Just saw your blog. I'm nowhere near you geographically, but I'm in the same weight range and battling some of the same issues. I'd be happy to email or text with you for moral support. And in answer to one of your questions on your SparkPage-YES, housework does burn calories and is a workout! I can't remember where I saw the link for looking up calories burned for everyday activities, but even folding laundry was there. I even count my knitting and crocheting, because like SP emphasizes, a calorie burned-is a calorie burned!