Starting a diet seems to be the hardest thing to do. I know I need to lose weight, I don't expect it to happen overnight. I know how to lose weight. Yet I never manage to go the distance... at least up til now. I have 14 months to reach my goal of losing 118.1 lbs. That computes out to just a shave over 2 lbs a week. Totally doable. And so I begin today. I have been struggling with my weight for less than half of my life. When I was younger, the kids were younger, it was very easy to keep fit. Tag, Hide and go seek, dancing with the hubby, housework.... all these things and more kept me healthy and happy with my weight. But time and a sweet tooth has taken its toll. My kids are grown now, no more games of tag and my hubby is playing soldier far more often away from us than he is with us. Not complaining, just stating facts... I have no one to go dancing with. Sometimes I work out at home, dance around the house, watch what I eat... but most of the time it's been half-hearted... I'll lose a size or two and then I start slipping back to my old habits. This time it's going to be different. I have a plan for my future and I can most effectively create that future if I can "look the part" as we say. I am going to be a nurse and I want to help people stay and/or become healthy. But I want to look like I know what I'm talking about. So I'm ready to make this commitment to myself and my future. I know I need to be healthy for my own self, but I also have that added incentive of knowing I can be a better example for my clients if I can reach and maintain my goal.