Ok, I have posted here before and asked for suggestions and asked for morale support and all have been very helpful! Right now I am sitting here at the same weight or above what I was the first time I posted one of those threads. I am feeling very low and down on myself and would say I am sitting here with tears streaming but dd is sitting behind me on the couch so I am not allowing them to fall. Why is it so hard to make the right choices and do something about this??? There are millions of diet plans out there and I think I have tried most of them. The only thing I have had success with was Slim Fast but at the time my life was very, very structured and I think that had a lot to do with that success. Now the structure is no more and I have a really hard time with the plan. Besides if it was oh, so wonderful I wouldn't be here now, right? I have tried WW and am tired of spending the money. I know it is a wonderful and healthy program; really, I do, but for some reason I don't have success with it. I end up missing meetings and then not wanting to go back because of having to catch up the meeting fees and blah, blah. Besides right now I can't afford it. Ok, so now that I have told you all my excuses (I really do know how I sound and that I have to stop the excuses if I want to lose), here is what I would love to have from you. (and TIA) If you needed to design a healthy eating plan for someone, how would you do it? How many fruits and veggies? Proteins, Carbs? How many ounces of water? I know the amount that I weigh and my height and all of that have a bearing on the # of calories. Is there an easy way without counting calories or fat grams, just servings? One more thing, and this may be more personal than anyone wants to say. Has anyone been advised to take anti-depressants and then found it was easier to stay on a weight loss plan? I don't mean that I would ask for them thinking it would help. But I know how many times I eat for comfort and that is happening more and more. I quit smoking 2 years ago and have found my emotions to be not quite the same since. And I was just curious if this out of control eating could be a symptom of depression. Thanks to anyone who answers. I have joined Spark People and for the time that I was sticking to my plan, it was great. I still think it is and will continue to use it with whatever plan I do now.