New beginnings

By Lauren Wiltshire | 1/20/13 8:51pm

I would like to first thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I am so excited to introduce myself and get this ball rolling. I am a Health Communications major at junior standing, originally from the suburbs of Detroit. I am ready to take on this great challenge together. I look forward to learning & passing expectations with you. If at anytime you would like to see me look into and write on a specific topic please email me at— I am always looking for feedback.

I find that Grand Valley State University as a whole enforces being well. The university takes advantage of opportunities to be sustainable, use local, wholesome products, and make access to exercise programs at little or no cost. I have struggled with balancing my weight and learned a great deal from my recovery. I have a new understanding for my body and the potential it holds. In fact, I just ran my first 10K on Thanksgiving and am preparing for the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon in October 2013. I know that it is my choice and my motivation that helps me succeed in my seemingly far-reached goals.

I started this blog for a few reasons. One being that when I moved off campus I nearly forgot what great opportunities being on campus has. We are so lucky to have so many free programs at the rec center. This semester and most importantly, in this blog I will be trying new programs at the rec center and reporting back to you. I will inform you on what is so worth your time and what you could do on your own time. For example, I am taking a leap of faith and trying yoga for the first time! I will let you know how that goes. I will also use other segments of campus that can help not only in fitness but also in wellness. Whether I focus on what our Campus Health Center can offer you or the academic stress relief the tutoring center can help you achieve, I will be exploring all sorts of aspects we may be unaware of.

Secondly, in my busy life of a full credit load, two jobs, volunteering, and attempting to maintain a social life I have found time and stress management are key to success. I will be exploring how to balance these tasks and staying sane.

Lastly, I find it insanely challenging to cook a balanced meal when I have limited time and funds. I think back to my first semester without a meal plan thinking I would have so much time to cook—how wrong was I?! I have learned small, yet detailed tasks that help me manage in the time I need to cook, usually only 30 minutes! I will help you cook on a budget—of both time and money— all while keeping health and wellness in mind! I will find and try new recipes sharing both my successes and failures with you.

Please do not hesitate at any time to reach out to me for questions or topics you want to read about. I have a lot of resources I want to make good use of! Together we will achieve equilibrium, of being well minded and wholesome in our bodies. I look forward to hearing from you and will post again on Wednesday. Have a fabulous Monday!

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it takes to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”—Earl Nightingale


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