thai and yoga, and running. I found what worked for me and did it in beautiful surroundings. I have a way to go as I still would love to lose another 37 pounds, but if it's 25...I'm ok with that too. I also want to help other women do the same and live their best life.

Currently I am working with a CERTIFIED Yoga/Exercise trainer, and we have decided to launch a retreat in Thailand Jan 2019. OUrs will be different as while we focus on healthy eating, there will be FOOD, as well as yoga, meditation, Muay Thai and tons of time for the beach. And we will host at a FIVE STAR Resort...this will not be a little cabin, with hard beds, and gecko like lizards in your room like many places in Thailand. I'm trying to work out a deal with a place on the beach, and all rooms have a private swimming pool. The property also has two huge main pools, a gym and more. I'm thinking the week Jan 13-20 or 23rd depending on cost. As a LOLA woman I know that health and LUXURY is key...and what a LOLA woman wants...A LOLA woman GETS!

I'll post more when details are clear as well as pics of location. Or if you really can't wait shoot me an email: ladiesonthelam@gmail.com and I'll add you to the Thailand LOLA Retreat 2019 Mailing list.

Ciao for now

Kit

Fighting For My Life

I debated on writing this post as I always want to keep my blog travel related, but as I evolve this blog does as well. And since it's in Thailand...well it counts.

Boot camps, fat camps, medical tourism etc is a lucrative business. And why not, everyone wants to look/feel better, some by any means necessary.

While I am not an advocate of crash diets, I do love some intense exercise...not extreme but INTENSE. Which is how I found myself back in Samui for the 4th time in less than a year.

A little over 2.5 years ago, my doctors informed me that I was sick. Sicker than what I ever imagined. It was life threatening. The treatment they recommended made me even sicker. Luckily I was only working a couple days a week and could hide it. However I began doing research. With the assistance of some amazing doctors abroad, a couple of monks (not kidding), faith and prayer I am glad to report the initial prognosis is no longer. Granted, I still have a ton of cysts and tumors inside my body, as long as they do not attach themselves to organs I will be ok. However I am a bigger woman so it can be hard to see until it's too late. Which is why I currently am fighting for my life. I am trying to get down to a weight where the tumors/cystsare easier to see and hopefully at some point remove as I don't want them to burst either.

I say "fighting for my life" because there isn't a lot of exercise I like besides an occasional boot camp or dance class. Then I found Lamai Muay Thai. This place has changed my life. Granted, it is hard and at times I feel like a big fat nothing who has no power, but then I remember my first day and fast forward to today and see how far I have come. I realize I am strong, I am capable and I can beat this. I'm a fighter dammit.

 

 

 

My fitbit and me...and miscellaneous musings

I've become a fitbit nut ever since I learned all I have to do is the math and can figure out how much weight I've lost. I decided that while I am having my weight checked on a weekly basis I do NOT want to know what the scales say. I will find out at the very end and I can happily wait for it. The last two days were pretty brutal. I think I will post a schedule of the last two days on my next entry. I'm just dog tired and ready for bed. I try to stay up until 10pm. I usually get up around 515...go to the gym to foam roll and stretch for 15 min before we leave for the hike.

This week I was finally bumped up to the next advanced group. While I am not a pro by any means I just was beginning to feel a bit stilted. I would rather be in the middle or last of a faster group than being far ahead in the slower one. I feel like it makes others feel bad, and I feel horrible as well as I don't think I am getting the workout I desire. Well today was tough. I have one more hike day here at Movara and then on Thursday I am attempting "Stop Sign" one more time as I'm trying to get the full 8.5 miles in. Friday is the 10K and Saturday...I AM GOING HOME. Thank you lil baby Jesus..I am ready to go. See my family and get my life back.

I've been away for almost 5 and 1/2 weeks, between shooting a film and Utah...mama is ready to see her humble abode.

Some of the best highlights have been phone calls and facetime from my friends and family. You never know how much you miss them until they aren't around. I can't wait to go and see my sis, brother and his kids, and my dancing ladies in NYC, as well as LaD and others.

While the food has been hit or miss during the beginning of the week they hit it out of the park with today's meal. It was OBSCENELY good...especially lunch...it was STEAK.

Here is Sunday's Fine fare:

The breakfast was yummy and filling. Lunch salad was ok. And for dinner I went and had a bit of salad off the salad bar, the chicken without the masala sauce, and ate maybe a 1/3 of the cookie as it wasn't my fave dessert.

Now Monday, they put on their Game Menu and Chef Sam went to town...and that day was a good day....

However today TUESDAY..well Chef Sam showed and SHOWED OUT...the food today was damn near OFF THE CHAIN...(well lunch was...dinner's dessert is just to show you...I didn't eat it)

So that has been the food thus far...exercise is crazy here...I burn between 2500-3500 calories a day between the hikes and the 4-6 classes we take daily. It's a lifestyle I know I won't be able to keep up at home but I do know I can do at least 2 hours per day. One in the am and one in the evening. And once I return I want to lose 1-2 pounds per week. Hopefully by the time I go home I will be less than 50 pounds to goal weight. That sounds like a lot but after you've lost 100...well 50 more seems like child's play, especially since I know get and UNDERSTAND the math behind weight loss.

Oh yeah and I saw a "dead" body today...but that's a story for another time.

Peace out

K

Movara Day 1: THIS is NOT a Game

People come to a health and wellness spa for a variety of reasons...to take a break from life, to lose weight, to get healthy, to hike, and a myriad of others. I came because I am afraid of heights and I also could lose 50 or 60 pounds. Which isn't that bad considering I have been over 150 lbs heavier off and on thru my adult life, so having only 60 or so to lose is like a blessing.

Today was officially Day 1 and it was a grueling schedule, but I made it:

I got up at 545 am, washed my face brushed my teeth and got dressed. I had to be in the dining hall by 615 where we learned what our assessment hike would be. To be honest I found it a bit basic and somewhat boring. I burned 944 calories but I've burned more than that doing a 10K, so I'm not certain if I will continue unless they become more challenging or I'm moved up a group. I've spoken to management about this ...so we shall see. It was however a beautiful sunrise and the hiking was lovely:

Morning Hike...Monday

Morning Hike...Monday

After a two hour hike it was breakfast time. I snapped a pic of today's menu. I got a pic of all the food except for dinner. I was a piggy and ate it all before I remembered to snap a pic. Actually it wasn't until I was about to blog this post that I remembered that I didn't have a pic. Sorry, but the food was delicious. I like how they have the calorie count as well. It makes me using myfitnesspal MUCH easier:

Breakfast: we have a selection of six different meals and lunch was soup and lettuce wraps...Yum

Breakfast: we have a selection of six different meals and lunch was soup and lettuce wraps...Yum

The rest of the day was filled with kickboxing, hip hop class, free gym time, then court challenge filled with mountain climbers, running and burpees, and off to circuit training. By the time 430 came and it was the final class I chose stretch because my body was talking, and it was saying "mama I AM SPENT". I was never so happy for dinner.

After dinner, I hung out with my new friend Paige and her lovely pooch Nico. Who is about as sweet as sweet can be; then I took a dip in the hot tub followed by pool.

WHEW...that was a day, so I took a shower, typed up this blog and plan on being in bed by 9PM, because welp...tomorrow we do it all over again. I am really loving this place, it's like sleepaway camp but for adults.

 

NLDR- The #Shade and #Struggle is REAL- 7 day play by play

In effort to NOT bore you with a daily post of my time at the detox, I write down my daily thoughts, experiences, issues etc. and post as one big blog at the end of the 7 day stretch. You're welcome.

I am keeping it 100 with you the entire time. Some stuff you will laugh, some you may think "this chick is crazy" and the rest will more than likely be "OH HELL NAW" but this is my experience during my first two weeks, and let me tell you...

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Medical Tourism...How did I get here?!?

There are various kinds of tourism in the world from me who focuses on gender specific, to help trips (ie building houses in 3 rd world countries, missionary work etc), to adventure, luxury and the one I am focusing on: MEDICAL.

Medical tourism has boomed over the last few years. Once believed only for the rich and famous now anyone can go to Africa for a safari and tummy tuck, with a little skin lift on top. Thailand isn't called the "land of smiles" for nothing. On ever corner, much like a Starbucks in America there is a "Happy Dental" or "Dental Smiles" where you can get everything and anything from cleanings to fillings to implants and more.

I've been researching detox clinics for various reasons: 1. to save my life. My father died of three types of cancer at 62years old. He never drank or smoked. One reasons the doctors said it wasn't caught in time was because of his size. Over the last year I have had my own run ins with the disease and I'm now attempting to do everything in my power to stop it before it stops me. Which lead me to look for clinics in the states that focused on health and the Gershon therapy. (if you don't know it...look it up). I wanted a clinic that utilizes both. And I found one..that was almost 20G for a month. THAT IS NUTS.

Then I had to consult good old trusty google and starting looking for places around the world. And that's how I found New Leaf Detox Resort. It's a 3 star no frills health and detox resort. There is no one bringing me juices and coddling me. It's a hands on but do it yourself type of place. Or at least that is what I got from talking to the owner (Aire) and customer service reps. And it was a QUARTER of the cost.

So, I signed up. I will post weekly video updates starting in the next day or so. I've sighed up for a 28 day Transformation package...we will see.

Wish me luck

K