Thanks for your recent messages. As I said before, a community / forum, etc is so important for the support that's needed on something as massive as this.... appreciate so many of you reaching out.
@Wimpster - thanks for the encouragement. The calorie goal feels right now that I've had it a couple of weeks. Noticed (as I have before) that my issue tends to usually be eating far too few calories a day at the wrong times and then eating far too many in one sitting every few days. The weight training is starting to come along - albeit slowly. Goodonye for the loss I see on your profile - the stories of lasting success and effort are definitely good to read.
@tykesplace - appreciate the link. Read and re-read the article (and will likely have to tackle it again!). Lots of great data in there and I find myself still wondering what the best approach is. The great thing about the article is that it appears that since it's been years since I've lifted weights - I can likely go either way and see benefit. I'm doing a generic "beginner" full-body program and have been enjoying it. It's high reps, lower weight and puts most concentration on proper form. That's amazing progress you've made - well done. Encouraging and inspiring.
@BuffJim - I feel your pain on the multiple starts. I've been fighting weight since I was a teenager and it's a **** of a thing. I'm 38 now and it's hard to not focus on what's been wasted in terms of time and youth because of the weight. I remember hitting 220 and thinking the world was ending. I'd give just about anything to be back there now! Bravo on the loss so far. I have to admit, seeing you're from Buffalo - I know I'd have a much harder time losing weight knowing the Anchor Bar was in my very own city - whew!
Cheers all - much appreciated. I'll keep you posted.