This thread will be pretty random. Mostly I just wanted to have a repository for the questions I had and possibly to record my journey (I'm a terrible diarist/blogger so I don't hold out much hope on that front). Since I joined the board I have gotten my BMI below 50, had my 47th Birthday, and have begun the process with Mexicali Bariatric Center. I had to do a hardship withdrawal from my 401k to make this happen which I'm not thrilled with but I decided I really can't wait forever to get this done. Getting the surgery has always been kind of a distant ambition for me. Now it is suddenly becoming very real. So I'm freaking out a bit as I think about all the changes that are coming very soon. I love research. So I have been having a right good time reading about different surgeries and common channel lengths and whatnot. But I really haven't gotten around to thinking very hard about what I'm going to be doing as I learn the ropes with my new tool. So lots of cramming to do. I've made a lot of changes in the last year. For years I knocked back 4-6 bottles (or more) of soda a day. At this point I'm down to 1-2 a week. I've cut my food intake at work considerably. But a lot harder stuff is coming. I'm working toward weaning off of caffeine because that needs done a couple weeks before the date, then there's the liquid diet for the home stretch. Then when I walk in the door after flying home the real fun begins and I feel pretty darn unprepared.