I am also from Michigan (Southern part), and I'm married with a teenaged daughter.
I think you'll like it here, and you'll meet some very friendly people, who will offer you all the support, help and advice you'll need to help lose that pesky weight!
Unfortunately, I knew nothing about this website when I first started the Atkin's diet a few years ago; and I sure could have used everyones help at the time! I've now reached my weight goal, so I don't come in here too often (but, I still "lurk" a lot!)
Anyway, enjoy yourself in here, and I hope you make many new friends! Hope to talk to you again one day soon.