Talk about a whirlwind couple of weeks. I made the decision to apply for the FIT Challenge shortly before the deadline.
What made me do it? I’m not really sure, but I do know that I am sick and tired of feeling the way that I have felt the past few years.
When I applied, I also made a conscious decision to not tell my family until I found out if I was accepted to be part of the FIT Challenge. We spent the week with family in Arkansas, and I found keeping “my secret” was more difficult than I thought. Ultimately, I let them in on the secret the day before the announcement was to be made. To say they were surprised was an understatement.
They were stunned but thrilled to see that I applied for the challenge. Once I found out that I was selected, I began receiving a few “good luck” emails from friends and former students. I must admit, this was a bit of a confirmation for me that I was doing the right thing … and that they were genuinely “pulling for me.” That was a wonderful feeling. While the support of my family and friends will be greatly appreciated, I know that if I am going to be successful with this, I’ve got to do it for me.
As I’m writing this on Monday afternoon, I’ve just spoken with Nicole Shelley from NOMS. She sounded very excited about being able to help me along this journey. Her excitement and positive comments were just what I needed to reassure me that I made the right decision. We set up our first meeting time for Wednesday, and I anticipate jumping in to this beginning that afternoon.
Am I nervous? Sure I am. I’ve let myself get to this point, and I am hoping and praying that I will be successful in my pursuit of a smaller, healthier me.
My wife just returned from the grocery, and looking at what she brought home, I can honestly say that she is on board with my undertaking. Quite a few items that sure look healthier than what I have been eating. One of the big issues I am going to have to tackle is portion-size. While I don’t consistently eat things that are downright awful for you, I have had a bad tendency to eat SO-SO much of the foods that are so-so for me. I’m going to try my best to document everything that I am eating, in order to help me realize just what I am putting into my system.
Wish me luck.
- Craig Wessels