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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Combat post-holiday blues with activity

The New Year is upon us.  How have you done over the holidays?  That's not just a rhetorical question.  Right now is a perfect time to take stock of what worked and what didn't and make notes for next year.  Think about what you might have done differently.  This will help you next year. 

Even here in Phoenix, the cold and gray can get us down.  This adds to the sugar cravings and the lethargy.  The best way to counteract these negatives is with activity. 

Now is the time to clean out your cupboards, especially of the holiday goodies.  Take them into work, donate them, or just throw them out.  Start making menus of healthy meals and restock with good, nutritional foods.

It's also a perfect time to start a walking regimen.  During the days, the weather is usually pretty temperate.  Start with a slow pace and move faster as you warm up.  Spending time outside and experiencing a bit of sunshine will go a long way in the fight against the post-holiday blues.  Enlist a friend or two, and you can hold each other accountable and keep company on your walks.

Something else you might consider to get you moving and refocused is a home project.  Is there a room that needs painting?  How about some closets and cupboards that need to be reorganized?  Perhaps this is the year to finally reorganize all the Christmas decorations as you take them down? 

If you are feeling really motivated, you might even want to tackle the garage.  Projects such as these will get you up and moving, and help you to be productive as well.  January is when stores put organizational products on sale.  Check out the ads, you might find something that inspires you to action.

Happy New Year!