Celebrate the season without adding pounds
It's the same every year the cookies, candy and rich foods that come with the holidays are just too tempting.
You indulge a bit too much and find yourself facing another New Year with a few extra pounds, clothes that fit a bit too tight, and a yearly resolution to get in shape.
It doesn't have to be that way.
Here are some suggestions on ways to keep that holiday weight from creeping up on you:
Be realistic. The holiday season isn't a time to lose weight. Food is the centerpiece of most holiday celebrations. You'll be tempted at every turn: holiday meals, office parties, food gifts and cookie exchanges. A reasonable goal is to maintain your current weight. Keep weight loss goals for January.
Exercise. For many of us, the holiday season is the worst time of year for exercising. It's bitter cold in the morning, dark in the evening and extra busy all day long. Besides your usual work, you have gifts to buy, cookies to bake and cards to send. Do yourself a favor and schedule time for exercise. Don't worry if the exercise isn't fancy. Just taking a walk or running in place each day can help.