Wow, fantastic work IndyGirl!
Everything you've said is spot on! Learning to be healthy on our own terms with gentle guidance is second to none. The best part is, you really do end up educating yourself along the way. I've made so many changes on my own and feel empowered by the knowledge I've gained.
Again, well done on your accomplishment! You're an inspiration to us all and a testament to the fact that what most of us here religiously using Spark People most often lack is simply patience.