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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Change your lifestyle; don't just diet

Losing weight is hard.  Keeping it off can be even harder.  I have met many people who have lost 100 pounds or more only to put it all (and usually more) back on.  Why does this happen?  Why are we so willing to throw away something we've worked so hard to achieve?

The key is making permanent livable changes.  As long as you are "on a diet" you will have a perceived end to your healthful eating and exercise habits.  When you change your lifestyle, you understand that there is no end.

Why is this necessary?

Someone recently told me how tired she was of working hard to eat right and exercise.  She has been successful and is actually quite near her goal weight.  Her attitude was:  "I can't wait until I'm off this diet."  I asked her what she thought would change when she made her goal. 

The light bulb suddenly came on.  She realized that she generally enjoyed all the benefits of eating right and exercising.  She enjoys feeling energy from regular exercise and not feeling weighed down by unhealthful foods. 

In that moment, she truly understood, this is not a temporary "diet" but a permanent lifestyle change.  That understanding gave her the perspective and motivation to continue.

Remind yourself throughout each day how much better you feel now than you used to.  Recommit each day to eat right and stay active. 

Journaling your thoughts and questions along with your food can help.  It will show what problems have been resolved and what questions have been answered as you've progressed.

There are internal changes that occur during a long weight loss journey.  If you work to strengthen those changes, they will sustain you in the long run.