Ok so I am 24, married with a 3 year old. Desk Job 8-5. I have put on 30lbs in 3 years, losing all fitness appearance quicker then preferred. My spouse and I were looking into a Bow Flex and Eliptical Machine because we don't have the right schedules for hitting a local gym. Anyhow I have 3 questions, serious answers would be appreciated. 1.) Where can I find a plan to help me get started in the overwhelming idea of losing 30 lbs? What is the best way to lose it and what is realistic for time to lose 30 lbs? 3 mths? 6 mths? a year? best specific exercises? 2.) The 2 exercise equipment peices I mentioned, are they good purchases? Have any of you owned a Bow Flex or have feedback for me on them? 3.) While losing weight should I avoid any heavy weight lifting and stick to mostly cardio? Push ups and sit ups ok? Jump Rope? Or is heavy weights going to give me a better burn? I appreciate everyones input, thanks so much!