Turning 40 in 1 year - Gonna kick it's *kitten*!!!!!!

Hey all! I'm new here and want to lose 30 pounds by August 29, 2013 ~ which sounds easy except, after 5 kids, my body has retaliated by refusing to lose weight very quickly. I'm toned and have good muscles - just hard to see them from the extra padding I have :) Looking for friends and others who want to do the same. Feel stronger than I ever have but want to LOOK it also - have 54 weeks to get it done -- anyone with me?!?!?