About Laura

My name is Laura Preston and I have fought the battle with obesity my whole life. I am a self-proclaimed sugar addict. I truly believe in Food Addiction. My highest weight was 365 lbs, and I underwent gastric bypass surgery on March 5, 2005 in White Plains, New York with Dr. Phillip Weber.

My life from that day forward changed dramatically.

I believe  the key to a long-term Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) success is found by focusing on 7 Fundamental Key areas:

Wellness (Nutrition, Fitness), Career, Finance, Relationships, Self-Development, Self-Care, and Spirit.

My personal Bariatric experience has left me with extensive knowledge of the Nutritional and Fitness needs of a Bariatric patient and someone that struggles with obesity. I have worked with Equinox, Life Time Fitness, Beachbody, Richard Simmons and appeared in a Beachbody Turbo Jam infomercial for Chalene Johnson.  This has inspired me to start seeking out my certifications in Group Exercise and  Personal Training in 2020— with a duo specialization in Women’s Fitness and Weight Loss from NASM.

I am a Certified Holistic Health Counselor accredited through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition ( IIN)  and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. I have studied with groundbreaking pioneers in the field of nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

I have studied fashion merchandising and have worked with industry leaders such as Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, Neiman Marcus, Saks 5th Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Marshall Fields and Macy’s.

I have worked within the beauty industry as a Vice President of Sales with companies such as Paula Dorf and DDF – Doctor’s Dermatological Formula. I worked as a cosmetic manager for Saks 5th Avenue at their flagship store in Chicago on Michigan Avenue and Nordstrom. I am a Certified Fragrance Specialist.

My personal goal is to be the person I wish I could have met when I first started out on my bariatric adventure. To seek to pay it forward in the community and give my clients the tools and education to make permanent lifestyle changes. My approach to life is to live it one day at a time, make the best choices possible and to face all the Daily Detours head-on. If we get lost off our path, we only have to stop and ask for directions.

I currently live in the charming town of Wadsworth, OH with my darling pug Lola.


I have contributed to the Bariatric community since my surgery by:

  • Currently the Director of Marketing with Celebrate Vitamins. http://www.CelebrateVitamins.com
  • Creating my blog: www.mydailydetour.com
  • Creating and maintaining my Professional Facebook page: Laura Preston
  • I became a certified support group leader with OH in 2008.
  • I worked with Focus 28 as their National spokesperson in 2008.
  •  I have been a member of the OAC since 2005.
  • Key-note speaker at the Walk From Obesity in NYC in 2008
  • Attended ASMBS 2011, 2017, 2018 and 2019
  • I have had the pleasure of speaking as a motivational speaker for:

Obesity Help

Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America

For speaking engagements and all other inquiries, feel free to contact me at: laura6006@gmail.com


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