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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Holidays are never-ending

This year, a new grocery store holiday display caught my eye.  It was the standard holiday baked-goods table, full of cookies with frosting and green sprinkles.  It was a table of St. Patrick's Day cookies.  Many of these boxes are still for sale, now marked at 50 percent off, making it even more tempting to pick them up.

We have to realize that there just isn't any point during the year when the temptations let up.  They seem to be ever-present with their siren song.

Already, the aisles are laden with Easter treats.  Are you going to be able to resist the jelly beans?  How about the chocolate eggs?
Were you one of the many people who made a commitment to start a weight-loss program "after the holidays" when it would be "easier" for you?  Have you now discovered that "the holidays" never end?  Super Bowl Sunday, St. Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  And on top of those special days, there are birthdays, weddings, vacations and other celebrations.

But don't give up hope.  Remember, even if the scale moves just 1 pound per week, it will add up to 52 pounds in a year!  And in that year, you will have just one of each of the holidays I mentioned to celebrate.  And this is just one out of the many years you get to celebrate them.  So, if the temptations seem overwhelming, take each holiday one at a time and tell yourself that you can get through it, just this year, without indulging.  Next year, there will be a lot less of you and you can enjoy celebrating again.