Friday, June 3, 2011

Another Bathing Suit Season

Have you tried yours on yet? I did. It fits, but I kept my coverup on the whole time we were at the pool. I am putting up some advice from Prevention and Self magazines. Not for exercises or diets, but for positive, slimmer thinking. Being healthy and losing weight is all about the attitude. It's also a battle. So if we don't care, the fat wins!

"12 Ways to Think Slim" by Marisa Cohen, Self , June 2011 (my comments)
  1. Food is not a trophy - reward yourself another way (put it on your blog and get sweet feedback!)
  2. Look at the dessert menu on a full stomach, then you're less likely to overindulge.
  3. "Diet" foods aren't always - many times they're just smaller portions (huh, that's what I try to do when I diet anyway, smaller portions!)
  4. Use the oxygen-mask rule - we worry about our kids eating healthy, then are too tired to do the same for ourselves. So make one more serving of what the kids are having for you.
  5. Don't sway - just because she's thinner than you, don't copy her order, make your own healthy choice and stick with it
  6. Don't let splurges become habit - if you splurge for a long weekend or vacation, your body gets used to it and it's harder to go back. Watch yourself.
  7. Menus are eye candy - restaurants entice you with their descriptions, don't be fooled into thinking something is healthy by the sound of it (remember "too good to be true?")
  8. Nothing is free - I have said this before, if it's free of something, it's got more of something else.
  9. Don't eat it "because it's there" - someone's birthday at work, free donuts for a meeting; all so tempting, try to hold back (I gave in the other day and had a donut, and it was gooooood. Oh, sorry. I regret it now.)
  10. If it's sweet but not fruit, it's not breakfast (I hate this rule, though it's true. I try to satisfy my need for sweet with a nutrigrain waffle, no syrup. They're grrrreat!)
  11. Fad rhymes with bad - here is an awesome rule for diets: if you can't get what you need at your grocery store or eat at a restaurant you probably won't stick with it
  12. The more you sleep, the less you eat - not to say nap your day away, but get more sleep at night. If you're up late, odds are you'll get hungry again
And a little more advice from Prevention, April 2011.
"...people who smelled green apple, banana or peppermint several times a daily lost an average of 30 lbs in 6 months." (anybody got some green apple lip balm?)

And second, here are some natural ways to help fight what might be bothering you:
> Have less energy? You might need B12, found in meats and fortified cereal
> Have achy joints? You might need Manganese and Copper, found in nuts, beef & spinach, but might need supplement
> Have less memory? You might need Omega 3, reduce refined and processed food, eat more fish
> Have higher blood pressure? You might need Potassium, reduce sodium, eat more fruits and veggies


Empty Nest Insider said...

Sadly, most of the rules do apply to me. I like the more sleep rule. Is there a food or pill that will stop my husband's snoring? That would help me get more sleep. Smelling peppermint would only make me crave chocolate peppermint. I like your lip balm idea! Julie

Rhonda at Laugh Quotes said...

Fantastic list, with some great suggestions. I am really bad at the sleep one. Winter just started down under, so I have a while to go before swim suit season. I don't quite understand the green apple or banana, but hey it's easy to give it a try.

Kim said...

These are some great tips. I might borrow them and use them later...or I mean use them now. And no, I don't do swimsuits anymore. Sad to say. I really need to do something about it. Thanks for the tips!

MISH said...

This side of the world , we've packed our swim suits away and taken out the woolies !
It's a known fact that during the colder season you tend to eat more , so thanks for the slimming tips !!

Sandra said...

Personally I like the point that says to get more sleep. I'll use any excuse to nap!
Have fun at your baseball tournament (I read the first post here, but figured there wasn't much to comment on in that one, except to say: Go team!)

Deb said...

I need to start carrying peppermint candy around with me! My only swimsuit--a (*gulp*) maternity swimsuit--does not fit me. It's time to start getting serious about getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight!

Heather Henry said...

I got rid of my bathing suit. I'm planning to buy a new one, but not until I'm okay the way I look.
Great list though, very helpful tips. I think I need to just replace my meals with green apples, that would probably help a lot. :)

Thanks for sharing. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Tara Tyler said...

julie- snoring is the worst! i need more sleep too!
rhonda- winter? well you are down under... =)
kim- maybe we all need daily encouragement...i might do that
mish- cold for you too, we'll always be behind!
sandra- thanks!
deb- arent some of your pics recent? you look good!
heather h- threw it away? aww!

bath & body works just came out w/sour apple sanitizer...
maybe i'll make a fun you tube for us all to have fun & exercise =)

C R Ward said...

What great tips! I'm going to print this list out so I don't forget any of them.

Even though we have a pool in our back yard, I don't go swimming until the sun goes down so the neighbours don't see me in my bathing suit. :-)

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