The past couple of years have been spent getting into shape. The first decision came around June, 2012, and involved going to a nearby gym. To supplement the workout, metabolic enhancers were purchased from a gas-station, the gym itself, and a local general store. Workouts were light, mainly hopping from one machine to the next, sampling each one. The determination was made that the weight loss wasn't happening fast enough, so in August, a weight-loss kit was purchased from the local G.N.C. This kit included a metabolic booster, some vitamins, some protein shakes, and a diet and exercise guide. The results were satisfactory, but the price was somewhat expensive; living on a fixed income, and unforeseen minor emergencies, made purchasing a kit per week less than feasible. Still, by that time, ten pounds were gone, and motivation to keep working out was high. In October, a move was made into a new apartment; a 1-bedroom unit, with plenty of space. Because of the new expenses, the gym membership was dropped, until the expenses were taken care of. Without regular dieting and exercise, 30 pounds were added. An effort to exercise every day was made; at first, doing Jack LaLanne's exercises, then doing Army P.T., but after a few months, no progress was made. A new gym opened up, and the decision was made to join. After another few months, two pounds were actually added, and no weight was lost. An appointment with the doctor was made, blood tests were run, and... there was nothing wrong with the blood. The doctor suggested a diet with no carbs, like the Atkins diet. After some research, an Atkins kit was obtained for free, and the diet was started. In addition to the diet, which has been followed for about three months and caused a loss of over 30 pounds, a new exercise regimen was started: four days of exercise, and three days of rest; isometrics for two days, and aerobics for two days. The isometrics consist of facial and neck workouts from Jack LaLanne's system, various types of push-ups (up to a total of 51 now), crunches/sit-ups (up to a total of 108 now), squats and lunges (up to a total of 60 now). The aerobic exercise consists of running. Eventually, more exercises will be added at a certain point, and the new schedule will be five days of exercise and two days of rest.