Are you thinking about signed up for 30/10 but have some questions? Worried that the 30/10 staff are only going to tell you want you want to hear so you will sign up? (This is NOT the case but points for you for always watching out for #1!)
Ask ME your questions here and I will answer them honestly and wittily! I know that is not a word but it works here…Post your question in the COMMENT section and I will post it here with my response!
Questions and Answers!
Hi there, I have really enjoyed reading your blog. You have tons of great information and I love how honest you are. 🙂 I am thinking about starting the program but the cost is just killing it for me. Then I noticed you mentioned the tax write off, and you will be at $8000. I’m just wondering how that works. I may be able to justify this to my husband if that is the case. Thank you so much for your time!!
Hi Jessica! Thanks for reading and passing along that compliment! I have really enjoy writing about this journey…it helps me figure it all out without killing those closets to me! 🙂 GREAT question and concern. The 30/10 program is TAX DEDUCTIBLE! Because it is a “medical program” developed and overseen by doctors you can write all all non-food expensive! So for 15 weeks my cost was $3600. I get to deduct around $2800 for my 15 weeks of being on the plan. I will be doing the plan for a total of 37 weeks- that was what my coach estimated would be the amount of time for me to release 100 pounds. This means that my upfront costs will be around $10,000 which is a TON of money. This is all not “due” at once. You pay half of up front then the rest at a later date. It is also the starting price for gastric bypass surgery…not to mention all of the pre-work that Washington State providers require (medical screenings, 6 months of working with other weight loss programs like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig, counseling…the list is LONG) OR the post-op medical attention, care, and counseling. I am insured through Premera and when I was inquiring about gastric surgery options they estimated that my OUT OF COST expenses over the next 3 years would be $15,000…IF everything went perfectly. There are a few things in that situation that scare me. Nothing ever goes right in my world so my out of cost would be through the roof. Medically changing my insides for ever did not sound appealing. 3 YEARS of pre and post recovery? That was just TOO much time I do not have to dedicate to releasing my weight. My husband and I want to start a family next year so I had to get my weight off NOW! Long story short, over 37 weeks we will spend $10,000 on 30/10. I will have released 100 pounds to the universe never to see these bones again. I will get to deduct around $8000 for medical expenses JUST from the 30/10 program. I am assuming 30/10 provides you with documentation for your costs when you ask for it. I just have not gotten that far yet! But a large part of it IS tax deductible that I know for sure!
Another thing to think about here is your timeframe. How much do you want or need to lose? 30/10 stands for 30 pounds in 10 weeks. If you follow the program to a T this IS how much you will lose. It just works. My costs are SO high because I have A LOT of weight to lose and I am still eating a TON of food. I am eating 5-6 of their food items a day and that costs more money. I have known people who have had less weight to lose and their costs are much lower than mine. To TRULY get your costs you HAVE to go in for a consultation-CALL ahead and make that consultation appointment. If you just drop into one of their offices they will not have to time to answer your questions fully. At your consultation they will give your all your health numbers, talk about the program in DEPTH, and give your your true costs. Because you know me now and you tell them that April Williams referred you, your consultation fee is $25. BEST $25 I EVER SPENT! I got to see my weight, fat ratios, BMI, water weight, muscle and skeleton mass…numbers that solidified the fact that I was OBESE and was going to die if I continued my lifestyle. It was VERY difficult to see those numbers exposed to the “public” but it was what needed to happen. Even if you end up not signing up…you are now armed with your own numbers and that is powerful.
When my coach pointed out that fact that I was ALREADY spending the $3600 in three months (15 weeks…3.5 months) on food and food-related things it made the cost not so steep. We were spending $400-600 just at the grocery store ever month. I was spending $200 a month at Starbucks. We spend $400 a month eating out…another $200 on drinks with friends and random food purchases. I was also spending $200 a month in co-pays for my medical issues…think of the gas and time you are also spending to get there! When I got honest with my spending habits the choice was easy for me and my husband. On the program, you will be providing your own on-plan veggies for lunch and you are cooking your own meals ever dinner. So you will still be spending money every month on those items. Now we only spend about $300 a month on any food items. I buy most meats at Costco in bulk and my veggies at Trader Joes. I can now walk out of TJ’s only spending $50 for veggies that last TWO weeks with myself and my husband! $200 a month at Costco for our meats and bigger items that I eat ever day like lettuce and spinach. I buy whole chickens, chicken breasts, some fish, pork roasts and shoulders and cook them up in big batches to enjoy all week! And all the items that were costing us the most- the junk and crap that is not really food, you no longer purchase. No pop, no chips, no quick and easy convenience foods. There is limited eating out for us just because it can be a challenge eating out for me…NOT because of the menu but because of my will power to say no to what I want to eat! In our home we have come out in the black. We are spending WAY less on food and food related items. I still enjoy Starbucks (Venti Iced Green Tea with 1 Splenda!) but maybe once a week now…I can come out of Trader Joes unphased by all the goodies that line every shelf of that place…and I do not miss the booze at all. Dining out is still a struggle and we almost never do it. But that is only temporary…not forever…only 37 weeks for me which is a school year! If I can make it through a school year without murdering children- I am a high school teacher- I can CERTAINLY do this and YOU CAN TO!
My last observation: 30/10 is HARD. It is EXPENSIVE. I have a pattern of committing to something (a weight loss routine or a new fangled gym) only to give up the ghost about 3 or 4 weeks into it. My husband and I talked at LENGTH about my pattern and how this would be the most EXPENSIVE “fling” we have done as a couple. I could NOT waste this money. I HAD to commit to the program and do it with fidelity and honesty. 30/10 does NOT work if you cheat. You HAVE to follow their strict guidelines. You just have to do it. And after day 1 that can seem impossible. It was PAINFUL for the first two weeks of the program. I really was thinking “What the hell did I do here? I can’t do this…why did I agree to this? Nobody said it would be this hard…” and all kinds of similar thoughts. 30/10 is not a “well lets try it and see” kinda thing. It requires 100% commitment and dedication from day 1 and is unrelenting through the whole program. If you ask yourself “Am I really ready to do this for my life? Am I really ready to truly change my relationship with food and my body” and you hesitate in your response, do not sign up. You are not ready. I was at the end of my rope. I had hit rock bottom. I had tried every program, every diet, ever gym, every ________ and come up goose eggs. I had tried them with fidelity too. I have DONE them. Nothing worked. I lost maybe 20 pounds at most with Weight Watchers and stopped counting points and gained it all back then some. I was DONE. I was tired and fed up of not being happy with my weight or the way my body looked and felt on my bones. I was ready for 30/10. Are you READY?
My biggest fear with losing weight had to do with my relationships with myself and others. If I lost the weight, would be I the same person? Will my personality change? Will people still like me when I look different? What if I act different? Will I still be fun and outgoing? Will I like to do the same things? Will my husband still be attracted to me? He fell in love with me looking the way I did…fluffy and obese…how would he react to a smaller me? Sounds weird but those were my concerns. Some valid…some just outs for me to not do the work. I shared these deep dark concerns with my husband and a woman who had successfully done 30/10…Lori. Sweet wonderful amazing Lori. We both started crying on the phone…she had the EXACT same fears as I had. She assured me that SHE had remained the same person…her personality had NOT changed…she enjoyed the same things and had the same friends. How she interacted with them changed but she enjoyed her time with them MORE because it was no longer centered around food…it was centered around their relationship. Lori had released the weight and was the same person. She had not changed. That was a HUGE relief for me. I signed up for 30/10 the very next day…Lori provided me with the answers I was seeking. Longer story short- it is expensive. Money is tight. But your life and your happiness and your health are worth more than all the money you and your husband will make in your entires lives combined. The money will come and go, your health or lack there of will end your life early. Those be the facts. Is your life worth the cost of 30/10? Was MY life worth $3600? Worth $10,000? Um…YES. My life is priceless and so is yours. Who cares what the cost is in the end.
I hope this helps in your journey for a decision! Sorry it ended up being so long!