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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Learn to love being thin

I have a friend who has always been thin.  When I asked her how she manages it, she told me she loves food more than she could describe, but she loves being thin more.  I can identify with this now, but not always. 

How can you love something you either don't know or haven't known in a very long time?

For example, I love my husband very much, but how can I possibly expect someone else to love him, or at least to love him like I do? 
I can't; that would be a ridiculous expectation.  If you are significantly overweight, expecting you to love being thin more than food is just as ridiculous. 

So, what is a person who has no recent experience with being thin or feeling healthy to do?

The first step is the hardest.  You can reason your way to it, but it is hard to give it real feeling.  The first step is where you at least admit that you don't love where you are and that something needs to change.

You have to be more uncomfortable with your current situation than you are with a particular change in order to desire that change.  As you make changes, you will notice results. 

Those results are the concrete experiences you can hang on to in moments of temptation. 

Some examples might be:  crossing your legs, fitting in an airplane seat, feeling comfortable taking a small walk, getting through one full day on plan. 

I experienced all of these on my own journey.  These are the things you can learn to love more than food. 

They may be very small things at first, but they will lead you to bigger results if you keep at it.