Cassie stated it very well, but I just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS on deciding to take care of you, and taking your life into your own hands. You've had a life full of experience so far, and you can go forward knowing that you can probably get through ANYTHING if you've already gotten through that -- losing the weight will be a wonderful life-affirming thing.
You seem like you've got a good plan in place so far. Even just one little change every day, they all add up to big changes over time. Welcome welcome, and we're all here for each other
Female, 31 years old, 5'4 1/2" tall
Starting weight 1/4/11 = 215.2 lbs.
Weight 9/19/14 = 176.6 (net: -38.6)
Last mini-goal: 180 lbs. REACHED! Reward - new sports bra
Current min-goal: 175 lbs.
Next large goal: 165 lbs. by 12/25/2014
Lowest weight: 156.7 lbs.
150.2 lbs. <--- Official "Healthy BMI" weight
Estimated final goal: 130-140 lbs.
"You don't have to change your life today. You only need to change your day today."