Q: Every Valentine’s Day, my husband buys me a big box of fancy chocolates. This year, I’m on a diet. What should I do?
A: If you’re committed to losing weight, tell your husband before the holiday to skip the candy. First, let him know how much you appreciate his thoughtfulness. Then say, “Unfortunately, I love the chocolates so much that I’m afraid I’ll eat them all, which would totally undo my efforts!” Suggest that something more diet friendly – say, flowers – would be better. Don’t skirt the issue by accepting his gift and passing it on; you might hurt his feelings.