My mom gave me a gift this year, money towards school or towards a gym membership. I am choosing school as the gym membership I had for the past two years was probably used a total of four months out of that time. I have made the decision that If I want to lose weight, its my choice that I have to follow through on. I have 2 terrific friends and family to support me, and two new communities to get motivation and inspiration, I have the knowlwedge and the tools I need to be informed and I have resources and exercise choices at my fingertips other than going to a gym. SO..... READY..... SET ...... GO! I am 5' 3" and 42 years old. I have raised 2 children 19 and 20 now and have a beautiful 9 yr old at home. My husband is sick and I have lupus and Fibromyalgia and life is tough some days. But I realized that even after my kids are gone and I am alone, I will have a future, some one will love me and I want to be healthy and beautiful for now and then. I want to give those in my life the best I can of myself and this cant be done in the shape I'm in. So..... Short, Middle aged me........ Get Busy. Starting here at 270 pounds the journey begins. Eric, Clarissa, Dyaln , Paige, Keshia, and Johny I love you guys. Thank You!