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New Year, Smart Choices, Better Me

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

So, we've started a new year, and I want and need to make better health choices.

I was doing well for a couple of months and then slunk back into my old ways. I've been sick since the beginning of September. I've had some kind of allergic asthma, GERD problem that the doctors can't completely figure out. I've been coughing like crazy, and it's gotten in the way with school, work, and my social life. While I did make good grades last semester, I could have done better if I had felt better. I am determined to kick this illness in the butt instead of starting off this year feeling down.

I have finally figured out what I want to do with school and my future career. I had a wonderful professor this year who became my mentor, and I will be working in her lab this semester. She completely understands my health problems and has made me feel much better about having them not get in the way. She made me realize that I want to get in grad school for clinical psychology, with a focus in pediatrics (especially parent-child interactions and/or biopsychosocial developmental factors in young children). I definitely want to focus on statistics as well. I'm hoping my strong math background will help me into a good school. I need to take the GRE this semester or this summer. I wish I had studied more for it over winter break, but unfortunately, my illness had gotten in the way. I'm hoping to graduate from University of Memphis at the end of this year.

I want to make some new years resolutions to help keep my mind in focus for my school and health goals.

For school:
1. I will do what is in my power to make all A's this semester.
2. I will study for the GRE at least 5 hours every week.
3. I will do extra studying and exercises for Chinese in order to improve my Chinese conversation and composition skills. (I will write a letter my Chinese grandparents before the summer.)

For my health:
1. I will exercise in the mornings (at least 30 mins. 4-5 times a week).
2. I will keep my diet journal and update my weight loss apps on my phone every day. (However, accurately updating my diet on websites like this can be somewhat difficult for me due to my limited diet because of my allergies. Therefore, a lot of times the food I have entered is more like an educated guess or a similar to product to what I have eaten.)
3. I will have breakfast every morning.
4. I will cut back on carbohydrates (especially simple carbs).
5. I will cut back on sugary drinks.
6. I will partake in yoga routines regularly.
7. I will cut back on dining out to once or twice a week.
8. I will go to bed earlier.
9. I will read before bedtime, rather than watch tv.
10. I will create more variation in my diet, so that I won't get tired of eating the same foods.

I am determined that this will be the year I get my health in check.

**I forgot to mention that at the end of last year, I purchased a Striiv Pedometer. I was trying to decide between the FitBit and the Striiv, and I decided on the latter. I felt that the motivational properties of the Striiv were more important to me than the accuracy of the FitBit. So far I have loved it, and it has definitely made me want to get more active (walk more, climb more stairs, etc.).
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