Welcome back! I too used to be here at sparkpeople and fell away for a bit and yes, I agree that it can be scary to reach out especially to strangers but I have to say it is helping me to be here also and I did gain a lot of weight when I wasn't here and accountable for what I eat,(how much and what I eat) I
The support here is wonderful!
I have decided for myself that I will not open private messages, I am not comfortable in doing that, it is a personal choice. I am sure there are those that are encouraged by the support there also, just not for me.
Again, Welcome and use SP to the fullest you can on your new lifestyle change!