to SP! Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already, just by posting here! I have been here almost 2 years and have learned so much about being healthy and fit! The key is perseverance and consistency-take it one day at a time and you will see results! It will be hard at times, but just keep at it, you will win this battle and become a healthier you! I see you are a fellow Ohioan - I am from Columbus. Moved to Florida 8 years ago-but, right now we are experiencing Tropical Storm Debbie and now wish I was back in Ohio!! Stay strong!