I decided I should start a journal since sometimes I just like to write down my thoughts. Also, I really enjoy seeing how well everyone's progressing, and hopefully my progress will help someone else. Here's my story: I started my program, Health Pointe by Lean for Life, on June 18, 2003. The program in a nutshell is moderate carb, moderate calorie, low fat, moderate protein, and includes a few days that are "protein only." It's a 6-week program that can be completed until the weight loss goal is achieved. The first few weeks carbs are limited to veggies and fruits (maybe a piece of toast or cereal at breakfast in place of fruit), and the last couple weeks, grains are reintroduced into the diet to "retrain" the body to be able to accept carbs without weight gain. I have actually done this a couple of times before, but this time I really am serious about achieving my goal. Protein snacks are also required, as is moderate exercise (usually in the form of walking). My stats: Age: 32 (I'll be 33 in November) Start weight: 180.5 Height: 5' 2.5" Measurements: Left Bicep -- 13 1/4" Left Thigh -- 25 1/2" Chest -- 42 3/4" Waist -- 36" Hips -- 45 1/4" Abs (what I like to call "the tire") -- 43" Size: 14 or 16 My weight goal is 130. As of today, August 7, 2003 (7 weeks later) here's where I am: Weight: 171 (9.5 lb. lost) Measurements: Left Bicep -- 13 1/4" (no change) Left Thigh -- 25" (1/2" lost) Chest -- 42" (3/4" lost) Waist -- 33 1/2" (2 1/2" lost) Hips -- 43 1/2" (2" lost) Abs -- 40 1/2" (2 1/2" lost) My clothes are fitting better (they were probably snugger than they should have been), and I feel good. I'm in the 2nd round of the 6-week program. I'm hoping to lost another 1/2 pound by the end of the week to earn my 10 lb. clippie! I did have a few setbacks, which I attribute to my own lack of planning: During my 3rd week, I went on a week long vacation to the Big Island, and did not follow my program. The day I returned, I weighed 2.5 lbs than the day before I left. A few days after I returned, I had to return to the Big Island on business for 2 nights. Again, did not follow the plan, and pretty much screwed up the remaining week. Two weeks after that, I went to Molokai for one night, but I had a plan and I followed it. I didn't lose weight, but I didn't gain either, so I consider that a success. I work for the government in what is sometimes a stressful job. From January - May, the hours are NUTS (I know, not typical of a "state worker"!), and sometimes I end up eating whatever is around the office because there is little or no time to run out and get anything. Poor planning on my part too because while I start out with good intentions about bringing food to work, I often am so tired at home because of the work, that I don't prepare anything. Right now is a good time though, things aren't very hectic and shouldn't be too bad until late December or early January, so now's my time to LOSE! Hopefully by January it'll just be a matter of maintaining weight. Since I started the 2nd round of the program a week ago, I've lost about 4 pounds, and have stuck pretty well to the plan. I have been in ketosis since last week. I really want to lose another 20 pounds by the time I go to Las Vegas in early October when we see BF's dad and step mom. I really worry about them, as does BF, because dad has high blood pressure and is overweight, and step mom is overweight and has had a few relatively minor health problems. We bought them a Health Pointe kit and gave it to them last year (last time we saw them), but are not sure if they've made use of it. I figure if I can set the example, they can see that it really does work, and hopefully they'll be inspired to do it too. (A side benefit of this program is that blood pressure is reduced, as is cholesterol.) Thanks for letting me tell my story and for your support, this is probably the best place to come to support, and we can all do it on our own time! The WISH has to be one of the most supportive and positive groups of people I have ever been associated with, and I am very grateful to all of you. And thanks to all of you who've had the courage to share your stories...I know sometimes it's not easy (I won't even let BF know how much I really weigh!).