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Catherine Holecko

Maintain, don't gain

By December 5, 2012

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As we were getting ready to walk out the door for last weekend's skating trip, I tripped over my own feet, slid on the wood floor, and fell down hard. (The fact that it was 3 a.m. might explain my klutziness.) I had no time to elevate or ice my badly bruised toes; the show--and the 8-hour bus trip--had to go on. So between the trip, recovering from the trip, and the sore foot, I put off exercising for several days.

Bad move! By yesterday, I was really feeling guilty--and crabby. So this morning I made sure to fit in 30 minutes of exercise, even though my to-do list feels a mile long. And I made a schedule for what workouts I'll do, and when, in the coming days.

My friend Anne Fritz, Guide to 15-Minute Fashion, shared a suggestion I love in this month's issue of Ladies Home Journal: She has a "4-3-2" goal for each week of the holiday season. She's committing to at least 4 workouts, and no more than 3 alcoholic drinks and 2 desserts, every week.

I've collected several more suggestions for maintaining your weight during the holiday season. If you have a great tip like Anne's, pass it along!

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