I've been reading in the "Other Birthday" thread and I cannot post there, because there was never a single day or event that slapped me into reality and made me decide to be healthy. Although there was a constellation of events around me to show that my lifestyle was getting unhealthy (mostly other members of my family that were getting sick), I never had a life-changing wake up moment. I've been a bicyclist for more than 40 years (probably over 100,000 miles total), so when my weight started to climb and my mobility started to decrease about ten years ago, it came on gradually; when it became evident I was quite surprised and in denial. In 2003 the death of Ken Kifer lowered my bike mileage considerably (which may be a different story) and that started my decline in health. When I "came to" (so to speak) about a year ago, I discovered that I didn't need "motivation" to lose the weight I had gained. I needed tactics; an objective, workable plan. The motivation was already there. Note that I am not criticizing those that had a big wake-up call day, that are posting in the "Other Birthday" thread, I'm just saying that it wasn't that way for me. Fortunately I still had bicycling and joined Weight Watchers, which provided the tactical approach (plan) that I needed (I've lost 40 to 45 pounds in 2012) AND very much appreciated support from my wife and my friends here in C/A. I'm posting this to say: Motivation is great, but then you gotta come up with a plan to get it done. Whether it's WW like me, or South Beach or Nutrisystem or doing a diet/exercise plan on your own, come up with a tactical approach. It's important at the end of the year because there's gonna be a lot of people making New Year resolutions to get healthy that will stumble because they have the motivation but lack the plan.