I had used exrx.net in the past when I was mentoring with a college student to set up some work out plans, but I hadn't done anything too spectacular.
Last year, about 3 months before I turned 40, I weighed in at 330 pounds (5' 9"). I decided it was time to do something. A friend of a friend posted on facebook about the P90X training, and I thought to myself, "I don't need that, I can use exrx.net and get all the info I need to do this right." SO, in October 2010 I began the journey I had been putting off for far too long.
With 11 weeks until my 40th birthday, I figured that would be a great time for a first goal. I used the Calorie counter, the meal planning resources, the Blue walking program, and a simple 4 day a week weight program (I have a set of dumbbells and a treadmill at home). I decided that this was something I needed to do. Finished that first 11 weeks having lost 38 pounds, 8 more than my goal. But I wasn't done. I set up a spreadsheet to track my progress weekly and set goals for 10 week intervals. Just passed my second goal date (Feb 27) with another success. I have lost a total of 55 pounds.
I did many of the fitness and health tests now that I am ready to push on so that I have a good baseline to measure progress. I'm still in an "at risk" category in several areas, but I can already see the results. I've got 4 more 10 week intervals. I hope to lose 25 pounds for each goal weight, but I know that may be optimistic as I get closer to my final goal. I have a fairly large build, so my realistic goal is to be down to 180 by my 41st birthday. I told my wife that if I can lose an extra 15 pounds above that, down to 165, I will have lost half of my body weight.
Whenever anyone asks what I am doing to lose weight, I send them to exrx.net for the answer. All it takes is a little determination and a little research on the website and anyone can lose weight and get fit. I'm going to be proof of that.