Hello there, if you have not read my introduction: http://www.minimins.com/introductions/301501-new-member-116-pounds-lose.html My regime... my formula... my system. - From Monday-Saturday, I keep my diet between 1750-2000 calories. Usually aiming for 1800 calories. - Try and do some vigorous exercise at least four times a week. Whether it be a workout or out playing basketball. - Don't drink any calories unless I am sure there will be space. - The majority of liquid consumed is pure water. Try to drink at least 3 litres per day. - Every Sunday is a cheat day. I can eat whatever I want on this day after my weigh-in. - Every Sunday is official weigh-in day, where I log the result and post it on this thread. - There are no dietary restrictions! I eat anything I want too, as long as I keep my daily calorie intake within my goal. All in all, I still pretty much eat what I want. I have a good balance of healthy food, but I still eat junk food which I enjoy. "Madness" you may say? I disagree. This is a lifestyle change and has been since Day 1. I can't fool myself into thinking that I can never eat junk food again - because I love junk food. My lifestyle now will be the same for the rest of my life. Normal people eat junk food sometimes, and so will I. For me it's all about balance and moderation. And it has been extremely effective so far! I love the freedom of my lifestyle. It feels almost effortless. I work hard during the week and relax on each Sunday. I am in no rush to reach my goal, because this new lifestyle is amazing. I know I will reach my goal eventually. I could never go back to my old bad habits - ever. I find my old lifestyle disgusting beyond comprehension. But that life is in the past, I have begun a new cycle of my life where I will be happier, healthier and psychologically stronger. My story. I have always been "bigger". I did not reach extreme heights of obesity until I was around 13. I was a very active kid up until I was 13. I exercised weekly and didn't overeat. For some reason I just packed on the pounds. By college, at 16, I was 252 lbs (18 stone). From 16 onwards I just went crazy with my diet. At college I did not have many friends to spend time with. So I spent a lot of my time, in my room just eating junk and playing video games. Since then, two years later, I gained an extra 66 pounds. Wow. I think now is a good time to change for good. I have grown up a lot more, and realize that if I keep going like this (living off pizza and doughnuts) that I may not reach my 40's. Even more, I won't be HAPPY. My diet. I am not using any special diet from a website, book etc. These never worked for me before (doesn't mean they won't work for you of course). I have been on a low calorie diet for nearly two months now, and I have lost 12 pounds. I keep it simple, stay below 1500 calories. Vary foods eaten and keep it low carb, low sugar and low fat. This is with ZERO exercise so far. I am happy with my progress so far, and I am ready to conquer this weight come 2013. Fresh new year, right? My exercise regime. Like I said, so far I have done zero. From yesterday and onwards, I am using a rowing machine to exercise. 30 minutes, four days a week. This estimates around 400-500 calories burnt. I actually quite enjoy this workout, the rowing machine is actually entertaining! I want to start collaborating some jogging, cycling with this workout too as soon as my stamina and strength reaches a high enough level to do so. That's my plan really, 128 pounds to drop. 12 gone so far. I have never really had high self-esteem but I see this as a great opportunity to prove something to myself! I will drop-in an update each Sunday. Would love to discuss anything in here!