I had no idea what this journey would be like, but so far, almost 4 years later, it has been incredible! I am down to my goal weight of 125 lbs. for over 3 years now and have a daily routine of walking 4-6 miles, eating lots of protein and trying to stay away from the carbs, going to gastric support groups, going to Weigh****chers to learn a new lifestyle, etc., and it all seems to be working so far. I still hold my breath each time I get on the scale and there are a lot of old habits that still need breaking, but I feel great, haven't had any problems, other than my appetite seems to have come back over the past year. I don't know what keeps me going, other than the fact that NOTHING TASTES AS GOOD AS THIN FEELS! As far as relationships and emotions are concerned, I have lost a few friends over the past few years as a direct result of my new lifestyle. I still have the same husband of 31 years. He has been extremely supportive and makes sure I have a fresh bottle of Crystal Light every morning instead of a cup of coffee. I am now addicted to walking instead of food and that makes me feel great. I look and feel like a totally different person and that's a little weird, but I welcome this and I know I'll get used to it eventually. When I was told about gastric bypass 4 years ago, I didn't stop to think about the potential consequences regarding family and relationships, etc. I was so miserable and depressed that I just wanted to change for the better. I take each step as it comes, but I'm learning to be prepared for anything! I have a great attitude about life now and have tons of energy. Best wishes to everyone and keep posting! It's so important to read what others, who have been out a while, have to say.