Do Not forget about the weight you carry and carried, use it to guide others. Only you can share your stories. There are a lot of buddies who may get much needed incouragement, if you did it, they can too. Start a facebook jounal, put your before pictures in and take pictures of your self every four weeks. Share how you are making it. I would say 'ONE DAY AT A TIME' or some times it is closier to say 'ONE BITE AT A TIME.'
I was so proud of you Bud, that I had to share it with ItisAJeepThing, I hope you do not mind. If you would have put your story in the member messages, I would have asked you before sharing. Man you are Super to be doing this. Is there an age limit for this surgery? I read that you lost 50 pounds by yourself. Is it because you have many pounds to lose is that why the surgery is needed? God Bless and walk by yourside to catch you if you trip.