Christmas morning 2012 was extra exciting! While it is always great to finally find out what is under the wrapping paper, this year I learned I was selected to be a part of the 2013 FIT Challenge!
When the initial excitement finally wore off hours later, I realized I was about to embark on a long and painful six-month journey.
For those of you who missed the announcement in the Sandusky Register and the Norwalk Reflector, my name is Alan Furey, and I am competing in the 2013 FIT Challenge.
I am a lifelong resident of Norwalk, graduating from Norwalk High in 1998. Since then I have added about 125 pounds to my frame, and while I do not suffer from aches and pains associated with the extra weight, I truly believe that day will come if I do not do something soon.
I decided that now was the time to take the reins and finally get serious about weight loss for a few reasons.
First, if my wife Sarah and I decide to start a family, I want to be as healthy I can be to keep up with active children. I watch my sister and bother-in-law chase around my 15-month-old twin niece and nephew and know my current physical condition would not allow me to keep up.
Second, as a first-grade teacher, I need to set a positive example for my students. Childhood obesity rates are out of control in America, and I want my students and their parents to know they can make healthy choices for a healthy lifestyle. I hope I will inspire them for the next several months to make changes in their own lives, if they feel changes are needed.
Third, and finally, itʼs time. I am 32 and it is only going to get harder. No point in waiting any longer.
For this challenge, the FIT trainers were tasked with selecting their contestants. I am forever grateful to Ken Cutcher at Norwalkʼs Anytime Fitness for choosing me for this journey. After meeting with him Friday, I know he will push me further than I have gone before!
On Saturday the new contestants met the group from the last challenge. After listening to their stories and hearing about their successes, I know itʼs going to be a hell of a ride!
Bring it on!