I am 34 years old and 50 pounds away from my goal weight of 155. I started training in BJJ in Chicago 2 weeks ago and plan to compete in NAGA Chicago 2009 with a goal of winning a sword by 2010. I am in the right mind set and at a good point in my life to do this. I should mention that I don't like losing and love the idea of friendly competition. I had to write this down and make it public to firmly set my BJJ goals. I lost 22 lbs in 2 months before on a bet which I still lost. I know that I can lose 50 in a year. The bigger challenge will be winning NAGA Chicago in 2010. I am very motivated to train in BJJ as it is a goal I have had since watching Royce in UFC1. I have a great instructor from Rio JJ, Pete "The Greek" Letsos, who trained under the legendary Carlson Gracie. I will update this post monthly with my weight and any significant training events including the day I was able to go through training without stopping and my first win in sparring. I am very out of shape but I know what I am capable of doing physically (consistently did 120 push-ups in 2 minutes for Army PT test) and the time feels right. Any similar experiences or helpful comments are welcomed, no flaming please. I will take care of flaming myself if justified.