OK...I hd all these good intentions to start doing something about my weight at the beginning of the school year...well lo and behold it never happened. It is so hard....I'm married and go to school full time. I come home and cook/do homework, etc. Then I like to relax with hubby. Hubby is overweight, diabetic and a smoker. He does nothing about any of these things. He is his own person and I can only nag so many times....I try though! So I need to know where to start....I quit smoking about 8 months ago, and switched from regular Coke to diet Coke almost a year ago (thought it would help me lose weight...but nope...I've gained about 10 lbs this year alone). When I look in the mirror I am quite disgusted with how I look. Flabby fat thighs, disgusting stomach that is not toned and is starting to get a muffin top because pants are getting tighter, and fat upper arms. Shoot...even my ankles are turning into cankles. I am 5'5 and weigh around 150 right now. Currently fitting into a size 8 (on average...sometimes a 6 depending on the outfit) in pants & tops, a M or L in tops, a size 29-31 in jeans. I do remember that on my frame being around 118 lbs is near anorexic looking, and when I was around 125 (about 5 years ago) people always commented on how good I looked. So I think getting back down to 125-130 is ideal. I would like to look toned. When I was 118 lbs I was a size 0-2 (if that is any indication of my frame) and being around 125 puts me down to a comfortable 4-6. I'd like to avoid the whole 'buying a new wardrobe' thing too! And I think I can for awhile anyways since the weight will come off slow and most of my clothes are starting to get tight on me anyways! I have free access to several NCAA Division I sports facilities (I go to a very big sports university) that are about a 10 minute walk from my office. In addition, across the street from my office are 2 lakes with walking trails (apparently a 1 mile walk if you do the figure 8 around the lakes). I live in a very safe neighborhood consisting of 4 subdivisions all right next to each other. Generally, early mornings are not the best for me. I have an aversion to showering at the gym and school is 15 minute drive (each way)....plus I have dog duty in the mornings, etc. During the day I have free times throughout the day....but again, this aversion to showering in the gym (and not wanting to wash hair/makeup and reapply again during the day...kind of a hassle). My end of the day is typically 3-4 PM and I like being home by 5-5:30 to get dinner going. I am not knowledgeable about the proper way to organize a fitness routine (although I have gotten suggestions here in the past). I am also starting to try to eat a little healthier but any tips would be great (I mainly reply on low fat yogurt, diet coke, granola bar, lean cuisine, crackers, cookies, potato chips, pork/chicken/hamburger/steak, mashed potatos/cheesy rice mixes, veggies (usually frozen ones). I like fruits like strawberries & pineapple. I just basically feel like crap.....and I need to turn it around. When I quit smoking I was so proud because I stopped wheezing and coughing....and every day is a struggle to stay smoke-free....so if I have the willpower to quit the worst addiction...why can't I do this. I will also admit...DH doesn't work out at all and is very overweight/unhealth eating....so sometimes I feel self-conscious that I want to change the way I look. Like, I think he might like me with the be-donka-donk butt (his insecurities or something). Sorry for the book! Any help is appreciated! Any books/magazines would be great too!