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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Don't let slip-ups destroy your plan

Sometimes learning to live healthier requires gaining a new perspective on things.  We all have days that just don't start out right.  You oversleep, are late to a meeting and catch glares from your boss.  When you walk out of the meeting, there sits a box of donuts, just calling out comfort in that moment of stress - and you answer the call.

Two or three donuts later, you've decided: "Oh the heck with it, the day is ruined; I might as well just eat whatever I want."  So you go out to lunch and have a big burger and fries.  With all that heavy food, and the resultant sugar crash, you are too tired to stop at the gym after work so you head for home.  After dinner, you decide you might as well top the day off with a bowl of ice cream.  As you climb into bed, you promise yourself that tomorrow will be better.

But how will it be better if you don't consider how today might have gone better in the first place?  If you don't recognize where it went wrong, how can you stop it next time?

Where did it go wrong?  It wasn't the alarm clock, or even the donuts.  It was at the "Oh the heck with it" point that the day took a wrong turn.  You are going to slip up sometimes; your weight loss plan has room for a few slip-ups.  It's that lack of forgiveness for slipping up that derails you. 

Next time, talk to yourself as you would a friend.  Tell yourself that you made a mistake, but it's not the end of the world and as of this moment you are back on track.  Make it a habit and even the slip-ups might get smaller and less frequent.