Hi Lisa. Welcome to the forums. I haven't had surgery, but have considered it in the past. I know a few people who have had it.
I'm glad to see you are taking control of this problem before it gets worse (as you can see, I've "been there, done that" and let things get way out of hand).
I truly think that for some people the logging of food is a neccessary thing. I wish it wasn't, but it is what it is.
Hope you stick around--let us know if you have any questions and how your progress is going.
47 M 5'8"
May 4, 2010...... 440? lbs. (Start FitDay Size 60 Jeans)
June 19, 2010.... 393 lbs. (First Weigh-in)
June 19, 2011.... 229 lbs. (164 lbs. gone in one year :-)
Current Weight... 185 lbs. (Size 36 Jeans)
Next Goal 169 lbs. (07/04/12)
Ultimate Goal 165 lbs. (12/31/12)
The best exercises for weight loss are Fork Putdowns and Table Pushaways.