Hey Old Sarge,
If you haven't found your way over there yet, the Clydesdale/Athena section here is a place you should go. Very supportive folks and almost everyone deals with weight issues.
(A "Clydesdale" is an "athlete" (in my case it is a HUGE stretch to call me an "athlete") who is over 6 feet tall and/or over 200 pounds.)
This now ends the thread hijack. Back to talk of what could/should be. . .