The key was self-control. I had utter self control over everything I ate, drank and avoided. This is where the hard part is. Making decisions for yourself and not becoming influenced by outside factors. (Friends, co-workers, outings, family, etc.) Sad factor: I could have done this exact routine without having the surgery. Horrible factor: I've dropped those good habits and sunk back into the old ways and gained weight again. I lost the self control to keep those same routines.
Just stick with this system and you will be losing weight. I am on my way back to the system because I want to be back where I was before.
Step 1: Food Attitude
Never reward yourself with food. Reward yourself with an object, a new piece of clothing, an outing. If you default to food, you're just getting involved with eating as a positive event. Food is only meant to nourish you. If you think of food as a necessity instead of an adventure, you're already breaking down your addiction to eating.
This is for me, but maybe if you'd like to be as hardcore as myself - you can go by this rule also : Be okay with eating the same thing all the time. (The way I justify this is by thinking of cavemen, they only had the same animals to eat, but maybe they thought of eating them in different ways. But they still lived on!)