I did reach my goal weight it took about 2 yrs and I maintained for 5 yrs. My band malfunctioned last April and I regained some weight not having any restriction. I just had a revision last week to gastric bypass and so far so good. I have my follow up appointment on Friday so I'm excited to see how I do. You'll both do great but remember try not to compare yourselves and your weight loss because you are both unique and will have unique journeys!