My other addictions flared up like a forest fire
Turns out addiction is migratory, like birds and crabs. Food was my first addiction, but when I stopped compulsively overeating, my instinct was to act out more with booze, drugs, and sex. I understand now that my obesity was a symptom of a deeper problem, and not the problem itself. Dealing with my addictive bent has helped me maintain my extreme weight loss.
The real work began AFTER I lost the weight
The credits didn't roll the day I buttoned a pair of size 6 jeans. I still had a bunch of unresolved problems and a real life to live. Coping with my thoughts and emotions in a healthy way was -- and still is -- hard work, but like anything else, it's gotten easier with practice.
The odds are pretty good that I'll gain it all back
I'm one of the few people who lose a ton of weight and keep it off for a decade or more. The vast majority of people who lose a bunch of weight gain it all back and then some. If I get complacent, if I think I’m "cured," or if I fall into the trap of trying to act and eat "like a normal person," I’ll be back to 307lb in no time.