Just a quick introduction. My name is Lynette. I have been struggling with my weight my whole life, been on diet after diet etc, you know the usual story of obese people. But then just over two years ago I decided that enough was enough. With a BMI of 54, pre diabetic, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis and 3 protuding discs in my spine, I knew I had to do something. So took the plunge and had weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). AND NO IT WAS NOT LAP BAND. My mum had already undergone lap band some four years previously with limited success and so I started to investigate other options. So after much research I decided to have a Sleeve Gastrectomy otherwise known as a Gastric Sleeve. This is a permanent surgical procedure where approximately 80% of your stomach is removed permanently. Now while this may sound drastric and no it is not reversable (but then why would you want it reversed cause you would only put the weight back on again), my thoughts at the time was that I did not want to struggle or be set up for failure like my mother had (always throwing up, bringing back up food that won't fit through the band), I also did not like the idea of something inside my body that needed to be adjusted etc, nor did I want one or more of the many complications that can arise with the band. And I wanted a normal life where I could eat normal foods. Often with a lap band you cannot eat the foods that are good for you because they get stuck and come back up again, ie protein, bread, pasta, rice, meat, salad, so you are limited in the amount of GOOD nutrition you can get in. ANYWAY. within the first 12 months I had lost 53kgs and my BMI is now 34. Now while I still need to get another 10-15 off at least, I am VERY HAPPY with my decision. I have gone from a size 26 to a 14-16 and some size 12s. My diabetes is gone, by bp is normal, my cholesterol is normal. I AM NORMAL. I can eat anything, but in smaller portions. My capacity for food is approximately 250mls or 1 cup in 1 session. I go out to dinner, I can still drink alcohol (not that I do that much anyway), I can eat meat, vegies, salad, bread and pasta (although choose not to eat much of that anyway). I lost approximately 70% of my excess weight within 12 months. I FEEL GREAT. I LOVE MY SLEEVE. BEST DECISION I EVER MADE.