I agree. I think the hardest part of all is simply staying dedicated/motivated. Friends come and go, and if they can't respect what you are trying to do and encourage it, then you don't need them anyways. You have to love yourself more than the outside world, and then you'll have a somewhat newfound glow which will command people to gain interest.
Just because I can't see my feet does NOT mean I'm fat.
<- what works for me!