Year to date I have lost 16 lb. Yay me! To avoid plateau, I have a method. I did this once before, and it worked really well: Put $10 into savings for every pound lost. I had a decent conversation with a person about food this weekend and have been able to bounce a lot of possible ideas off of them. If I can maintain a steady decline (read: 1lb/week - success!!) through help/pestering/support, then we both will win. Come December 1, I will look superhot and they will get a tidy sum.