"Parents tend to bring guilt probably more than any other emotion," she said. "And part of what we do is just set that all aside and help parents to see what they can do now, and give them the tools that they need to create a scenario where their child is going to be very successful."
Eating healthy is important, but learning to cook healthy is even more so at Wellspring. The kids learn in fun cooking classes how to prepare healthy meals on their own.
The children learn to make oatmeal bake and zucchini sticks, and are introduced to healthy ingredient substitutions like egg whites in place of whole eggs, and Splenda and apple sauce in place of sugar. Of course, the parents get a lesson too. Instead of deep fat fried chicken fingers, the parents learn how to make cutlets dipped in egg whites and bread crumbs, and baked in the oven for a healthy snack.
"I think today, I'm way more realistic than I thought yesterday," said Robinson at the program's halfway point. "Yesterday I was, like, no way and today it's like, I'm starting to see how we can incorporate different things."
After a lunch of baked chicken fingers and sweet potato fries, the families took a field trip to the grocery store. Their assignment was to find low-fat alternatives for the foods they're going to miss most.
The Robinsons were on a mission to find low-fat beef so they can enjoy hamburgers at home. "We found one substitute," said Collin. "It is Laura's lean beef, 140 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 24 grams of protein."
Next, they're on the hunt for a healthy dessert and they successfully find non-fat brownies. The other families are shopping in a new way, too. "I think we've been living in that little vacuum," said Heather Joyner, "and it's pretty eye-opening to come out and see."
By midweek, Robinson has a turnaround. She's more positive. She and Collin try a challenging yoga session together, and overall, she's gained confidence that she can actually make these changes at home.
"It was a hard day for me, Monday," she said. "And I thought, 'God, what am I doing here? What am I thinking? It's too hard, I can't do it.' Today, I feel like, I think we could go home and do it."
Throughout the week, Collin and the other kids try out even tougher sports as they start to build their endurance.
There's canoeing on the lake, swimming at the marina, and hiking in the hills.
Krista continues making progress. She joins in for family aerobics class, and a kickball game as well.
Soon enough, it was time for the one-week weigh-in. "If he loses two or three pounds, I will be really excited," she said, "even if the scale is the same, we have changed as people, already ... and I imagine it'll be even more by the time we leave here."
Krista Robinson was up first, dropping from 334 to 324 pounds. "I would say 10 pounds is something to be very excited about," said Borgman.
Robinson was stunned. "I can't believe it," she said. "It's kind of amazing, isn't it?"
As for Colin, he lost 11 and a quarter pounds, dropping down to just under 238, which made his mother ecstatic. "Are you happy?" she asks Collin. "That is so awesome. Did you think you could do that?"
He answers with a smile.