When Alastair and I started dating we were only 18 years old. Alastair was a handsome outgoing character oh and pretty skinny! Okay not that skinny but he was a healthy weight.
Fast forward 11 years and he was at an all time weight high, weighing in at 110kg (242.5 pounds). We moved to India in 2010 and I cooked most of our meals. Thinking I was cooking healthy meals, we would have bowls of salads with pesto and pasta, toasted sandwiches with melted cheese – basically a carb fueled diet. We were going to the gym at this point almost 5 days a week, working hard each session. I was also doing yoga 3 days a week but he had an office job and really didn’t move much from the desk during the day.
Then my weight started to increase as well. I was only 60 kg but was heading towards the 70 zone. We then did a BMI test for Al and his number showed he was obese! Unbelievable, I never really noticed he was so heavy, and the fact that he was obese and a smoker well we both knew that can’t be healthy.
Moving to Bali
We then moved to Bali, Indonesia for 3 months. I thought something needs to be done about our weight but especially his. I found a personal trainer Komang who has years of experience in the fitness industry and has competed worldwide in bodybuilding. He told us to cut the carbs and for my partner to eat more red meat and vegetables. I have high iron and had to stay away from the red meat and went for chicken or fish dishes. We ate 3 meals a day and drank so much water it was ridiculous.
But living in a hot climate like Bali you really don’t realise just how much water you drink just to stay hydrated. We also gave up alcohol… not altogether, but introduced cheat nights where we drank red wine and ate naughty food. I don’t have a sweet tooth at all but he would have a chocolate or two. Cheat day would come and go and we would have our weekly weigh in, which was always fun on Monday.
Losing weight in Bali
Now I have to tell you we started boxing 3 days a week for 1 hour a day and walked everywhere – no car, no bike – just hoofing it! We loved it – our new lifestyle was perfect – we had given up things we loved but they were replaced with other our walking adventures in Bali.
So how much weight have we lost? Alastair lost a total of 33 kg! He lost 20 kg in Bali with a combination of diet, healthy eating and exercise. Then we moved again to Italy and now that he lost the initial weight he could see light at the end of the tunnel and knew he was able to lose more weight solo.
Almost one year on he has lost a further 13kg taking him up to 33kg and looks better now than when he was 18 years old! People say the weight piles back on, well I think that depends on your lifestyle. If you stop and then start eating badly, yes the weight will come back on. But if you are like us and love the healthy lifestyle and eat properly most of the time you can manage the weight. We now go away for a weekend and eat lots of bad foods and put on a little weight but we know when we get home again we stop eating badly and start eating healthy meals and we don’t feel guilty anymore.
Staying Healthy and Fit
At the end of the day it’s up to you, but this is how we lost weight and now live a really energetic lifestyle and the most important thing he is not obese or a smoker anymore.
It’s not just us who has benefited from Komang and the team from Bodiku fitness in Bali. They have some amazing stories of people who have transformed their bodies and lives with Komang and losing weight in Bali.
Free Session with Komang
Ministry of Villas has teamed up with MasterCard so you can learn from the master and even train with him. If you book a selected villa using a MasterCard you will be offered a one on one training session and personal eating plan from Komang. Read more about the MasterCard Priceless Bali experience where you too can enjoy the results Alastair who is the CEO of Ministry of Villas has had.