So many people that have known me for most of my life who see me now, have said to me, "What happened to youuu?!!" When I tell them that I lost more than 120lbs. they say, "Girl, that's wonderful! How'd you do it?" When I say, "I tried every weight loss program out there and decided to have weight loss surgery..." They back up, "Wwwwhat? Really? You took the easy way out!" Surgery is never the easy way out. After the surgery you have a lifetime of work to keep you at the weight that you desire. If you decide to take on a commercial diet program, you still have a plan that you have to work to follow. So to say that the surgery is the easier road, is absolutely ridiculous! The only difference in my opinion is that you were desperate and serious enough to allow doctors to go into your body and alter your stomach so that you are forced to begin the change that you desire. If you don't comply, it's painful both physical as well as mental. The purpose for this book is to encourage and inspire you to rediscover who you are. I don't want you to look at the big picture and get overwhelmed. Just look at the little picture and work on that a step at a time. While there are many experiences, I want you to get my step by step experiences and hopefully something in my story will help you to conquer your weight concerns once and for all. Maybe you have already had weight loss surgery and it was successful. But maybe you've had it and you've gained your weight back. Perhaps you are not going that route at all and have decided to try one of the many commercial diet programs out there, or still maybe you have tried them all like me and nothing has worked and you are at a loss. Maybe you are considering weight loss surgery but the thought frightens you. Whatever the case, my endeavors are not to persuade you either way on the surgery but to give you insight on my journey through commercial diets and then through surgery. I want to give you a little information on both and you make the decision on your own.