Keep me posted. I am also 53. I am so sick and tired of being fat that I could scream and I do scream sometimes.
I have thought about the surgery, as well. It would be interesting to see if you could follow the post-op diet for a while before you have that surgery. I was talking to a friend yesterday who said she can never have carbonated berverages again in her life. No beer, no soda - ever. I could live without the beer. Not sure about the soda.