Amy, glad to hear things are going well. You must be elated every day at the things that are easier to do, now that you have lost some weight.
It sounds like you have the right attitude. It took a lot of guts to go on television- you had to know that people would say all kinds of things. And it is even easier for people to make judgemental comments on the internet where they can hide behind their anonymity. But it really doesn't matter what others think, but how you think of yourself. The fact that you are addressing your problem and making progress has got to feel great!!!
By the way, I am from Georgia too.