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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Review of daily plan should include diet & activities

Most of us take some time each morning to think about what needs to be done that day.  There might be clients to call, paperwork to finish, kids to shuttle, or bathtubs to scrub. 

This is also the best time of day to consider how you will spend your calories and where you can add in some activity.

If you know that you have a lot of errands to run, you can plan to park in the back of the lot.  If you have a lot of meetings to attend, plan to take the stairs if you need to go to different floors.  Commit to parking further out in the lot at work. 

Think about the tasks you have that day that can be done while standing rather than sitting.  Making phone calls, clipping coupons, even reading the newspaper can all be done while standing.

Ask yourself if there is time to get in a dedicated workout.  If you already have one planned for that day, make sure you add it to your mental checklist and consider the reasons you are looking forward to it, such as reading a new book, listening to your favorite tunes or chatting with a friend.

What are your meals for that day?  Do you have a business lunch or a heavier meal planned for dinner?  Now is the time to reorganize your breakfast and snacks to accommodate those extra calories.

In addition to reviewing your day, take the time to reconnect to your commitment.  Remind yourself of the reasons that you want to stick to your plan.  Go over your list of motivations:  weight loss, clothes fitting better, more energy, class reunion, vacation, longer life.  Make it a daily habit, and the healthier habits will get easier.