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Mary Ann takes on the “Peeps”


Happy Easter to all our “peeps”!
Happy Easter to all our “peeps”!

Ok, I’m a bit late; you’ll have to forgive me as I have had computer issues and had to solve them by getting a new laptop. So now I’m better, faster and poorer!

The good news is that even after indulging in a bit more Easter candy than I should have, I got back on track and have at least maintained my weight at 159 pounds. Instead of chastising myself for knowingly buying and eating my favorite Easter treats, I hung my head in shame for a short period of time and “put my big girl panties on” and dealt with it. (That’s one of my favorite sayings!) I hope all of you fellow dieters had a good Easter and did the same; either stuck with your plan or recognized the indulgence and moved forward.

Since my visit to Virginia, I have been a tad wishy-washy with food journaling,exercising and sticking to my plan. I am in between counselors and have lost some discipline. Luckily, I had 2 chapters to review from the Weight Loss University and the newsletter from the Center with expert advice on preparing for events.

Once again this is just what I needed! The chapter on “Behavior Modification: Stress/Self-Talk and Goal Review” put me back on track. I am at a point where I have lost just enough weight to be noticeable, and it is too easy to cut myself a little slack in food choices. So, I took to heart the positive self-talk and gave myself some “tough love”!  That’s kind of like hugging and slapping yourself at the same time. In other words, I have gotten this far (down 15 pounds), and I don’t want to stop now. I am almost halfway to my goal weight, time to pick up the pace and get back on track and reaffirm my goals. I can’t say enough about how helpful the tools and information have been for this old dog to learn some lifetime lifestyle changes!

By the way, how was the grand opening celebration? I am sure those of you who attended were glorious in celebrating your successes with Dr. Clark and his great staff. I can’t wait to see pictures so I can enjoy it from afar!

Think spring, think thin and I hope to God this rain stops soon and the sun shines!

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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.”