Returning after an inexcusably long absence, we've had a busy autumn, and I am gob-smacked to realize that Thanksgiving is less than a week away. As an update to my previous post, I'm pleased to report that I'm down more than 20 lbs. My lifestyle changes seem to be working as planned. The portion control and daily exercise have not only kick started weight loss, but seem to be providing an attitude boost as well. One concern I have, as we all look the holidays squarely in the eye, is if I'll be thrown off track by the rich food and increased entertaining. Our oldest son returns from college next Wednesday, and he has the biggest appetite in the family. Not to mention that we're hosting 12 or 14 for Thanksgiving and so will have ice boxes groaning with left-overs. I'm hoping my will power doesn't desert me, and that I stay on the straight and increasingly narrow.