Where do I begin? What should I mention first? I think I know…..Actually I do know. First and foremost I must thank God, for this complete transformation my life has taken these past five years. Let’s forget for a moment about the physical changes I acquired, rather its the mental transformation I’m grateful for. I’ve completely transformed myself mentally from the way I eat, to the way I exercise, from the way I set goals and discipline myself. That’s one noun that was missing from my life prior to my surgery – discipline. Its a word I live to every single day. Alright, let me get to the meat of this essay…..How the hell am I doing. Well, for one thing I don’t eat as if I had gastric bypass surgery. But don’t tell anyone. If exercise wasn’t part of my DAILY routine, chances are I’ll balloon back up to 420 pounds. OK, let me stop exaggerating, but what I’m trying to announce is that I tend to eat a lot. Of course, consuming too many calories will tend to weight gain. However, I don’t let those calories idle in my body for too long. I get my butt up and work it off in the gym. You have to! It’s part of my daily routine. The only reason why I got so damn big in the first place was for two reasons: lack of exercise and fueling my body with the wrong foods. Think about this: let’s say you just purchased a brand new Rolls Royce. (OK, for the stake of this essay, let’s just pretend you purchased it.) You spent over $500,000 on this vehicle. You’ve drove your girlfriend or boyfriend around New York City, showing it off to all your friends. Suddenly you realize you’re out of gas. So you pull up to an intersection: one side you see a national name brand gas company, and on the other side you see a WTF gas station. Now I understand the WTF gas station may be cheaper, but come on now you’re driving a Rolls Royce. This should be a no brainer. Ok, what I’m trying to get at here with this metaphor is the following: treat your body, yourself, as if you’re a $500,000 car. Fuel your body, fuel yourself with the good stuff. Mcdonalds, Burger King, the Waffle House, the $1.99 triple cheeseburger, all of that crap is considered the WTF gas. Conversely, self made meals are considered the national brand gasoline. The weight loss surgery is not a magic pill rather a tool. Knowledge and education on foods and what they do to you, not that’s a magic pill. It’s how I kept 200 pounds off for the past 4 plus years. I educated myself about food. Do yourself a favor and go to your local library or amazon.com and rent or purchase the book – Body for Life. That book will give you the information you need to transform your body. It provides the proper food you should be eating; it even lists how certain foods affect your body. It’s a must have for any individual looking to lose weight. Life has been so busy, and it never ends. There’s so much more I would love to type on here but I rather have you guys write to me and ask me ANY questions you have. Whether your thinking about having the surgery and need some feedback, or if you just had the surgery and wondering if you’re doing anything correctly, or even the people who are post op from surgery and are having concerns X years down the road of staying back on track. Anybody who needs me….I’m here for ya. With that being said, until next time.