Amy Culver - The Queen Of Lean

Holiday stress

Holiday season isn't all just about food

Plan ahead to stay on the right track

Prioritize this Thanksgiving

Choose treats wisely during the holidays

Starting a weightlifting routine

Healthy body has right signs

You need a livable food plan

Tailor your food according to needs

Plan strategies for when life gets hectic

Traveling can challenge eating habits

Parenting your own inner spoiled child

Long-term motives create long-lasting results

Interval training works for anyone

Check ingredients when eating out

Get out of the house for your workout

Lack of sleep may lead to weight gain

Cooking extra saves time and calories

Even small changes can make an impact

Swimming is a good
all-around exercise

Don't let slip-ups destroy your plan

Make your lifestyle and health compatible

A little exercise can yield big results

Food plans can help you eat right

Moderation is weight-loss key

Give your weight-loss plan time

Combat post-holiday blues with activity

Choose holiday calories carefully

Good kitchen tools make life easier

Enjoy feast in moderation

Start planning holiday meals now

Don't buy Halloween candy too early

Theaters offer healthy snacks

Try to avoid evening snacking

Tips to stave off hunger pangs

Stuck?  Reassess your routine

Avoid peaks and valleys in diet

Measure size of food portion to help tip scale in your favor

Learn to love being thin

Change your lifestyle; don't just diet

Fruity thoughts to keep fit

Water can ease cravings

Working a pool into your exercise routine

Stay focused, move forward

Delay caving to craving

Review of daily plan should include diet & activities

Holidays are never-ending

Measuring food is key to weight loss

Food-logging can help in weight loss

Find ways to make exercise fun

Reserve time for your exercise program

Substitutions for your holiday treats

Moderation is key to good diet

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Stay focused, move forward

It can be easy to forget the reasons that you wanted to bother with weight loss.  Yes, there is that notorious number on the scale, but I'm talking about the real reasons, such as health, longevity, mobility, etc.
Those reasons are long-term goals.  They are lifetime goals.  They will never be completely reached.  I say this not to make you wonder what the point is, but to help keep you motivated to stay on track, permanently.

It doesn't matter whether you want to just drop a few pounds to fit into that special dress or are morbidly obese and need to lose weight on your doctor's orders.  All of us benefit from a healthy lifestyle, and that is a lifelong goal.

Even if you do manage to achieve some quantifiable goal regarding health and fitness, it will change.  If nothing else, you will age and your body will change.

The reason that many people lose weight only to gain it back is because they are focused on a short-term goal such as a number on the scale or participating in an activity.  Once that goal is achieved, they go back to the old habits that got them into trouble in the first place. 

However, if your goal is never attainable, then there is no excuse to return to old habits.  Choosing to be healthy is a lifestyle change, not a short-term activity.  When you stay focused on those lifelong reasons, you will be more motivated to make lifelong changes.

Yes, being a certain weight is part of being healthy, but only one part.  That scale can also be frustratingly aloof at times.  On those days, ask yourself if you have more energy or are moving more easily.  If so, you are achieving your goals.  Keep at it.