One downside of the institutes is that all our food is provided. Now, that sounds like an upside, and like all grad students, I heart free food. But as a see-food person, surrounding by food that is high in calories, I find the practical result to be a personal disaster. I learned from last year, and have managed to restrict my snacking this time around. But even the meals are high calorie - I was discouraged to learn after the fact that yesterday's veggie sub on french bread was around 1000 calories. And, since I worked 14 1/2 hours yesterday, I didn't have time to exercise.
Today I'm attempting to get back on track so I don't balloon like my genes want to. I can't afford a whole new wardrobe!