Hi Haley, welcome to Fitday! Congratulations on making a healthy decision for yourself! Have a look around the forums, I'm sure you will find many subjects and threads that you identify with. This is a great way to touch base with people on the same path as you. I am 41, from Montreal and am on my way to losing 52 pounds. I've lost almost 7 in the past 4 weeks. Tomorrow is my weigh-in day and I check in with a little club here called the Wed Club. Look out for the posting tomorrow. We always check in on Wednesdays and report our progress.
My best advice is to try and get as much protein as you can in a day, I aim for 35-40% and mix your exercises. Weight training and cardio are both necessary for calorie burn and muscle toning. The combination of the two is really effective.
Best of luck on your healthy new lifestyle!