OK, for those of you who thought this would be some sort of a retrospective journal, I have to disappoint you. I'm just so determined to succeed in losing fat and building muscle, that in some 6-10 months this title will make perfect sense. Since I've told most about how I used to struggle with my fat, and how I joined the forum in some other threads, I really don't feel like writing all that again. Instead, let me just say that after only 3 months of weight lifting (and 5 months of aeroboxing), for the first time since puberty, I guess, I finally feel good about myself when I look in the mirror. And I'm not even there yet! It's going to be at least six more months before I reach my goal, but I'm really enjoying the process, and I don't think I'll ever give up lifting, because the feeling is so good. I guess I'm addicted now. The reason I'm starting the journal is because I'm kind of fed up with the "100 challenge". It was very helpful at the beginning, very motivating, and fun to be a part of, but it's not working for me anymore. However, I still need support and advice from this community, perhaps now more than ever, and would like to share my experience with those who might find it helpful. Since there will be no aeroboxing in July and August, I can finally concentrate on lifting only. I've also managed to persuade a friend to join me, and on Wednesday, since it was simply too hot to do boxing, the trainer, two other girls, my friend and I went to the gym to lift weights. It was amazing, and my friend was thrilled, so we kind of made a deal with the trainer that we'd meet there 3 times a week. But I noticed one thing, most of the people there do 1-2 sets and a few reps on one machine and then move to another, without any apparent order, or sense. Some even made some comments or sighs, as if they were annoyed with how much time I spent using one machine. If I start making notes about my progress and all, they'll be really pissed. Bwahahah I'll be posting my pics and exercise plan later.