Hi, fellow newbie here! I relate to your post so much that I probably could have written it myself. I just joined today. I've been meaning to join a forum for years but am shy and kind of uncomfortable about talking about my weight. But then today, I had a moment where I'd just totally had enough and decided to join.
So while I can't yet point you in the right direction or add to the list of forum success stories, just know there's someone else here who can totally relate!