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Training for Baby: Hurdling obstacles

Posted December 28, 2010

In my first visit with my personal trainer Anthony Harold, we identified my goals and possible obstacles for weight loss.

I have a lot of goals, including being in the best shape of my life when I get pregnant.

I know losing weight won’t help me get pregnant any faster. But, I want to have a plan in place so I can maintain a healthy weight for me and baby. I also want to bounce back quickly.

My husband and I are planning to ditch the birth control by summer. He is a busy sports writer and this is his craziest time of year.

When identifying my weight-loss obstacles, I found that I only face a few food-related obstacles.

I have a sweet tooth. I also crave carbs, especially mac and cheese and biscuits. I am a true Southerner with comfort food taste.

Growing up in south Louisiana, the food was so amazing; you wanted to just eat more of it. Moving to North Carolina put a damper on my deep-fried habits, except for when I hit the State Fair!

My husband is a huge fan of desserts. He didn’t eat too many growing up, so now he always wants to check out the dessert tray. While chocolate cake is good for my emotional well being, it is bad for my butt.

I have been slowly making dietary changes for about six months, so I didn’t need to do too much to get into a healthier way of thinking.

Here are a few of my changes:

  • Changing from white to wheat bread
  • Eating a vegetable with every meal
  • Snacking on yogurt, instead of cookies
  • Drinking about 64 oz of water a day
  • Eating fruit
  • Only one dessert a week
  • Checking out calorie and sodium facts for my favorite foods
  • Cutting out alcohol (no more weekly glass of wine!)
  • Reducing sugar intake

My husband and I eat out a lot, so I have gotten into the habit of checking out the nutritional facts online before we go out. In a later column, I’ll post some tips on losing weight while still eating out. (I’m not a great cook!)

Trainer Anthony suggested that I have six small meals a day. He also suggested that I break up my lunch into two parts, that way my body won’t be so hungry, causing me to eat more.

Here is my daily formula:

  • Breakfast: Special K Protein Meal Bar
  • Snack: Activia strawberry yogurt
  • Lunch: Smart Ones meal, Lean Cuisine, Quiznos or a peanut butter and jelly on a 100 calorie sandwich round
  • Snack: Yogurt or fruit
  • Late afternoon snack (if I am still starving): Fruit or 100 calorie Special K protein snack
  • Dinner: Grilled fish or chicken with broccoli

It has been working so far. I don’t find myself nearly as starving as I used to be. The water is really filling me up. I sip on it all day. I have so much in me that I could basically float my way home.

What are some of your obstacles to losing weight? How are you overcoming them?

Kathy is a web producer, entertainment expert and concert photographer for She has written a manuscript about her life as an entertainment reporter and pop culture. Learn more about Kathy on her website. On Wednesdays here on Go Ask Mom, she's chronicling her efforts to lose weight before she and her husband start a family.


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  • yogacat Dec 30, 2010

    I hope you'll make an effort to get some real, fresh vegetables in your diet as well - greens, especially!

  • Mugu Dec 29, 2010

    Losing weight will make you get pregnant faster as you will look more desirable.

    Real talk.

  • anclontz Dec 29, 2010

    When I found out I was pregnant 8 months ago, I totally cut sugar just for personal choice. I find sugar free candy tastes exactly like the real thing, and it helps my sweet tooth. If you really can take the challenge, cut out all sweet stuff and just continue going sugar free. Best decision I've made! I have even found that one of my favorite restaurants (Cheesecake Factory) have a cheesecake made with splenda!!

  • hihuwatlu Dec 29, 2010

    The six small meals will also be helpful after you're pregnant for preventing morning sickness. I found I didn't have morning sickness as long as I ate frequently during the day and didn't let myself get hungry. I always kept peanut butter or cheese crackrs around for snacking. Also, if your doctor didn't mention it, you may want to ask about vitamins. It can be difficult to get what you need normally, but especially when dieting and I would think you would want to get all your vitamin levels boosted before getting pregnant.

  • Baybee Doll Dec 29, 2010

    That sounds good except for a few things--a) you don't look like you need to lose weight, b) if water really helped people lose weight, everyone would drink 8 cups a day and be thin,, and c) if you eat that stuff while pregnant, the baby will starve. Why not just plan to breastfeed after the birth? It will help a naturally thin person like yourself to bounce back quickly.

  • murdock Dec 29, 2010

    Two of my biggest obstacles are sodas and exercise. We eat out a lot and a Dr. Pepper just tastes so much better than water. And I cannot stand diet drinks.

    My other obstacle is just taking time in a safe environment to walk. Sometimes at lunch, I go to Target just to walk around (but also end up spending money).

    I am also working on my weight in hopes of being healthier if I get pregnant.

  • snowl Dec 29, 2010

    That's a very strict 'daily formula' in my opinion. It might work in reverse when you do become pregnant. Like you said about your husband, craving desserts because he was not allowed to eat them growing up. Good luck with your plans however, you are on the right track. Not gaining too much weight while pregnant is more important than how much you are losing now. I gained 30 pounds when pregnant and the weight came right off. You are fortunate to have a trainer by your side, but listen to your body too. HE has never been a woman or pregnant....:)