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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Learn to love being thin

I have a friend who has always been thin.  When I asked her how she manages it, she told me she loves food more than she could describe, but she loves being thin more.  I can identify with this now, but not always. 

How can you love something you either don't know or haven't known in a very long time?

For example, I love my husband very much, but how can I possibly expect someone else to love him, or at least to love him like I do? 
I can't; that would be a ridiculous expectation.  If you are significantly overweight, expecting you to love being thin more than food is just as ridiculous. 

So, what is a person who has no recent experience with being thin or feeling healthy to do?

The first step is the hardest.  You can reason your way to it, but it is hard to give it real feeling.  The first step is where you at least admit that you don't love where you are and that something needs to change.

You have to be more uncomfortable with your current situation than you are with a particular change in order to desire that change.  As you make changes, you will notice results. 

Those results are the concrete experiences you can hang on to in moments of temptation. 

Some examples might be:  crossing your legs, fitting in an airplane seat, feeling comfortable taking a small walk, getting through one full day on plan. 

I experienced all of these on my own journey.  These are the things you can learn to love more than food. 

They may be very small things at first, but they will lead you to bigger results if you keep at it.