I am re-reading your story as I type this...did you say you lost 340 pounds?!! Without surgery or assistance from a doctor? That is truly amazing! I can not even imagine how hard you must have worked to change your lifestyle with your eating and exercise.
Do you have any tips on how you stayed so motivated? I understand why you started, how determined you sounded, but how did you stay that way for 5+ years? Was the key to have a friend go with you to the gym? How have you changed your eating, because for so many of us, our eating issues are related to "emotional eating".
Wow! Congrats again on losing 340 lbs...that is truly incredible, and I hope to read more about your journey. (You gave us a "teaser" of your journey going a different direction than you thought it would, both physically and emotionally...are you going to write about that next?)