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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Make your lifestyle and health compatible

Adopting a healthy lifestyle or losing weight is not about willpower.  It's not about fighting against your own will.  It is about doing what your current needs, desires and lifestyle will allow.  Everything you do in your day is a choice, and most of us, when given the opportunity, will choose something that we like or at least something we don't dislike too much.

If you are uncomfortable in water, it is unreasonable to force yourself to do aqua-aerobics.  If you really hate exercise then you are not likely to follow through on a plan to get up early every morning and go to the gym.

However, if you have a best friend who wants to be more active, perhaps the two of you can take regular walks together, enjoying the time to chat?  If you like watching movies or TV, you can get an exercise bike or simply walk in place in your living room, while watching TV to help pass the time.

The same is true with food.  If you are like me and don't like meat very much, you are going to be very unhappy and cranky on a low-carb plan.  It won't take many days before your family will beg you to stop your diet efforts.  If you like pasta, there is no reason you can't have pasta.  You just can't have a large plate full and expect the scale to decrease.

The reason there are so many diets on the market is because they each appeal to different people.  Learning to live healthy requires learning to be happy with your lifestyle.  That lifestyle needs to be unique to you.  It needs to fit your schedule, incorporate activities you enjoy and include foods you like to eat.