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A Giant in the Land of Little People

Posted Nov 20 2009 10:04pm
(Me in front of my hotel)
"You can explore the universe looking for somebody who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and you will not find that person anywhere." - Buddhist saying.

I've arrived in Bangkok. It was a looong journey. 22.5 hours of flying time. But I am feeling good, alive and blessed. Getting to see the world is one of the greatest things I've ever gotten to experience. It's hard to articulate what I've seen in the last 4 days so I won't try.

I will, however, let you know that I have exercised EVERYDAY since I've been here. I feel amazing. I don't know what it is; possibly feeling like a giant next to all these tiny, tiny 75 pound Thai women, but I have been really motivated to hit the gym. It's really helped me to deal with the extreme exhaustion and jet lag that I feel from the flight and it also makes me feel strong and capable to get out and see the city, which is hectic, loud and fast and walking one block makes you feel like you've been running ten.
(Food vendors of every kind are on every block, sometimes 5-6 on one block.)

I've been running and doing weights here in the hotel gym.
The congestion and smog in the city along with the 10 million cars, motorcycles, tut tuts and people on the streets make it seem impossible to run outside so I am grateful that the hotel has a nice gym area. We won't be here much longer so I am really taking advantage now. I think it's going to be harder and harder to keep this up.
(Running a 10k on the treadmill. PS - I packed only one carry on bag and one backpack for this trip, but still found a way to fit in my work out clothes!)

Being here also makes me really happy that I started on my health & fitness journey before I got here. I feel mentally and physically very strong and very equipped for travel and life. I've joked with Tanya before but one of my favorite sayings is from E40 - "if you stay ready, you aint got to get ready." That's the thing about taking care of yourself all the time. It means that you will always be ready for whatever is up the road.
(Tut Tut - best way to get around the city fast)

That's it's for now. I don't know how reliable my Internet will be going forward but I will try and post as often as I can.

(View from my treadmill and the hotel gym)

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