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Ever wondered how to make smart food choices, or do you just need a little bit of motivation to continue on your weight loss journey? We write often on weight loss topics like healthy living, fitness, and nutrition. Check back often or sign up for email updates as we share tips for your weight loss success!

Relapse? Time to Reevaluate Your Weight Loss Approach

While working to lose weight, even the most strong-willed of us can fall into the trap of relapsing every once in a while. Falling back into an old routine can be troubling for one’s self image and can make it seem tempting to simply give up. It is important to bear in mind, however, that this is a very common problem which can be overcome. A relapse is absolutely no cause for quitting, yet it may be necessary to reevaluate some of the aspects of your weight loss approach.

Follow these steps to get back on track:

  • Evaluate the cause of your relapse. Has a schedule change made it difficult to workout, or has a new source of stress led you to snack more often? You may not be able to prevent the changes in your life, but changing your eating plans and workout routines around them is much easier once the changes have been identified.
  • Take body measurements instead of relying on the scale alone. Your weight number can fluctuate due to water weight and added muscle (muscle weighs more than fat). That is why it helps to keep track of body measurements—you may find that you are making progress after all.
  • Seek support from those you can trust. Find someone close to you who can provide encouragement and keep you accountable as you return to your weight loss routine. You may also find it helpful to participate in a weight loss support group.
  • Don’t forget to acknowledge the smaller goals. If you focus on your long-term goals too much, the time it takes to reach them can seem discouraging. Instead, pay attention to the short-term goals as they happen: workouts getting easier, clothes fitter better, etc.
  • Add some variety to your efforts. Try adding some new healthy foods to your diet to motivate more interest in your meal plans. You should also consider trying different exercises, not just to prevent boredom, but also to prevent your body from becoming to accustomed to the same workouts.

It’s a great idea to get in touch with people who understand what you’re going through.  Sign up today to attend a support group meeting at the Center for Metabolic Health.


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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.”