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Smithson determined to make FIT Challenge 'worthwhile venture'

FIT Staff • Aug 1, 2014 at 12:20 PM

It’s been an exciting past week!

I found out July 22 that I was chosen to take part in the FIT Challenge.  

I am thankful for the opportunity presented to me and am determined to make it a worthwhile venture for myself and for the readers.  

Saturday we had our first interviews and photos for the paper.  I am not intimidated by much, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be satisfied with the pictures taken.  

I plan on posting them in several locations to keep me aware and in focus of the tasks ahead.  

It was interesting to meet with the other contestants and hear about their struggles with weight and fitness.  It is definitely a personal battle for every obese person.

 I met with my trainer, Hannah Riley of the Norwalk Rec, on Sunday and from the initial meeting I get the feeling that she and I will be a good fit.  My first “workout” starts Monday; I am looking forward to see what is planned.  

This weekend I had planned to get some good bike rides in and only got 15 miles, but I took RJ out on his longest ride yet, 3.5 miles.  

I plan on riding home from work a couple times this week and, hopefully, will get a couple longer rides Saturday and Sunday.  

One of my favorite rides The Flatlanders Tour in Fremont is Aug. 17 and I can’t decide between that and the Get your Guts in Gear Ride for Colitis and Crohns at Cedar Point. Either way, I plan on getting in about a 75-mile ride.  

I’ll let you know in the weeks ahead which one I choose, and you can come out and join me for the fun.

As for my diet, I have started taking steps toward a more clean eating style by trying to eliminate unnatural processed foods.  

It is a difficult task with our on-the-go lifestyle to eat healthy, let alone not eat processed food.  

One of my major downfalls is just getting a quick easy meal by ordering pizza or some other form of takeout.

Hopefully, this change will be better for my waistline and my pocketbook.  


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