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.
You have one of those tough cases–the client came to you for help and support but needs to be ready and in a state of action to change. You’ve already made some progress on the cardio and strength end, which is great. Keep encouraging her efforts!
I would also keep encouraging her to eat whole foods over packaged foods. (My philosophy is hard work and whole foods!). Try to have her swap some packaged items for fresh fruits and veggies, lean sources of protein, healthy fats, and whole grains. I try to not only encourage my clients to eat more whole foods, but I always also explain the reasons why and the great benefits. More energy and disease prevention are only two great motivating benefits of eating healthy and clean. Since her diet plays a huge role in her success, she may want to try tracking her calorie intake if she doesn’t already.
Overall, she has to be ready to change, but remind her that this is a marathon, not a race! She is in this for the long haul, so those small changes will add up to long-lasting health and well-being.
Good luck and keep motivating her,