Well I'm new to DIS and WISH. Although I've been lurking around the DIS site for almost a year for help planning Disney trips. Thought I'd post my story here and maybe get some advice. I'll warn you now I'm long winded. (feel free to skip to the last two paragraphs.) I've always loved sports and been an athlete. I played sports right up till I left college. Unfortunately I left college early due to some personal problems. When I left I did the absolute wrong thing and started drinking. (Don't get me wrong there's nothing wrong with having a few drinks but this was more then a few drinks.) Since I left college I've slowly cut back on my exercise and quickly started putting on weight. (The 8:30am-5pm job didn't help that.) At one point my doctor said my cholesterol was too high and that if I didn't lower it I'd have to be put on meds. (I refused to go back for testing.) Well in the past 9 months or so I've made some big changes in my life. I went back to school part time to finish up my degree. (Yay me! This was big.) I had started to workout again which had me feeling pretty good. I cut back on junk food and foods that I knew weren't good for me. I stopped seeing some people who were negative influnces in my life. At 24 I've finally got my life back together. Add in a very caring boyfriend and you have the makings of a happy girl. But then in December the holidays hit and then I went to Disney. My whole workout routine got totally knocked off track. I slowly undid all the months of workouts. Finally I just gave up. But then yesterday I went to a free cardiac health screening put on by my work. The good news was that all my working out and diet change had got my cholesterol down to 190, the lowest it's been since I was almost a child. But the two things that sent up alarms for me were my blood pressure and my weight. I've never had high blood pressure and my weight was a number that to me is just scary. I was told to cut down on salt as a starting point. So here's where I need help.... besides cutting out candy, ice cream(which I miss!), cakes and chips. (I still have them but as a very rare treat.) What suggestions do you have for eating healthy? I'm a non veggie person, how can I make myself enjoy veggies more? I've gone two weeks now without any alcohol and will continue like that till I've got myself drinking less. I'm also going to try to cut back on soda. I've started waking up at 6am to do my work on the treadmill and sit ups. (Thank god we have weights and a treadmill in our basement.) But are there any exercise videos or anything you do that you find to be fun that also seem to give you good results? I'd like to maybe try some other exercises. And how can I stay motivated to wake up that early to do my workouts? I can't find time at night and I like the high working out in the morning gives me for the rest of my day. Phew that was too long. But I really need the help and figured this is a place I'd feel comfortable getting it. This is the one aspect of my life I feel I lost control of. Plus I want to start shaping up for beach season and my trip to disney in september. (The first with my bf woohooo.) I weigh 147 now (I'm 5foot 3inches) but would like to get back down to the 125 I was when I left college. But I've never been a fan of scales(even when I was in shape) so to state my goal differently I'm a size 10 or 12 and I'd like to drop down to at least an 8. Help me!