Mayberly - welcome! Glad you joined in. Good goals! Small and simple is the way to go. It reminds me of something my kids' piano teacher used to say: "Inch by inch, it's a cinch. Yard by yard, it's hard." Portion size is really important. I keep my measuring cups and spoons handy now - I really had to in order to log my food correctly.
Try to check in here daily if you can. It's really made a difference for me. It makes me focus on meeting my goals for today - one day. Trying to make my goals for one day seems manageable - I can focus on that. A longer time frame than that and I think I would slip.
Age 61, Height 5'9"
March 2010 145 lbs, Jan 2013 173 lbs
1st Goal 145 lbs 5/25
New goal 140