Hey there Meridian
You are correct it is tough, this is why I often laugh when I hear someone refer to this as the "easy way out". They simply have no idea, it is one heck of a journey, but what a life changing event it is. I really don't think I would change my decision in the slightest. I had the RNY in September 2010 and haven't stopped. I reached my goal rather quick and this scares me, but I am now about 10 lbs below goal and ran my first 1/2 maraton on May 1, 2011.
I hope everything is working out for you, keep your head up and focused!!