Utter Autism

March 9, 2008

Can’t Weight to Get on the Treadmill!

Adrian’s weight has become more and more of a problem over the past year.  His 11 year old male appetite is huge. But most of the foods he eats are limited to foods high in fats and carbohydrates which easily packs on the pounds. 

We’d been considering ways to cut back and had already made some changes. We swapped out the sugar drinks for sugar-free, switched from white to whole grains and tried to limit the treats.  But even with these measures, his weight was still climbing faster than we wanted. 

He gets quite a bit of activity in a day walking on the treadmill, riding the bike and doing heavy work throughout his school day.  At home he’s rarely ever sitting down.  His energy seems almost endless.  But knowing it’s going to be difficult to make further changes in his diet we decided we’d try to increase his daily activity level here at home. 

He got on the treadmill Monday afternoon right after school.  We’ve got two treadmills so I did my workout on the other.  After 30 minutes I was done for the day.  Adrian was not.  He stayed on that treadmill for an hour.  An hour!  Non-stop!  And not just walking either.  He played with all the speed levels. Pumping it all the way up to 10 and running till it slowed back down.  When the hour was up I had to force him to quit.  

It’s a relief to know he enjoys this and it won’t be a struggle to get him on that treadmill a few times a week.  Along with a few other minor diet changes, we should be well on our way to getting his weight back under control.


  1. Wow…I wish it was that easy to get myself exercising for an hour =)

    Comment by Cammie — March 9, 2008 @ 5:49 pm

  2. In case you think it was just a fluke (I did), he did it again later in the week. A whole hour! His favorite part? Watching Disney channel while he walks. Great for him but it makes me wish my workout didn’t last 30 minutes 😉

    Comment by Carol — March 10, 2008 @ 3:12 pm

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