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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Pining away

November 07, 2012 - Whew! I made it through October.

I made it through fun-sized candy treats, cider and donuts.

The month started hard but I rolled right through it with ease. Yes, every day continues to be a challenge as I continue my program with Nuview Nutrition but part of it gets easier.

It is all about planning.

For example, one Saturday I had three events to attend - a baby shower, a child's birthday party and a Halloween party.

I packed what I needed for the day and if I needed an extra vegetable or two I could stop by a grocery store.

For the baby shower I lucked out they had vegetables and apples - both I could eat. But I had to pass on the sloppy joe's, caramel sauce for the apples and the chocolate cake.

The birthday party for a six-year-old didn't go as smoothly. Cookies, hot dogs, breadsticks... I think you get the idea. My option was apples to snack on. I had a lot of apple slices that particular day. Luckily I had my hands wrapped around my camera to keep me from munching but sometimes it wasn't enough.

As for the final event of the day, the Halloween party had tons of fatty, goodness. It was a group of friends I rarely see but I remembered as I stood there munching on the green peppers how much time I spent just eating at parties.

The kitchen was the place to gather to talk and just eat as you prepared food. I am sure you know what I am talking about. You don't even realize you are eating until the chips are gone and the dip needs to be refilled.

The Halloween party was a little tougher but I knew I couldn't have a moment of weakness. It would be my downfall and food would become out of control again.

Heck, it's hard enough to control my nut portions right now let alone try to block myself from bad sugar.

But here we are again... October was just the beginning. This month is Thanksgiving and National Novel Writing Month, which I believe I gained five pounds during last year. Then, Christmas and all the festivities going along with it.

One day at a time to say no and "I don't want to eat that." And if you are in the same boat as me - I know you can do it. I am here if you need support.

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