Now that the holiday parties are in the rearview mirror, I'm ready to get serious about dropping weight. I'm ashamed to say that I'm what doctors would term morbidly obese...that is, someone that at 5'10" weighs nearly 300 pounds. I've always had a stocky build even when I was at my healthiest, but I'd like to get down close to 200 lbs. I realize this isn't something that will happen overnight, but is trying to drop 50 pounds this year a reasonable goal? On the plus side, I have a membership with an excellent health club that I enjoy going to. Despite my weight, I am also relatively healthy...no joint pain, decreased stamina, etc. I'm relatively young...36 years of age. On the negative side, my co-workers like to head out of the office for lunch---a lot. It seems a nearly impossible task to try and eat healthy in restaurants on a daily basis. I'm content to start bringing my lunch to work every day, although I'll have to put some thought into some variety...I don't eat any seafood and I don't like bringing salads to the office because the lettuce always seems to wilt. Breakfast and dinner are easier, as I'm happy with my morning oatmeal and dinner will consist of soups or salads, as well as some grilled chicken and vegetables now and then. I also am counting on myself to have the willpower to avoid between meal snacks that have killed me in the past. Anyhow, assuming I can change my diet radically and make it to the health club 5-6 times a week, do you think 50 pounds is an attainable goal in a year?