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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Get out of the house for your workout

My gym buddy, Carol, is an important part of my workout routine.  She helps me stay committed.  Recently, though, due to travel and family illness, she has not been able to meet me for workouts.  I miss her terribly, but I still continue going to the gym.

Excuses for skipping a workout abound.  Sometimes, the hardest part is just showing up.  Yes, there are days that it feels like that is all I did, but I did do it.  I showed up, I got some activity in, and I always feel better for having done it.

Which is what I have had to tell myself a couple of times these past few weeks, when I was tempted to sleep in, knowing that no one was depending on my company.

Working out at home can be a convenient and more frugal option.  But there is more of a feeling of having accomplished something if you can get out of the house for your exercise, whether it is going to the gym or taking a walk.  It creates a feeling of having gone somewhere and done something.

Even more importantly, because I am primarily a housewife, it gets me up and out of the house first thing in the morning.  That alone helps my overall outlook and disposition immensely.

Also, because I am a regular gym attendee, I know other regulars there, too.  Some I might chat with a bit, others I can wave to as I am coming or going.  And when I am not there for an extended time, I am missed. 

These things are part of a mental list that helps me remember that getting up and getting exercise is a part of my daily life.