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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Holidays are never-ending

This year, a new grocery store holiday display caught my eye.  It was the standard holiday baked-goods table, full of cookies with frosting and green sprinkles.  It was a table of St. Patrick's Day cookies.  Many of these boxes are still for sale, now marked at 50 percent off, making it even more tempting to pick them up.

We have to realize that there just isn't any point during the year when the temptations let up.  They seem to be ever-present with their siren song.

Already, the aisles are laden with Easter treats.  Are you going to be able to resist the jelly beans?  How about the chocolate eggs?
                                       
Were you one of the many people who made a commitment to start a weight-loss program "after the holidays" when it would be "easier" for you?  Have you now discovered that "the holidays" never end?  Super Bowl Sunday, St. Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  And on top of those special days, there are birthdays, weddings, vacations and other celebrations.

But don't give up hope.  Remember, even if the scale moves just 1 pound per week, it will add up to 52 pounds in a year!  And in that year, you will have just one of each of the holidays I mentioned to celebrate.  And this is just one out of the many years you get to celebrate them.  So, if the temptations seem overwhelming, take each holiday one at a time and tell yourself that you can get through it, just this year, without indulging.  Next year, there will be a lot less of you and you can enjoy celebrating again.