Here is the first of our five new FIT Challenge contestants. ALL of them will be revealed in Tuesday's Register and Reflector.
For well over 10 years now, I have worked for Cedar Fair Entertainment. It has been an amazing journey working for a company that has provided me with many great friends, memories and experiences that I otherwise would not have been provided.
Like the roller coasters at Cedar Point, my weight-loss journey has had its ups and downs. It has been a huge struggle for me. When I first started working for Cedar Point, I easily fit on the roller coasters, and had a ball enjoying the day in the park with family and friends when they would visit.
Now, I am on the sidelines watching kids or belongings while others are riding coasters. I do my best to pretend that it doesn't bother me that I'm missing out on the fun stuff. It's been so long since I've been on an actual coaster, Millennium Force was new.
I am at the point in my life now, that I no longer want my weight to be the reason I am not getting invited to go do things with family and friends. I don't want them to be embarrassed by me, nor for me if strangers should say something to me.
The past few months I've been doing better about making better choices in my journey to getting healthy. I have been making better food choices in my diet.
I've also started doing a lot more walking and being more active instead of sitting behind the computer or watching TV. Even though I'll walking, I have signed up to walk in the Santa Hustle 5K that Cedar Point's Castaway Bay will be hosting in December. (Trina completed this race.)
Exercise has been a challenge for me as I am no longer sure of what I am able to do. I need professional help in getting in better shape from somebody who knows what they are doing. I know the best thing about getting in shape is that I am going to be healthy and will feel better about myself.
However, the best gift would be able to join family and friends when they participate in sports and play at Cedar Point.
I'd also be able to tell the guests I interact with at Cedar Point how much fun all the coasters are instead of telling them I have not been on all of them yet. It is my hope that a smaller me would provide me with many more years, memories and friendships.