"Since my surgery I have successfully maintained a 160 pound weight loss and am living an active and fulfilling lifestyle. Weight-loss surgery is not the "easy way out" of a life with morbid obesity. My new lifestyle requires hard work, commitment, personal accountability, planning, and motivation, but the sweet reward is worth every minute of the effort! After losing more than half of my body weight, people tell me I am twice the woman in half the body. Personally I believe I have become the woman I always was. With each passing day it becomes harder to remember that person in the "before" pictures, but rather than forgetting, I choose to believe I am finally living her dream!"