The phone call to my friend went so well last night, and I keep telling myself I shouldn't be afraid of calling friends. :)
I have reached the weight that my pediatrician told me way back in high school was ideal for my frame: 130 lbs! I was stunned and briefly thought that the gym must have been messing with the weights on the scale. But no: my weight has been steadily decreasing since jcobleigh and I have made an effort to eat low-carb and low-fat stuff, for the most part! Once Alton Brown reminded us that herbs and spices yield great taste without adding any calories, we've been eating even better. :) I got a really good advice from one of our friends at the gym, with a good recommended distribution of low-calorie and higher-calorie days, lots of dietary fiber, water, and a good amount of dairy. I'm lactose-intolerant, so (thanks to jcobleigh's encouragement), I'm back to a better quality-of-life with those little lactase enzyme tablets. Basically, I eat optimally (veggies and yummy things) on weekdays, and don't worry overmuch about eating at friends' houses or at restaurants on the weekends.
Muscle definition is a lovely thing. :)