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.

Friday, April 1, 2011

July 1st is now less than 3 months away. I’m extremely happy to report that I’ve dropped 5 pounds, and the pre-wedding jitters seem to have left my body. My dress is ready to be picked up (!!!), the invitations are almost ready to go out and the rings and flowers have been ordered. The ceremony is written and the restaurant is working hard to compile the perfect food and bar menus. Yes – there are some minor details to take care of, and I know there will be a fair amount of running around to do before the big day, but right now I’m feeling great about things… I’m hoping to stay calm and focused as the day approaches – if only for the sanity of my fiancée and maid of honor!

I (finally) got motivated last month to commit to my weight loss goal. It should have hit me sooner (I was thinking about it a year ago), but I – like most – procrastinate, and then work overtime to catch up with a deadline. I got lucky with a “goal-before-the-goal” so to speak – it’s a major milestone birthday for my dear fiancée next month and I want to look HOT for his day. It’s worked out perfectly as it’s almost exactly 2 months before our wedding, so any extra treadmill time or planks I find I need to get a great flat tummy and amazing arms will be more than do-able.

I’d love to report that I found some wonder drug or magic potion to help with my weight loss goals, but unfortunately the only secret is will power. I’ve changed my diet completely, am drinking a ton of water, taking in no extra sugar (I’ve even cut it out of my coffee), and watching my portions very, VERY carefully. A fellow trainer once spoke these words of wisdom to me – “it sucks, but the fact is, at the beginning of a weight loss diet, you will be hungry”. I’d like to add to that and tell you that your body will adjust quickly, provided you don’t go to any extremes. I’m proud of myself for finally taking control over my diet rather than continuing to allow it to control me. It turns out I don’t NEED those Tim-Bits, the cream in my coffee or that slice of pie after dinner – I’m doing just fine without them and I honestly haven’t felt this healthy (or sexy) in years.

You can do it. You have the power within you. Whether it’s your wedding, or cottage season, or the way your jeans dig into your waist that’s motivating you – USE IT. Chanel it and focus on it. Commit to as healthful a diet as you can honestly stand, and get some exercise – now.

You will absolutely love yourself by summer if you do. 

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