Welcome to SnoCo sparkers! At this point I wouldn't worry about becoming the crazy cat lady. My sis (who is under 30) has like 15 cats in a single-wide trailer. SHE's the one who should be worried! LOL
SparkPeople is all about baby steps... don't worry if you aren't jumping in with both feet. When I started I wanted to STOP the weight gain but wasn't too interested in dieting or exercise. I started only by logging the food I was eating... but when I realized how much I'd eaten between breakfast and lunch I started to cut back right away. It took a few months to start the exercise but when I hit a plateau I realized it was necessary. Now if I don't exercise I can't sleep. So that helps alot!
I know there are some AA-type groups here on SP in case you're interested. 3065 days ago