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Stop Should-ing and Start Do-ing!

Stop Should-ing!For most people, you go through life knowing what you have always known (or been taught) and doing what you have always done.  Then one day you wake up and realize that you are dissatisfied, unfulfilled, unhappy or maybe just scared.  You hope that it’s not too late.  You realize that you should make some changes but you feel it is easier and more comfortable to continue knowing what you know and doing what you do.  You try (may even succeed at positive changes) and then regress to the same old comfort zone.  This results in continuation of the status quo and possibly a worsening of your situation.  You will start “do-ing” as soon as it is convenient…next week…next month…after the hurricane…after the summer/holiday is over…you know the drill.

It’s a cycle and many of you may be caught up in it…frustrated…maybe even knowing what to do…but not doing it…thinking you “should be more active”…you “should eat healthier”…you “should lose weight and get in shape”.  You may even “should” for others who think you “should eat everything on your plate”, you “should eat junk food because you’ve had a rough day”, and/or you “should not exercise because others need you more”.

“Should-ing” comes in two forms.  First, doing what you think others expect you “should” do despite what your hopes, conscience and gut are telling you to do.  You feel guilty and want to feel approval from others so you give in.  Second, is “should-ing” yourself by saying you “should” do something but not doing it because your conditioned over the years to behave otherwise.  Unfortunately “should-ing” doesn’t make a difference.  Do-ing does.

Realizing the problem is an important first step.  You must break the cycle of – You think → You want →You decide → You try → You fail (or temporarily succeed) → You repeat.  This is no way to live.  You deserve better.

With regard to weight loss, this is particularly important if you are overweight (BMI between 25 and 29.9), obese (BMI > 30), have high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, abnormal triglycerides, sleep apnea, are physically inactive and/or have a family history of heart disease (or just want to look/feel better).  It’s time to start “do-ing”…NOW!  Easier said than done…I know and unfortunately, no one can do it for you.  You need to take responsibility for losing weight and make it happen.  If any of this relates to you, this is your official “kick in the pants”.

Fortunately, it doesn’t need to be so hard.  If you need realistic and sincere help or accountability, let us know.  It’s our expertise and we have the surgical, non-surgical, nutritional and fitness assistance that can help you stop “should-ing” yourself and getting nowhere fast.  It’s all here.  Start “do-ing” today.  Your Weight Management University curriculum, medical assistance and professional coaches are ready to help.  Now that you have a “kick in the pants”, do something about it!!  It’s never too late.

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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.”