You will likely experience plateaus or slowing of weight loss from time to time. I actually gain weight sometimes, but overall have lost about 155 lbs. Attend a couple of support groups a month. It helps immensely. Don't base your expectations about pain or recovery on what you read or hear. Fewer people take time comment about a good sugical experience than those who had a tougher time. In the hospital, time your requests for pain meds so that you get the meds shortly after you get back from walking. That way if the walking causes any discomfort, you'll be able to relax fairly soon. Walk as much as you reasonably can in the hospital. I did, and only spent one night there. One last thing, in the hospital and even once you get home, consider having only one person around to help. You don't need the hassle of a crowd. You're going to do GREAT!