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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Long-term motives create long lasting results

Some motivations for weight loss are short term, such as a wedding, a class reunion or a vacation.  These types of motivators are pretty powerful and usually afford great success.  However, being short term, when the event is over, we usually go back to our normal habits and gain back all the weight lost, and often more.  Long-term motivations have less immediate pressure, so they usually don't provide quick results, but they are much more likely to provide lasting ones.

Staying strong and healthy in order to have an active life is one example.  It's nice to be one of the people having fun rather than watching from the sidelines.  Make a list of things you enjoy doing that are active and place it in a prominent location as a reminder of why you want to exercise and eat well. 

It's also nice to have the independence of being able to do things on your own.  For example, healthy living preserves your eyesight for driving.  Regular exercise and good nutrition also helps preserve brain function.

Being able to help others in my family has been a strong motivator for me.  A large part of my weight-loss journey occurred while I was a caregiver for my mother, during the last few months of her life.  I quickly learned that in order to have the strength and energy to care for others, I needed to take care of myself first.

Medical costs are a big concern as we age.  The cost of a gym membership, personal trainer or buying healthy foods might seem excessive, but when compared to prescription drugs, surgery or long term health care, they become much more affordable.

It is never too soon to consider these motivators, nor too late to make changes that will make a difference.