Wow! I'm impressed! Congrats!!
Your thread is really encouraging me as we're both around the same height and seem to have the same issues with fatty liver (well, not you anymore!) and gaining weight around the middle mostly; hating exercise; and fearing becoming our older relatives. In my case it's my older sister who just gets fatter and fatter every year and I am PETRIFIED I'm going to look just like her. I also relate to the incredible TOLL stress takes on our body. I had a naturopath tell me one time that my body was convinced I was trapped on a polar ice cap, starving, which is why I struggled to lose weight. I think I am flooded with Cortisol on a regular basis. I have a great deal of family stress. When I was single and in my 20s I just dropped weight when stressed; now i stand at the kitchen counter mindlessly eating chips and reading a magazine when I've had a bad day.
I never have acid reflux or heart burn etc if I just stay away from processed carbs. I just feel so much better in the mornings when I haven't had gluten the day before.
Anyway, wanted to say "hi" and that I found your post very inspiring!