Pulled Pork Tenderloin by Ellipse Fitness

Pulled Pork Tenderloin by Ellipse Fitness


2 pork tenderloins (flavor of choice)

1 cup pickle juice

2 jalapeño peppers

Packet onion soup mix

Water

1 can 99% fat free cream of chicken soup

Instructions:

Place tenderloins in slow cooker. Pour in pickle juice. Add soup mix. Poke each pepper with a knife and drop in. Add water until the tenderloins are covered. Cook all day, or overnight, on high.

Drain almost all liquid and remove peppers, use 2 forks to shred tenderloins. Add 1 can 99% ff cream of chicken soup.

Enjoy as sandwiches, over pasta or over baked potatoes.

CAUTION: Beware of the easy button!

New Year’s Day inevitably brings on many discussions regarding goals, resolutions, and difficulties standing in the way of those achievements.  Most of my clients, friends, and family members are very supportive.  So supportive in fact, they have offered numerous suggestions on how to achieve my goal more easily.  For example, “Don’t run the St. Louis Marathon.  Run Chicago.  It’s so much easier because it is flat.”  This is not unsolicited advice offered just for me, but tips on how to make our great accomplishments more simple seem to be the way of the world.  Ever see the television commercial featuring “an easy button?”

Question: If it is easy or made easier, is it still the great accomplishment we hoped it would be?

A shoulder press IS easier with 10 pounds instead of 12 pounds.  Yes.  Will dropping that weight help you achieve your goal?  A drive thru IS easier than planning and packing a meal in advance on a hectic day.  Yes.  Is it worth those extra calories and dollars?  BEWARE of the the easy button.  It’s not all it’s cracked up to be.  Afterall, was it really THAT hard to begin with?

Remember:  “A  job worth doing is WORTH doing well” and “the secrets of success only work if YOU do.”

Set that goal.  Write it down.  Make it worth it.  YOU are worth it!

A holiday tip…

The holidays are just about here.  Are you ready for them?  I’m not talking about shopping, wrapping, baking, or decorating.  I’m wondering about your meals. Have you planned them?  How about the meals someone else has planned for you.  Remember you are still in control and responsible for your decisions.

Self-sabotage lingers at the edge of each beautifully decorated sugar cookie, on the rim of your holiday cocktails, and in the bottom of the candy bowl.  BEWARE!

Holidays are not about digging into a bunch of stale, foil-wrapped chocolates.  You can certainly pass those up.  How about the mayonaise  and cheddar cheese laden dips?  Don’t let the words “spinach” or “artichoke” fool you.   Finally, nothing reflects the spirit of the season like the nacho cheese flavored chips dumped into a plastic bowl.  These are great ways to pack on the pounds quickly.

Be prepared when a tray full of sugar, fat, and empty calories is waived under your nose.  A statement like, “No thank you.  I am saving up for a piece of Aunt Didi’s famous cheesecake” should be in your holster. Is cheesecake good for you?  Well, no, but it’s well worth the calories in the one piece that you knew you were really looking forward to as opposed to grazing around the buffet table paying little attention to what you put into your mouth and then eating Aunt Didi’s cheesecake anyway.

Decide right now.  What will your treat be for the holiday? Knowing ahead of time will make it taste that much sweeter.

This is a time rich in tradition.  Enjoy your family, friends, gifts, and decorations.  Watch the lights sparkle in the eyes of innocent children. Laugh long, hard, and loud.  Your life is so much more than food.

Italian Meatloaf by Ellipse Fitness


1 1/2lb. extra lean ground turkey

2 TBS fat-free chicken broth, low sodium

1/2cup onions, diced

2 TBS garlic, minced

1/2cup bread crumbs

1/2cup + 2 TBS low-sodium, low-fat marinara sauce

2 TBS fresh basil, chopped

2 TBS Italian parsley, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Saute onions in the chicken broth. Add garlic; cook 5 minutes more. Remove from heat. In a large bowl, combine onion mixture with ground turkey, bread crumbs, 1/2cup marinara sauce, basil, and parsley. Form mixture into loaf. Shape and place in an ungreased loaf pan. Brush with remaining sauce and bake until thoroughly cooked, 30-45 minutes. Cut into about 7 slices. 2 slices=3 very lean protein and 1 vegetable exchange.

Beginning again in 2010?

Why wouldn’t you? What do you have to lose? What do you have to gain? What secret desires do you hold deep down inside that you keep there? Why do you keep them there…deep, down inside?

Goal setting is so very difficult. We all want to set an attainable goal, right? That’s what all the experts suggest in their talk shows, blogs, and magazine articles. What exactly does that mean? Set the bar low so you don’t feel like a failure? Hold back? NO!

Attainable-

1. To gain as an objective; achieve: attain a diploma by hard work.

2. To arrive at, as by virtue of persistence or the passage of time. To succeed in a directed effort, process, or progression: attained to high office

See Synonym: REACH

1. To stretch out or put forth (hmmm…march forth*)

2. To arrive at; attain: reached a conclusion; reached their destination.

3. To extend as far as possible

4. To try to grasp or touch something

5. To make an excessive effort

6. The extent or distance something can reach

7. To be extensive in influence or effect

Now, what is your goal again? That’s right. Set the bar high. What is the distance YOU can reach? Reach AS FAR AS POSSIBLE and share it by being EXTENSIVE IN INFLUENCE OR EFFECT. Someone else out there needs you or maybe you need them. Do it together.

Be cautious of goals that are true failures: I’ll never drink soda again. I’ll go to the gym every day. Never, always, and every day are very unrealistic.

Embrace those goals that are a true reflection of YOUR reach. “I will run one mile without stopping.” “I will wear shorts this summer.” “I will complete AMP’D.” Know that “You can or you can’t. Either way, you are right.” In my world, I can or I can’t, but I WILL eventually.

Share your goal with me on facebook at Ellipse Fitness Oakville. It’s a good idea in your head, but in print, it is reality. Right Shana? You’ll see my goal there!

*Get ready. Get set. It’s almost time to March Fourth!

Slow-Roasted Christmas Breakfast Parfait by Ellipse


Cooking spray

1/2 cup black grapes

1/2 cup red grapes

3 TBS Splenda

Fat-free Greek yogurt

1/4cup walnuts, chopped

honey

Preheat oven to 200. Spray a baking sheet. Combine grapes and Splenda in a bowl. Arrange grapes on pan; bake at 200 for 3 hours. Remove from oven and cool. Spoon desired amount of yogurt into bottom of 4 glasses. Top each serving with 1/4 cup grapes, few walnuts and 1 tsp honey. Repeat the layers.  Make your parfait with the appropriate amount of fat-free Greek yogurt.  (1 cup of the yogurt is 3 very lean exchanges).