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PLAN to be Healthy for the Holidays!

Over the next two months Americans will be celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas, two wonderful holidays that I’m personally fond of. We’re able to spend quality time with family, take vacations, and appreciate everything that goes with this time of year. However exciting and magical, the holidays often threaten to sabotage the weight loss efforts of even the most disciplined folks. It’s not just about resisting weight gain but also the old habits that originally caused the weight to get out of hand. Remember how hard you worked to get the weight off and don’t give in to temptation. Strive to stay on track and begin 2016 feeling healthy.

There are plenty of ways to avert some of the typical winter health problems and keep up with your workout routine throughout the busy days. It’s challenging but can be accomplished with a little planning. By planning ahead and being prepared we can avoid weight gain, ward off the flu, and maintain our activity level.

I’m committed to living a healthy lifestyle but I struggle during the holidays just like everyone else. We have to let the focus be about family, not food. There are several ways to avoid holiday weight gain:
1. More protein, less carbohydrates. Most of my patients need to stay under 60g effective carbs a day.
2. Before you eat, ask yourself the following questions: Why am I eating? Am I still hungry?
3. At parties, use utensils and avoid finger food. Use small plates and always leave a little bit of food on your plate so no one will urge you to eat more. Avoid standing while you eat.
4. Don’t skip breakfast as your metabolism slows overnight.
5. Weigh yourself regularly so you’re aware if the scale starts creeping up.
6. Commit to exercising every day – no excuses! Just 20 minutes a day is sufficient. You’ll sleep better and be able to handle stress more effectively.
7. Relax and try to enjoy this time. Constant stress will cause you to make bad food choices and release cortisol, leading to more weight gain.
8. Drink at least 64 ounces of water and avoid alcoholic beverages and juices.

We have delicious, protein-rich recipes on our website and social media sites as well as a free down-loadable recipe booklet using products from our store. Our experienced personal trainers and fitness instructors can assist you with your fitness routines. Remember that weight gain can lead to disease. Stay focused, plan ahead, and resist temptation so you can avoid the holiday weight gain.

It’s your life. Make it a healthy one!

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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.”