My client is a breast cancer survivor, not willing to give up smoking, is holding all her fat in her stomach and abdominal region. She is limited by shoulder usage due to previous injury. She also has a very poor diet, is working on changing some, and increasing water intake. She lives on frozen dinners, and packaged foods, which we’ve gone over several times. Recently, I’ve gotten her to do her first 5K, walking, and now she is jogging as well, with strength training. Just need some ideas to help her because she is in a danger zone with the body fat and still smoking.
HI DAWN,I THINK KARIN AND SEAN HAVE BOTH MADE GOOD POINTS. I JUST WANTED TO ADD THAT I AGREE WITH YOU HER FAT STORAGE IS NOT GOOD. EXCESS FAT IN THE STOMACH AREA HAS BEEN RELATED TO HEART, DIABETES, CANCER AND, SO ON. I HAVE READ THAT MANY PEOPLE WITH FAT STORAGE IN THIS AREA ARE INSULIN RESISTANT. WOMAN CAN BE AFFECTED BY HORMONAL CHANGES DUE TO ” CHANGE OF LIFE ” THAT CAN CAUSE THIS AS THE STATISTICS SHOW. I WOULD PERSONALLY ENCOURAGE HER TO TRY AND UTILIZE COMPLEX CARBS IN HER FROZEN DINNERS. HOPEFULLY WITH YOUR PATIENCE AND ENCOURAGEMENT SHE WILL REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF FAT IN THE STOMACH. BEING A CANCER SURVIVOR USUALLY MEANS THERE IS A 5 YEAR WAITING PERIOD BEFORE YOU ARE CONSIDERED A SURVIVOR. WITHIN THAT 5 YEARS, YOUR OWN MORTALITY COMES INTO THOUGHT. HOW A PERSON DEALS WITH THIS A GUESS. EACH PERSON IS DIFFERENT. BUT, IT WILL AFFECT THEIR BEHAVIOR AFTERWARDS. PLUS, THERE IS ALSO A PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTOR OF LOSING A BREAST. AS THE OTHERS HAVE SAID, BE PATIENCT, ENCOURAGE HER. AND, I THINK IF YOU CAN BE EMPATHETIC IT WILL BENEFIT IN REFERENCE TO YOUR PATIENCE AND ENCOURAGEMENT. IT CAN BE FRUSTRATING AT TIME BUT, YOU MAY BE THE BEST THING IN HER LIFE AT THIS POINT. GOOD LUCK. BRIAN ROZZI