Starting the New Year off with a fresh start with your goals is a great idea, whether it’s losing weight or getting more active in your daily life. Setting goals and holding yourself accountable is important and you find success when achieving your goals if you are honest and true to your goals. Find something that brings you happiness, whether it’s joining a yoga class, mindfulness class, or just getting out for a walk. Getting active is very import to your mental and physical health and increases your energy levels. Start out small and slowly increase to amount that you … Continue reading A NEW YEAR with a FRESH START

Finding the Balance Over the Holidays

I find that most people tend to have a hard time over the holidays. I myself have to find a balance when accepting invitations to parties.  Don’t be afraid to ask the host questions, are you having a sit down dinner or buffet?  If it’s being catered will they make any special requests, most people are willing to work as long as you keep it simple. As for a buffet you can always offer to bring a vegetable dish that works for you and ask what kind of protein dish will be provided or brought.  Never feel bad if you … Continue reading Finding the Balance Over the Holidays

Making It Matter

While I was on my weight loss journey I found that if I kept small goals and rewarded myself with each goal I reached it kept me motivated through the hard times.  Keeping myself motivated was a big part of my success, weather it was getting a petti cure or getting my nails done I made sure to reward myself even if it was something small like a new pair of earrings.  Make sure you do the same for yourself, find something that works for you. Another thing that helped was finding motivational quotes that I would put on my … Continue reading Making It Matter

Tips For Healthier Eating

We start September off with lots of things that can make us very busy.  I for one have a child that is going back to school and starting after school sports.  I love this time of year, although it’s busy I find a balance in it.  It’s a great way to get back on track after the summer months, when I may have a couple of slip ups. Let’s be honest, it can be hard to stay mindful and make smart choices when eating and socializing with friends.  But with the start of the new school year I find it … Continue reading Tips For Healthier Eating

Keeping On Track Over Summer

Tips you might find helpful over the summer months. Shop at your local farmers market Start shopping at your local farmers market or farms to purchase your vegetables.  They have such amazing flavor and the prices are great.  I go at least once a week sometimes more, then when I get home I prep all my veggies, storing them in one or two serving sizes so when I’m on the go I can just grab whatever I need. Meal Planning Plan your meals for each week, try having fun items planned for the weekend.  Bump up your protein.  Protein is … Continue reading Keeping On Track Over Summer

A Calorie is a Calorie…. Or is it?

We have long thought that obesity can simply be blamed on a caloric imbalance. We’ve all heard it, “Eat less, move more”.  For over 30 years a low fat diet high in carbohydrates has been touted as the way to health. Yet, as Jason Fung MD notes in his book The Obesity Code, from 1985-2001 obesity in Canada has tripled and type 2 diabetes continues to rise. It seems we persist in treating the problems caused by obesity, like diabetes and high blood pressure, rather than correcting the root cause. Calories have different metabolic responses in the body; a calorie of olive oil will … Continue reading A Calorie is a Calorie…. Or is it?

Fall Weight Loss Kick Start – Ideal Protein

Fall is a Great Time to Start! Well, it is September… Another summer gone with all the great memories that go with it. They went by fast those two months. Imagine if you had started your weight loss journey in June? That’s the funny thing about time, it keeps on going no matter what. Another two months will soon pass and the question is, “Would you like to be 10, 20 or even 30 pounds lighter?”. It is possible and the sooner you start the sooner you can reach your goal. It will be December before we know it and … Continue reading Fall Weight Loss Kick Start – Ideal Protein

Summer Healthy Tips & Ideal Protein Cold Drink Ideas

Summer is finally here! Beautiful weather, fresh foods and plenty of opportunity to enjoy outdoors. Here are some tips and recipes to stay on track and be healthy this season. BUDDY WALK-GET MOTIVATED There’s strength in numbers, the old saying goes, and that’s especially true for many women when it comes to exercising. Social support encourages physical activity. An exercise buddy (or two) may help you achieve and maintain that goal. The buddy system keeps boredom away and makes time pass quickly. FIRE UP THE BBQ Fire up the grill for a fresh, healthy dinner. Grill your veggies, meat or seafood … Continue reading Summer Healthy Tips & Ideal Protein Cold Drink Ideas

Open House in Courtenay – October 20th

October 20th, 2pm – 7pm 6th Street between Tulios and Atlas Cafe Formerly Samudra Weight Loss the new name Success Weight Loss reflects the amazing success this local weight loss business has been experiencing. Kristin Bjarnason, owner and a registered nurse for over 30 years says our history of nearly 6 years in the community is built on our client’s enthusiastic referrals as well as many of our referrals coming from the medical community. The key ingredient is the exceptional and personalized, supportive coaching that ensures clients meet their weight-loss goals and not sacrifice muscle. An impressive 16,000 lost pounds … Continue reading Open House in Courtenay – October 20th

Samudra Weight Loss Changes Name To Success Weight Loss

There’s a reason we changed our name to Success Weight Loss – the name reflects the amazing “success” we have witnessed with our clients. Our history is built on Success clients enthusiastic referrals with “18,000 lost pounds and counting” between the two locations. Since the business opened in 2011 in Courtenay and 2013 in Qualicum Beach. We have strived to be the best and stay focused on the needs of you…our client. At both locations you can enjoy the benefits of having highly trained and certified coaches. Samudra Health & Wellness will live on for our personal optimizing programs which … Continue reading Samudra Weight Loss Changes Name To Success Weight Loss