Re: Calorie Intake
I cannot help with number of calories for you, however, remember, our bodies do not work the same. Some people have great metabolisms and others have slow metabolisms.
Reducing or omitting starches and sweets will go a long ways in losing weight. Avoid fast foods, soft drinks, and alcohol. Eating lean meat and non-starch vegetables in normal servings will help to lose weight. Let water be your beverage. Avoid snacking, those nibbles add up to a lot of calories.
Do at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise every day and do not let the computer and TV keep you sitting all the time. I know at work some people must sit at a computer, however, at home move about and do not sit around.
A great way to lose weight is to keep "an invisible zipper in closed position over mouth" when in presence of food other than meal time of normal servings.
Good luck! Know you will succeed.