Well, I decided I've been lurking around these parts long enough. It's time to come out of the shadows and say hello. I've really enjoyed reading what everyone else posts and your progress, failures, encouragement and challenges have inspired me. I started working out while in college. I was not very educated about it at first, but picked things up here and there as I tried different things. (I still remember how excited I was the first time I dumbbell pressed 50lb dumbbells )I really started learning more after I picked up the Body For Life program and various Men's Health programs. My biggest problem, though, was staying dedicated to any particular program. I would burn out after a couple of months and then pick it up again a few months later. I can honestly say I've not stayed on a program for longer than 3 months at a time without falling off of the wagon. I was a steady 185lbs throughout college but after graduation, my sedintary lifestyle started to get to me and I have ballooned up to 215. It's not noticeable to many people, but I know what I used to look like and I know what I used to feel like and it's very easy for me to see how far I've fallen. So a month ago I rededicated myself to the cause. I sat down and in no uncertain terms set my goals and the timeframe I would meet them in. October 17th was the first day of my challenge and I have made remarkable progress so far. I don't know if it is the newfound focus I have (or just the rage-metal music on my iPod) but I'm now lifting more than I have ever been able to lift before. After the first month of getting back into fighting shape, I found the Max-OT program used by so many people on here and decided to give it a shot. I started it yesterday. I guess I just wanted to get on here and introduce myself as someone who has watched John grow for about a year and a half now as well as someone who has enjoyed all of your posts. Don't ever think that the things you say and do on here cannot affect someone who reads them because I am proof otherwise. I encourage all of you to keep up the good work because not only are you making yourselves healthier, you are helping others do the same. Best of luck to all of you.