Okay, I know I said I probably wasn't going to post updates, but the response to my post last weekend was so supportive, I thought you might like to know how I was doing.
Everyone pretty much advised to start slowly and not diet too strenuously, which is what I did. I cut down on portion size, and cut out some sources of empty calories. Unfortunately, with the cold weather, I didn't get outside to exercise as much as I would have liked, but I did do my regular chores (at a faster pace due to the extreme cold!) and did some additional stair-stepping exercises in the house.
If anyone has any suggestions for exercises that will help strengthen my back (not sit-ups ), feel free...
Oh. By the way - I lost 4 lbs this week.