I talked to the people in Waco about doing mail order--I'm about 100 miles south of there. They were very friendly and very helpful, but I ended up signing with the center in Abilene. However, mail order is definitely the route to go. They told me I had a full year to reach my goal because "mail order clients don't get as much support." I've found plenty of support on this board, though, and I try to buy enough drinks when I'm in town to cut-down on any mail order expenses. I also think I'm not as stressed out about weigh-ins as some of the others on this board, since I am guaranteed to lose weight every time I go in (usually once a month or so) as long as I've made a good faith effort at following the plan. The good thing about mail order is that you can go as often as you want, but you don't have to go in at all if it isn't convenient. Hope that helps!