Thank you for your nice reply! I lost 40 pounds 15 years ago and four years ago lost another 20 or so pounds. Weight loss, and especially maintenance, is not easy and everyone has times when they don’t make good choices–I certainly do. I think the trick is not to let those days/times derail your resolve to live a healthier lifestyle. The holidays are TOUGH! These are my suggestions: First of all, have as few tempting holiday foods in the house as possible. Really question what you are making (baked goods especially) and what you are taking home. Are they necessary? When you are going to a holiday gathering, eat something healthy before you go and have a plan–such as I’m going to have x amount of sweets or one plate of what’s available. I don’t believe in depriving yourself–my mantra is “everything in moderation.” You can also step up your exercise to make up for some of the additional calories you plan to consume. Exercise is not only good for burning calories, but great as a holiday de-stressor. Best of luck, Rosemary!