So I know what you're thinking...."Crap, not another Jennifer!?!". Not much I can do about that, but please don't hold it against me. In all honesty, I have been stalking many of your blogs for the past couple of months, but don't be scared; I'm really quite harmless . So, I was banded on 02.10.10, after a lifetime of weight struggles. I truly can not remember being thin or even average--ever. My earliest vivid memory of self awareness about my weight was at age 6. I was standing in my garage wearing a green swim suit with frogs on it, and my mom and her neighbor friend, Doy, were there, and Doy told me that I should really try to lose my extra weight then, as it gets so much harder when we become adults. OK, maybe there was some wisdom to that comment in reality, but, really? To a six year old? I remember that Doy always wanted to blow raspberries on my belly because she said my skin was so soft. In retrospect, Doy was a little bit creepy. Anyhoo, I always figured that I'd be able to lose my extra weight someday, but someday never came. And I found myself at my highest weight at the end of 2009--335 lbs. My awesome husband works in business development for a medical practice management software company (billing, scheduling, electronic medical records) and they are pretty saturated in the bariatric surgery market. So, he took me to a seminar with a top-notch doc last July, and I hemmed & hawed for the next several months, until I finally made the decision and scheduled a date. Since the beginning of my journey, I have had 3 fills and have lost 55 lbs (42 since surgery). I have not yet found my green zone/sweet spot, but I know I am close!