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Join the Holiday Fitness Challenge

Join columnist Ann Brennan and other Patch readers in a quest to maintain your fitness and weight during the holiday season.

This morning I found myself wanting to kick my scale under the bed, hoping that if I hide it, I might be able to avoid the anxiety that comes with weight gain over the holiday season. Unfortunately, tighter waistbands will reveal the same news if I am not careful.

But I have a new plan. This year, I’m organizing a Prince George’s County Fitness Challenge, and I’m inviting the Patch community to participate. The challenge is meant to be motivating. It is meant to offer support and encouragement throughout the holiday season, as we try to maintain our current fitness and weight. Most importantly it is meant to be fun.

Starting on Thanksgiving Day and ending on Jan. 3, the challenge is open to any Patch readers who are interested in maintaining their fitness and weight during the holiday season. There are no prizes. There are no winners and no losers.

Instead, we will come together to support and encourage each other. Head over to Prince George's County Holiday Fitness Challenge today and request to be part of the group.  Together, we will share our secrets to fit in a workout on even the busiest days, avoid over-indulging at holiday parties and how to maintain our sense of sanity through it all.

Throughout the challenge, monitor your weight once a week. If you want to share your success with us on a weekly basis, we will be there to cheer you on. If you want to share your daily workouts as a way to build a fitness habit, we look forward to reading them.  If you want to share a slip-up, the half a pie you ate while no one was looking, we won’t beat you up. Instead, we will pat you on the back, tell you how we have all been there and help you to get back on the fitness bandwagon.

This year, with the support of fellow Patch readers, I want to recapture that feeling I had when I was just a little girl. I want to enjoy every minute of the holiday season without worrying that I will have to spend the first two months of the year depriving myself just so I can fit back into a pair of jeans. Join me in this quest. Sign up today and tell me what you hope to achieve health-wise between now and January 3.

Ann Brennan November 24, 2011 at 02:11 AM
Come on over to the Facebook page and tell me how you plan on getting a workout in before sitting down to dinner tomorrow. Looking forward to meet everybody and getting started with this challenge.
Cynthia Newcomer November 25, 2011 at 07:48 PM
I recommend using a YAY! scale -- it measures you on a scale of Beautiful! Sexy! Hot!, etc. Weight is not an accurate indicator of health -- best thing for our individual and collective health is to stop stressing about it and tune into the foods and movements that make our bodies, minds and spirits feel good!
Bailey Henneberg November 26, 2011 at 04:50 AM
Good idea Cynthia — thanks for sharing it!

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