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Wendi’s Word A column by Wendi Reardon
Back on track

by Wendi Reardon

February 08, 2012

I admit, I jumped off the wagon last summer. Not only did I jump off the "eating healthy" wagon, I watched it drive away and waved to it.

My phrases "I don't want..." slowly turned into "I can't have..." and the frustration mounted. Not only frustration but my life changed and so did the food choices, too.

But here I am...again on the wagon, wheeling towards my goal. This time I am tackling a yeast free lifestyle – no sugar, no starch, no yeast. It is a lot of no, no, no, but it really changes your perspective. As with anything else, there are good days and there are bad days – oh, yes, I had chocolate and it was gooooood.

But I haven't had any fast food for a month and my pop intake has died down. I am back on track. I just need to wake up earlier to get to the gym or go for a walk.

Among my many, many goals is to increase my walking. At first it was just to walk 30-40 minutes a day, now it is to walk at least five miles in one day once a week.

I am participating in the March for Babies for March for Dimes event in Lapeer on April 18 on Team Thor's Strength. I am walking for my nephew, Jackson, or as I affectionately call him, "Jet," because of his initials. One day he will be a great linebacker with an awesome nickname from his aunt.

Jackson turns 9-months-old next week. It is hard to believe the adorable, bright, brown-eyed wonder spent his first week in the NICU.

He was born one month too early and needed help from an oxygen machine to keep him breathing.

Luckily it was only one month early, He did try to come three months early but his doctors and mom were able to keep him from coming out.

What can I say, I am the proud aunt. I have one niece and four nephews – all adorable and under the age of 6 – I would happily help out as much as I can.

In a way, they are helping me. With the March for Babies, I am preparing for a long 5-mile walk and in life I want to have enough energy to keep up with them.

If you are interested in March for Babies, see We invite you to join us if you want to join us or support us. The more the merrier.

Until next time enjoy "winter."