Try this thread. It has a lot of good information on it, advice and questions for newbies. Advice for Newbies
Check out the recipe thread for good recipes. Metabolic Research Center Recipes
Any questions, feel free to join in on the MRC take 36 thread and we will do our best to answer.
Best advice, drink your water, stay on plan and have patience with yourself and others. It is not an easy diet but it works. Your body will change, people will start to treat you different and you may have to deal with emotional baggage that you covered up with food.
You and I are at about the same starting place and goal and while you have an inch on me height wise, close there as well. I have lost 17.5 pounds and started preconditioning on 5/9 and the plan on 5/18. You can do this!