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Are You Ready to Lose Weight?


Only you have the power to change your life and improve your health so why wait?  Sounds easy enough doesn’t it?  But as you know, there’s more to it than that.

I have to ask you to answer this question honestly – “Are you ready for weight loss?”  You need to really think about this before you can expect to be successful.  Otherwise, your lack of readiness will be an obstacle that is rarely overcome.

Let’s take it another step further.  If you want to lose weight and improve your health but find that deep down you really don’t want to change your behaviors, then you must ask yourself…Why?  Is it fear of failure?  Is it fear of success?  Is it too much work?  We are all resistant to change to some degree.  We all have our own unique “barriers” that keep us from what we want.  What are yours?

You may just want a quick fix.  If so, we can help you do that.  However, why just get a quick fix when you can lose weight/improve your health and learn how to make positive changes for life?  You’ve heard it before “if you keep on doing what you’ve always done you will get the same results”.  Knowing that you need to change is one thing…doing it is another.  So what do you do?

Think about it.  You choose to make changes every day (you move, you get married, you start a family, you face challenges, change jobs and more).  Certainly these changes aren’t easy but you make them.  Why is losing weight often harder?  I think it may be that you don’t resist change…what you resist is BEING changed.  Sometimes the only way you feel in control is to resist the change.  So what do you do?

1. Freely choose (for yourself) to lose weight.  When you freely choose, you OWN your decision.

2. Define the outcome you want (important to YOU, write it down, list the reasons for changing and  review them often).

3. Design a plan to achieve your goal (often the most difficult part).  Describe what you will do to achieve your goal(s).   We are great at helping you do this and keeping you accountable.

4. Choose alternate pathways when necessary as long as they lead you to the same destination (especially as it relates to food/activity choices).  Remember that detours are a part of the journey – don’t give up on your destination just because you get a little “off track”.

5. Write down your specific goals.

6. Plan, plan, plan and plan some more.  (Write it down and leave little room for error)

7. Recruit support and make a plan for dealing with saboteurs.

Your destiny lies in your hands.  We are here to help and I can assure you the outcome is worth the journey!


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Tina Dawson, Assistant Retail Manager

With over 30 years of experience in IT, Finance, and Healthcare fields, Tina has served the healthcare industry in such roles as Project Manager, Practice Manager, Physician Recruitment and assisted with electronic medical record (EMR) conversions. She attended the University of Maryland in both Asia and Europe majoring in Computer Science and is fascinated with learning new technologies. Tina enjoys educating our clients on our products and programs and “celebrating their successes and milestones…one pound at a time!”. Don’t be surprised if she gives you a hug! For fitness and fun, she likes to “slog” (slow jog) races and enjoys competing in half marathons. “Come out and join me for the next one. Believe in yourself and you CAN do it!” For more information on weight loss in Virginia, please contact (phone or text) us at (757) 873-1880 today!

Jessica Kirby, Medical Receptionist

Jessica croppedJessica is the newest addition to the team here at CFWLS.

Dani Colley, Medical Assistant

Dani has over 35 years of experience in the medical field and has been working as Dr. Clark’s Medical Assistant for over 15 years. Her area of expertise is with the surgical patients. She works closely with Dr. Clark and is always just a phone call away to answer your questions or just lend an encouraging word!

Dani spends her spare time volunteering at an equine rescue or riding rescue horses.

Dawn Olson, LWMC, CPT, Education & Fitness Coordinator

Although her initial career was in Finance, Dawn’s passion for health & fitness motivated her to re-direct her energy toward helping others reach their goal toward a strong & healthy life. Counseling patients and teaching My Weight Loss Academy™ classes in lifestyle modification and nutrition keeps her smiling. “This is far more than a job, it’s an opportunity to help people learn and make positive changes in their health. Each day brings a new reward!”

Dawn is a certified personal trainer and worked in various fitness facilities before joining us in 2009. She also holds certifications in Exercise & the Older Adult, Aquatic Exercise, Chronic Diseases and Disabilities, Facilitated Stretching, Fitness Therapy and Lifestyle & Weight Management.

Cat Williamson, Office Manager

Cat Williamson was born and raised in Hampton Roads. She feels blessed that she lives close to the Ocean as well as the Mountains since she enjoys taking weekend trips with her Hubby. Cat has worked in a medical setting for more than 35 years and started working for Dr. Clark as his Surgical Coordinator over fifteen years ago. Due to her longevity here at CFWLS, she has “well rounded” knowledge in each program (medical or surgical) that Dr. Clark’s Center for Weight Loss Success offers. Cat, as the Office Manager ensures that daily structure is handled with a balance of professionalism and excitement for each of our Patient’s weight loss journey. She feels rewarded each time a Patient or Client peeks into her office to share yet another milestone toward their new life!

Cat Keller, Retail Sales Manager

CatCat Keller has a wealth of experience in marketing, e-marketing, advertising and customer service and manages our Weight Loss Nutritional Store. She is always planning something fun and exciting. special events, discounts, giveaways – it’s never a dull moment. She is happy to help you with questions you may have regarding our products or services. Cat is a graduate of William & Mary, where she studied Government/Pre-Law and minored in Marketing.

“My ultimate goal here at Center for Weight Loss Success is to help our clients be successful in their weight loss. We all know how wonderful it is to win a long fought battle. The battle against weight gain, and the poor health it eventually brings is, I believe, one of the most important to win because it brings with it the biggest pay off of all…a longer, healthier life. That is what motivates me to come to work everyday, it’s the opportunity to help a client achieve a renewed zest for life.”