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Training for Baby: Temptations

Posted March 9, 2011

What is the biggest temptation that could derail your diet or exercise plan?

Besides wanting to hit the snooze button and skip the gym in lieu of a few extra hours of sleep, most of mine revolve around trips back to my hometown – New Orleans.

The food is so good there. I find it hard to avoid eating tons of it! This is especially true at carnival time – also known as Mardi Gras.

Knowing all of this, I still booked myself a trip home for Fat Tuesday, knowing that King Cakes (basically large stuffed sugared donuts with filling) and fried catfish await me.

Vacations also mean less time for exercise.

Last time I visited my mom I ended up going with her to the gym and then doing aerobics videos with her at home. Yes, I said videos. She has a ton of Kathy Smith exercise VHS tapes from the 1980s. I usually laugh the entire time we do them, but at least I am getting a workout.

I bought my mom a set of Zumba videos for Christmas, so maybe we can do that.

So what’s your biggest food temptation or personal obstacle?

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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  • olive91988 Mar 9, 2011

    Food obstacle: potatoes (fried, chipped, mashed, hashed, any kind of way.
    Personal obstacle: working 12 hour shifts with no breaks sometimes means you eat whatever is there. If someone orders pizza thats what you eat.

  • Killian Mar 9, 2011

    Food obstacle: simple carbs/sugar that is in convenience food

    Personal obstacle: a disability that prevents many exercises from being feasible

  • djsull494 Mar 9, 2011

    Food temptation = chocolate. Personal obstacle = laziness. Combine the two and it's a bad scene .....

  • aloflin Mar 9, 2011

    Sweets, sweets, and more sweets! I workout so I can eat as much candy (hard candy, not chocolate) as I want!