I would be ecstatic if I lost 9 pounds in 6 weeks! Remember, that as you lose weight, you burn fewer calories. As you burn fewer calories it is harder to lose.
I don't like saying any food is "free" because it, indeed, is not free of calories. It is just that it is zero point. I personally prefer Points Plus to the old way...but I don't actually think that fruit should be zero point since it varies so much in calorie count and some fruits really can be high calorie.
Remember, to follow the GHG as to how much fruit to eat. I'm not a huge fruit eater (and only like berries) so I am not tempted to overeat on fruit. My husband (who is lifetime at goal) does love fruit so he should counts it if he eats more than 3 fruits in a day.
Also, if you feel that 49 weekly points is too much, you can go into etools and manually set it to give you fewer weekly points. (And, yes, my recollection was that old POints plan was 35 weekly points).
Remember, however, that if you want to use the old plan you have to count the points using the old way. Old points tended to be about 50 calories per point. New points are closer to about 38 calories per point. So, you can use today's points to follow the old program.