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Recovering From a Relapse

Have you ever started a weight loss program and progressed with great results until that one day arrives when everything just seems to fall apart?  Somewhere along the way you probably experienced small deviations………little slip-ups or mistakes.  When enough of those small lapses have occurred you will find an old problem returning, yes, you are heading for a relapse!

A relapse can occur at any time during weight loss, stabilization or maintenance.  Life changes such as moving, getting an injury or starting school can trigger a relapse.  This behavior change can occur to anyone at any time and I’m here to tell you that a relapse is inevitable.

Now that we know what a relapse is……..how can we stop it from occurring?

  • Firstly, make sure that you have a good support system in place.  Family and group involvement will give you social interaction and a sense of them being involved in your efforts.
  • Learn to recover or just avoid that first slip.  Most people cannot handle “just one”.  I have known some people to carry an index card around with them that states their reason for commitment as a constant reminder.  This index card can also contain emergency contact information (that is, people that you can call when you need support) and actions to take in order to avoid a slip.
  • Learn to be assertive.  Be straight forward with your thoughts, feelings and beliefs.
  • Take on responsibility for your own behaviors, schedules and priorities.
  • It is really important to identify and prepare for high-risk situations.  If you recognize the situation, mentally prepare ahead of time.
  • Use specific skills or techniques for coping with difficult situations such as positive self-talk, exercise, meditation and relaxation.
  • How many of us run into the problem of tunnel vision—–you know——–where we focus all our attention on the temptation at hand?  Try not to focus on such things as eating, drinking and not exercising.  Focus instead on the things to be gained from losing weight and the personal costs for not losing weight.

If with all of your best efforts you still find yourself relapsing, here are a few suggestions to help you get started again:

  • Re-visit your weight loss goals and renew your weight management commitment.
  • Review your exercise program.
  • Journal!  One of the most powerful tools for changing eating behavior is to write down what you eat and the circumstances that lead to the eating.
  • Finally, find that support person that you respect and trust.

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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.”