Fat Positive Friday #8 Extra room...


I used to ride the bus a lot in University and when I first started working.  I don’t mind it all and usually had some headphones in(this was prior to smartphones…). I would sit on a double seat:


Because I am large man I would take about 1 1/4 seats.  Also I always ensured I tucked into the window as far as I could go because I really believe in sharing your seat on the bus. But because there was limited space on the seat, it was always the last one to fill up.  This was pleasant and a nice little perk! Happy Fat Positive Friday!

I almost ate a whole bag of cracker chips or don't eat alone while looking at your phone


I came home a little late from work after picking up my car (I had a flat tire on the way into work) to sick kids and an injured and exhausted wife.  I made dinner and sat down to eat by myself. It was a delightful prosciutto and blue cheese whole-wheat baguette sandwich with a salad. I ate it quickly while reading articles on Hacker News.

Prosciutto sandwich

I was still feeling hungry because I didn’t pay attention while I was eating (being mindful) and ate too fast.  I went to the cupboard for something and found these:

Zesty Lime Tortilla

12 crackers for 90 calories is a pretty good deal, so I ate 12 while reading more articles and then ate almost the whole bag – at least 500 calories worth, all without really realizing I had.   I still had a great eating day overall, but wow this snuck up on me. I felt uncomfortably full and had to work through feelings of guilt and gluttony.

I would love to hear strategies and advice that helps you to eat mindfully, or tricks that you use to stop the train to eating too much once its left the station.

Menu Plan December 5 – 11 Rose Reisman's Weekday Wonders Week In Review and the Slow Descent into Sickness...


Last week was our first cookbook/blog author feature.  We chose five recipes from Rose Reisman’s Weekday Wonders and ended up cooking four of them last week.  The Baked Mac & Cheese was met with rave reviews – everyone at the table wanted seconds – and the Cheesy Beefaroni was met with the same enthusiasm.  Half of us loved the Greek Chicken and the other half thought it was fine and the Roasted Chicken with the tomato sauce was too ‘saucy’ for my crew.  Interestingly, Paul wasn’t an instant fan of the ‘cook from one cookbook’ approach and thought he would like some of our staples mixed in throughout the week.  I suppose we will give the current approach another try and take it from there.

This week illness and injury have taken up residence at our house.  I am not feeling particularly inspired and I feel like the menu plan reflects this.  Instead of dwelling on my lack of inspiration, I choose to focus on the positives of the plan: this plan is realistic – I feel like it is manageable so we will be more likely to follow it; most of the meals are light on prep time so I can tend to sick littles and my injured foot, and; the food is reasonable healthy and always includes veggies.  I bet the kids will really enjoy this week…well, maybe apart from Monday!


Menu Plan December 5 – 11

Saturday – Sandwiches and fresh veggies

Sunday – Burgers, Salad and Cucumber

Burger with caesar

Monday – Split Pea Soup, Biscuits and Roasted Cauliflower


Tuesday – Burgers, Broccoli and Potato (Paul ended up with a sandwich and salad)

Sandwich and salad

Wednesday – Beefaroni and Edamame ( Paul ended up with a sandwich and salad)

Prosciutto sandwich with blue cheese

Thursday – Homemade Pizza and Fresh Veggies (Paul ended up with the beefaroni, salad and some buttermilk)

CHeesy beef noodles

Friday – Feta and Bacon Stuffed Chicken Breast, Brown Basmati Rice and Green Beans

chicken stuffed

Interview with my Dad: Part 1 Talking to my father about being fat and why


My dad and step-mother Lorraine visited us and their grand children about a month ago.  Richard Royston graciously consented to sit down for a FAT Project filming session by RoadWest Pictures and this is 4 min of about 40 min captured in total.

I am very grateful to my Dad for doing this piece with me and that I have his and Lorraine’s full support on this journey.  Thanks Dad.

My dad was a letter carrier for nearly 30 years and trudged the streets – hence the cover photo.