Ann’s Food Journal

Ann’s Food Journal

All I have to say is THANKS KATIE!  I read your article about keeping a food journal.  I decided to keep a journal for myself for a week.  Well, it hasn’t even been a full week yet, and I am shocked by what I realized.  Usually, I take notice in what I am eating whenever I journal about my food.  This time I paid more attention to what I was NOT putting in my mouth.

Over the last two weeks, Ellipse Oakville has been a buzz with everyone taking advantage of the Jump Start Cleanse.  Members are losing weight and feeling great.  There is an amazing energy in the building that I cannot even discribe.  It’s contagious!  Or, so I thought.

I started the cleanse.  I didn’t do so well.  I ask a friend to join me.  Hmpf.  I didn’t do so well.  I was always searching for something to eat.  I never felt satisfied, and I started playing that awful “I’ll do better tomorrow” game.  My thoughts:  “What’s up?  I can do this.  I know I can.”  A food journal is a necessity that I overlooked for myself.  I started right away.

For starters, I have not been drinking water, tea, or taking my vitamins!  No wonder I was always searching for something.  I bet if I just poured a glass of water and took my multi, I would have felt better and more satisfied from the healthy food I was eating.  I’m back on track again and eating well has never been easier.

I suggest food journals at least 5 times a week.  I guess even the professionals need reminders from time to time.  Thanks Katie!  I can’t wait to hear how it went for you.

What did YOU discover from your journal?  If you haven’t started one yet, it’s never too late.  What did you eat today?

Indian Pan-Roasted Chicken by Ellipse Fitness

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Seasoned broth (recipe below)
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp cinnamon
6 whole cloves
5 whole black peppercorns
3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
Fresh cilantro (optional)
non-stick cooking spray


Cut chicken in to bite size pieces. Heat non-stick cooking spray in pan over medium heat.  Add bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, and chicken.  Cook uncovered, turning occasionally, until chicken is browned.  Stir in seasoned broth and garlic.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover, and simmer until warmed through.

Seasoned broth–
1 cup reduced sodium, fat-free chicken or vegetable broth
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne (or to taste)
1/8 tsp cardamom

Learn to live together…

Think about it.  Powerful.

It reminds me of an amazing, strong, beautiful woman who said, “I can’t start my cleanse until Monday.  We are going out, and I don’t want anyone to know what I am doing.”

I hear this all the time.  “What am I supposed to do at a party when everyone else is _______________(drinking, eating, etc.)?”  Why wouldn’t you want someone to know that you are trying to be healthy?  Why wouldn’t you want them to be healthy with you?  There will always be an event, excuse, or entree on your path.  You will either hurdle it, run into it, or turn back.  If you do not enlist support from your friends and family, inform them of your goals, and hide your efforts, will it be easier or more difficult to attain?  What are the statistics on obesity, eating disorders, and malnutrition.  YOU are NOT alone!  Read Katie and Tiffany’s stories in our blog, and let us know how you feel.

Plan.  Set a Goal.  Enlist Support.  NOW DO IT!  You know you can.

“Don’t call me skinny”

A quote I heard recently: “Don’t call me skinny.”  I guess some people find this offensive.  Why wouldn’t they?  Would you be shocked if someone felt strongly in the other direction?  “Don’t call me fat.” Of course this wouldn’t shock you.  That may be mean, hurtful, or out of line.  What’s the difference though?

Question:  Have you ever said to someone, “You should eat a cookie?”  How would you feel if someone said that to you?

Question:  Have you ever said to someone, “Geez.  Looks like you had cookies for breakfast?”  Would you?

Just as some people struggle to lose weight, others struggle to gain or just maintain.  I am looking for comments on this.  Please post.

So it begins…

Wow!  Here I am in Wisconsin.  It is just as cold as St. Louis, but we found a way to work up a sweat. Staff from all 7 locations and the corporate offices have all come together for some continuing education.  K-bell certification is under way.  Edge training is amazing.  We were excited before, but this is amazing.   Getting a big group of people together working to improve the health and wellness as many people as we can is what our jobs are all about.  Obviously, it is our passion.  I am enjoying the camaraderie and looking forward to a nice dinner with our team.  I better my 2010 Jump Start Cleanse begins on Monday.  When does your cleanse begin?

Fighting fire with fire.

Over coffee one morning, my husband, the firefighter, says to me, “I don’t know how you get up every morning at 5am to workout as hard as you do.  Don’t you just want to hit the snooze bar?”  We chat about my responsibilities as a franchise owner, the passion I have for my job,  and how much fun we actually have at that early hour.

Then I reply, “I don’t know how you get up in the middle of the night and operate the jaws of life to pull someone out of their mangled up car with cars zooming past you on the highway.”

With a flash of brilliance, my husband states the following cold, hard fact applicable to all our jobs and personal endeavors:  “When the pressure is on, it’s the only time that matters.”  It was quiet for a moment.

I couldn’t have said it better myself.  When the pressure is on, are YOU coming through in the clutch?  Might be time to step it up a notch.