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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Don't let slip-ups destroy your plan

Sometimes learning to live healthier requires gaining a new perspective on things.  We all have days that just don't start out right.  You oversleep, are late to a meeting and catch glares from your boss.  When you walk out of the meeting, there sits a box of donuts, just calling out comfort in that moment of stress - and you answer the call.

Two or three donuts later, you've decided: "Oh the heck with it, the day is ruined; I might as well just eat whatever I want."  So you go out to lunch and have a big burger and fries.  With all that heavy food, and the resultant sugar crash, you are too tired to stop at the gym after work so you head for home.  After dinner, you decide you might as well top the day off with a bowl of ice cream.  As you climb into bed, you promise yourself that tomorrow will be better.

But how will it be better if you don't consider how today might have gone better in the first place?  If you don't recognize where it went wrong, how can you stop it next time?

Where did it go wrong?  It wasn't the alarm clock, or even the donuts.  It was at the "Oh the heck with it" point that the day took a wrong turn.  You are going to slip up sometimes; your weight loss plan has room for a few slip-ups.  It's that lack of forgiveness for slipping up that derails you. 

Next time, talk to yourself as you would a friend.  Tell yourself that you made a mistake, but it's not the end of the world and as of this moment you are back on track.  Make it a habit and even the slip-ups might get smaller and less frequent.