Thursday, September 24, 2009

Vivian Week 3



Vivian lost 2 pounds this week! Woo-hoo! As Vivian stated we focused on calories this past week. Really just making her aware of how much calories she is about to eat and if it is too many then how can we change that. We didn't focus on how much protein, fat and carbs her foods were this week because we really need to take this in baby steps so she will really learn and retain the information. If I throw it all at her at once then she will be confused and when we are confused we are overwhelmed and don't want to learn anymore. So this morning she was running late and called the office and wanted to know if we wanted her to pick up anything while she was out. I asked her what she was getting and she was hesitant, she wanted to go to Chick-fil-A, so I pulled up a calorie list of their food items and she really wanted an egg and a bagel, so that came out to 320 calories which was a great range for her for breakfast. It did have 42g of carbohydrates and the bagel, even though multi-grain, was still processed so I suggested next time we get this also get a large fruit cup with it and remove half of the bagel from the sandwich.

We discussed how we were going to implement exercise into her busy life. Having an autistic son makes it really hard to find time so what I suggested to get started was to find a physical game or a kids workout dvd that her son would like and they both do them together. She ended up getting a dance, dance, revolution type game and she and her son like to play it. So I said for this week to do it at least 3 tiimes per week for 20 minutes. I don't want to wear herself out in one week and have her quitting it all together (baby steps). Next week she is getting some 3-5 pound dumbbells and a stability ball. I will show her some exercises for each body part for her to do 2 times per week to start. We are also going to go out to lunch and I'm going to let her choose the place we go and then I'm going to have her figure out what they serve and what the calories are and we are going to figure out what we want before we even get there. I do this all the time myself. A website that I like to utilize is www.caloriesperhour.com and they have all grocery items and most fast food places with some restaurants. If you can't find what you're looking for then you can go to that restaurants website for their nutritional info. If they don't have it then choose another restaurant. Places like the Cheesecake Factory do not publish their calories and serve portions that are 2, 3 or 4 times a serving! It's been said that one of their dishes is over 3000 calories! Once slice of cheesecake is around 800 calories! So that one slice of cheesecake is about half of your total daily calories, not to mention the amount of fat in it.

Ok Vivian, I'm looking forward to exercising with you and going out to lunch. Be prepared! Good Luck! I know you can do it!

Ok guys, don't forget to tune in next week to see clips of our restaurant outing and exercise teaching.

Tip of the week: Look up the restaurants before you go out to eat so you can find out how much calories are in certain dishes. Sometimes what you think is healthy is not healthy at all. Until nextweek! Bye! Kristina

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