Hi F8thful1, You sound a lot like me. I lost 40 lbs for a hip replacement, but the incision got infected twice, & took over 6 mos to heal completely. I gained about 12 lbs back, but am getting back to serious business with weight loss. I want to lose at least 65 lbs by this time next year. I figure, I didn't gain all this weight (265 lbs right now) quickly, so I need to lose it SLOWLY. I'm not on a specific diet, but my Hubby is diabetic, so we're both watching carbs & fats & this works well for us when we behave ourselves. I just found this website about 3 weeks ago, & I think it will really help me a lot. I also live in Oregon, not far from Grants Pass. Good luck & blessings on your weight loss journey.