Welcome to Sparkpeople!
I want to congratulate you on making this journey. I began my own journey a few years ago and though my pace has been slow I have lost over 100 pounds! You can have success too!
I totally sympathize with you on moving your mom to an Alzheimer's Facility. We just went through this the past 4 years. Good job on not caving to the treats brought home.
This is a great place to get healthy! There are so many tools, resources, and encouraging people to help you on your journey to "Health & Fitness". Be sure to poke around the site and try the nutrition and fitness trackers, Spark Recipes, Daily Spark, health articles, and secrets.
Joining a team will help you meet like-minded people that share similar life situations or goals. You can join mine to start. I share many helpful tips, recipes and insights from my own journey so you too can benefit. The DAILY CHAT section has lots of helps. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individ
Be sure to read member blogs as there is a wealth of information there. You can start with one of mine: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
If you have further questions or just want to chat, stop by my Sparkpage or send me a Sparkmail. Just click on the button under my profile picture on the left.