I don't have much wisdom to share, I don't think. I honestly feel like Cinderella at the Ball. Some small things are:
You won't wake up after surgery, skinny.
As much as you can imagine the discomfort after surgery will be, it will be 10 times worse than that.
I didn't feel hungry for months afterward. Most of the time I felt like I was forcing myself to eat/drink.
You can eat things that are bad for you eventually, you have to use your brain to keep you from eating it.
Your hair will grow back!
I've got more energy than I've had in YEARS!
People tell you your loosing too much weight, even though you still aren't at your ideal weight yet. It's aggrivating!
You can still enjoy food, you just have to eat slower and savor.
Sex is better....Life is better.
Your skin will sag, but it's better than not being able to get down on the floor and play with your kids.
Like Pookie said, it's not an easy fix. It's hard learning how to eat again. It's hard not being able to eat things that you use to eat, and sometimes it's hard not being able to eat as much as you use to.
Eating out at resturantes is difficult, and akward. You waitress is always asking if there is something wrong with your meal.
There is nothing wrong with asking for an extra plate, and eating a little of someone else's meal. Your waitress won't look at you like you an alien.
Some people will resent you for you accomplishment. And, most people won't understand how hard it is for you. People will ask, how you lost the weight, and then go "Oh", like they think you cheated or something, when you tell them.
I can't think of anything else.
Here's some before and after pics.
After (me and my little snow white)