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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon


Victory is sweet



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May 15, 2013 - I have made it.

I have lived the last 10 months and come out alive, carefree, energetic and 94 pounds lighter.

I finished my second phase of my nutrition plan with Nuview Nutrition on Monday.

I probably could have done the second phase a little bit longer but it was time. My body had hit the plateau and it was not budging. If anything it was calling and pushing me towards apples. One a day is fine. But when tempted by more than... let's say three... it gets a bit too much.

Though I have found myself more aware of the mindless eating and the tiggers behind it.

I learned how combat it before. I learned to stop and ask the questions - are you hungry, are you tired, are you thirsty, are you bored. But usually I never gave myself any opportunity to answer the question as I reached into the refrigerator for a snack or grabbing a quick salty or sugary fix from a party store.

I usually now just grab some water and will continue as I head into maintenance.

I slowly add in different foods and different food groups. I am excited for mozzarella cheese. But I am also excited to try some interesting recipes I have seen on Pinterest.

One is grilled peaches with Greek yogurt. It does call for honey and I can't add sugar for this round so alterations will be made.

Another one is parmesan baked tomatoes. It's just sliced tomatoes with some parmesan cheese, some salt and pepper and olive oil. Can you tell I like the effortless cooking, if you can it cooking? (Can you see where the trouble began with just hitting fast food places for meals? I can.)

As for exercise, it is nice to see the weather cooperating with the spring season. It is more inspiring to go outside for a walk when it is warm than it is when the weather is cold. Though I survived Color Run with a chill in the air and a lot less body fat than the last one.

As I head into a lifetime as maintenance I do want to thank all of you for your support. Compliments helped on bad days and support was great for every day. Not to mention the understanding, especially to say no to pizza and desserts more than a few times. Thank you everyone!

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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