Hello! I've been lurking around here for a while, but haven't posted. (I spend a lot of time on BB.com forums and fear trying to keep up with 2.) My name is Christina. I'm 5'3" and at the start of my transformation (late January 2004), I weighed 192.5. I'm now down to 179. It's going slowly and steadily as it should. John's page was shown to me by my hubby who saw it as a result of his regular reading of slashdot. As soon as I saw the transformation that John did, I started doing research and just grabbing all the information I could find on losing fat and maintaining/growing muscle. I took his excel sheet and modified it for my use. I am weight training on a 3-day split and do 45-60 minutes of cardio on my off days. I tried doing cardio everyday but my one rest day, but I needed about 10 hours of sleep when I did that, so I had to slow it down a bit. My program seems to be working well so far. I have already dropped one pant size, so I am very pleased. I'm eating a very clean diet with the exception of 1 cheat meal a week. Sometimes I do skip the cheat meal, but I usually have one and find that it isn't hindering my progress so far. If I start having trouble, I will cut it out. I'm doing a calorie rotation. For 2 weeks, I eat 1700 calories a day. The following 2 weeks, I eat 2000 calories a day. So far, I haven't hit any plateaus and my weekly loss is right on target. I will try to post when I can. I maintain a journal in the female bodybuilding section of the forums on BB.com. I hope to be able to offer support and assistance where needed. Good luck to all!