As I mentioned back in April, I've been on a mission to get thin, wealthy, and organized while my husband is deployed. I can't really comment on the last two (though I'm doing OK on the middle one) but I can say that I'm having pretty good success with my first goal. And it has been free!
I'm about 1/3 of the way through my weight loss goal for the year, which I think is pretty good considering that I didn't really get serious until two months ago. The thing that amazes me is that it really hasn't been that hard. It was just a matter of finding the right tools to help me. I'm a little addicted to the computer – I'm always on it, working, playing, or talking to my husband (or hoping to). I was so lucky that a commenter at SpouseBUZZ mentioned myfitnesspal (MFP). It has truly changed my life. MFP offers a few tools – a food diary with calorie calculator, an exercise diary (also with calorie calculator), a place to keep track of your weight and measurements, a reports section that shows how you've progressed, and an online community section, where you can share frustrations, successes, recipes and exercise thoughts. You can participate as much or as little as you like, and it is all free. I haven't received any spammy emails or other questionable contact because of my registration at MFP, but I have lost a nice chunk of weight, I'm eating great, and I'm exercising more than ever. Best of all, it is free!
If you are looking for some motivation to start on a fitness goal, or need a little extra push to keep moving forward, you should check out myfitnesspal. It has been a great blessing to me, and I'm sure it will be a good tool for some of you as well.