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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Change your lifestyle; don't just diet

Losing weight is hard.  Keeping it off can be even harder.  I have met many people who have lost 100 pounds or more only to put it all (and usually more) back on.  Why does this happen?  Why are we so willing to throw away something we've worked so hard to achieve?

The key is making permanent livable changes.  As long as you are "on a diet" you will have a perceived end to your healthful eating and exercise habits.  When you change your lifestyle, you understand that there is no end.

Why is this necessary?

Someone recently told me how tired she was of working hard to eat right and exercise.  She has been successful and is actually quite near her goal weight.  Her attitude was:  "I can't wait until I'm off this diet."  I asked her what she thought would change when she made her goal. 

The light bulb suddenly came on.  She realized that she generally enjoyed all the benefits of eating right and exercising.  She enjoys feeling energy from regular exercise and not feeling weighed down by unhealthful foods. 

In that moment, she truly understood, this is not a temporary "diet" but a permanent lifestyle change.  That understanding gave her the perspective and motivation to continue.

Remind yourself throughout each day how much better you feel now than you used to.  Recommit each day to eat right and stay active. 

Journaling your thoughts and questions along with your food can help.  It will show what problems have been resolved and what questions have been answered as you've progressed.

There are internal changes that occur during a long weight loss journey.  If you work to strengthen those changes, they will sustain you in the long run.