Well, I might as well post here, maybe this will help keep me on track! Starting off with the basics. Weight: 248 Height: 6' Age 40 Background, I have always had a "belly" even in HS. I think I've tried every diet under the sun and workout routine but could never loose any weight. I have been diagnosed with "fatty liver disease", so in a nut shell, it's HARD for me to loose any weight. My cholesterol and triglycerides have always been off the chart high (highest triglycerides level was over 600). Last year I got a book called "The Metabolism Miracle", I followed the diet laid out in there pretty close and actually lost about 5lbs over 12 weeks. That was the most weight i had ever lost. The MM diet had 6wks (I think it was 6 anyway) of no more than 5 carbs every 5 hours, this was the "cleansing" part, the next 6 wks allowed more carbs but from a limited source. The "diet" worked, but i need the lifestyle change. Last year I was on my own and had to watch the wife and kids eat bread, pasta, and pizza. Not this time, I have the wife on board and with her on board, the kids will follow, to a point. My goal is to lose 20lbs to begin with and try to lose a total of 40lbs One of the first things I have done to accomplish this kicking the Diet Coke habit. Last week was rough, but it's been 9 days since the last coke. Now to control my eating. I eat when not hungry due to stress and boredom. I'm hoping that I can keep myself busy with little things so that I wont eat out of boredom. Wish me luck!