Hampton Roads Weight Loss

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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!

Strategies to Help Overcome Overeating

Eating when we are not hungry is something I’m sure we have all experienced at one time or another. There are many reasons why we eat including covering up uncomfortable feelings, boredom, depression, anxiety, loneliness and stress. When we are under stress we tend to reach for “comfort foods” and unfortunately, those foods seem to always be high in sugar, fat and calories. When my mother and I had an argument we nearly always made up by consuming a box of chocolates between the two of us. I’m sure that most of you have stories where food has been used for reasons other than hunger. An important part of weight management is recognizing the difference between needing to eat and the desire to eat. There are skills and strategies that we can apply so that we can recognize the difference. For example……………..

  • Track your eating triggers. At CMH we really stress journaling so that you can track your emotions and situations as they relate to your eating. After a while you will be able to notice when you are most vulnerable to eating for reasons other than hunger. Recognizing reasons for trigger eating is an important first step to becoming aware of unnecessary eating. For example, watching TV can become a high risk eating situation for many of us. We find ourselves eating mindlessly and end up consuming many more calories than we ever anticipated. Research shows that people who eat in front of the TV report feeling like they haven’t eaten at all.
  • Learn to ask yourself a few questions when you feel the urge to eat. Ask yourself if you are really physically hungry. Will the food you are about to eat, nourish your body? How will you feel once you have eaten it? By asking yourself these questions you are better able to control your behavior. If I am craving a certain food before I go to bed, I promise myself that I can have that food for breakfast the next morning. Chances are I won’t feel like it the next day.
  • What you eat is also important. Most of you have heard the expression, “You are what you eat”, so eat well to promote both mental and physical health. Good food choices can affect a brain chemical called serotonin and it is the serotonin that influences our mood.
  • We need to be aware of high risk situations and have a plan for dealing with them. Parties, celebrations and stressful work conditions can all lead to eating when you are not hungry.
  • Finally, try to find some alternative behaviors to eating such as taking a walk, washing the car, taking a bubble bath and how many of you can eat whilst painting your nails? Find something that works for you and takes your mind off food.

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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.”