I imagine I'm not the only one currently trying to loose some pounds and get in shape. I also know that this can be pretty difficult so group support can be very helpful. So to make sure I don't slip and to possibly offer support to others, I'd like to start a little HTF Weight Loss Support Group. In this case a little "peer pressure" could be a good thing. So last week I went in and signed up with 24 Hour Fitness (because it's just a couple blocks from home and I can go in at 5am for a work out). Got measured up and started on a fitness program. I'm 5'10", 29 years old, and weigh 245 lbs. I have 27% body fat. So that means I could stand to loose about 40 lbs. I've never "dieted" before because I get hungry and like to eat junk. I used to work out in high school, and I joined a gym a few years ago to try to get in shape, but never stuck to it. This time I'm absolutely determined to lose the weight. I've been doing good with my nutrition and workout so far. I bought some supplemental vitamins to make sure I get my nutritional needs. I've been drinking a lot more water than usual. I've cut back on foods high in fat and complex carbs. (If I do eat complex carbs I do so in the morning and afternoon...avoiding them in the evening.) I'm thinking of buying some protein shakes for "in between meals." Getting up at 5am hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be, as long as I'm in bed by 10pm. I work out for about an hour with a 5 minute cardio warm-up, 25 minutes of weights, and 30 minute cardio "fat burning" workout (keeping my heart rate at 75% = 161 bpm for me). I feel really good after a work out, but my arms are a little sore right now. I'm sure I'll get over that. One thing that really surprised me is that when I ride the bikes during my cardio workout my heart rate actually levels out and starts to drop even if I'm maintaining the RPMs. So throughout the workout I have to keep increasing the RPMs to keep my heart rate up. I actually find the last 5 minutes to be easier than the first 5 minutes even though I'm sweating profusely at the end. So far it's been fun, but I really need to do some good meal planning still. I know that if I can have a good variety of healthy meals and I know I'm not going to "go hungry" I'll be able to pull this off. My problem is that when I'm hungry and "there's nothing to eat" I just eat junk. And reading that Krispy Kreme thread isn't helping any either.