I dedicate this blog to those of you who are my biggest supporters. Without you, this journey would be evermore rocky. Momma, thank you for being my shoulder to cry on all these years. From scraped knees to broken hearts, you were always there armed with boo-boo spray and encouraging words. I love you to the moon and back. To my Pappadopolous, thank you for my wit, humor and height, and for always supporting and loving me. To my core-- Tracey, Jen S., Alexa, Michelle, Kate, Aly and Heidi. You all are always there to listen to me gripe, celebrate my accomplishments and encourage me. Thank you for the laughter and endless ridiculousness. Also, to my brother, Chris, who taught me in the 3rd grade to stand up to bullies, “I may be fat but I can go on a diet, but you’re ugly and there’s nothing you can do about it.” I love you all.
Finally, to those of you who have or are struggling with weight loss, this blog is for you. I have been you and I still AM you. Health and nutrition will be something I have to face head on every day of my life. I know it’s a cliché, but if I can do this you can do this, too. I promise that the sacrifices, tears and sweat are all worth it. It is amazing the things your body can accomplish as long as you are willing.