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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Combat post-holiday blues with activity

The New Year is upon us.  How have you done over the holidays?  That's not just a rhetorical question.  Right now is a perfect time to take stock of what worked and what didn't and make notes for next year.  Think about what you might have done differently.  This will help you next year. 

Even here in Phoenix, the cold and gray can get us down.  This adds to the sugar cravings and the lethargy.  The best way to counteract these negatives is with activity. 

Now is the time to clean out your cupboards, especially of the holiday goodies.  Take them into work, donate them, or just throw them out.  Start making menus of healthy meals and restock with good, nutritional foods.

It's also a perfect time to start a walking regimen.  During the days, the weather is usually pretty temperate.  Start with a slow pace and move faster as you warm up.  Spending time outside and experiencing a bit of sunshine will go a long way in the fight against the post-holiday blues.  Enlist a friend or two, and you can hold each other accountable and keep company on your walks.

Something else you might consider to get you moving and refocused is a home project.  Is there a room that needs painting?  How about some closets and cupboards that need to be reorganized?  Perhaps this is the year to finally reorganize all the Christmas decorations as you take them down? 

If you are feeling really motivated, you might even want to tackle the garage.  Projects such as these will get you up and moving, and help you to be productive as well.  January is when stores put organizational products on sale.  Check out the ads, you might find something that inspires you to action.

Happy New Year!