SparkPeople has a lot of resources to help you. One of the best places to start is simply tracking your food in the food tracker; you can choose to track your sodium intake as well as your calories, protein, fat, and carbohydrates. To add tracking sodium, go to the food tracker, and click on Tracker Options, then select Change diet settings. Click on the button Add another nutrient to track, and you can choose Sodium there. SparkPeople recommends something like between 500 and 2300 mg., but you can change the range there to what your doctor recommends.
For the food tracker to be effective, it's important to be honest with yourself about what you're eating--both quantity and type of food. You don't have to share your food tracker with anyone else, this is just for you to become aware of what you're actually eating. I know it was an eye-opener for me when I first started using it, and it really helped me start getting a handle on eating healthier.
Realize that it's taking small steps each day, making better choices as you become more aware, that will do the job. Don't expect to be able to change everything in a day, or to do things perfectly. One day, one choice at a time, try to do a little better. It adds up in the long run; just keep at it, a little at a time.
Check out the other teams here on SparkPeople, too, and start getting connected with people who are in similar situations, either in terms of how much weight you want to lose, health challenges you're dealing with, activities you're interested in, and so on. It helps so much to know you're not alone, and that others have done this successfully.
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