My wife and I are both on a major weight loss kick. When I say in a second here how much we've lost, it's not to brag;rather, it's to show that it can be done. There is not a single person on this board who has tried and failed to lose weight more than I have. That said, through diet and exercise, I've lost 75 lbs. since the beginning of February. In that same time frame, through mostly diet, my wife has lost almost 50 lbs. We bought an elyptical trainer from Dick's Sporting Goods. Got it on sale for $750. It's nice-keeps track of distance, speed, calories burned, has magnetic variable resistance (no friction type resistance parts to wear out), has a heart rate monitor, and even has an iPod/walkman port and speakers on the control panel. For us, it was ALOT of money that we could have used for other things, but I was 275 lbs and got winded carrying my son (6 months old at the time) around the house. I've been real strict with what I eat, drink VERY little alcohol, NO pop (not even diet), and watch my portions like a hawk, with controlled snacking and the use of a food scale. For me, if we have to bug out or bug in and fight for what is ours, I want to be as healthy and fit as possible. If the health care system tanks, I want to minimize my chance of not being healthy. If I have to hike and carry gear for my family, I want to be able to do it. I get a physical every July through work and the differences in my numbers from last year to this year are incredible. Blood sugar, cholesterol, resting pulse, lung function-my numbers improved across the board. I pass this along to hopefully inspire some of you to do the same. You don't need a piece of fancy equipment, but for me it has worked. Just go for a walk every day. Eat wisely. You will add years to your life. I'm not trying to preach here-this is just a topic I am passionate about.