My first week's efforts have paid off, and I'm on my way, with 4 lbs banished!
I dropped 1/4" off my waist too.
It is wonderful to see the numbers heading in the right direction for a change. I'm trying to pay closer attention to how I feel, and look for the more subtle signs that things are improving, but it is certainly a good morale boost to see the scale going in the opposite direction. It isn't used to counting backwards!!
Perhaps, next week, I can leave the 3's behind.
So, I am four pounds closer to reaching my first mini-goal, with 26 more pounds to go!