It's good to hear from you again. When it is a while between posts I start to get worried! Oh what little faith have I!
You have proved my fears wrong...good on you - may your tribe increase!
Plateau times can be frustrating but actually be very useful. A number of things can happen during them. Firstly, it gives you the confidence that the maintenance stage is manageable and achievable. Secondly, usually these are times for our body to play catch up to what you have been doing to it. You can translate that to: toning. You will find that muscle is being set in and better body definition is seen. That is why at this stage of the game people start to really notice the change. They should - even your face is changing shape!
Getting use to change will take time. Often you will spent a lot of time looking into the mirror not for vanity's sake but because you are getting use to the stranger in the mirror with your eyes! Even now I'll catch myself in a shop window reflection and say to myself, "oh yeah...that's me now". Yesterday I had a phone call from a tv reporter who did a story on me two years ago seeking to return some photos of mine he used (nothing like promptness!). In the conversion he again made the observation that my transformation was the most startling he had seen and that it was hard to believe I was the same person (and he had done quite a few stories of this type).
You have hit the nail on the head! It isn't a diet - it is about a healthy lifestyle. With this kind of thinking you will succeed.
Your changing look will help re-enforce to yourself and the world that your lifestyle has indeed changed - and the new you doesn't do the things that the old you did.
Now...keep going and finish the task!