Thanks everyone! There is no secret to long term success other than doing the basics they tell you to do in the beginning. Protein, water, exercise, weight training, being apart of some type of community (other than online), vitamins, etc....
I've gone through a lot of the common post-surgery topics listed in these forms. Divorce, transfer addiction, weight gain, complications, etc....the only way to get back on track is to get back to the basics.
I'm concerned about the lack of emphasis on the psychological affects of this surgery and in my experience the joke of the pre-surgery counseling session in which he asked me do I abuse drugs/alcohol, which I didn't, and then we sat awkwardly for about 10 minutes in silence and then talked about my fear of snakes for 45 min to fulfill the hour requirement. Never once getting into the reason I used food to change how I felt. I know this surgery is to address the physical and medical dangers of our obesity, which it can do in a relatively short amount of time, but when the medical community ignores the fact we are mind, body, spirit, and only addresses the body it's not fair to evaluate the success or failure of the surgery based on one dynamic of a person. None of us set out to eat ourselves sick, be morbidly obese, not be able to see our dick, knees, or feet, etc...something went terribly wrong along the way and unless that is addressed history is being set up to repeat itself. Then if a person gains weight post-op, the medical community's scapegoat is, "Well I guess they didn't want it bad enough."
Yes, I still dump on sugar. Which is a gift, because I loved that red glowing gorgeous Hot and Now sign down at the KK. If I can be of help to anyone, feel free to reach out to me. You are all superstars in my book and I like hanging out with the winners.