I know what you mean about the bulge! I hate it. That's the first place I gain and lose weight, it's annoying.
Another small victory of mine: I fit into a pair of pinstripe slacks I bought when I was 18 and haven't been able to fit into for 4 years.
Starting weight 1/1/11: 130ish
Current weight 5/16/11: 124
Goal weight by 4/30/11: 115 not met
No rush! Have to make time to enjoy the little things