I have started and stopped dieting so many times it's hard to count. I can hear all the excuses I've given over the years-I'm too busy, I'm too tired, I have other things to do, I'm not good at it, exercise sucks. You name the excuse-I've used it.

Never before when I have attempted dieting have I felt ready. This time I am ready. I am finally realizing it's not a diet I need-no crash plans to lose massive amounts of weight in a few weeks. What I need and what I am ready for is a lifestyle change.

My husband and I want to have a baby in the coming new year. I have such bad baby fever! Has anyone else experienced that? I feel like everyone is having babies and when I am out in public everyone seems to be pregnant-or maybe I'm just noticing it more because I want to be a mom. I NEED TO BE A MOM.

But before I can make that major life commitment, I need to be the best me possible. And that starts with lifestyle changes. Most importantly, eating cleaner (we seriously have pizza or some other form of carry out almost EVERY DAY, it is killing our bank account!), and exercising more.

We have a gym membership at our local recreation center. I probably go once a week. That is not enough! My goal is to make it to the gym at least 4 times a week, I'm not really a treadmill girl but I love Zumba, kettlebells, the weights machines and the elliptical, and on the days I don't go there, I want to take my two beautiful puppy dogs for a walk.

I work full time as a pediatric nurse practitioner. I spend all day preaching to kids and their families about eating right and getting a good amount of physical activity in daily-I feel like such a hypocrite! Time to be the change I talk about.

My reasons for wanting to lose weight: most importantly as I've stated-I want a baby! But I also want to feel good again. I'm tired of feeling tired. I want to look good. Sure, my husband tells me I'm beautiful but I want to FEEL beautiful. I don't want to feel ashamed to go shopping because I'm in plus size clothing, I don't want to turn down trips to theme parks because I'm afraid I won't fit on the rides. I want to be me and feel proud of this body. We only get one, and it's time I start respecting mine.

I'm excited for my first dietbet challenge and can't wait to meet/talk with everyone about success and triumphs, and failures and hardships too! Good luck everyone!!

And remember, we may not be the fastest or most in shape people out there, but we are lapping EVERYONE who is on the couch!!