Thanks, Joanne for a quick and helpful answer. I did check again without estimating activity levels. This seems to be what other answers have been based on. I didn’t realize that activity made such a difference. I am quite active, so if I can begin eating at a calorie level that is closer to normal, I may be able to lose weight slowly and realistically without being stuck in “diet” mode. I also appreciate the encouragement. I know I can beat this!!! Thanks again.
Thank you and you can do this. Just focus on short 1 month goals and try your best every day. No one expects you to be perfect.