Physical fitness is essential for good health, and is necessary if you are trying to lose weight. During exercise, the body burns stored calories as energy. At its very foundation, weight loss is equal to calories in < calories out. You must burn more calories each day than you consume in order to lose weight.

Based on this simple equation, it is possible to lose weight by reducing caloric intake alone, but aerobic exercise and strength training help to maintain weight and reduce risks of many health conditions.

Keeping up with routine exercise can be challenging when left on your own. Nicholson Clinic is your partner on your journey toward physical fitness and good health. We offer programs specifically designed for post-bariatric surgery patients. Please check facebook for dates and times.

Patient Led Fitness Groups
One thing we’ve learned in all our years of experience, is that our patients find great inspiration and motivation in each other! That’s why we aim to connect our patients with each other in various ways. One of which is through patient-led fitness groups. If you want to connect with others on the journey and are looking for other patients to exercise with as you motivate each other — whether in person, virtually together or virtually on your own — check out our Facebook Support Group for more on these unique opportunities.

A motivational fitness group for anyone on their own journey to health and fitness. No matter how advanced or amateur your fitness life is, in this group you’ll find encouragement and motivation along the way.

Hosted by Michael & Deborah Tew
Nicholson Clinic Patient Fitness Ambassadors
Email Michael Tew at to join!

Husband and wife duo Michael and Deborah have been on the weight loss journey together since both having gastric sleeve surgery in 2019. They quickly realized that one key to success following surgery was a focus on fitness. Understanding the value of accountability while also being able to do what works for you, they started the "Fitness Journey Challenge." Each month, they invite others to join them on their fitness journey. Your choice of any 20 minute workout from anywhere at any time.

Consistency is key to building a lifestyle change. The more consistent you are with your workouts, they greater your chances of winning. People of all fitness levels join the group, learn from each other and find accountability. It's win, win!

Together, Deborah and Michael have lost more than 270 pounds, and they've done it not just by eating right, but by continually working to improve their fitness. Read their Transformation Story!

Check out the Fitness Journey Challenge here to learn how it works and how to join the group!

Michael & Deborah Tew, Nicholson Clinic Patient Fitness Ambassadors

Affordable Support Options for Patient Enrollment – Insurance Based and Self-Pay


A three-month exercise regimen that is specifically for patients who have had bariatric surgery or those who are pre-surgical and beginning their wellness journey. Classes are currently being offered in two locations, at the Baylor Tom Landry Health and Wellness Center in Dallas and the Carter Fitness Center on the Fort Worth campus. The groups are small in size to ensure everyone gets individual training. Come join us twice weekly. Cost: $90 per 12-week session, per participant. For more information and to register, call 214-820-7872. Brought to you by the Nicholson Clinic and Baylor Scott & White Health.


Insurance and Self-Pay Options

Kaitlyn Gannon, M.S. CSCS is an exercise physiologist and founder of a new gym, Dallas Iron Fitness. She previously helped develop the cardiac and bariatric fitness programs at Baylor and taught medical fitness classes to Nicholson Clinic patients, contributed to our blog, and appeared on GMT with Dr. Nick. Kaitlyn has started a new medical fitness class for surgical and non-surgical weight loss patients suited to their individual needs. Individual Training, Insurance Based Program covers 400 minutes/month and gym memberships available at $30/month, OR Group Training, Self Pay for 2 classes/week at $50/month. We are thrilled to offer these affordable, quality options to our patients in East Dallas. Call: 214-244-8008

Kaitlyn Gannon, M.S. CSCS

To help you get moving and stay motivated check out our Get Fit, Stay Fit blog, a collection of exercise tips and workout ideas.

Get Fit & Stay Fit Blog
All fitness tips included in Get Fit, Stay Fit are written by or approved by Marilyn.

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