You started a little under where I did. I started at 256.6 on Jan. 13 and I am down to 207.4. 49.2 lbs. in exactly 5 months. I paid $600 for my plan, but to me, it was worth every penny. I was at a point that nothing was working. I like going into the center because I have to be accountable to somebody else besides myself and that keeps me on track a little better. I have the mentality part down now and could probably go it on my own, but find that I tend to sneak other foods in if I know I am not going to the center for a few days. The counselors at my center are great and very helpful and supportive, which unfortunately is not always the case. Like Heather said, you would be on the border of red plus/red without the lites right now at 229. I would do what Kristi said and at least make an appointment with your nearest center, you will get an idea pretty quick on how they are going to treat you and you can always say no if you are uncomfortable with it. The plan definitely works, but in any case losing weight is 90% mental. Good luck with whatever you choose.