Welcome, MOMARY1 -- Spark People has plenty of tools, information and community support to help you achieve your goals.
My first suggestion would be to set up your Spark Page so that we can get to know you a bit better (and send you the occasional Spark Goodie). If you need help with this, let me know (send a Spark Mail).
Next, track everything you consume (not "most" things). Plan your meals in advance so you can adjust the portions and/or components to stay within your recommended calorie range. And yes, be prepared to be disappointed by the results at times... there are a lot of factors at play, and if you weigh yourself after a day of, say, too much salt intake, or not drinking enough water, it may appear that you gained instead of lost. Or, if you're exercising a good bit, you may be increasing muscle mass and losing fat and still appearing to gain. Take one day at a time and don't expect to be perfect -- think of this as a long-term lifestyle and not a short-term "diet", and you WILL succeed.
Edited by: SANDYBREIT at: 5/10/2013 (21:54)
Sandy (Michigan Upper Peninsula) -- Say "Ya!" to da U.P, eh?