My last diet thread went off track, so I figured I'd start fresh for an update, since I promised to post an update from time to time. My weight loss was stagnant for a while. They say it's normal to have periods like that. You just have to stay on the program (which I did) and not give up (which I didn't, though it meant there was no news to post) but I seem to be moving in the right direction again. With the coming of nice weather I'm able to get out for long walks, and that adds to the total calories burned, in addition to my regular exercise. A few days ago my weight was down to 137, then it went up to 138, and this morning it was 137.5. Those day-to-day fluctuations are absolutely normal for me. I can be up or down as much as two pounds from one day to the next. At 137.5 I am just 2.5 pounds over my goal. When I reach that, I need to maintain it for 6 weeks to make Weight Watcher's lifetime membership, after which membership is free as long as I stay within two pounds of my goal. I'm hoping to make lifetime membership before I leave for my summer hiking, which means I'll have to hit my goal by June 3 at the latest. I think I have a real shot at doing that. I'm confident I'll reach my goal before I leave, but if it's after June 3 then I won't get lifetime until I weigh in on my return. I've lost weight in the past, but when I reach my goal I tend to let go and start gaining again. WW incorporates the six weeks of maintenance as a requirement for lifetime, so it's a strong incentive to stay on the program until the body has had a chance to settle in at the new weight. And I don't gain on my hiking trips, so I'll actually have 3 months maintaining my weight before I have to deal with the temptation to overeat again. I'm determined to keep my weight off this time. It will probably mean going to WW for the rest of my life. Which is okay, and as long as I keep the weight off, it's free.