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.

The weigh in.
Thursday, June 10, 2010

Oh boy.

I have the complaint I hear ALL the time from so many embaring on a fat loss goal. I've been eating pretty well (better than before this online experiment) and exercising more (I know - it could be better) and feeling good. I've been drinking lots of water, have seen that my clothes are fitting better and cleints and friends are saying "have you lost weight?"

I thought I had.

I figured I should do an "official" weigh-in this morning to establish a starting weight for this challenge between Dara and I. I was shocked. My weight has gone up! I am now at 1**.5 pounds (did you think I was going to put THAT on display??) and hating that number. I'm trying to tell myself what I would tell a client.

1. Water, water, water. It is a great friend to weight loss as it helps curb appetitie and flush out the cells. But, it is HEAVY. If you have a bladder full of water, your weight can go up anywhere from 1 to 3 pounds.Try to weigh yourself at the same time so the water weight you are holding will be approximately the same day to day. Also - when you start taking in more water at the beginning of a "diet" your body will want to hold on to it - until it realizes that the increased amount of daily water is here to stay... then it will really start working for you to flush out natsy, fat-holding toxins.

2. Cycle. Depending on the time of the month (for women AND men - yes, it's true), you could be holding an extra 5 to 8 pounds. If the number is important to you, weigh yourself weekly to notice and account for natural, biological fluctuations.

3. It's just a number. What is MOST important is a) your health and b) how you feel in your body. If you like the way you look, all is right with your world. No matter what that nasty scale says!

4. It's a starting point. Recognize that the number on the scale is a jumping off point for your stronger, fitter, healthier life. Embrace it, as it represents all that you've been trhough and all that you are about to experience. Just taking an interest in your health is wonderful and meaningful. TRY to see the positives and enjoy it.


Activity: Spent 4 hours in the car driving nowehere thanks to some guy's bright idea to ride his BICYCLE across the DVP. No time or will for cardio.

2 cups water

1 bowl Special K with 1% milk

2 cups water
1 coffee with 1% milk

2 small slices whole grain toast with scant butter and peanut butter and 1 sliced banana
1 cup water
1/2 cup baby carrots

Snack (in the car):
1 cup water
1/2 cup baby carrots
1/2 cup "Skinny" veggie chips

1 rum and Coke Zero
3 small pork and TONS of veggies fajitas
2 cups water

" Elizabeth (and craveworks) certainly gets my strongest recommendation for her great work as a trainer, chef and teacher. In the world of business she has the rare and valuable combination of great skills, solid background, warm personality and the ability to get results.Elizabeth mixes compassion with perseverance to get the best outcome for..."
-Randy Dobson