Since January 1 I have been on a lifestyle reboot (or whatever you may choose to call it. I am in my 60's, 6 feet tall and was 277 pounds. As of today I am 255, although my scale seems to go all over the place on any given day. It may show 255 or 258 or 252. I can see a difference in the mirror and have, for now, stopped using the scale so much. I use clothes as a guide, but still am drawn to the scale even though I know it is probably inaccurate. Maybe it is too much of a habit to lose. I created spreadsheets and take my blood pressure (3 times daily), measure and list everything I eat or drink, and record my exercise. I started walking and now slow jog 5-6 miles daily- routes with many hills. I also use a rowing machine and do free weights three times a week. I wish I could do abdominal exercises but not yet. Until age 52 I was fit: weighed 172 for years, ran 8 miles daily and worked out regularly. I gained weight and did not seem to care. Blood pressure now is great - usually around 111-121/ 63-75. Clothes are starting to fit, even the ones that used to mock me (but there are plenty that still mock me). My problem is that I feel as if I have hit a wall. I cannot use the scale for relief because it moves around so much, and I don't understand why I seem to be stuck. My diet is balanced, plenty of vegetables and protein but I also do not deny myself anything; I just have a tiny portion of whatever I crave. I found the site, and maybe this is a good fit to my routine. Maybe not. I am most afraid that feeling stymied will loss me my motivation. I hoped to weigh 228 by December 2018 (no idea why I chose 228 other than it seemed doable) but I am frightened of becoming depressed about losing steam. Feel free to comment, and in the spirit of good colloquy, I appreciate your reading and comments even if I may disagree or be doubtful.