Who is this plan for? Anyone who is ready make some changes to improve their health. Someone that does not need to lose weight can also benefit by the "Beat the Creep" changes. It would be great if 2 friends, or a couple was interested in "beating the creep" together. It helps to have a buddy. An added benefit of the group class is that you can get support from other class members.
Do I have to share my current situation? Your health issues discussed in private consultation with Dr. Tripp are confidential. You decide how much you want to share with the rest of the class. If you aren't ready to get weighed or share at all, you probably aren't ready to commit yourself to making changes yet. If you don't set some goals in the beginning, you can't measure your progress.
Will I succeed? You will never succeed if you don't try. We all have hard Albert Einstein's definition of insanity: "Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." If you commit yourself to making some changes for your health, you will make progress toward your goals.
I'd like to join the class, but I think it's too expensive : The tradeoff of poor health costs much more than this class. It's not a big investment to make in your health compared with prescriptions and doctor visits. Maybe you aren't ready to spend the money because you are not sure yet if you will get results. That is understandable. Dr. Tripp wants satisfied customers. Hopefully you will discuss any concerns right away so that the program can be adjusted, but if you don't feel it is worthwhile, you can get out. If cost is the only thing holding you back from signing up, please discuss it with Dr. Tripp.
Does insurance cover this program? Most insurance programs do not cover it directly, but in some plans, Health Saving Account funds can be used.
What if I don't want to give up foods I like? - You do not need to give up foods that you don't want to give up. Beat the Creep is a program for moderation, and gradual changes. What you eat is up to you.
Do I have to exercise? I hate exercise. - It's all about doing a little bit more than you are were doing before. Dr. Tripp will help you find ways to incorporate moving into your everyday life.
I feel like I'm being pushed into this. Someone else wants me to lose weight. If someone else wants you to "beat the creep" and you are not committed on your own, then you are not ready now.
I think I can lose weight at any time if I just put my mind to it. That's great - then what are you waiting for. The sooner you put your mind to it, the healthier you will be. We are here if you decide you want some help.
What about the rest of the family? - They are picky eaters and won't eat vegetables. This can be a problem. First, you can change the meals that you eat on your own (e.g. breakfast, lunch, snacks). Later, we'll help you find ways to work in some vegetables gradually. You might be surprised.
I'm not the main cook in the household. How do I make changes when I'm not in control of the food? Are you still in charge of your own breakfast, lunch, and snacks? Start with the meals you control, and work on dinner later.
My family always offers me cookies and other treats -- How do I stop them or resist this temptation? That is a problem. Together we will work on strategies to combat this.
I have a special health issues. Will I be able to eat the meals served in the Beat the Creep classes? Tell Dr.Tripp what you need and she will do her best to accommodate special needs. Diabetic and gluten free diets are two that have been addressed.
How long does the class last? The class is 2 hour sessions every other week. There are 8 different lessons, that take about 4 months. There is also a follow- up class,that meets once a month for an hour,that includes weigh in and discussion to keep you on track.