Top Ten Things To Never Say To A Vegan...

(Vegan) Pumpkin Tart

Sumac Roasted Vegetables with Lemon Cous Cous

Reflecting back and looking forward.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

I've been vegan for one month!

The Big "V"

So Long And Thanks For All The Friends...

Thank you.


An Impending Feeling of Doom...

5 months to go...

Resolutions were made to be broken!

Take stock.

The countdown begins...

Six and a half months to the Big Day.

Giving some props where they are due.

Toronto the Beautiful?

We made it to Friday.


Where did today go?

Vegetables are sexy.

Busy Sunday.

Saturday, Saturday.

Another week bites the dust.

The weigh in, cont.

Grilled Vegetable and Avocado Salad

Food as reward?

I admit it. I like Mondays.

Cheat weekend?

Sleepy Saturday.

Cheat day.

The weigh in.

How competitive am I?

Today = Yuck.

The power of the food journal.

Happy Birthday Little Soccer Dude.

Ahhh... The sweet smell of Saturday.

Thank GOD it's Friday.

Sleep... sweet sleep.

A day in the life...

Kick it into gear already!

Polenta and Roasted Veggies. Because bikini season is coming...

Resolutions for 2010.

Enjoy the good and shrug off the bad.

It ain't easy being green.

When you just don't fit in (to your pants).

Who knew we could trust the government?

To my students at Parkdale Public School: Thank you

Everything in moderation.

Kick it into gear already!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010

You may think that being a personal trainer and fitness instructor automatically means I am super-fit by default. Not so. Not to get dramatic – I know I’m not overweight, but with cottage season only weeks away and a wedding dress hanging in my closet, I have a strong desire to reclaim my body and rock the bikini this summer.

My issues?

I LOVE food. No, not just a casual kind of love – this is true, big, emotional love. I wouldn’t have gone though chef school (and all the yelling by a man in a tall white hat wielding a large knife) if I didn’t adore everything about food. EVERYTHING. I swear the food in my kitchen talks to me.

Second to my food-affair is what everyone wanting to drop pounds faces – I need to exercise more. Teaching classes, running after children and demonstrating exercises to clients keeps me healthy, but I’ll need to kick it up a notch if I want to reclaim the dancer’s body I once had.

So… I've decided to take a page out of a fellow trainer's blog (Area Fitness) become personally responsible to my own site. For June I will post my food journal (one of the best keys to managing your goals: check out a fellow trainer’s blog post on the Yummy Mummy site) and my exercise.

Here goes nothing...


Day One - June 1:

Food was HORRIBLE today. Hence this experiment... I feel guilty typing this, so please don't judge me too harshly.

Food: 2 coffees, toast with peanut butter and a bowl of fruit for breakfast. Chicken and roast potatoes for lunch with a bottle of water. Thai fried rice (HORRIBLE) with beef and water for dinner. Ugg. I MUST get my diet under control or my body will be lost forever.

On the exercise front, things were okay... Taught a post-natal class in High Park this morning, but because it was such a large group I didn't get to participate as much as I would have liked... Will kick it up on my own from now on.


... We all start somewhere. Now I have a baseline.

" I enjoy going to the gym!!! Elizabeth is a consummate professional. She quickly targets problem areas and is very creative with new movements so that it’s never repetitive or boring. Her easy manner makes it comfortable to chat as I work out, or to just concentrate on the effort required through a particularly difficult exercise. I..."
-Suzanne Palmer