Let me introduce myself to my new readers. I am a 31 year old epidemiologist (and student) who lives and works in the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area in Texas. I moved here in 2006 after briefly living in Michigan. The joke in my family is that I'm slowly moving west; perhaps Hawaii is next?
I work full time and am a full time doctoral student in epidemiology at the University of Texas School of Public Health. I will be taking four classes this summer, two of which I'm sure I'll be posting about because the topics are extremely interesting (occupational epidemiology and pharmaceutical industry). I don't feel at liberty to discuss where I work; as a disclosure, this blog is about my personal journey and my beliefs, interests, and views. I hope that the knowledge that I share with you will encourage you in your life, and maybe I will challenge your thought process as well. Feel free to encourage me and challenge me too.
I am a cat owner and a chicken co-owner. As an urban chicken owner, I feel the need to discuss and teach others about chickens as I learn. I am also learning about home ownership; I've been in my house for just over a year now. And yes, being organic is important to me; I suppose a bit of Austin has rubbed off on me.
The main reason for this blog is about my weight loss efforts - my successes and my failures. Currently, my failures have been vast in comparison to my success; I'm back at square one in this journey. The key, though, is that I haven't given up. Nobody should ever give up.