Went to the immigration office today to get our 30 day extension - we got a visa for 60 days but are staying for 90. I was thrilled that it was so fast this time. We waited until about 45 mins before the office closes for lunch and it only took us 30 minutes!
Then we went into the capital for lunch. I wanted a ham and cheese baguette (with fries) but resisted and got glass noodle soup with veggies. Very little fat.
I looked up the calories of the bottles of beer we drink - the small bottle is 330ml or just over 11 oz. Online is says it is 115 or 130 calories (depending on the source) which is not bad at all. Except when you have 2 or 3!
Groan. Scale looks real bad. Got to do something right now. Going to change my gym schedule to every other day instead of 3 days a week. Need to do my very best to resist beer. I've got a bottle of gin in the house now (why did I buy that???) but that will be just a very occasional treat.
I've been increasing some of the dumbbells at the gym (so a wee bit of my gain could actually be muscle) as some are getting too easy. Biceps curls are getting too easy on 6 kgs, but I think 7 would be too heavy. I've increased another from 4 to 5 kg but only do 8 reps instead of 12 for now. Shoulder shrugs are on 9kg as are calf lifts.
L: we were too late leaving for the coffee shop for our late morning coffees. So we had lunch there. Disappointed. Great coffees but not such great food. I ordered a shrimp appetizer in tamarind sauce, and was told they didn't have them (I know these are yummy). So I just picked chicken strips in sesame - deep fried. Yuck!!! It was horrible and then I felt guilty for eating deep fried. Couldn't finish it. Came home and had a piece of toast with pbj and a wee carton of chocolate soy milk.
D: veggie fried rice and shrimp (from a restaurant that does one that isn't oily)
S: packet of saltines
We were late leaving the house because hubby was booking our tickets to the US for June - family visit.
Rode our bikes to dinner and stopped at the 'watering hole' on the way home. However, I had a bottle of water instead of beer. Hubby had 2 beers.
Progress as of today: 19.9 lbs lost so far, only 8.1 lbs to go!
Didn't manage to resist last night and had a small beer with dinner. Bought a small bottle of gin to make my own lower calories drinks at home. Wish I could buy low cal tonic like I drink at home. Doesn't help when we are out though.
Took a drive to the capital of the island - Nathon. Need more souvenirs for family and friends. I've got most of them but need more.
Giving up the rental car on Jan 31st and I know I'll miss it. But it means more bike riding and walking. We're stocking up on heavy stuff like cases of bottled water before we give it up. We need to buy another big crate to store our stuff in for next year. We can store one crate free and pay small fees for the rest. Last year we only had one crate. There is now absolutely nothing else we need to buy for the house. We have A/C but also use fans in the house. One is provided but we bought a second for the bedroom. Also bought a scale, kettle (I don't like the one they provide), bigger tea mugs, extra rubbish bin, ankle weights, and other misc household stuff. We'll also have to store the bikes, the inflatable tandem kayak, the paddles.
I have got to find the right bras for a hot climate! It's got be lightweight, wicking, but give me support. I'm finding that one of my bikini tops is cooler than my bras but next year I need to get 4 or 5 really good ones.
No exercise today except for walking through malls. Might walk to the restaurant for dinner if it isn't raining, which it's threatening to. This restaurant is about 2.5 miles roundtrip.
I'm thinking about our trip mid-Feb as something to think of as motivation. I plan to indulge during those 3 days on another island since it will be an early birthday trip, and I've seen the menus online!!
We've booked the 5 star for my birthday next month, although it will be the week before as they are fully booked for my birthday. Staying 3 nights.
Misbehaved yesterday! We cycled to the restaurant for dinner and I was hot and sweaty when we got there I ordered a cold beer. Then on the way home we stopped at a small bar we'd been noticing which sits outside a massage shop. Had another beer and a nice chat with the owner - a guy from England who married a Thai. The lady gave us a bowl of peanuts. Big mistake!
We got up early this morning and went out for a bike ride by 6am. The air was cool so it was really pleasant and a lot less traffic. Stopped for sunrise at 6:40 and home by about 7:30.
We walked to a restaurant for lunch - about 2 miles roundtrip. Was pouring sweat so jumped in the pool. And we are going to ride the bikes to dinner. We are not going to continue renting the car for the month of Feb just to save some money (£400/$600) but I think we are going to miss it. We will stock up on all the heavy stuff before we go carless - bottled water, etc.
I mentioned in yesterday's post that we might not go to the 5 star resort for my birthday next month, but we'll take a closer look. The original plan was to go to a seaside restaurant we love - great food, gorgeous sunsets, tables right on the beach and a package that includes taxi pickup, a snorkel trip, shower at restaurant then dinner and cocktails and a taxi home. http://www.thevirgincoastsamui.com/longtail-boat-excursion/
Food choices here are endless. We prefer Thai although I sometimes like non-Thai like I had for lunch. Choices range from junk like KFC or McD's or pizza, to Australian pubs with burgers, or steaks, Italian, French, Swedish, German, Chinese, Japanese, any kind of fish, lots of French bakeries, etc etc. And the supermarkets have almost anything you could want.
S: sm cappuccino (we went to look for an alternate coffee place when we are carless as our current one is too far)
L: potato/pineapple/shrimp salad, soda water
D: not sure which restaurant we will cycle to but will choose wisely
A couple of pics from sunrise this morning. We never actually saw the sun peek out as it kept hiding behind the clouds. A group of Buddhist monks had walked down from their temple to watch as well. Don't know if they do it every day.
Progress as of today: 21.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!
Two days of decadence. Time to get back on track. At least I'm always good about exercise. Back on the scale tomorrow morning and every morning!
If anyone wants to know about the island we are staying on: (we are staying in a quieter part of the island - not the party areas!)
We may change plans for my birthday on Feb 26th. We discovered there is a nice resort on the island across from the one we just spent the night on. We've been to this island as part of our snorkeling trips but thought it was pretty much deserted. They have a 5 star resort and a 3 night winter package deal. The restaurants there seem to lean toward Western food and we prefer real Thai food. But I could suffer for a few days. LOL. This is it:
Thanks for the comments! About to go to bed, but I'll catch up with everyone's diaries tomorrow.
Back from our stay on another island for one night. Lovely! The little beach bungalow was okay - bedroom, bathroom, porch, but the island has no electricity except for solar panels on some homes and a generator for the restaurant and the bungalows. So we only had power from sunset for about 4 hours. So the room got too hot once the fans went off. Otherwise it was good.
The restaurant had a limited menu - basic Thai dishes, breakfast was eggs and toast. They didn't offer cocktails but they had plenty of beer - of which we had many.
We went swimming in the sea, went for walks, sat on the beach. Nice.
The bungalow we stayed in - faced the beach.
Progress as of today: 23.6 lbs lost so far, only 5.4 lbs to go!