welcome to the forum!
I am very new to this forum also, but the support and advice i have received so far has been awesome!
I think one of the main things is to take it slow and steady! and allow your self some treats from time to time.. I have been working on my diet for about.. 3-4 weeks now, and the more i research and the more interest i take into finding out what im actually putting in my mouth, the easier my choices are becoming. I was also a full time smoker, so i decided instead of tackling everything at once, i would tackle it one thing at a time, and i booted the smoking habit before i seriously looked at my diet, it will be 1 month tomorrow since i last touched one.. and same goes for food.. just small steps, take it day by day, and you will eventually find yourself not even thinking about junk food, or eating that whole block of chocolate you once craved!
And i'd suggest not to step on the scales everyday, its natural to fluctuate a little during the week, and if you check it every day you might get a little disheartened sometimes (personal experience so far), so make it once a week if you like, the same time every week.
I was once in a bad place like where you are now, here is my thread if your interested in having a read - viewtopic.php?f=15&t=30041
- You feel bad for being lazy, eating bad, and it makes you want to eat more to feel a little better! and be even more lazy! snowball after snowball.. ive been there done that. It comes down to one single decision.. I just decided, enough is enough, and my time is now! start right now! not tomorrow, not after work.. etc. now! and i am sticking to it
and im feeling better every day for doing so. Feeling better physically, and also mentally feeling better that for once.. i am not letting myself down this time!
For your exercise.. you said you used to walked regularly? jump right back into it, walking is an awesome way to start out
And if you are interested, make yourself a 12 week challenge in the challenge section on the forum, it might be a little bit of a motivator to know that you have goals to meet every single week, and its there to share with everyone else
Anyhow, enough of my rambling.. WELCOME!