Great job! 40 pounds is a major accomplishment!! Don't shortchange yourself, I bet others can really tell-sometimes it's really hard to see our changes-do you have any 'before' pics to compare with pics of you now? I keep to 1400-1600 calorie limits, and some weeks, I lose nothing! I also exercise six days a week running and doing kettlebells. BUT, every month, I whoosh 2-3 pounds at the beginning and end of the month. Any loss is a victory, and your body is still just getting used to all of this change, so sometimes it makes it harder for us to push those pounds off. Stick with it! I promise that you will have lost a considerable amount by Christmas! It is a common myth that you can 'spot burn' fat from specific areas-you can't-it comes off evenly through your body in all areas. But, you can do more core strengthening exercises and I promise that can't hurt-things like kettlebells or planks would help! Again, Great job!!!
"The only journey is the journey within."
Rainer Maria Rilke