Welcome to SparkPeople!!! I hope you find this site as inspirational as I do. I check it everyday and read as much as possible. Knowledge is Power after all. You live in the south....great food!!! My husband is from New Orleans and LOVES to cook. It's hard 'dieting' when he makes fried chicken and corn bread!!! But as you will learn, it's about living in moderation. Congrats on taking the first steps to a healthy lifestyle!! We will both reach our goals someday, one pound at a time!