Welcome to spark people. This is a good place to get started. I used the stages and I lost over 200 pounds and have kept most of it off for over 2 years now.. Please feel free to look at my sparkpage, blogs and meal plan..... remember at our age it is more about getting healthy not just loosing weight...
This site is just amazing, full of all kinds of information and tools to help us on our journeys to a healthy lifestyle. Best of all is the caring Community of fellow "Sparkers" ready to offer support and encouragement along the way.
I don't know if you've seen it yet, but there is a whole special section on Spark for diabetics. Here's a link:
And I don't know if you've joined any Teams yet, but they are a fabulous place to make some Spark friends and keep that motivation going. You can find Teams under the "Community" tab at the top of this page. There are Teams for all kinds of things-- age ranges, pounds to lose, hobbies and interests, health issues, just about anything you can think of.
I've found that the more involved I am, the more successful I've been. I wish you much success!!