Thanks for your kind words Michelle! My legs have definitely improved a lot from running. They were definitely more flab and less muscle before I started running, and now I hardly recognize them, I've never had muscles like this in my legs before.
I am running some significant miles, averaging 35 miles a week these days to get these muscles - but I love doing it. It's not just about weight loss - I have discovered that I enjoy running as an end to itself. I'm an outdoor runner almost exclusively, I prefer getting out into the fresh air and only use the treadmill if it gets really cold outside (like below 20 degrees), but the treadmill is a perfectly valid option too...whatever works for you.
Next mini-goal - turning my driver's license weight into the truth!
WOW.. What you did is truely amazing... really!! You are such an inspiration! I'm proud of you, amazed, and jealous all at the same time! LOL! I'm thinking that I can do it too! Thank you! See ya'll this is what persistance, dedication, and believing in yourself looks like!