Just before Christmas, I was asked by "Santa" what I wanted.
I replied, "Not much, just for the Register to pick me as a contestant for the FIT Challenge. (There was one other wish, but I won't mention it because it doesn't apply.)
Santa must of thought I was a really good girl this past year because I received both things.
Since finding out that I was accepted to participate in FIT, I have been humbled, blessed and surprised with how much support I have received from everyone.
As soon as I found out, I posted the link from the Sandusky Register to my Facebook.
Within the first couple of minutes my Facebook started "blowing up" so to speak.
It shocked me at how much support and encouragement I was getting from people. I was deeply touched.
I am really excited that I am at Health & Strength. The staff has been great and really nice. The other members there who I've met while there are just amazing people. They are really encouraging and helpful.
My trainer, Ryan Rose, has been great so far.
He's been really nice, but also extremely intense. This is a good thing for me.
I need somebody who is willing to be intense with me and not be afraid to yell at me and hurt my feelings.
Knowing that my life is in his hands, and that I have to listen and be accountable to him has made me stop and rethink my decisions outside of the gym.
Friday night, I was telling a couple friends that I was only slightly sore.
Only to have spoken to soon because by the time I woke up on Saturday, I was feeling every muscle I had. This is a good thing because I know that the workouts are going the way they should be.
My family is really excited that I am finally getting the help I need to get me back to the physical shape I need to be in to live a more productive lifestyle.
It's been frustrating for me not to be able to join my family and friends on fun outings because I am not capable of doing them physically.
It is going to be an interesting six months of re-learning how to live my life the right way.
I have complete faith in the system and that it is going to work well.
First and foremost, I know I am losing the weight for myself.
However, regardless of if I win or not, I want to be able to represent my trainer, my family and friends and my employer well and not let them down.
I'll forever be grateful that Santa gave me the "gift" this year. There is nothing greater than having our health back and having more time with friends and family.
I wish the best of luck to the other contestants as well as we make this journey together. Godspeed!