a year ago I moved from Houston to Chicago. You've got me on distance, but I think we are in similar boats... in some ways it's easier to do this, I think, being removed from everyone & everything you've ever known. Do you ever have that sensation?
I'm 5' 6" tall. I'm doing Weight Watchers which will allow you to go out to eat, but man...after checking the points for some items, I'd rather eat at home and fill up on mostly fresh fruits/veggies and then have a part of a meal out. Crazy!