Well, 2014 didn't waste any time getting started. January
6th came and both of my programs started in full force.
I'm actually taking Clinical Nutrition in BOTH programs right now.
It's interesting to see how the different professors approach the
same topic. I'm definitely getting hit from all directions.
Towards the end of week one I decided to add the acupuncture
elective to my schedule. It's knowledge that I really want and feel
that I need. I've actually taken an introduction to acupuncture
through an undergraduate program, so I have a VERY basic knowledge,
but furthering that interests me tremendously. I'd originally
talked myself out of the elective, as I'm thinking about relocating
to Oregon (which doesn't allow acupuncture in the DC scope of
practice), but since I'm not absolutely sure where I'll end up, I
thought I'd go for it. I may be partly insane for this, of
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Break was both too long and too short. I worked an insane amount
and took too little time to relax--but that's pretty typical for
me. There has to be some way to keep me out of trouble, and that is
to stay busy. That being said, I always seem to have a shortage of
time. And like all insanely busy people (or people who make excuses
that they have no time), I'm always looking for ways to increase
the amount of time (the Universe will not respond to my requests
for 86 hour days), and have less stress. I decided to take a break
from social media for a week. It was AMAZING! Towards the middle of
that break, my computer fried the motherboard and I had no choice
but to avoid technology altogether. It's shown me that I have a lot
more time than I ever thought. I had no idea I was spending so much
time surfing the web, reading Facebook, or doing whatever. I've
been using that time to read, sleep, and do research. It's been
awesome. Even though I know I'll have to get a replacement computer
soon to keep up with my workload, I'm going to keep with the lack
of using it. It's not exactly a resolution, but it's not too far
In the back of everyone's mind right now are those resolutions.
I happened upon a few articles about why people don't keep New
Year's resolutions. Interestingly enough, it's not always for the
reasons that we'd think. Since most people choose a diet or
exercise change (that's #1), most commonly it's because they bite
off more than they can chew (pun intended)--giving themselves more
work than they can handle, and too little of a support system to
handle it. Well, that makes sense. But the number two reason why
people don't keep New Year's resolutions--*drum roll*--was because
they spend too much time talking about them! I was shocked.
According to this article, the human brain perceives talking the
same as doing. If I talk about exercising, my brain thinks that
I've done it--even though I actually haven't. So, while some level
of the brain has been pumping iron or eating only fish and veggies,
the rest of the body hasn't been doing anything. Problem not
solved. So, the moral of the story is, if you've made any
resolutions or decided to make some changes in your life--keep them
to yourself. If you do, they're more likely to stick.
I am willing to share one resolution with all of you. I resolve
to have a great 2014! It's going to be a BIG year.
Happy New Year Everybody! Have a great Tri!