Hello, My name is Lee I live in the UK and I am 23 years old. I have always been overweight all of my life apart from 1-2 years when I was 15-16 years old, everybody in my family is overweight and always have been since I could remember. When I was 18 I went through a stage of depression, and had a very bad series of events in my life. In this time I managed to totally balloon. I am now 23 years old at 26 Stone. I spent a lot of my time having sick days off work and trying to shut the outside world out, playing online games instead of pulling myself together. In the past year or so I have sorted out the problems in my life. I have a loving girlfriend that is totally out of my league but loves me for me no matter my size. I have a well paying job and feel that now it is time to tackle my weight. I have been very lucky, as of now I have had no medical issues due to my weight. I have tried to diet before, the only problem is I am very picky with food. I never really try anything other than my usual stuff, which is obviously no good, due to the fact I'm in my current state. As for exercise obviously I am very restricted, I try to go for walks but my back hurts way too much and I get out of breath very easy. Not to mention I find it very embarrassing walking out in the street gasping for air. I have realized that I am still very young and it's not late to sort myself out and put the past behind me. I am coming to terms with how big I have got and how rapidly it has got out of hand. I have a lot of support everywhere, and people want to see me lose the weight, but I don't feel strong enough to do it. (I know this sounds stupid) I never thought I would come to a online forum to express my feelings and thoughts to complete strangers, but this seems like a good idea as of now. I don't know how active this forum is but I really hope to make some friends and people to talk to as I really am not able to express myself to my family. I tried to make this as short as possible for people, I'll be hanging around the forums. Thank you.