It was a fulfilling day, and I’m proud of my efforts. I’m not so proud of the bug I just accidentally squashed on my computer screen. Those are persistant little guts; it’s all smudgy now. Ick.

I made it to Bikram class, and it was a damn good one! My legs are getting a little stronger every day, and even though Triangle pose is always the hardest, today I thought it wasn’t as painful and embarrassing as usual. What’s really making me happy about going to Bikram is that I keep running into people I know there. Tonight I ran into a girl I know outside of yoga, and we made plans to go to a concert next week. My life is feeling more full every day.

Foodwise, I’m in a great place tonight. I ate and ate and ate today, and still only made it to 1,025 calories – 200 under my limit – and that was before working out like a fiend. The entire office was treated to milkshakes this afternoon, but I had the willpower to say no. I even went to the soda shop with everyone, and still managed to not eat any ice cream!

Tonight’s dinner was amazing, too. One thing that I’ve been doing recently to cut down on calories is cutting out excess carbs. I love pasta, and eat it all the time, but I’ve come to realize that typically I’m only eating the pasta to be able to eat whatever cream or cheese sauce I’ve put on it. To keep tonight’s dinner delicious without blowing my calorie allotment, I chopped up a bunch of baby portobello mushrooms (one of my favorite foods – I could eat mushrooms at every meal for the rest of my life and not get tired of them) and sautéed them with salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, and a little fresh red bell pepper. At the end, I added in a few tablespoons of Alfredo sauce. I had that dish as a side, with Crispy Tenders by Gardein (delish) and some boiled okra. My plate was heaped with veggies, everything made me really happy, and I still only cleared around 350 calories for the entire meal. Pretty good deal, imho.

Now it’s time to get some shuteye. I’m going to dream of being 156 lbs in the morning, and then it’s going to happen! Also going to aim for morning yoga class again in the morning – one day I’ll make it…

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