Hello Monkeysnuffer! (Does that user name have something to do with getting troublesome monkeys "off your back"?)
Linda has given you a great calorie deficit to shoot for. As you know it takes burning off (with exercise) or consuming approx. 3500 calories less (over time) to "release" a pound of fat. If you try to drop the weight too quickly your body will most likely resist and slow your efforts. Patience and consistency will win out over time. It is important to remember that and the fact that to sustain any weight change we have to make a lifestyle change.
It took me over 9 months to "release" nearly 40 pounds but I have reached a weight I never would have dreamed possible when I began and I have kept it off for a year and 3 months so far!!! Enjoy your journey!!! And ask all the questions you want. :)
Those monkeys will be flying away soon!
"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." ~ St. Francis of Assisi
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