I apologize in advance if I've put this post in the wrong place but I wasn't sure which section to put it in. I hope someone out there will be able to help me and give me some advice. I have been following the slimming world plan on and off for about four years now and each time I haven't been very successful. This has nothing to do with the plan itself as I think it's a wonderful way to eat healthily for life, but more to do with my own personal battles with depression and comfort eating. I have now decided, despite still being plagued with depression, to which I am attending counselling, that I absolutely have to tackle my weight problem or else I'm going to end up with a serious health problem. I am currently about 8 stone overweight and have managed, somehow to put this amount of weight on over the past 5 years as a result of having two children and severe post natal depression after each of the births, which in turn caused me to turn to food to help me feel better. I have decided to re join my local group on Wednesday this week, but I have to be truthful in saying that I am so scared of failing again as it has such a catastrophic effect on me, whereby I give up and end up gaining another stone or two. The main problems are that I feel overwhelmed by the amount of weight I have to lose and think that it's going to take me so long to get there that it utterly depresses me, and also I put myself under enormous pressure by being influenced by other peoples achievements and feel envious and am very hard on myself if I have a bad week. I guess what I'm asking is does anyone else feel like this, does anyone else have as much to lose as I do, and if so, how do you stay focused and motivated, and finally, does anyone want to be a buddy to me to support me on the long journey I have ahead of me? Thank you for reading, I'm sorry for rambling on.