Yep, it's work! But in my case, well worth it! It only took me four years of concentrated effort to achieve my goal! :) Keep at it and I know you can do what you aim to do.
Yes, I am doing the Fast-5 eating plan, and continue to give it at least six months to see how it works for me. I have always had trouble losing and keeping the last 20 pounds off. This concept is based on solid metabolic research (read the free book) and could be the key for me.
Are you doing daily swf? I think doing them daily may tend to make some people retain water and add to the weight leveling.