We all know what the most common New Year's resolution is: I'm going to lose the weight this year. I've said it a few times myself, but only over vanity pounds, like 15, which at my size aint all that much. However, over the last couple of years, due to changes in lifestyle (like going from working out multiple times weekly virtually without exception to hardly ever) and much greater abundance of good food, I've not only weighed the most I ever have in my life about six months ago, I've also been considerably out of shape for what I'm used to (in an athletic sense, not a CK sense...I've always been OOS in a CK sense). I'll tell you what, I don't know about you, but my New Year's resolution never works. Having been a memeber of the same gym for a few years (but not currently) I can tell you a lot of other people's don't either -- the normal population of the gym doubles in January and tapers off very quickly as people realize this whole weight-loss thing is a lot harder than it sounds. I've had some extra motivation to work out recently as I've been in the application process for the county Jail up here (it pays good) and the physical testing really made me come to a realization of how out of shape I am right now, and the process of training to meet the requirements has gotten me kinda excited to get back on the wagon. I've got a while to go before I find out if I have the job or not, but one way or another I'm hell-bent on getting not only into the shape I was in three years ago, but into the best shape of my life. So I started this thread to discuss with like-minded MR members goals, workouts, diet strategies, difficulties, and motivations. Getting into great shape requires lifestyle change -- over 50% of your athleic achievements are dependent on what goes in your body, and the other 50% is dependant on what you do with it. So, if you want to look good for summer 2004 (assuming that's what motivates you) start now! Post your goals and strategies! We need a synergy of moral support and hugginess! I've got some wight-lifting to do before I leave for work, so I'm gonna talk about my own stuff when I get back. Talk amongst yourselves! It's like butter!