I'll keep this as short as possible. The short version is........... What is a realistic goal for length of time to lose 5" around my waist? I want the goal to be tough but realistic. Long(er) version. I'm not fat but I need to get in shape more. I am in the camp of weight loss isn't as important as shaping up. I've been told that muscle weighs more than fat so if you grow muscle while losing fat it will tend to frustrate you if weight is the number you are keeping up with. I am a very goal oriented person. If I set a goal, I will hit it. So, I would like to break my goal down into months and weeks. So let's say you guys say that 5 months is realistic to lose 5". That's 20(ish) weeks. I will divide 5" by 20 and measure every week. (Which comes out to 1/4" a week.) With that in mind, I have no idea how long it should take if I am eating right and working out/exercising. Yes, I realize there are endless variables like HOW I am working out and what my definition of "eating right" is. Trust me when I say I am going for it. Again, I would like my goal to be attainable, but on the hard side. I work best when being pushed. Thanks for the help! P.S. This is going to SUCK during the holiday season. But if I don't do something I will be buying new pants by January!