Hi Robin, First off welcome and good luck on your journey. here are some thoughts after reading your introduction.
First Weight loss is different for everyone. Some people need longer to heal than others and some will actually gain weight before losing but it wont be fat it will be muslce and bone mass so don't freak out if the pounds dont just slide off like they do for some people.
Second thing is Fat doesn't cause heart disease carbohydrates do and fructose really does. Read and study and read and study until you believe this because it is a hard pill to swallow and is so different from conventional wisdom. here is an article to get you started Health Correlator: Triglycerides, VLDL, and industrial carbohydrate-rich foods This is important stuff. Just about everything out there on heart disease is messed up and feed through the eyes of big pharma which is out to get rich not get you healthy. If your husband is on a statin most people around here will tell him to ditch it. If he doesnt ditch it he needs to supplement with CoQ10. There are a myriad of other recomendations out there such as K2 that would probably be good also but do the research and prove it to yourself, dont just take my word for it.
Good luck and make the changes you will be glad you did and it will definetly change your life if not save it!