Open is the new closed, so they say

In the sprit of open is the new closed, public is the new private, I'm going to be making regular updates to my blog about my quest for personal Fitness.  I'm going to try to lose about 40-50 pounds.  I used scales in two different New York Sports Clubs locations, and they didn't come out the same at all- so I'm not even sure where I stand.  That said, I will attempt to track my progress in this shared Google spreadsheet.  I don't really want to become a health nut, I still want to enjoy the food this  city has to offer  and have fun with my friends.

What's wrong
My lifestyle is wrong.  I don't exercise enough, and I don't acknowledge this often enough.  I avoid exercise  or strenuous activities.  I make unhealthy choices, whether it's drinking, or eating, or one then the other.  My long term health is at stake and I need to make some changes

What I tried
I essentially tried the subway diet for lunch and swore off egg sandwiches for breakfast.  Subway got kind of repetitive, but I think I could live with it.  Probably need to  get 6 inch and not footlong subs, and eat fruit instead of bagels/breakfast sandwiches.

What I am doing now
I have been to the gym 5 times in the last 7 days (including going this morning).  I'm just doing cardio right now, but I ultimately will be doing weight training as well.   I would like to do this without a personal trainer, and try to  wok on the discipline of  going to the gym rather than  having someone kick the crap out of me (and pay them to do it).  I'm trying to do 40 minutes of elliptical (it is not so strenuous on my knees and feet) or some such every time I go to the gym. 

I hope that I have the drive and the willpower to accomplish my goal, to look and feel better.  I welcome comments, encouragement, tips or other advice.