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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Get out of the house for your workout

My gym buddy, Carol, is an important part of my workout routine.  She helps me stay committed.  Recently, though, due to travel and family illness, she has not been able to meet me for workouts.  I miss her terribly, but I still continue going to the gym.

Excuses for skipping a workout abound.  Sometimes, the hardest part is just showing up.  Yes, there are days that it feels like that is all I did, but I did do it.  I showed up, I got some activity in, and I always feel better for having done it.

Which is what I have had to tell myself a couple of times these past few weeks, when I was tempted to sleep in, knowing that no one was depending on my company.

Working out at home can be a convenient and more frugal option.  But there is more of a feeling of having accomplished something if you can get out of the house for your exercise, whether it is going to the gym or taking a walk.  It creates a feeling of having gone somewhere and done something.

Even more importantly, because I am primarily a housewife, it gets me up and out of the house first thing in the morning.  That alone helps my overall outlook and disposition immensely.

Also, because I am a regular gym attendee, I know other regulars there, too.  Some I might chat with a bit, others I can wave to as I am coming or going.  And when I am not there for an extended time, I am missed. 

These things are part of a mental list that helps me remember that getting up and getting exercise is a part of my daily life.