Welcome Clark! It looks like you are ready for a lifestyle change. I don't think most people realise that you do need to be ready to commit to something like weight loss, because it is a lifestyle change, not a diet. The fact the whole idea of a 'diet' was a load of rubbish and a waste of time, wasn't something I realised until this year. It sounds like you are going about things the right way, counting calories, exercising, etc. Through this forum I discovered http://www.calorieking.com.au
, which introduced me to the magnificent world of calorie counting, as well as saving my health and my sanity!
It sounds like you are doing really well, so I'm sure you'll reach your goal!
Good luck and enjoy the forum!