I am a 22-year-old student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I am getting a degree in Biological Systems Engineering–Food and Bioprocessing. I know, its a mouthful! Essentially, I am half Chemical Engineer, half Food Scientist.
I’m getting married on May 30, 2010. I’m also graduating on May 15, 2010 — so next May is going to be a super-busy month! Luckily, my maid-of-honor, Kelley, is also devoted to health and fitness, so she’ll help keep me on track!
In the winter of 2008/09, I gained approximately 16 pounds in 8 weeks, despite my eating healthy and walking everywhere. I knew this wasn’t normal, but chalked it and my other symptoms up to the new medication I was on. After switching meds, I still couldn’t lose a single pound and felt sick as ever, so I finally went to the doctor. Five doctors later, I was finally diagnosed with hypothyroidism in August 2009. Now, I can control my weight with exercise and healthy eating.
I took up running in January 2009 (indoors, because can you imagine liking running if your first run was outside in a Wisconsin winter?!?), and am excited to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon in March 2010 in Orlando, FL.
I’ve also been getting into biking as a way to cross-train, and spend more time with my fiance, Dan, an avid biker. We’re actually planning on biking through either Greece or Italy for our honeymoon. Between training for the half marathon, and gearing up (no pun intended) for Europe, I should be in excellent shape for the wedding, right?
Finally, I started taking Pilates in August 2009, and I love it! It is such a relaxing way to strength train, and my instructor is amazing! She’s given me such great tips to improve my running and biking, and has me doing exercises to preserve my knees for years into the future.
Join me as I look for a full-time job, finish school, and plan my wedding while keeping healthy and fit!