Alright, I'm a long time lurker on OT, but after stupid amounts of procrastination I decided I'd suck it up and post. I'm 21 and weigh somewhere around 330-350lbs. I'm not 100% on that number, since as it stands the nearest set of scales doesn't go that far (ugh). A few years ago I was around 200lb, but in better shape and much easier on the eyes. I used to hit the gym after school pretty much every day and rode my bike everywhere, but I ate shit food all the time and the gym in my town had an anal guy running it who refused to let minors use freeweights so I never really got into the swing of putting in any real/meaningful work at the gym. Basically I stopped because most of my life went to shit. I was in a major car accident, then my single parent died, and because people are assholes the day of the funeral someone stole my bike. I spent ages eating crap, moping around and letting myself turn into one of the tubbies I used to make fun of. Anyway, I decided to put that behind me, and figured I need to clean my shit up and get back on the horse. I have a few questions: First - I started back at the gym, just trying to ease my body into being used to punishment again. At the moment before I do weights I'm pushing 30 minutes of cardio on treadmills/elliptical cross-trainers per session with the middle 10 minutes being the hard ten. I never did cardio work when I was younger, so: a) Am I better off breaking my cardio into three seperate 10min sessions with a hard-phase in the middle between weights, or is 30mins straight better. b) I remember when I did weights before if I kept doing the same thing over every day I'd get less and less benefit - is cardio the same, and if so, how often should I be trying to mix it up c) And lastly, I was wondering if I get better benefits from just walking on my own than using the machine? Second - My weights routine is pretty off. When I started going to the gym, some anal guy was running the place and refused to let younger people do anything except the machine benches/leg presses etc. The times I can go to the gym there's never anyone there, and the staff are unhelpful at best. I need some advice about what kind of exercises a novice at non-machine assisted weights could learn without getting too injured in the process, and mainly about what kind of exercises maximise the after-exercise calorie burn. Third... pretty simple really. I was just wondering if people could maybe share some good tasting, healthy recipes for stuff. I can't eat fish (which fails, I know) but I'm guessing for most fish recipes I can probably just replace it with chicken (I get my omega-3's from fish oil supplements). I'm pretty handy in the kitchen, and I figure that instead of starting out making healthy meals that maybe don't taste all that interesting a few people's tasty faves might keep me on the improvement track. Cliffs: My life went to crap and I got fat because I got lazy, I have some questions about what I'm doing to fix it.