Amy Culver - The Queen Of Lean

12/29/12
Holiday stress

12/15/12
Holiday season isn't all just about food

12/01/12
Plan ahead to stay on the right track

11/17/12
Prioritize this Thanksgiving

11/03/12
Choose treats wisely during the holidays

10/20/12
Starting a weightlifting routine

10/06/12
Healthy body has right signs

09/22/12
You need a livable food plan

09/08/12
Tailor your food according to needs

08/25/12
Plan strategies for when life gets hectic

08/11/12
Traveling can challenge eating habits

07/28/12
Parenting your own inner spoiled child

07/14/12
Long-term motives create long-lasting results

06/30/12
Interval training works for anyone

06/16/12
Check ingredients when eating out

06/02/12
Get out of the house for your workout

05/19/12
Lack of sleep may lead to weight gain

05/05/12
Cooking extra saves time and calories

04/21/12
Even small changes can make an impact

04/07/12
Swimming is a good
all-around exercise

03/24/12
Don't let slip-ups destroy your plan

03/10/12
Make your lifestyle and health compatible

02/25/12
A little exercise can yield big results

02/11/12
Food plans can help you eat right

01/28/12
Moderation is weight-loss key

01/14/12
Give your weight-loss plan time

12/31/11
Combat post-holiday blues with activity

12/17/11
Choose holiday calories carefully

12/03/11
Good kitchen tools make life easier

11/19/11
Enjoy feast in moderation

11/05/11
Start planning holiday meals now

10/22/11
Don't buy Halloween candy too early

10/08/11
Theaters offer healthy snacks

09/24/11:
Try to avoid evening snacking

09/10/11:
Tips to stave off hunger pangs

08/27/11:
Stuck?  Reassess your routine

08/13/11:
Avoid peaks and valleys in diet

07/30/11:
Measure size of food portion to help tip scale in your favor

07/16/11:
Learn to love being thin

07/02/11:
Change your lifestyle; don't just diet

06/18/11:
Fruity thoughts to keep fit

06/04/11:
Water can ease cravings

05/21/11:
Working a pool into your exercise routine

05/07/11:
Stay focused, move forward

04/23/11:
Delay caving to craving

04/09/11:
Review of daily plan should include diet & activities

03/26/11:
Holidays are never-ending

03/12/11:
Measuring food is key to weight loss

02/26/11:
Food-logging can help in weight loss

02/12/11:
Find ways to make exercise fun

01/29/11:
Reserve time for your exercise program

01/15/11:
Substitutions for your holiday treats

01/01/11:
Moderation is key to good diet

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Holiday stress

Well the holidays are all but over.  Just one more party night and it's back to normal life.  How did you do?

Even if you stuck pretty well to your food plan, got in some fairly regular exercise, and the scale isn't as bad as it's been in some years, the end of all the fun and festivities can be a bit of a crash.

For some, it can lead to a period of depression.  Depression has a tendency to make us crave sugar.  Your overall energy feels low and you feel burned out after all the rushing about for the past two months. 

Without thinking, you might tend to grab quick energy foods.  But that will spoil all the benefits of adhering to your plan throughout the holidays.

Consider engaging in things that will be energy and mood boosters.  First, while the weather is still nice and cool, start planning some early spring projects you've wanted to get done.  After all the decorations are down and stored, is a great time of year to paint a room, or plant a spring garden.

Are you a scrapbooker?  Start planning what you are going to do with all the new holiday pictures.  Maybe you can create next year's Christmas presents out of them, or use them for birthday presents.

Are you a shopper?  This is treasure-hunt time.  Get out there are start scouring for 75 to 90 percent off bargains for next year:  cards, decorations, even gifts.

In the short term, get outside and enjoy the weather.  This is the time of year that reminds us why we live in the Valley of the Sun.  Nice walks in the sunshine are at the top of the list for creating a cheery outlook.