Jump-starting a healthy eating plan is hard enough, but factor in food-filled events with family and friends and you may feel like you’re setting yourself up for failure. With a marathon stretch of holidays looming large, you need to learn how to stick to your healthy eating habits, even when your Aunt Helen tries to dump a second serving of dessert on your plate. Here are my tips for telling food pushers to back off.

Don’t you want a second helping of dessert? Pecan pie is your favorite! Just this once won’t hurt!
I’d love to take a piece to have later this week.

Come on, just a bite wont hurt!
As delicious as that was, I’m going to have to pass. I’m so full right now that I know I’ll regret it if I have even one more bite.

You can’t live on salads forever!
You’re right, but until I get to a weight I’m comfortable at, I’m going to stick with what I know works.

Your sister seems to get along just fine eating whatever she wants. What’s your deal?
That’s great for her, but this is what’s working for me right now. I try not to compare myself to other people.

You used to be so much fun, but now calories are all you care about! Loosen up a little!
I appreciate your concern, but taking account for what I put into my body makes me happy. You should try it—you’d be surprised at how great you feel.