Greetings, also from PNW.
I gave up dairy and never looked back. Once in awhile I have some cheese, but life is fine without it - and it doesn't have anything you can't get elsewhere!
I'm a young guy, but my weight loss was also slooow, about a pound a month on average! But it's permanent, and it's not coming back after over a year. That's the real goal. Sustainable health gain.