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traveling pitfalls


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I'm traveling for work for two weeks in a last ditch effort to try to get my PhD to work. I have minimal confidence that any of this is going to work which likely means that I'm "wasting" two weeks of precious time and chunk of grant money. There's maybe a 2% chance that this is all going to work and I won't have to fight tooth and nail to escape this spring. There's a lot of optimism going around right now.

At least I'm in Toronto. I've been to the city before so I kind of know my way around. Add in the upcoming Christmas market and decorations and I'm pretty happy. I found a Muay Thai gym not far from my hotel that does a 2 week trial period so I have something to experiment with beyond the meager hotel fitness room. (There's 20+ floor and only 2 ellipticals) It's reminiscent of my boxing gym, well-loved equipment, friendly people, and a workout that is not to be underestimated. The form is completely different so I'm sure I'll catch it when I go back to boxing but for now it's something fun to try.

Eating healthy has not been as interesting or fun. My room has a minifridge but no microwave and certainly no stove so "cooking" is limited. There's a grocery store next door and I brought some kashi cereal and fiber one snacks. Breakfast has been going well thanks to some greek yogurt. Dinner is the most problematic food choice wise. It's cold and I want something hot and savory. I'm really missing all my measuring cups and food scale that I use to enforce my portion control. I guess this is an abbreviated dry run for portion control while backpacking next year. Since this trip falls right in between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I'm really trying to behave and encourage the Holiday Balloon episode that happened last year. Doesn't help that the grocery store as a beyond awesome looking dessert counter and I'm craving chocolate like nobody's business.

Here's hoping for the best in Science and waistline!
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