Matt, I'm sure you'll do fine, even while traveling. If I'm going to a restaurant I try to figure out what I'm going to eat before hand (if they have a web site). If not, and the portion looks big I'll ask for a take home container right off the bat and put half of it away--if it's not on the plate, it's easier to not eat.
Jen, 2500 cals seems really high for a female to lose weight on. One pound a weeks seems kinda low--do you think that's fast enough to keep you motivated? I know "they" say one or two pounds a week is recommended. I guess that would be a good topic for you to discuss with your doctor.
47 M 5'8"
May 4, 2010...... 440? lbs. (Start FitDay Size 60 Jeans)
June 19, 2010.... 393 lbs. (First Weigh-in)
June 19, 2011.... 229 lbs. (164 lbs. gone in one year :-)
Current Weight... 185 lbs. (Size 36 Jeans)
Next Goal 169 lbs. (07/04/12)
Ultimate Goal 165 lbs. (12/31/12)
The best exercises for weight loss are Fork Putdowns and Table Pushaways.