Another new year is upon us, and once again I face a new year hoping there will be less of me as the weeks go by. Yes, it's time for the annual trim down of excess poundage that always seems to show up near the end of the year.

I'm not making a new year's resolution to lose weight......it's more of a mandate handed down by my pants. There comes a point where  squeezing into a pair of jeans goes from being difficult to impossible. That's when I know it's time to do something about it.

I do this all the time. Every year is the same. I start off the year by dropping 10-15 pounds and get my clothes all fitting nicely. And then, it happens...the holidays with pumpkin pie, coconut cream pie, cookies and more cookies, mashed potatoes, rolls and butter, Christmas treats, family get-togethers and dinners. You don't really see it happening, but you know that it is, and you try not to think about it. Gradually, the clothes get tighter and tighter, until finally, you have no choice but to take action, especially if you enjoy breathing.

Perhaps you have been there. You know what I'm talking about. It's an endless cycle.

The problem is we love food. We love to eat. And even if we aren't overeating, our food choices can have some serious consequences. For example, one piece of pumpkin pie draped in cool whip is not a bad thing. But one piece of that pie each day for five consecutive days is probably not a good idea. Part of the problem is, you don't want the pie to go to waste. It's setting there and you feel compelled to eat all of it, and before you know it you have single-handedly consumed an entire pie.

Or you bake a batch of Christmas cookies. Of course, they taste so good, but then there's also the problem of not wanting them to go to waste and so you consume them all.......one at a time -- or perhaps more accurately --two or three at a time.

It's possible that as I get older, the point may come where shedding those extra pounds becomes too difficult, if not impossible, and I will be forced to change my diet strategy. But, until then, this is how it's going to be. I'm going to enjoy the food I love during the holidays - guilt free --and then get back to a healthy diet in the new year -and- once again - drop the 10-15 extra pounds I've gained. Wish me luck.