If you are not already aware, my name is Nicholas Riedy and I will be competing in 2013’s second round of the FIT Challenge.
Going into this, I’m a bundle of nerves, excitement and fear all rolled into one.
It is safe to say that this is going to be a long, hard journey, but I’m confident that with the support of my family, friends and the FIT community, I will prosper.
At 25 years old I’ve reached a point where I know that if a change is not made I am in grave danger of losing myself to obesity or worse serious medical conditions.
For as long as I can remember, I was always overweight. It isn’t as if it just happened overnight. This has been a lifetime of weight gain and unhealthy living.
In March, I stepped on the scale for the first time in almost a year. I was shocked and in disbelief at what it read. I found myself asking, “How did I get here?”
I had always promised myself that I wouldn’t let myself get to this point. Yet, the lifestyle I have lived up to this point hasn’t exactly helped. It was inevitable that I become the extra-large oversized me that I am today.
A few months ago, I took a stand and made a promise to myself that I was going to do everything in my power to change what I’ve become.
I have made many drastic changes in my life. I’ve done well and that is all thanks to the support of my family and friends. I know that what I have done has put me a step in the right direction; however, it is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.
When FIT hosted its FIT Challenge 5K, a friend of mine talked me into going and walking it with her. This was her way of supporting me in my goals.
Today, I am grateful that she did. I met so many great people. I heard great stories and could see the amount of support the FIT community has for one another. That day, I collected the information I needed to apply for the FIT Challenge.
Last week, I was so excited to see that I was chosen as one of four contestants for the second round of 2013.
After meeting the other contestants and our personal trainers, it was kind of a reality check. This is happening.. I said to myself, “Well Nick, you got yourself into this, now you have no choice but to succeed.”
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about doing this publicly. Weight loss is something people strive so hard to keep a private matter. However, it’s been my experience that more often than not, people are genuinely excited and supportive and willing to help in any way they can.
This next six months is going to be a true test of character. I know I’m going to struggle and at times I may feel defeated. But I’m going into this head-on and optimistic.
It's time! Time to stop hiding behind my insecurities and take control. I know that with hard work and persistence, I can be the best me there is.