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UPDATE: Week Three of “Losing it CFWLS”

Our favorite CFWLS "Losers"!

We’re following the journey of six of our employees as they take on the challenge of losing weight over the holiday season.  Here’s an update of the first three weeks of their struggles and victories.

Cat’s Story

Three weeks ago today, we began our CFWLS “Loser’s” programs.  Since then, I must admit that overall, I feel much better, from physical AND emotional standpoints.  I’ve found that if I honestly follow the program, the weight is going to come off, and that’s the bottom line.

Week one, I emotionally “bucked” the system and was not ready to commit (I maintained my weight that week).

Week two, I was completely on board, starting the “Jump Start My Way”, I made a shopping list, to include Weight and Inches Protein Shakes” and healthy foods from the grocery store.  I incorporated exercise (I lost 2.4 lbs that week).

Week three I again, followed my program…Monday through Saturday.  On Sunday, we met a group of old friends for our annual “Kick off the Holidays” celebration.  This started with cheese and wine at a friends house, and ended at our favorite Italian Restaurant.  Again, the wine started flowing…along with the GARLIC KNOTS…SALAS…PASTA…SAUCES…MEATS…forks reaching across the table to sample “this and that”…Oh yeah, it was quite a FIASCP, and I fell right into the trap!  Even though I started the day out with good intentions, taking a 3 mile brisk walk, having protein shakes for breakfast and lunch…I know why I only maintained my weight at week three.  For some reason though, I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on this.  Today again, I feel encouraged and ready to take the “bull by the horns”.

Starkisha’s update:

I am feeling good about my weight loss.  I am down 2.2 pounds this week – yay!  I am focused and ready to meet my goal weight.  With the help of everyone at CFWLS it won’t be long.

Shawn’s news:

Week 1 Okay I weighed in today and only loss .5lbs last week . I must admit I was surprised and mad at that number. I watched what I ate last week and made better choices of what I put in my body. I even cut back on the adult beverage intake this weekend. I was excited to weigh in today I could tell in my cloths and believe it or not in my shoes that I had some changes in my body but the scale did not reflect that. Tomorrow I’m having my fitness evaluation witch will include measurements and I am also meeting with Claire at Center for Weight Loss Success ( www.cfwls.com ) for nutritional counseling I know in the long run if I keep making good food choices I will see better numbers on the scale. I need to keep reminding myself I did not put tho weight on over night and this weight loss journey will take time.

Week 2: I had a 1.3 lb loss this week, which made me very happy.  I incorporated exercising on my elliptical every other day for 15 minutes and drank lots of water.  My work week went well.  I was worried about my weekend since it was a very busy one with tailgating at Hampden-Sydney College with lots of food and adult beverages and then off to see a Duke Basketball game in Durham, NC which included fast food stops for quick meals.  I packed a cooler full of water and AnyTime Protein drinks from the CFWLS store and brought my protein bars.

I made sure to drink my breakfast each day and made good choices when it came to food.  I enjoyed the tailgating party and did not snack all day.  I did drink beer but alternated with water.  I probably would have lost more but I wanted to enjoy myself without feeling cheated!  I like the fact that I had a great time and LOST WEIGHT!!!  It’s about good choices and meal planning.  P.S. Journaling my food really kept me on track and accountable for what I put in my mouth.  I must admit, I didn’t do it every day and the days I didn’t do it, I was journaling in my mind!!!   Thanks for the great counseling Dr. Clark & Claire!

Week 3: OMG!!!!!!! 2.4lbs down. Thank you god!!!!!!! Total 3.8lb since we started this challenge at work 3 weeks ago. 10.1lbs since I started 5 weeks ago.

Journaling really works!!!! I found this awesome website to journal what I eat www.livestrong.com you register and then go to my plate. The big test is this holiday season and all that yummy food

Dani’s thoughts:

Last week I was feeling on top of things!  Never hungry!  When I weighed in on Monday (came to work at 12:30pm)I felt totally out of sorts, dreaded weighing in later in the day, not a part of the early weight in.  Surprisingly, the camaraderie is important to me.

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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.”