(This is more just for me than anything else, sorry if it clutters things but you might find it an interesting read or people may be able to give me some sort of tips.) After a good few years of never going to the gym this section of the SMB has re-ignited my interest in getting a sweat on and looking after myself a bit better. This is now my second week of going to the gym. Generally I try to eat well - the biggest problem is nights out and too much alcohol. My diet is largely that of a pescetarian - I rarely buy meat to have in the house and never drink milk, so we're talking plenty fruits and vegetables although I do eat a rather restricted diet. I'm around 6 foot 2 and probably weigh about 12.5 stone - I'm quite skinny but got quite a bit of flab around the mid-drift and arse. The aim is to get a little less flabby and more defined. First day of going back to the gym was extremely difficult. I struggle with cardio exercises because of a chest abnormality that means I have a significantly lower lung capacity than the average person, which is extremely frustrating when struggling on the rowing machine. First week I managed about 11.5 miles overall rowing which, although not a lot to other standards, is a lot for me so I was chuffed. First session of the week this week and I can already feel my body getting stronger - I've managed to knock off about thirty seconds to get to 6000 metres and my muscles are dealing with the weights a little better (although I'm only lifting very, very small amounts. So far so good. It's not even small steps for me (more tiny shuffles), but it's nice to be going in the right direction so far.