Kudos Kris170 for what you have accomplished and for getting back on track! I'm am a SparkPeople newbie...today is my first day. Like you, I hate to exercise...mainly because I hate to sweat. But I read a great saying on another member's profile that said "Sweat is fat crying." I think it should become my mantra! But I could also use a kick in the butt! I have alot of things going against me right now - crippling depression, no self-esteem, a dying 19yr old persian cat who is my only "child", unemployed, yada yada and so on, and I've always eaten for comfort, so this a particularly difficult time to start this program, but I am sick & tired of being sick & tired. If I'm fortunate to live another 40 years, I certainly don't want them to be like the last forty! I'm so compassionate and gentle with other people (thus, my being a nurse), but I am absolutely vicious with myself. I am truly my worst enemy. Although I'm working on taming my inner critic and being more kind to myself, I realize I really need some form of support & encouragement in my efforts. So I am hoping that being a part of this community will be the key to finally being successful at setting reasonable goals and achieving them, for the sake of my physical and mental health. I wish you all the best in your efforts. You may not feel like you've accomplished that much, but I would give anything to be 25lbs lighter right now. You've already accomplished more than alot of people ever do. Celebrate your success so far and then keep adding to it!