Furey and friends plan to buck trend

FIT Staff
Dec 15, 2013
Inspiration is everywhere. Sometimes we find the drive to do something after reading a story in the local paper or having a conversation with a friend.
 
It can be as big as finding a way to help a national tragedy or as small as an innocent social media posting. For me it was the
latter.
 
As many of you know, I was a competitor in the FIT Challenge from January through June of this year.
 
This challenge taught me the importance of setting fitness and healthy eating goals and working hard during strength and cardio workouts.
 
During my six months I lost 69 pounds, or 23 percent of my body weight.
 
When the competition ended I continued to work out, but one day off became two, then two became three, and before I knew it I was taking several days off at a time.
 
My running, which improved immensely during the competition, began to suffer, and I became discouraged.
 
I also didn’t keep up with my healthy eating.
 
This caused me to gain back some of the weight I had worked so hard to lose.
 
I needed something or someone to get me back on track.
 
Recently, I found my inspiration while reading a simple Facebook post. Someone at Anytime Fitness in Norwalk posted an interesting fact. It stated the average American gains 8 to 10 pounds from Thanksgiving to the end of the year. I was shocked to read this fact, and I knew immediately that I needed to do something.
 
I contacted my trainer and friend Ken Cutcher, who is now the manager at Anytime Fitness in Huron, and told him I wanted to buck that trend. I told my friends and family and urged them to join me in LOSING 5 to12 pounds from
Thanksgiving to the end of the year.
 
Several agreed, and our program was born!
 
Ken decided our group would agree to an unusual pledge. While he usually asked me to give 100 percent while at the gym, this time he asked all of us to pledge to be BELOW AVERAGE.
 
Below average is rarely something anyone aspires to be, but in our case it is the perfect thought process to make your way through the difficult landscape that is the holiday season.
 
We, as a group, pledge to eat a below-average amount of food during holiday parties, or drink a below average amount of adult beverages.
 
We have pledged to support each other in\ times of need and to hold ourselves accountable.
 
As Ken told us, it’s often easy to let ourselves down, but nobody likes to be that person letting all of his or her friends down.
 
That is the other incredible thing about our pledge to be below average — we are a group of individuals coming together for a common goal. No one likes to work out alone, and most times that discourages someone from working out
at all.
 
This pledge has given us the chance to meet up with friends, both old and new, and inspire us to work out.
 
Being a part of a team makes everyone try harder, especially when trying to lose weight. That is why I am excited to see the changes forthcoming in the FIT Challenge. The concept of entire businesses being involved will no doubt make
the results much more impressive.
 
Find your inspiration and commit yourself to achieving your goal. As George Eliot once said, “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”