Hampton Roads Weight Loss

Weight Loss Tips and Healthy Recipes

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!

Stress Got You Down?

Stress can have adverse effects on all areas of our health, especially our body weight. Many people indulge in sugary or fatty comfort foods when they are under stress, significantly raising their calorie intakes and cholesterol levels. Stress also increases the body’s production of the hormone cortisol, which can lead to the buildup of fat around the abdomen.

In today’s hectic world, stress can become a chronic condition. Long term stress not only makes it difficult to calm down, but it also hinders our memory and concentration while we work. It is important to find ways for our bodies and minds to cope with stress, for the sake of our health and overall quality of life. If you feel overwhelmed by the demands of daily life, consider some of these suggestions:

  • Exercise the negativity away. Regular physical activity decreases the amount of cortisol in your body while raising your level of endorphins—chemicals that create a feeling of relief and relaxation. Not only does working out diminish existing tension, it can also reduce your body’s physiological reactions to future stress.
  • Express your anxiety, frustration or aggravation in a journal. Putting your thoughts down on paper can help you release the emotional weight caused by life’s stressful situations. Journaling also allows you to organize your thoughts and possibly find solutions to your problems.
  • Try breathing exercises. For a few minutes, inhale slowly and deeply through your nose, hold it for a couple of seconds, and then exhale slowly through your mouth. This is a simple technique that can be done almost anywhere.
  • If you find breathing exercises to be helpful, you may want to look into meditation. You can teach yourself to meditate through any number of resources or you can take part in a yoga or meditation class. Though you may feel only minimal results at first, you could start to experience significant benefits in just a few sessions.
  • Find healthy hobbies that help you relax and distract you from the daily grind. These can be as simple as reading, gardening, cycling, listening to music or any number of activities you enjoy. Taking part in these pastimes may not make your problems go away, but it will alleviate some of the physical and mental pressure they cause.

Dealing with stress can be hard on your own.  Give us a call today to find out about our Patient Support groups.

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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.”