Thanks to all for the congratulatory messages. It sure feels great.
I kept a daily weight journal, using one of the Tanita Body Fat Monitor Scale thingies - so I can see the plateau effect, sort of.
However, and I think this is why it was so easy for me, and so hard for many other people, I rarely exposed myself to food. I live alone, so I don't keep snacks or solid food around, so it takes effort to eat, so I often say, "Well, I'm not really hungry, I just feel like munching, I might as well just eat tomorrow." I imagine this is immensely hard to do when you have a hungry family about, or a hungry friend or lover - when my mom visited, we ate three square a day, no avoiding that with a concerned mother around, and I regained a little weight (although I moderated portions, so it wasn't that bad).
Bottom line, if you just avoid food, and only eat when you really feel that you're hungry, not just "peckish" or feel like munching (if you have the urge for taste, I suggest tea, coffee, gum, even some sugar water - in fact, sugar water combined with ELOO, at different times, seems to work best), then it's remarkably easy to lose.
On the other hand, if you eat just because it's a mealtime, or because other people around you are eating, plus add the calories from the ELOO or SW, you can fool yourself into believing you'll never lose. When I did, I regained weight. In fact, it was freakishly easy at times. For example, after I reached my goal, I decided to celebrate with what I didn't believe was too much - a McDonald's double cheeseburger meal, some popcorn and iced tea, some beer, and more popcorn (at a bar, of all places) - and at my next weigh-in, I had gone up 5 pounds!
A lot of that was water weight or just the bulk of the food itself, of course, but still, it freaked me out. However, it was easy to take off again, and more (I just weighed in at 174 pounds), by simply eating my one meal and one ELOO "snack" a day, and the rest of the time avoiding restaurants and hungry people. SLD makes it easy for you to not eat, but it doesn't stop you from eating once there's food in front of you, or nearby.
I do suggest vitamins, though, definitely when you're only eating one restaurant meal a day - I take Centrum - and I suggest keeping busy.
As I mentioned before, the diet really takes little time, and eating is so easy, particularly since much of the time your stomach does feel empty (but without hunger pangs), a signal to most of us that we need the balance (or ballast) or comfort or pleasure of food. During my 11 weeks, I took two vacations, one with my mom, quit my job, moved to the Philippines, started a new job, fixed up my new apartment, and adjusted to life in a new country. Stressful in one sense, but immensely distracting from food in another.
I suspect, but I have no hard proof, that hobbies, solitary sports (group sports, I think, usually encourage celebratory drinks and food afterward), video games, engrossing literature, would all substitute as "distractions from food."
On the other hand, I can't really complain, even with the plateaus and backtracking. My journey was short and sweet, but even if it had taken 2 or 3 times as long, it took 10 years to put it on, so 6 months or 1 year is not unreasonable to take it off. I expect the next 6 pounds to come off in a couple of months, but even if it takes longer, I know that, for the rest of my life, I can slowly reach and maintain virtually any weight I want, with little discipline or deprivation, just a little ELOO or SW a day.
Looked at that way, isn't SLD-enhanced life beautiful?