Urbanmule. I'm with you. I'm doing 1600-1800 calories as for years I did 1200 and got nowhere. I upped it to 1800 starting January and the first week lost 6 pounds. I felt like crap before but now I feel like I can do this with the higher cals. Good luck.
As for exercise I did or tried to do sprints on the treadmill. Sucking wind for sure but burned 400 calories. Did some free weight as it chest and shoulder day to day. I feel virtuous.
Highest weight October 1st, 2011 247.6
Starting weight January 3rd, 2012 227.8
January pounds lost 7.8 = 220
February pounds lost 4.4 = 215.6
March pounds lost 2.6 = 213 (do better in April)
Goal weight 160.4