Hi all! I just wanted to go ahead and start my journal thread. My journey began in December of 2010 when at 5'8" I was tipping the scales at 218 lbs. BMI was 33.1. Body fat: 42%. I felt horrible. Looked horrible. Was wearing size 18W pants and 1X shirts and filling out every inch of them. Enough was enough. As of February 2012, I'm down to 182 lbs, BMI is 27.7. Body fat: 31%. Size 14 pants, XL tops (big boobies be damned) I'm starting this journal from this standpoint and will do my best to report in weekly. I'm hoping to hit my goal weight of 152 lbs, BMI of 23. Body fat: 18% or less by the end of 2012 (ideally before September as I have a wedding to attend and would love to be fit and amazing for that). Nutritionally: Daily calorie intake: 1530 Protein: 40% - 151g Carbs: 30% - 113g Fats: 30% - 50g (though I am way under most of the time on this) Sodium: limited to no more than 2,500mg per day, but I shoot for less than 1,500mg per day Current strength situation: Squat: 95 lbs (x8 in 4 sets) (max squat 135 lbs) Standing Calf raises: 140 lbs (x8 in 4 sets) Abdominal machines: 70 lbs (x8 in 4 sets) Lateral pull: 80 lb (x8 in 4 sets) Romanian deadlift: 125 lbs (x8 in 4 sets) Lateral raises: 20 lbs (x8 in 4 sets) Bicep curl: 25 lbs (x8 in 4 sets) Tricep dips on bench: 40 lbs (x8 in 4 sets) Shrugs: 40 lbs in each arm (x8 in 4 sets) Chest press: 50 lbs (x8 in 4 sets) Back press: 80 lbs (x8 in 4 sets) Total weight lost to date: 36 lbs. My ultimate goal is to be strong and fit, though I've not clarified my specific strength goals yet. Please feel free to offer suggestions and advice, however, I only ask that you be friendly and cordial. I'm open to learning and not afraid to bust my butt.