Learning how to cook will be a great tool of success for you, and oh, so liberating! It's as easy as following directions. I agree that a crock pot is a great investment, first because it's so easy to throw a few things in, turn it on, walk away, and come home to something beautiful. The other benefit is that slow cooking makes your meat incredibly tender, and you're able to eat more very easily....especially with gravy.
For carbs, I, too, am a sugar **** I never counted carbs, but took a different approach. When eating, I would eat my protein first > then veggies > then the last couple of bites would be me enjoying whatever I wanted, be it a little bread, rice, pasta, or even chocolate cake. I was nearly full already, so I could only muster a bite or two, but never felt deprived in the process.
The further out I got, though, I was able to eat more, and had more room for the carbs, and it's the total truth that they create craving for more. I do have some sugar-**** remedies that are full of protein that really help. I make all of these and munch on them for a few days and my cravings get back under control. (see my profile for Ricotta fluff, SF Custard and Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies)
Another tip, especially with the cooler weather coming, is to look to complex carbs and whole grains as opposed to the overly processed. For instance, instead of toast > go for some old fashioned (not instant) or steel cut oatmeal, cream of wheat or grits. I've been on a serious grits kick lately since the cafeteria where I work started offering them. I have them add 2 fried eggs, 3 slices of bacon and some shredded cheese to my buttered grits, and I LOVE them. My little feast yields about 35g of protein for breakfast.
1 year to lose the weight - 6 years maintaining it with the DS
There is room on this earth for all of God's creatures..next to the mashed potatoes