We are going to go on a vacation with a group of friends next year and I have a little more than 6 months to whip this body into shape and that means I HAVE to lose at least 30 #'s. I am 5'4" and weigh 159-162 depending on the day. This is the heaviest I have ever been and it is all my fault. I have not been watching what I eat or drink, and have quit exercising at all really. So I would like some help and suggestions as to what I can do to jump start this. I might also add that I am about to turn 42 so I know it has alot to do with my age as I haven't changed my eating habits at all and I used to be so thin. I am sure it is my metabolism and lack of exercise that are contributing factors as well as alot of beer consumption (About 6 on an average week). I didn't used to drink beer so an alternative would be good as well. I don't eat much junk food at all, I am not a chocolate eater, don't like most sweets. I do eat meat and sorry won't give that up. I sit at a desk all day. I have started walking in the parking garage on my lunch hour and have started taking the stairs to the office and can continue to do so as long as I have key. I have also started taking Relacore but can't see this doing anything for me. I have a muffun top and saddle bags so any suggestions and ideas I am totally open to trying anything. Oh and I do try to drink plenty of water daily and I only drink 1 pop a day and that is not even every day. I did check one the sights listed in one of threads here and I am supposed to eat a 1200 calorie diet to start any good ideas on what that can consist of would be appreciated as well. Thank you all for any info you have.