Hello and welcome.
I'm still a newbie around here too and am also starting on my weight loss journey. I've been at it since New Years (though I didn't weigh myself until January 5th), but so far, so good!
I agree with you on the low carb thing...not for me either! Tried it last fall and did lose some weight, but ended up burning out on the plan and gained it back
I love pasta/rice/bread too much to give it up for life--and since I'm looking to make a "lifestyle change" vs. a "diet"--calorie counting is much more realistic for me!
I think being here is great motivation! For me, support like this was the "missing link" in my other weight lost attempts. To be able to talk to people who can relate to you, to see others' succeses (as well as their mishaps and re-starts) is so helpful to me. Having somewhere where you can be completely honest about your progress, your goals, your fears...priceless!
Ok, now I'm writing a novel, lol. Again, welcome and hope to see you around! You can do it!!