I've been doing a detox diet and it's been going really well, except for when I ate a bunch of fried chicken last weekend. It's not a detox in the Master Cleanse sense, more like the diet my naturopath put me on when I had what he called "leaky gut syndrome." I'm kind of a beginning cook and so it has actually been 1000x easier for me to have a limited ingredient base to work with--to say, "what can I make with this stuff" instead of "what should I make," and I've been cooking up a storm. I think it's pretty common to feel more creative when given restraints. I even made dinner for my boyfriend the other day and he liked it--baked salmon and goat cheese quinoa over a bed of garlicky sauteed spinach. I feel pretty great! I've been eating really well and I don't really feel deprived. I don't even really miss booze--I drink soda and bitters with a lemon and it practically tastes like a whiskey soda with bitters anyway, without the hangover. Next week is the last week but I hope to carry on a lot of the principals of the diet beyond that--seems like a good guide for healthy eating. I've also been going back to my Wednesday night Pilates classes and I don't really know why I stopped. I really enjoy them. I guess life gets in the way. Anyway, I started a concerted effort for portion control at the beginning of December and between that and this I'm making excellent progress in my weight loss goal for 2009. Yay me!