[sorry not a native speaker, be advised]
In my mid 30ies I find myself being a single, while all around people marry their partners they met during their college years. I never been good with the ladies as I am quite shy towards them*, however a had a couple of relationships. The last years I focused on work, meaning getting my PhD and finding a good job. I finally can catch a break now, but the dating pool seems to have dried up.
I tried things like online dating sites and even speed dating, with no success. I am not in the best shape, but I don't have think I am that hideous.
* Weirdly I am not shy AT ALL in general (with other men or women I am not interested in).
Have you considered counseling? I'm not talking about in-depth psychotherapy or anything like that, but some short-term, probably Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) based counseling. It can help you deal with this shyness.
It's worth a try.
I never been good with the ladies as I am quite shy towards them
Attend social events that will encourage interaction, particularly wine tastings, local merchants; association events, etc.
I am not in the best shape,
Get yer ass in the gym. And eat healthy. Things you need to be doing anyway.
Weirdly I am not shy AT ALL in general (with other men or women I am not interested in).
Think Bond and Han. Hear the theme music in your head. Literally, watch the first four bond movies until you can actually mimic his walk.
Never seen that Han poster before. Love that.
And then got his ass frozen in carbonite. Metaphor for getting the cold shoulder? Perhaps...