Look, this is what my experience was (is), I didn't cheat and my weight losses were not what I expected, but then out of the blue a good loss. I made it through with the help of this forum (Wuv, Jennydoodle, 2ride, gettingmygroove back, itsaboutime, and others) The bottom line is, YOU know you didn't cheat and it will work in the long run. You coach is a bit all over the map, but just brainstorming out loud, I think. I switched to alternatives because of the cost and slow losses. I am doing fine with them. I am doing phase III for 2 weeks and then maintenance over the holidays. I will return to Phase I, using alternative at the begging of the year. I am a slow loser and I have accepted it. Cheers!