Thank you for sharing your story on how you found your spark. I must admit that I have read it more than 5 times, each time I do so, I get reinvigorated when I am in a slump. It has inspired me more times than I can recall.
I am now 15lbs from my ideal weight, and the journey can be lonely, but as you mentioned, you had to make sure you were doing it for you, for life, as a lifestyle. That too has been my focus, and I am glad it is working.
From the comments page I see that I am not the only one inspired by your story. I hope many others discover that it is not dieting that helps in the long run. Once again, my profound appreciation for your sharing.