06/02/2010 02:06 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

13 Summertime Tips: Shop for a Bathing Suit, Freeze Your Fat and Smile

Is summertime weight loss different than winter weight loss? The simple answer is, "Yes!" On the upside, there's a plethora of fresh fruits and veggies ready for the taking, air-conditioning can freeze your fat off (see tip #2), and taking an early morning walk is a pleasurable experience. On the downside, it's bathing suit season. To that end ...

Here follows 13 Good Luck! It's Summer, and YES, I Gotta Lose Weight Tips that will help you to Calm Down, Get Real and Survive Wearing a Bathing suit!

1. Walking Meditation. Tune Into Yourself! A walking meditation is your basic slow, run-of-the-mill walk, with awareness. It invigorates the tired soul!!

How to: Stay mindful of your step -- your rhythm, the sound. If your mind wanders (and it invariably will), gently bring your attention back to your walking. Ahhhh ....

2. Turn the Air-Conditioner Off at Meal Times. During the summer months, our bodies naturally crave more liquids than food. So, by turning off your air-conditioner at mealtime, you will automatically eat less, conserve energy and lower your electric bill! It's a win, win, win!

3. Keep a Summer Weight Loss Scrapbook -- In addition to tracking your food (statistics show that those who do, lose faster), you can add quotes, recipes, and fun summer time photos. It will keep you focused on the positive, get your "upward spiral" in motion and at the end of the summer, you will have an amazing memento of the best summer ever!

4. Shoot for Last. There seem to be more "dining out" challenges during the warm months. A good way to eat less is to wait until everyone else is served before you start eating. And then, chew slowly, making sure that you are the last one to finish! Make it a part of your summertime strategy! Eat less. Lose More!

5. Focus on What Your Body Can DO! Instead of zeroing in on your self-perceived flaws, how about engaging in some fun physical activities, such as golf, tennis, badminton or even croquet, so that you can begin to appreciate what your body can do! Do you get it? Your body is amazing!

6. Get Dirty ... and Stress Less. To improve your stress level, plant a small garden. If space is limited, try a few flower pots -- either outside or on your windowsill.

Putting your hands in soil is "grounding," and it can help relieve both physical and mental stress.

7. Be Kind to Your Eyes. When outdoors, wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of ultraviolet A and B rays. Sunglasses can help prevent cataracts, as well as wrinkles around the eyes.

8. Develop Your Own Summertime Style. Just for the fun of it (fun being the operative word), why not 'try on' a new style this summer. Experiment with colors that you wouldn't normally wear, and styles too. Hey, you never know! A new you may step forward.

9. Toss a Healthy Snack in Your Bag! Since you're likely to be out more during the summer, you might find yourself in need of a healthy snack. Just as I always toss my keys, cell phone, and lipstick in my bag, so goes a piece of fruit! Make it a healthy habit!

10. Beach Time Visualization. Imagine the stress of the day, week and month along with anything else that might be weighing you down, going out with the tide. Breathe in experience; breathe out poetry!

11. Bathing Suit Trauma. How to buy and wear a bathing suit; feel good and strut your stuff.

Do NOT Go with the Latest Style. Mix and match and find what works best for you!

You Look Better Than You Think. I promise, you do! Most of us have an inaccurate read on how we look.

Wrap It. If you are truly uncomfortable, wrap your waist in some fashionable cover-up.

Mirror. When you are looking in the mirror, zero in on a favorite part of yourself. Maybe it's your eyes, or your lips ... your soul! No beating up of self allowed.

12. On Vacation? Opt for a condo or efficiency apartment vs. a hotel room ... one that has a kitchen! You'll save calories, money and mental stress! Even if you eat one meal there, and pack lunch and/or snacks for the road, you'll be ahead of the game!

13. Did I say Game? Setting yourself up for success can be the best game ever! And think of the progress you'll make!

Spread the summertime word ... NOT the icing!

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