Shape up before summer

From staff and wire reports

April 21, 2011 at 10:03 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

(Family Features)

If you are looking for new ways to eat better and shape up before the summer arrives, learn from healthy-living blogger Roni Noone. Six years ago, Noone lost weight with Weight Watchers and ever since she has been an inspiration for people trying to live a healthier lifestyle.  Here are a few of the tips that have made her successful.

Take it one choice
at a time
I always say one goal, one day, one choice at a time. All of those good choices add up. If you happen to make the wrong decision, admit it and move on. You will learn from that bad choice. As long as you are making more good choices then bad, you are on your way. Every new choice is just that, new. It has nothing to do with what you ate for lunch.

Rearrange Your Refrigerator
How many times have you bought fresh groceries only to have them rot in your refrigerator drawers? It's probably time to rearrange the fridge. Put all the fresh, healthy stuff at eye level. Make it the first thing you see when you open the door. This way you are more apt to grab that apple or bag of carrot sticks when you are hunting for something to snack on.
Be Prepared for
Snack Attacks
When cravings strike, be smart and choose snacks that combine portion-control and taste. For example, diet creamy treats made with real low-fat ice cream or frozen yogurt can be a good choice for everyone in the family. Having snacks like these on hand makes it even easier to stay on track.

Get Creative
Getting creative in the kitchen can save you calories and money. For example, if you crave fries, make them with butter squash; if you crave pizza, use a whole grain tortilla instead of dough. Chips and dip more your thing? Slice up some veggies and dip them in hummus. The goal is to make healthier choices.

Find Your Tribe
Do your best to surround yourself physically or virtually with people who will support you. Ask your spouse to join you in after-dinner walks. Try to get your family into more activities. Get people you love involved and if they aren't game, attend a few workout classes and introduce yourself. Search for local groups online. Finding your tribe will help you not feel so alone while you make certain lifestyle changes.

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