Ambassador of Employee Wellness
Phone: (435) 797-1254
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!