A Worthy Gain

What’s up.


That would be me in my new personal training uniform. So unreal to be able to wear it now!! My client roster is slowly starting to fill and I can’t believe how lucky I am that I get to go to the gym, help people get in shape, and call that “work” :)

Mucho gracias for indulging me in my last post about Jagerbombs. Despite being an employed trainer now, my behaviour has been decidedly “un-trainer-like.”


We’ve had people visiting these past few days, which should always be met with celebrations. When they said they were going to Smoke’s Poutinerie I had to go. I knew it was going to be bad. Real bad. But I seem to have this insatiable food curiosity that sometimes takes away from my better judgement.


I know a few people would be horrified by their treatment of the classic poutine – a dish of fries, beef gravy and cheese curds. Smoke’s has a large menu filled with various toppings and varieties. We’ll agree to call it a “fry and gravy” place ;)

I went for the Country Style: slow roasted chicken breast, double smoked bacon, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions.

Not gonna lie, I was a little horrified upon seeing what I’d ordered.



I had to dig deep to find the actual poutine part…


Omg, I can feel my arteries clogging all over again just looking at this. I think I finally have my This Is Why You’re Fat submission.

I arrived to the Poutinerie after a heavy weight-lifting workout, which in retrospect was perhaps not the best idea. My stomach was loudly growling and I polished off the whole thing. The whole thing! In terms of how poutines go, it was just alright. I think I liked the Elgin Street Diner in Ottawa better. I prefer shoestring fries and mushroom gravy :)


We walked down to Trinity Bellwoods park to enjoy our greasy boxes. The same place as the blogger picnic, and my favourite park in Toronto!! Okay, the only park I’ve been to in Toronto…


Chris got the triple pork poutine with pulled pork, smoked bacon and Italian sausage. A little something he coined “poutirnalism.” Eating mass quantities poutine for the sake of mankind.

I of course immediately regretted stuffing myself with such food as I had to go directly to a job interview (part-time job at a coffee shop – fingers crossed!), and then to a fitness assessment!

I offered to be the victim of a fitness assessment at my new gym to get an idea of how they go about doing them. Keep in mind, mine was much harder than what they do to the average person. The trainer I was working with obviously wanted to see what I’m made of ;)

I tried to explain to him that I’d just eaten a pound of poutine, and that I’ve been feeding on hamburgers and cake since travelling to Banff in June. I can’t say I was surprised when I stepped on the scale and discovered I’ve gained 6 lbs in the last three months. Every ounce of that gain is the result of good food and good times I wouldn’t trade in for the world. But there’s always something about that numerical value that seems to sneak out of the scale and slap you across the face.

You mean I can’t eat a pound of poutine on the daily?? :P

Yeahyeahyeah, I guess now that I’m settled in my new home, it’s time to settle back into my usual eating routine as well. Noted Mr. Scale. Noted.

Weight gain aside, I did pretty well on the fitness assessment. There were a lot of lateral raises, ab moves and lunges among other things. My core strength needs work, but my legs and back are waaaay stronger than I was expecting. My shoulders are still struggling a little, but I’m workin’ on it :)

Lunch was eaten at 1:30pm and I didn’t start to feel snacky until 9pm!!


I reached for this Daryl’s All Natural Regular Elite Granola Bar. A Canadian-made protein bar that I spotted in the fridge section of a local natural foods store.



Ingredients and stats are okay…


But the taste? Meeehhh. Notsomuch. The texture was lovely and reminded me a lot of my own homemade bars. But I thought there was too much honey and the dried fruit was a little tart.

I awoke this morning with the determination to get back on the straight and narrow. This of course meant celebrating Waffle Wednesday!!

I whipped up quite possibly my best protein waffle recipe yet:

  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup unflavoured soy protein powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • several shakes cinnamon
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Made two medium-sized waffles. While they were cooking, I also cooked peach slices with cinnamon in a frying pan.


Thrown on top with flaked coconut and sugar-free syrup.


They tasted like real waffles!!


The recipe has 270 calories, 3g fat, 25g carbs, 4g fibre, 0g sugar, 37g protein.


It’s love!!

Even though I woke up incredibly sore from weightlifting and the fitness assessment the day before, I was still pumped for a noon-hour spin class.


Pre-spin fuel was a few figs topped with my Easy Peasy Cream Cheese Icing.


All I did was mix together a wedge of laughing cow cheese and a tbsp of marshmallow fluff. SO good!!

Unfortunately, I got my days all messed up and there was no spin class happening once I got to the gym. Instead I just hopped on various cardio machines while watching Sex and the City. Just as well!


For lunch, I stir-fried every fresh veggie I had in the fridge and added tofu balls.


I tossed the whole thing in Averie’s peanut sauce and it was divine. Stir-fries are becoming one of my favourite summer meals!

I’ve been trying to avoid the chocolate cake my roommie brought home, so I snacked on my own version later in the day.


Deep Chocolate Vitatop with Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter.


That right there, really is the stuff dreams are made of ;)


I will leave you with the above image to drool over. My dad, big sis and little step-sis are arriving in less than an hour and I’ve got things to do! I’m superduper excited to see them and show them my new city :)

Posted on July 21, 2010, in Restaurants, Workouts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 40 Comments.

  1. have fun with your family girl!!
    that is SO Awesome you are getting clients and doin yo thang! I LOVE that shirt!! you look great!!!!
    also LOVE that waffle recipe!!!

  2. I’m in desperate need of some new breakfast recipes – I’m trying this waffle recipe tomorrow!

    and that poutine… wow. So much deliciousness in one box. Although, I think I’d rather just have plain old poutine! ;-)

  3. wootwoot!!! ESD is THE best poutine ever! Really, it is! that shiz is like crack….mmm now i want some…:)

  4. I was about to profess how gross poutine is to me (the cheese thing) and I realized San Diego has it’s own version. It’s called Carne Asada Fries and you get it at taco shops. It’s a plate of fries topped with beef, cheese, sour cream, salsa, and guac. Mitch loves it. I’d love it too, minus the cheese :-)

    I’m dealing with the “fun times” weight gain problem too, more than 6 lbs worth unfortunately. But I’m sure at least 2-3 lbs was poutine bacon talking….don’t you think? When I have salty food I know I am not allowed anywhere near the scale for at least a day.

  5. Christina Guthrie

    OK I am a little horrified by the poutine picture. I don’t care about weight gain (more of you to love). But that looked like crap and I am afraid as your mother you might be out of control in the streets of the big city. Do I need to hire someone to put a sack over your head and kidnap you into some knid of rehab centre….

  6. Have fun with the family!

    Funny how indulging and weight gain go hand in hand isn’t it? Wish they came off as easily as they came on! :D

    Yay on clients. You are going to own your own studio some day.

  7. Poutine sounds vaguely similar to “Disco Fries” that they have at the Diners where I grew up. It is french fries, brown gravy, and mozzarella cheese. Absolutely DELISH! I can’t even count the number of times I’ve had that after a good night of drinking, or after hanging out, or in the middle of the day. I used to be so proud of myself for being a girl and being able to clean my plate. I think it has been over two years since I’ve enjoyed that. Sounds like a challenge to me =)

    Nicole G

    PS. You look totally comfortable and meant to be in your training uniform. I’m so proud of you!!!!

  8. first of all I LOVE that shirt!!!! best uniform ever! I have to say the best part of being a trainer is that I get to wear workout clothes everyday! YAYAYAY

    holy moly that dish looks well, artery clogging for sure haha but once in a while, hey what the hell?

    that waffle looks DELICIOUS!!!! and such a great easy recipe!

  9. you are seriously the reason i pie for a waffle maker every wednesday. seriously can you open a waffle shop and send some to me. yes please and thank you!

    love your new work uni girl! lookin sexsiiiii ;)

  10. Holy bacon! You deserve it all! The figs look so great, I’m scared to try them!

  11. That is six pounds of good times right there! I know how hard it is to see that number, but honestly, it’s not every week that you take amazing trips with friends and have your life turned upside down because you’re moving far away. So I think everything will balance out in your great balancing act, and it sounds like the job will definitely help!

  12. I don’t think I could ever do poutine. I’m not a fan of gravy at all. I actually shuddered at the picture. Although I know there are things done down here that would make Canadians shudder. LOL

    And I bet those pesky lbs will come off in no time. Heck, 2 of them are probably poutine belly. ;)

  13. I wanted to clarify – poutine belly as in the weight of the food sitting IN your belly…not that it added TO your belly. :D

  14. I love your attitude about weight gain. Seriously, 6 lbs (in the grand scheme of things) is nothing!

    And of all the delicious-looking food on your post today, I want to grab the figs & icing right off the screen!

  15. OMG those waffles and with peaches look amazing! Thanks for posting the recipe I will definitely be making them. Some great food you had today and congrats on your new clients!!

  16. Don’t get me started again on wether THIS THING is poutine or not!!!!! If you want to try some, come in quebec,,,:P Anyway, I want to congratulate you for having your first client..you deserve it!!x

  17. I think that the word poutine sounds so disgusting! Im not sure why, but ick :)

    Everyone one of those lbs just shows how much fun you had and how many memories you made!

  18. haha, that poutine is INCREDIBLE! I had to call James into the room and show him the picture…hilarious.

    Your story is really encouraging Susan, and I appreciated the comment that you left on my blog the other day. Sometimes the “gain” can be less about the physical.


  19. Your uniform is adorable, straight to the point.

    those waffles and with peaches look incredible. I just need peaches back now.

    I’m not sure I could eat poutine, it sounds so disgusting. It looks like a heart attack in a box. I’d send it straight into This is why you’re fat.

    Your gain is nothing & I’m glad you arent letting it get to you, excellent attitude my love

  20. You can think of those pounds as happy worth every morsel weight! 

  21. poutine just looks like dead animal to me…i mean, in very dry form. Suffice to say, you can have my portion :) I truly dont care what anyone eats but for me, no way! I havent eaten any red meat since I was 7 yrs old and havent had any flesh of an animal in 20 yrs (cheese or dairy yes) so i couldnt imagine it!

    “laughing cow cheese and a tbsp of marshmallow fluff”—oh that has got to be good! i mean how could it not?! and i dont eat cheese either!

    The peanut sauce…i purposely made it soy free for the soy intolerant OR for those who hate sodium (I am both of those) but yeah it would be good with soy or tamari. yum! I am sooo happy youre liking it and thanks for all the linkage loves :)


  22. You’ll have those 6 lbs off in no time!

    Good luck at your coffee house interview, sounds like you’re going to be a busy lady.

  23. AAAH! those waffles look so good :P

  24. LOVE your uniform! I’m so glad you’re building more clients and it’s going well for you!!

    I also LOVE poutine. That bacon is ridiiiiiculous! Smokes is good though, I really like the traditional one :)

    Umm… I totally need a waffle iron so I can make those protein waffles, yum!!


  25. Your tofu balls inspired me to whip up something similar last night. Delicious, so thanks! Also, way to rock the trainer’s shirt. Your clients are lucky to have you!

  26. Poutine kind of looks like a big mess but I’d probably try it!

  27. when i come visit you in toronto, we ARE going to that poutine restaurant. no ifs, ands or buts.

  28. Many a time I have gained weight whilst travelling or going through a big life change – it just throws you off your normal schedule like woah. But as you said, it’s pretty much always worth it!

    I love poutine. You know this. The best I’ve had so far was in Vancouver but I need to visit the home of poutine and try the real deal. Be still my (greasy) heart. Takes me back home to late night “chips n gravy” or “cheesy chips” outings. Love.

  29. I gotta say, if it’s real poutine you want to experience, you need to get yourself up to Montreal. Believe it or not, there is a “Festival de Poutine” nearby every Fall haha
    Congrats on your clients- your uniform looks sweet :)

  30. Mmmmm. Chocolate Vitatop + Chocolate PB = heaven! :-D

  31. That boy is darling! I’ve never even heard of poutine until today, so thank you for teaching me something new!

    You look gorgeous in your uniform!

  32. Poutine! And lots and lots of bacon! In a health blogger’s blog! This is why I LOVE you, dear Susan! You are the finest example of great, practical, balanced living! I’ve never tried poutine before, but you’re making me do some research right now for it!!

  33. Yummy waffles! I’m definitely going to try that recipe, but hope it works for pancakes, since I still don’t have a waffle maker ;)

    I love your uniform! You totally rock that little black T. Susan, you are looking extra fit and healthy lately in your photos! It’s great inspiration for me ;)

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