Like you, I live in the country and have about 75 lbs. to lose. I live in North Carolina, so I'm from the South as well. I also have another big challenge to over-come. I have been a smoker for 45 years. I've tried many times to quit, but to no avail. This time is different. I can just "feel it". So I plan to exercise for two reasons. 1st. it will help me lose weight and 2nd., it will keep my mind off smoking. I wish you luck and I will be praying for you. I know you can do it. I would be pleased to be your exercise buddy, if you wish. I will add you to my list of friends and we can talk more easily.