I'm pretty sure my story is nothing special. And that's not because I don't think I'm special...like my husband tells the kids, 'honey, you're special, just like everyone else'. And then we laugh. But as far as the whole weight loss thing goes, I'm just another person with a life-long battle of the bulge. Sometimes i would 'win' and lose weight but it always came back. And then some. But I finally figured out that it's not that I have no willpower or I don't care what I look like or about my health...it's that I'm hungry ALL OF THE TIME. I was talking to a dear friend (she's dear to me even though she can eat what she wants and never gain weight) and mentioned something about always being hungry. I thought everyone was that way - no lie. And she said no, she wasn't hungry all of the time and was pretty sure that wasn't the norm. So I started checking around and guess what? It's not. So armed with that info I started looking at options. Back about 10 years ago I was on Phen-Fen (sp?) and it worked great until I stopped taking it. But the way it worked so well for me is it took away my continual hunger so I was more objective about what to eat and would stop when I was full. What a concept. I ended up at lap band, but the more I looked at it the more questions and concerns I had. I didn't want another quick fix or something I was going to have to mess with continually. I really wanted a permanent solution. So I came across the VSG and thought it's too good to be true. I've been following the forum for a while and try as I might I can't find anything to make me say, "That isn't for me". I don't think it's going to be easy and I'm sure there will be times that I want to eat a bag of chips but now i won't physically be able to. It's a beautiful thing. I'm scheduled for Friday, February 16th. Wish me luck.