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Happy New Year

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 course.

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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 from it.

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!