The Couch to 5K plan looks great, I'm going to start it today (I really suck at running). I just wanted to throw in my two cents. While I wasn't quite as overweight to start, I've lost 21 pounds since January (I'm now 5'11'' and 172, and I'm female). I know new year's resolutions don't work for most people, but that's what did it for me. I resolved to stop eating anything fried, and to have some sort of fruit or vegetable with every meal (so- oatmeal and an apple for breakfast for example). I also cut out any extraneous oil (Pam is awesome). I'm working on the water thing, and I started out slow with the exercise but now I'm starting to crave it. I really think a few well-chosen choices that you stick to is the best way- just keep adding a few more healthy decisions once you get used to the ones you've made. From what you've written, Myshkin, I'd say start with the veggie or fruit with every meal resolution and also the eight glasses of water. I think the walking is a great plan for now because it should help relieve the stress you're feeling too. I still have about ten pounds to lose before I'm in the "fit" category as opposed to "acceptable" which is where I am now as calculated by percentage of body fat per pound (24 hour fitness has a scaled thing they use), but the only time I ever looked better was when I was a vegetarian four years ago (I also got anemic and had to stop, oh and I like meat). You can do it, and a few months should have you well on your way. I think its important to feel good about how you look at law school, because confidence makes a big difference in how you interact with others, how well you interview, etc. You'll be surprised how losing just some of the weight will make you feel- I'm three sizes smaller now, and I feel amazing. Good luck, and go to law school!