When I first signed up for this Diet Bet I was unsure of if I would actually stick with it. Almost a week in and seeing how much everyone is encouraging is what's pushed me to continue on and to reach my goal. 

The last five years have not been easy for me. I lost my mom to a brain aneurysm coming up in five year and I've endured seeing my dad in and out of the hospital a lot over those five years. From a second open heart surgery to an internal bleed that required an emergency surgery almost a year ago. His health is part of why I'm doing this for myself. I don't want to be the third generation with heart disease and the third generation to undergo open heart surgery. 

I'm my dad's caretaker and these past five years I've let myself go. I put others ahead of me. That's how I've always been. I want to make sure everyone else is taken care of and doing okay before I take care of myself. Everyone tells me I need to take care of myself to be able to take care of others and while it's taken awhile for that to set in, this is for me. To become healthier and to have me time. 

I know this is only the beginning of the journey but I'm excited to see where it takes me. My new slogan has become give up on giving up.