Furey: 'Time to take the reins and finally get serious about weight loss'

Dec 31, 2012

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!



Good Luck Alan!