Umm to start your own post go to the home page and depending on your on what stage of you are at you can start a post under any of the forums
I have my post in the "Almost There" section but I started in the "Curvaceous and Courageous" area as I had a larger amount of weight to lose.. You just have to click on "Start New Topic" when you are in the forum you want your thread to be in
To get a ticker all you need to do is click on someone else's ticker and it will take you to the ticker home page where you can "create a new ticker". Then all you have to do is log in and change you stats when you have a loss I think there is a forum post on here somewhere with how to post a ticker
Hope that helps though someone else might be able to explain it better!
Good luck with your weigh in tomorrow! I am supposed to weigh in tonight but I have been less than perfect this week - seems the silly season has begun!!
I have backed off the training lately and need to get back into it! Just going for a long walk tonight dont feel up to much else right now!