Hi, Laura ! Welcome to Spark People !
I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you were to do for yourself was drink 8 glasses of water today, that's still a step in the right direction.
Remember, this isn't a diet. Diet is a four letter word and should be treated as such. If you want to take the weight off and keep it off, you have to stop thinking diet and start thinking lifestyle change. The changes you make to your health today, you keep for the rest of your life, not the amount of time it takes to lose the weight.
If you continue to diet, you'll end up on the yo yo dieting rollercoaster like the rest of us. Don't let that happen. Learn healthy habits that you'll keep for your entire life. Now, that doesn't mean you don't get to eat a burger or cake anymore. It just means you need to be more mindful of your portions as well as what you eat.
You don't have to eat salad every day, but you should do your best to eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies every day if possible. the more veggies you eat, the better. Try to watch your alcohol intake. I remember when I was in college. I liked to go out with friends. Well, you have to watch how many drinks you have because alcoholic beverages are loaded with calories. One margarita can have over 350+ calories. Have more than one and you see how quickly the calories add up.
Mostly, take this slowly. You didn't gain that weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. Make some simple changes first. With time, you will lose.
Be patient with yourself and your body !!