For me at least ... and I'm learning that nothing I feel is new or unique when it comes to my body ... pride has a huge influence. "I caused the probelm, but I have overcome!"
Although I would like to take credit for overcoming ... it is a comfort to know that perhaps it wasn't all my fault. If I have to battle to stay slim, at least I know I'm not just battling a willpowerless me.
Is there a difference in how this factor is viewed by those how have lost weight as opposed to those who are actively losing?
Eat good food. Move yourself. Lift something.