I want desperately to lose weight . I have been steadily gaining weight for 20 years now and if the trend continues, I am in very big trouble. I am only 5'1" and my current weight is 260lbs. I started out as a very fit, healthy, and pretty hot looking young woman and through bouts of depression and some pretty serious shame over life choices, I grew into a very sedintary and unhealthy, "feeling really old" woman. I am ready for a life change. The reason for me sharing my story here is because I need to reach out to people who understand what I am going through and will just encourage me through the process of trying to lose 160lbs. That is a lot of weight to lose and as much as my family loves me and wants to see me succeed they simply have no true idea of what it means to NEED to lose that much weight, much less how to even accomplish such a daunting task. I just want to be me again and I hope that I can make friends here that will allow me to encourage them while they encourage me. I have no delusions about the enormity of my goal and I know that I cannot do it alone. Let's lose weight and gain joy together.