TEC’s seven-week wellness series Weight Loss for Life led by physician Cheryl Beighle and physical therapist Jenna Lisenby is unique in its integrated approach. It’s about feeling good about food, exercise and health and making lifestyle changes for physical and mental well-being — not a punishing quick fix. The next class will be 5:30-7 pm, Tuesdays, April 28-June 9. Register online. Cost: $150.
Participants do tend to lose weight (5-20 pounds during the class), but they what they gain is more important — tools they can use for life.
The class could be recommended by a primary care provider, behavioral health provider, diabetes educator or nutritionist — or friends and family may decide to take it together. Steven Dixon took the class in Spring 2014 and answered some frequently asked questions about it.
How did you hear about the class?
My provider recommended it. I have diabetes and I knew I needed to make changes. It sounded like a really good program.
What was the class like?
Personalized, tailored to fit you. I have a whole notebook full of questions I got answered. We made lists of our own roadblocks and goals. The teachers were very personable.
What made this different from other weight loss classes or diets?
It connected everything – food, exercise and motivation — and was about long term changes.
What did you learn?
How to read labels, how to break habits, and paying attention to portion control. Labels can lie, so fresh food is better. I gained tons of tools.
What was the best part of the class?
The highlight was the next time I had my blood tests — everything was in line. My numbers were good!
Did you have any concerns?
I was leery of the self-hypnosis, but I loved it. You’re coaching yourself and getting what you want to do locked in your mind.
What could have been better?
If it were longer — you really focus during the class. Have there been any lasting changes? My snacking habits. Instead of chips, carrots and hummus is my favorite. When we eat out, we order more salads and take home food if the portions are too big.
What’s your overall review?
The class was great. I’m a lazy person and it’s made big changes for me. I’m off a couple of medications now. My energy level is up. I still need to exercise more, but I have the tools. I just need to keep using them.