LOL Melissa, all the ladies have been diving into the Men's Corner boards lately. I answer whatever I see trending at the top.
Ian, I think you are so hard on yourself sometimes. It makes me sad for you!
I never knew how to diet either. And times that I did get lucky enough to lose weight, I never knew there was the requirement to maintain and protect the weightloss I worked so hard to achieve. I just went back to my old habits.
I wish I knew 10 years ago (or more!) that it's really as simple as calories in and calories out and using the scale/clothes/measurements as guides.
I made it far more complicated (and expensive!) than it ever needed to be.