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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Stay focused, move forward

It can be easy to forget the reasons that you wanted to bother with weight loss.  Yes, there is that notorious number on the scale, but I'm talking about the real reasons, such as health, longevity, mobility, etc.
 
Those reasons are long-term goals.  They are lifetime goals.  They will never be completely reached.  I say this not to make you wonder what the point is, but to help keep you motivated to stay on track, permanently.

It doesn't matter whether you want to just drop a few pounds to fit into that special dress or are morbidly obese and need to lose weight on your doctor's orders.  All of us benefit from a healthy lifestyle, and that is a lifelong goal.

Even if you do manage to achieve some quantifiable goal regarding health and fitness, it will change.  If nothing else, you will age and your body will change.

The reason that many people lose weight only to gain it back is because they are focused on a short-term goal such as a number on the scale or participating in an activity.  Once that goal is achieved, they go back to the old habits that got them into trouble in the first place. 

However, if your goal is never attainable, then there is no excuse to return to old habits.  Choosing to be healthy is a lifestyle change, not a short-term activity.  When you stay focused on those lifelong reasons, you will be more motivated to make lifelong changes.

Yes, being a certain weight is part of being healthy, but only one part.  That scale can also be frustratingly aloof at times.  On those days, ask yourself if you have more energy or are moving more easily.  If so, you are achieving your goals.  Keep at it.