Well, Mr. X's topic on his weight loss struggles prompted many to say that they would benefit from a thread where we can share our struggles, or victories, and our encouragement for one another, so that together we can reach our goals! Well here is that thread! Everyone's goals and purposes for their fitness journey are different, so if we want to take part in this, why don't we first share a bit about our story and what we're trying to achieve. I'm chubby. Let's start there. I'm not what people might perceive as extremely overweight, but I'm definitely chubby and my doctor would probably say I should lose 20 (30?) pounds to get to the weight that I am "technically" supposed to be at for my height. I don't think I want to be where the doctors say I should be. I would be REALLY thin...and I don't think I want that. In the past I've decided that I was uncomfortable with my weight, and gotten into exercise and calorie counting. It's proven to be effective in losing weight, but not really a lifestyle I enjoy. So I eventually stopped and gained some of the weight back, although not all of it. I do however want to be in shape, and heart healthy. So recently I decided that I wanted to get back to working out, to be in shape, but that I wasn't going to change much of my diet. I'd make some better choices here and there, but for the most part, I was comfortable with my weight (180), and I figured if I can work out so that I can be active and healthy, while eating the way I like without GAINING weight, then boom; that's my goal. So I joined Planet Fitness (a very affordable gym so that if I'm not real consistent I'm not wasting too much money) and started working out 5 days a week for about an hour. 30 minutes of cardio, and 30 minutes of weight training. Turns out, it's working just as I planned! I'm getting in shape, seeing progress in what I'm able to do with both cardio and weights, and I'm eating the way I like and staying the same weight! Awesome! BUT....my perspective is changing. After 6 weeks of being very faithful in the gym, I'm no longer seeing that 180 when I step on the scale as a victory. I'm going "really?? I bust my butt 5 days a week in the gym and have NOTHING to show for it??". (I do have my heart health and what not, but...) So now I guess I'm wanting to see some pounds come off. I'm wanting some of the muscle I'm building to start showing through my chub. So now I've started changing how I eat. I'm not calorie counting, and not doing any specific diet. Just making a lot better choices about what I eat and snack on, and looking to cut down on carbs quite a bit. This is the 4th day I'm doing the "diet", and I'll tell you it's hard. Sometimes not eating the way I like to eat makes me grumpy. This is the dilemma I often come to; is it better to be thinner and unhappy, or chubby and happy?? There has got to be a happy medium. That's my goal. To find the balance of eating pretty well, exercising regularly and staying fit, while not having to completely forsake EVERYTHING I love to eat (and drink....I do love my booze too), thus making me a sad, sad man. So that's my goal; find that balance, slim down and tone up, while still being able to eat and drink the way I like to a little more than just a "cheat meal" a month. I'd like weekends to be a bit more free in regards to diet. Not over indulging and undoing all the progress I made during the week. Just less strict, I guess.