Never done anything like this before, but I could use some encouragement. First, the basics: I'm male, 31 years old, 5'10'' started out at 275lbs as of June 23rd, 2016. I decided on June 23rd of this year to get myself in shape. I've been working a desk job since 2007 where I sit for 10 hours a day, then I would go home and sit for another 8 hours and get maybe 5-6 hours of sleep a night. I did this for the last 10 years. I have 2 daughters, a 3 year old named Evelyn (Evie) and an 8 month old named Eleanor (Ellie) and when my 3 year old asked me to get in the floor and play with her, it was such a huge effort just to lay down to play with her, I nearly burst into tears. I promised myself I would get into better shape for their sake. My mom also passed away last October partly from complications arising from being obese and she was overweight most of her life. I want to get into shape in part to show that I appreciate the life that was given to me and that I won't waste it. I downloaded the "MyFitnessPal" app and it's companion "Record" which allows me to track workouts. I've gone from drinking about 5 soft drinks on average a day (Citrus Drop and Diet Coke mostly) down to drinking only water and the occasional flavored water (Sparkling Ice drinks they sell at Kroger) which are 0 calories. My app tells me if I want to lose about 1 1/2 pounds a week, I need to eat around 1900 calories a day. I've stuck to this very easily by simply cutting down on my portion sizes without really altering my diet much at all. Just last Thursday I decided it would be much easier to stay on track with my calories if I started exercising as well, so I started with just walking twice a day at work for about 10 minutes each time. This has been incredibly challenging for me already. Not for the sake of motivation but because my right ankle and both calves just burn like crazy from such a short walk. Years of sitting and having almost no activity has caused my muscles to just atrophy and it's very difficult to walk for even a few minutes. You wouldn't think I would be this out of shape by looking at me. I have fairly thin arms and legs and carry most of my weight in the torso, maybe if I feel bold enough I'll eventually post pictures if that is a feature on this site. I've been dropping weight very quickly without really meaning to and I intend not to overdo it. I am currently 259 pounds, down 16 pounds since June 23rd but my goal weight is somewhere between 180-200. I don't really know how far I can take this so I haven't settled on a number. Currently, my 2 biggest goals are just working on getting a flatter stomach (which is by far where I carry the most visible weight) and building stamina through walking more and more. I'm still a newbie at this weight loss and I'm trying not to go too crazy with it all at once, but I welcome any encouragement and tips for starting out. Thanks!