I've been accused of being a "duck on water", I seem really calm, cool,
and collected on the surface....but I'm paddling like heck underneath!
That's what my wellness journey has been like for me. Like many women
I've struggled with my weight since having
my kids. I still have baby weight, only she's 8! Just a quick
background, I am in my first full year as a faculty member at USU with
teaching, research and service expectations. Before this position I
spent 3 years at the University of Missouri as a graduate
assistant working towards my PhD, my graduate education really took a
toll on my health. Being a mother of two, a wife, going to school,
researching, writing a dissertation, and teaching classes really was
stressful and left little time for exercise, eating
right, and relaxation. I tried not to let it get to me but in the end I
gained 30 lbs., tore a rotator cuff, ate out most days, was tired all
the time, and was cranky! But, I didn't let it show in my attitude.
Well, at least around the people I worked with.
My family knew how miserable I was. It took me about 8 months in Utah
to realize that I needed to start taking care of myself again. I joined
weight watchers online and have lost 20 lbs. I have about 40 to go, but
I've plateaued. My goals now are to continue
to eat right, exercise, and take time to recharge! My long term goal is
to run a 1/2 marathon....but I'm not sure when or where yet. I would
really like to find slow runners like me to train with. Bottom line...I
don't want to develop type II diabetes and
have knee replacements like my mother did at 55. I want to be there for
my kids. I want to go ice skating, hiking, swimming, etc. and not feel
terrible while I'm doing it!