Be Content

Be Content

My Twitter and Facebook friends may recognize this.  I tend to share inspirational quotes.  In fact, one day I only tweeted “Make it a great day” and I had some pretty sad followers!  SO–I’ve raised the bar!  I’m going to attempt to share some of my thoughts on on my favorite quotes.  BUT, I encourage you to find the meaning in them for YOU… don’t be distracted by my reasons, perhaps–only be a little enlightened…  Ok, here we go….

“May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.”

Someone asked, doesn’t this go against all we preach at Ellipse Fitness?  Hmmm, Good Question….  NO.

We must know where we are and acknowledge where we’ve been, in order to set a goal and move forward.  Our path ahead is effected by what’s happening now.  Can we change that path?  Yes.  But, perhaps we should stop for a moment and embrace where we are?  What’s happening right now is exactly what’s supposed to be happening, at this moment in time, so we can learn for the future.

Whether your goal is weight loss, financial freedom, more energy or less stress…embrace today, so your tomorrow is a concentrated effort.


It never fails.  Each and every AMP’D bootcamp tops the previous one.  We may have to start referring to them as seasons like some of these popular television shows.  During Missouri’s season 3, we developed the strongest bonds, tightest camaraderie, and most kickin’ results yet!  Every participant brought something unique and special to the table.

Here is a quote from one of our more vocal cadets who “never runs out of material, attacks the drill, and frees his mind.”

“The greatest obstacles we have to overcome are the ones we place in front of ourselves.”  Pete McCaffrey

What obstacle is in your path?  Who put it there?  YOU.  Do you fear obstacles?  OR Do they fear you?


“Well done is better than well said.”

It is the beginning of a new week, month, and season. Stop talking about what you want to do and do it! No more comparing to the past, our peers, or our potential. I am putting away the race results, the play by plays of days gone by, and setting new standards. The excitement of these past accomplishments are fleeting. I am looking for new inspiration each day. I need to find motivation from new people. Do you have a story to tell in regards to weight loss, clean eating, or your recent AMP’D bootcamp experience? Share it as a comment and I will post it. You never know who you can inspire or who can motivate you.
Time to get our heads out of la la land. “Well done is better than well said.” Let’s take this next week by storm. Are you with me?


Just like my first marathon that took me more than 5 hours to complete, I didn’t reach my goal because I didn’t really want to reach it.

I ran the Go! In 4:36:33. It’s a huge improvement. I gave it all I had to give and could not have improved on that time, on that day, on that course. I did find time to facebook and twitter my thoughts during the course. I stopped to talk to someone I hadn’t seen in a long time. I searched my IPOD for my favorite songs. I adjusted my ponytail so many times that I broke it and had to run with my hair down. I forgot my inserts for my shoes. All excuses. Want to know the real reason it took me 4:36:33?

I enjoyed it! It was a brutal course. Make no mistake that it did kick my behind, but I loved the time to think. I savored the time I was able to run with friends. I made the most of the time I spent running alone. The text messages I received along the way from my very dearest of friends lifted me up to a level of happiness I have never experienced before. I was running on air. I didn’t want it to ever be over. (My thighs did. They are reading this post under protest.) There were friends behind me if I fell back, at the finish line to greet me, and precious angels on the sidelines and on my phone! Coach, I’d like to thank you especially for your comment when I thought I was hitting the “wall.”

Once I saw the flag at Union Station, I knew I was all but done. I started walking. I knew I didn’t make my goal time. It was all but over. I was sad. I was defeated. Then I heard the most beautiful voice yelling “Go Ann.” Screaming at me to go! It was one of my original running partners, an Ellipse instructor (that explains the screaming), and a savior. I was so tired, but after a big hug I sprinted to the end. I felt like a winner. I’ve never felt that way before. I’d never felt so strong. Incredibly, it wasn’t my strength that made me feel strong. It was yours!

I’m forever grateful.

Go! St. Louis

Well, the St. Louis contingent is fired up and ready to run.  Right?  Today is the first day of the Go! St. Louis Family Fitness Weekend.  The Missouri crew started training on January 1 of this year.  We have endured brutally cold tempatures, snow, rain, and temptations to go out to breakfast as opposed to running on more than one occasion.  It’s all about to pay off.

There is something pretty amazing about the fact that the hard part of the race is over.  You have all earned a spot at the starting line.  The finish line is out there and not nearly as far away as it may feel when the gun goes off.  Enjoy every step of the way, the comradie of the other participants, the sights and sounds of our beautiful city, and the support of the Ellipse family in Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, and New York!  You are well trained (if I do say so myself) and ready for results!

There will be emotional and overwhelming moments on the course.  Embrace them.  Look at the inspiration all around you.  There are folks running in memoriam, with cancer, fighting obesity, building confidence, and a multitude of other reasons you can’t even imagine.  Run in their uplift.  Enjoy the fans.  They are there for YOU!

Have a great day.  GO TEAM!

Wear you medal all day.  Wear it all day on Monday too with your race shirt.  Be proud.  You’re amazing!

Food Examples

Hi Everyone,

Many people in class have asked to see a few examples of what I eat in a given day. Therefore, I am going to provide you with a few examples. However, I need to strongly remind you that this is what is RIGHT FOR ME…..THIS MAY NOT BE THE RIGHT CALORIE COUNT FOR YOU! The calories that you need to intake in a day are based on your activity, age, current weight, etc…. If you are curious to know what YOU should be eating and/or want to set up a nutrition plan for YOURSELF, you can always talk to an Instructor at any Ellipse location about the nutrition program itself to supliment your lifestyle!


Breakfast: Egg beaters

½ Light Village Hearth English muffin with Sugar Free Strawberry Jam

1 Diabetic Friendly Light and Fit Yogurt

1 cup of strawberries

Snack: ½ cup of cottage cheese with Special K Crackers

Lunch: Turkey Sandwich with 2 slices of Village Hearth Light Bread, 4 oz. of lean turkey lunch meat,

4 slices of tomato, & lettuce

1-2 cups of raw vegetables

Snack: Oh Yeah or Supreme Bar

Dinner: Chicken fajitas with low carb tortillas, steamed peppers & onions, & salsa


Breakfast: Special K Cereal With Added Protein (that’s the actual name!)

1 scoop of Protein Powder

½ to ¾ cup of 1% milk

1 cup of strawberries

Snack: 2 Large Quaker Rice Cakes

Chobani Yogurt with Hidden Valley ranch dressing mix

Lunch: Tofu noodles

8 shrimp

1 ½ cups of fresh vegetables (steamed in a steamer bag)

¼ cup of salsa

(Mix this all together for a great pasta dish!)

Snack: Soy Crips (like rice cakes) and 1 light string cheese

Dinner: Turkey Tenderloin

½ baked potato with salsa

1 cup of fresh steamed vegetables (i.e. asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, etc…)


Breakfast: Protein Pancake topped with smashed strawberries

1 Diabetic Friendly Light and Fit Yogurt

Snack: Oh Yeah shake

Lunch: Gorton’s frozen Tilapia fillet (found in your grocery freezer section)

½ baked potato with salsa

1 cup fresh steamed vegetables

Snack: StarKist Tomato Pesto Tuna with Quaker Rice Cakes or Special K Crackers

Dinner: Jennie-O Turkey Burger on Village Hearth Light Bun

Lettuce, Tomato, Mustard, & Pickle

Side Salad with all my favorite veggies & light dressing or salsa

Tiffany’s Tip: Invest in steamer bags for cooking your vegetables. These can be purchased at the grocery store in the section with all other ziplock bags. All you need to do is fill the bag with your favorite vegetables, add a your favorite seasoning, & cook according to package directions. NO BUTTER OR OIL NEEDED. The water within the vegetable locked inside the bag steams itself!! VERY GOOD!!

Change your mind. Change your body. Change your life.

K-bell beginner moves K-bell is enrolling now at an Ellipse near you.  Good luck finding a better way to change your body in a short amount of time.  It’s the perfect compliment to your weight loss program.  Swimsuits are flying off the shelves.  Have you purchased yours yet?  Spend the next six weeks using the exercises from this video and visit your Ellipse locations so you can feel great about your summer apparel purchases and your beach bum!