I've been battling with my weight for a long time - essentially ever since getting married again 7 years ago. I don't *look* as heavy as I am, but last time I got on one, I tipped the scale to 305lbs, and I'm only 6'4". Finding pants for a tall fat man is almost impossible. My waist size right now is 44 inches (I wear 46's to accommodate comfortable IWB carry) and my inseam is 34 (actually a bit longer, but 34 is the only inseam I can find pants in.) I've had some decent success in the past loosing the weight, but it all comes back because when it comes to food I've had the will power of a 3 year old in a candy store. In the past I've tried totally eliminating things like soda, ground beef, fried foods etc. They all pretty much worked to an extent - I once went 40 or 41 days without eating any ground beef. I lost 15 lbs (I ate a lot of greasy shatty cheese burgers for lunch). I've cut out sodas before, and lost about the same (though, not at the same time as ditching ground beef). I went 20 days without fried foods once and lost 5 lbs. But I keep falling off the health-food truck and gain back every pound and then some. I've tried diet + exercise, wind up finding excuses to eat garbage and not exercise. And so I'm trying again. For a week and a half now I've been trying the Atkins approach - I've cut my carb intake to almost nothing, and been munching on meats and veggies - eliminated starches and drastically reduced my fruit intake (still in phase 1). I know simply eliminating potatoes from my diet is going to be good for me, because my body lately has seemed to be rejecting potatoes (at least in the fatty deep fried french fry form - no matter how much I chewed them up I'd burp up nasty tater chunks hours later.) and every time I eat a bunch of starchy junk I feel like crap. I'm tired of that feeling. I didn't step on a scale before making the decision this time. I actually could give two squirts what I weigh, it's the inches - both around my neck and my belly that I want gone. I want to be healthier to stave off any of the nasty weight-releated illnesses that run in my family (of mostly fatties themselves) and not wind up dead in my early 30's like my late brother in law did from a heart attack (he was 350 lbs and all of 5'10 - so his pumper was working a bit harder than mine.) The new DOT regs overweight people helped spark the motivation this time - my med card comes up for renewal in January, and by damned I don't intend to be so damn fat by then, especially around my neck. Also, I think I might be borderline with sleep apnea - if I sleep on my back some nights I wake up feeling like I'm choking. If I sleep on my belly I'm fine. I think shedding inches will do that some good too. I don't want to wear a damn darth vader mask and use a CPAP for the rest of my life either. Every time I try to find a place to eat, or stop into a grocery store it becomes a test of will power to avoid the sugary garbage I used to eat, and holy bejezus do I miss pasta, bread, bagels, waffles, pancakes, ice cream, pizza... I never thought I'd say I was tired of eating beef and fajita veggies, but last week I wound up having that 5 nights in a row because it was quick and easy to make, and it wasn't starchy and awful for me. I've also tried working some walking into my daily routine when I can - down time between calls I've been trying to get out of the truck and walk. It's not a lot, but its a start. I think I'm going to start measuring my waist at the end of my 2nd full week doing the Atkins diet, and then weekly from there on out. I may even step on the scale. I'll post up the results here, and make it a to-do item every week to keep myself on track. My goal is to loose 6 inches off my waist by January - so that I could fit into a 38 waist pant again, which is what I was in 7 years ago. I'd say my goal was 36 inches, but I haven't had a 36 inch waist since I was 18. I also want my neck to be 16 inches around, or maybe less.