Despite my sincerest efforts not to overindulge when I travel – I go easy on the breakfast buffets and avoid desserts with a vengeance – I always seem to put on weight when I am away from home.
And as anyone with weight management issues will tell, it goes on a whole lot easier when it comes off.
So here’s my game plan: I am going to see if I can pit a carefully orchestrated programme of challenging physical activities against breakfast buffets in the morning and fine dining in the evening to see if for once in my life I can return from a trip weighing exactly what I weighed before my departure.
I have lined up stays at three five star resorts and one mass market hotel in Phuket, which is an island in Southern Thailand. I will spend two nights at Paresa, three nights at the Westin Siray BayResort & Spa, two nights at Mercure Patong Phuket, and two nights at Indigo Pearl Phuket.
Indigo Pearl has since been rebranded as The Slate.
On most days I will attempt to skip lunch. I will dine most nights at gourmet restaurants. But I will not “go for broke”, eating as much as I like. I will try to keep my eating within reason, and I will skip desserts unless something looks especially appetizing.
Can I maintain my weight? This is the challenge I have set for myself.
I have no notions of losing weight on this trip. To win this challenge, I will need only to weigh in at the same weight on the morning after my return that I weighed on the morning of my departure eight days earlier.
For the the record, that was 172 pounds. My height: 6 feet.
To Be Continued
Copyright: Michael Taylor Pictured: Can Michael avoid the temptation of yummy desserts such these at the Sunday brunch at Indigo Pearl Phuket? Photo Credit: Michael Taylor