taragettingthin -- You might want to check out the calorie counters forum, there's a lot of info there!
A lot of calorie counting really is individual, based on your weight, activity level, metabolism, etc. I started off near 300 pounds and was able to lose on 2000 calories/day, but lots of other people would gain weight at that level!
If you want to find out what works for you, start by counting how many calories you ARE eating for a few weeks, and see what happens with your weight. Do you stay the same? Lose? Gain? That will give you some info on what will work for you.
My 5 C's of healthy living: Commitment to conscious control, with the understanding that choices have consequences