Ok, the final result is in. I weighed this morning and finally the scale did move a little bit!! The total result for January for me is 4 pounds. Which is one pound less than my goal. But overall I am happy with that and I know from the past that about a pound per week is my usual average. If I can maintain that speed up until my trip, it will put me firmly in the "normal" BMI range by then as well as past one huge milestone which I haven't been able to cross since the last millenium! So I will focus on that - but still aim to be even a little bit better! So with that, I decided to set my goal again at 5 pounds. Maybe February will be a better month and if not, I will just be happy with every single pound I lose! I tried the plank again. Managed to hold it for one minute - but with a lot of difficulty and having to readjust my back again and again. Just as Pam said I tended to go up with my butt. Rose, thanks for the warning about doing it right. Getting your back straight for this is truly the big challenge as I see how you need to use all your core muscles for that.