I am a newbie also!
I am hoping to lose 40lbs in 6 months. I am really just paying closer attention to what I eat so far. Just by doing that today, I ate way less than I usually would.
My motivations are to be healthier, avoid health problems in the future such as diabetes, high BP, High choloesterol, etc. I have a 2 yr old son and want to be my healthiest for him, and be around for a long time! Both of my parents died young.
One motivational tool I am using...Yesterday, I actually wrote down my reasons to lose weight. I wrote them in an MS Word document and have it saved on my desktop, so I see it often. Actually writing down my reasons was helpful, it gave a voice to my goals.
Good luck all! I look fwd to getting and giving support!