My name is Melissa and I am new as well. I am only 20 years old and weight about 240. I hope to be around 200 by May. I want to celebrate my 21st birthday looking and feeling good. I have struggled with weight all my life. I have a big build like you. I am 5'8 and am rather broad. It was never fun especially during my teen years being the overweight one when all my friends were parading around in bikini's and form fitting clothes. I want this to be the year I finally succeed. Every year I say I am going to do this, and i never do and I am tired of it. I hope you achieve your goals. I admire that you are doing something for yourself. Everyone deserves to feel good in their own skin. Good luck!