It won't be long, Trust me! I am same height as you and started at 24st 9lb on 31st December and I have now lost 7st 8lb! And I came off plan just over 4 weeks ago for surgery so reckon I would be over 8st gone if I hadn't had a forced break!
I would, but having had surgery twice in the last month I have been put off a bit! Takes me a while to get over an operation, and skin removal is a huge operation! Not sure I would cope very well, as much as I would like it done