Seven months to the day, I lost 100 lbs. AW YISS.
When I first started my journey, I was considering WLS for the second time (my mother got it years ago, then a friend of hers had it recently as did a friend of mine). This time I was for serious, doing a lot more research. I went in for an evaluation on March 5th, and while the surgeon had good feelings about me, I still had to lose 30-40 lbs first so the surgery would be safer. So I got busy on March 6th.
I ended up kind of liking doing it on my own. I didn't go back to the hospital, even after I had procedures done for them already, such as a sleep study a barium swallow (YUCK!!).
There were some ups and downs, especially for the last five pounds or so. Not only was I sort of freaking out about my calorie and protein intake and my lean muscle mass, but since my mother is recovering from a kidney transplant (I believe I've mentioned this in some other thread), there were things like chips and candy around that I just couldn't keep away from. But my seven month anniversary was coming up, so I made myself buckle down for the last week and found a balance of calories, exercise, and rest this past week that paid off. That and I "discovered" almonds as a snack. Those things are the bloody best and I will tell that to anybody.
I still have a long way to go, but it's been an amazing ride so far.
(This is not to disparage anyone that uses WLS to help them. You have to be beyond brave so put yourself on the surgeon's table and deal with any of the consequences thereafter. I just wasn't up for it, being turned off by many things that were niggling at me but I was willing to ignore it for a while. I'll support anyone that is determined to do it.)
EDIT: Aww, lookit! This is my 50th post, too. Arbitrary numbers everywhere!