I see people with their weight loss diaries and decided to start one for myself. A little background: I was very active growing up (hockey, soccer, (bjj), etc) but always fighting against below average genes / slow metabolism. I'm about 6'1 and my frame is nicely suited for about a 210 lb body. (If I were fighting I'd fight at 185.) When I was at tip top shape I was about 190lbs. The last time I weighed that much I was a freshman in college. I gained about 30lbs in college, then another 30 after college... then I got a job that was nothing but being on a computer and talking on a phone for 10 hours a day. Around this time I was also out on my own, eating fast food and carry out for litterally 90% of my meals. I no longer did any sports or exercised for a number of years. Earlier this year I clocked in a 340lbs. I had gained about 150 lbs in 5-6 years total. My plan was very simple because I didn't want to do any fad diet or excersize program. I wanted to simply change my way of life and start doing something I could do forevever. I also wanted to lose the weight at a consistant rate and keep it off. My excersize consisted of starting around 15 minutes of cardio 3 days a week. Each week adding a little time, adding a little intensity, and eventually increasing frequency per week. At this point I am at 65 minutes, 6 days per week. I will probably continue to add until I get to 90. And after that, just increasing the intensity to include sprints and such. I will post my diet in detail at another time, but a basic rundown is basically a bowl of whole grain total for breakfast, tuna (or some other lean meat) sandwhiches and a pickle for lunch, and then either a lean steak or chicken for dinner w/ veggies. Sometimes I'd have eggs for dinner. In between these meals I will about 2 snacks a day such as cottage cheese or apple sauce to a) take away my hunger, and b) keep the metabolsim rolling. I started this in July, and these are my numbers thus far. Start - 340 Week #01 -4 Week #02 -4 Week #03 -0 Week #04 -10 Week #05 -0 Week #06 -2 Week #07 -2 Week #08 -4 Week #09 -7 Week #10 -3 Week #11 -1 Week #12 -5 Week #13 -3 Week #14 -5 Week #15 -3 Week #16 -4 -57 Total. I have absolutely no idea what happened during that 0,-10,0 run. It wasn't cheating on the two 0 weeks, and it wasn't because I worked out any harder in the -10 week than I did on the 0 weeks. It's a mystery to me. I weighed myself every week on the same scale wearing approx the same clothes. Anyway, I am 283 now and my goal is 255 by Jan 1st... and longer term, it's 210 by the end of March. If I can get back to my "normal" weight after gaining that much and being so inactive for so long in less than a year I am going to be very pleased. But for now, just working on getting past December. Going to be hard with the holidays coming up but I've been very good in "tempting" situations thus far. EDIT: Might I add that the reason I registered here in 2003 was because at that time I was attempting to "get back into shape" -- it wasn't until 2 years later (and probably another 35lbs gained) that I actually stuck to it for more than a week!