Hi, BALDYGAJ !!
As much as we'd all love the weight to be magically gone, there is no fast way to lose weight contrary to what the late night informercials say. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time. You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. Thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.
The first thing you could do is start by filling out the Spark nutrition profile. Fill out the information truthfully. the software will set a calorie range for you. then you do your best to stay within that range. don't go too far over or too far under. I'll say this right not, starving doesn't work. Eating too little will hinder your efforts at weight loss, not help them. If you want to lose weight and be healthy, you have to eat.
It's true that Americans eat too much and need to eat less. the problem is that they are eating too many of the wrong foods and not enough of the right foods. QUALITY of the food you eat matters. So, do your best to start eating wholesome foods that nourish your body. try to eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each and every day. if that seems like too much, start with 2-3 servings a day and go from them. Try to avoid highly processed foods. You're going to need to learn to read nutrition labels.
There is a lot you're going to need to learn and it's impossible to learn everything in a short time. Thus the need for patience !!! Start with small changes. Take baby steps literally and figuratively. if you're not used to regular exercise because you've been sedentary, then start with what you can. Don't try to do an hour if you're not used to doing an hour. start with a 10 minute walk. if you can do more, then do a 20-30 minute walk each day for exercise. there are members who will tell you how they lost 100+ pounds by walking and watching what they ate.
I would also recommend that you start reading some of the Spark articles on nutrition, well being, exercise, etc... like I said, you've got a lot to learn and can't learn everything overnight. But, you have to start some where. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
Take this slowly and you'll do just fine.