Thanks for the encouraging replies. I haven't been on the forum much at all lately for the reasons I stated in my OP, but was happy to log on and report thhis morning that I have now lost forty pounds. It has not been difficult, in actual fact it has been enjoyable. I have rediscovered my favourite foods, and I actually understand now why I let myself get so heavy in the first place.
It is wonderful to go shopping for clothes in normal sizes. I threw all of my fat clothes away, I am never, ever going to do that to myself again.
I eat when I am hungry but I make sensible choices, and my 1000 cals goes a long way when it comes to lean meat, fish, fruit and veg. I avoid white foods, and the only bread I eat is WW malted, it is yummy.
I feel like a new woman. Sexy, confident and happy.
I am posting this because I remember coming here back in January and reading other people's successes, it really helped me and I hope that I can help others too. Keep up the good work guys, do what is right for you. Listen to your body and do whatever works for you. I have at least another 30lbs to lose, but now I know it will happen, I know that I CAN do it.