I think I took some backsteps and some forward.
For a while, I still believed JW doctrine (the broad stroke), just not the JWs. Then I gave up that to believe in Christianity - just the Bible. Then I gave up on the bible entirely and I feel much more free as an agnostic.
For a while, I think I headed in potentially harmful directions just to prove "I'm not that". The JWs had all these rules of conduct that you believed any misstep you did might reflect poorly on JWs. So I was eager to show I wasn't part of their rules of conduct. From partying to sex to wild stuff. I joined the SCA and fought in medieval battles because the JWs would hate that. I went to regional Burning Mans because of all the many, many things JWs wouldn't like. I went to nudist resorts because Adam and Eve thought being nude was sinful and I was proving that wrong. But now I think I've settled down and the things I do are the things I do because I like them, not to prove who I'm not.
Socially, I don't look down on any of the groups JWs used to like gays or people of other religions.
Some things I got rid of while still in. Like fear of Armageddon. Anybody live through 9/11? You remember how in the days that followed, you expected more attacks? Then they didn't happen. And then for a while, every 9/11? But now it's just a remembrance every 9/11? As a child as early as 4, I was petrified. Every time I did something wrong, like have a fight with my younger brother, I thought I wouldn't go to the new world. And was scared to death I couldn't repent and change my ways in time because it was right around the corner. But as the years went by, like 9/11, I feared something happening less and less. Hard to remember now, but I think I progressed to where I didn't even think it would happen - even before I read Franz's book and gave up on them.