I've started this journal while things are going well, and with some luck it will help me through the harder times to come. I'm 30 in the end of August, and the present I have promised myself is to lose the gut. After coming home from my honeymoon, and seeing pictures from the beach, I realised something had to be done, but spent another two months in denial, thinking that pizza would make me happy. I weighed in at 249, at 6'2". I've always been a big guy, but this was too much for me to tolerate. In the last month and a bit I have dropped 19llbs, through clean eating and returning to the gym. I have walked this path many times before, and on a couple of occasions have got down to about 214 llbs. I know I can get there, but this time I want to get there in better composition, and keep going, then maintain at under 200. I have no real excuses, as I have spent lots of my life researching health and fitness, and even instructed in gyms for a couple of years, but you know what they say, those who can do, those who can't teach. So, I formed my plan, starting with cutting the pizza, chocolate and take out. I began with 4 visits a week to the gym for the first 2 weeks. Doing 30 mins cardio, and 3x12 medium weights for a variety of body parts, just to get things moving again. Shock to the system, but after 2 weeks I was ready to be a little more focused in my approach. I'm on my second week of my new plan. M - Back + Triceps + 30 mins Cardio 75-85% MHR T - Cardio 45 mins 75% MHR W - Chest + Shoulders + Biceps + 30 mins Cardio 75-85% MHR Th - Cardio 45 mins 75% MHR F - Legs + Abs + 30 mins Cardio 75-85% MHR S - Rest Su- 45 mins 75% MHR Weight loss has slowed now, I'm sure the first 10llbs was water loss with the amount of sodium that I cut out. My diet is very clean now, usually 40 40 20, with multi vit supp. I aim to eat around 2200 a day, constant grazing through the day. I don't take any protein supp or anything else at the moment, there is so much I can do with diet alone at this point. It feels good to contribute, knowing I will also gain from this. I have been a lurker for a couple of months now, and I must say you are a friendly bunch. Its rare to find forums where people encourage and help, previous exp of the net has always dissapointed me with how people treat each other when anomynous. Well done to you all for creating an amazing online community, and of course, well done to John (Inspiration in a bottle). I will try to post as often as poss, a min of 4 times a week, photos up soon, then monthly pics.