Jill, Nice that your weight was down.... Weight just fluctuates. It is silly for the counselor to suggest it was a beginning of the program kind of thing! I just does, always. So many factors to make up what you weigh at any one moment in time, what you've eaten, the clothes you are wearing, how much sodium you've had, and how much water you drank in the last day (and often drinking more water results in a lower weight due to it flushing out the sodium which is one of the main reasons that they are always telling you to drink the water, since if we stop and the scale goes up 3 pounds, we freak out).
Anyway, just stick with the program and you will most likely see the scale keep dropping.
Welcome! Not all the counselors at the COD have ever really successfully lost a great deal of weight. I know that the one or two at my COD who had actually lost a great deal of weight and kept it off were such better at giving good advice than those who were just there to sell the product. Everyone is different. I know some people on this site have to be very strict with the calories to lose weight, but I found that all weight loss stopped for me if I drop too low in calories, so their advice does not always work for me... In the end, we all have to find our own way to make eating healthier a part of our day to day life.
ON LAWL since 9/5/2006