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Training for Baby: The weight game

Posted March 1, 2011 8:07 p.m. EST
Updated March 1, 2011 9:07 p.m. EST

I started out in October with a goal to lose 10 pounds. I have since surpassed that goal and hit 17 pounds!

But I’m not done yet.

My goal is to drop another five to seven pounds. If I could lose another 10, I’d be ecstatic.

I’ve been making the most of my cardio workouts three times a week by paying attention to my heart rate.

My trainer said my heart rate should never exceed the following:

220 – my age = maximum heart rate

Since I am 30, my max heart rate shouldn’t go over 190 when I am working out.

There are tons of heart rate calculators out there that tell you where your heart rate should be to burn fat during your workouts.

This one uses your age and exercise level. For me, it was pretty accurate. My heart rate typically stays been 133 and 171 during workouts, which is what it told me I should be striving for.

Another tip to stimulate weight loss is changing your diet. Just a few tweaks can jump start your metabolism. I have a friend who dropped about 10 pounds quickly by eating yogurt instead of ice cream, having fruit instead of cookies and enjoying wheat bread instead of white.

Do you have any tips to help stimulate weight loss? Any good low calorie recipes? I am getting a little sick of frozen diet meals.

Kathy is a web producer, entertainment expert and concert photographer for WRAL.com. 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.