It's all up to YOU!

“You see a lot don’t you doctor? Why don’t you turn that high-powered perception at yourself and tell us what you see, or, maybe you’re afraid to.” Clarice, to Dr. Hannibal Lector

Personal responsibility-pet peeve or something to be addressed?

I have the immense blessing of working with people on a journey in their lives.  It’s incredible! I deal with those on a journey to lose weight, get in shape, change their lives, change their future and even change their dream or income.  It’s remarkable to be part of an important decision people make in their lives.  I also have the even BIGGER blessing of raising two children.  A teenage boy and pre teen girl can teach an adult a lot about life if we’re willing to listen!

One thing we’ve touched on a lot lately with our kids is personal responsibility.  The fact is that your action and choices cause multiple other actions and reactions.  However in the end, we’re responsible for our own actions.  That’s a tough lesson at times…it’s a lot easier to assign blame than to take responsibility.  This can be with a lot of choices we make in life!

Weight loss—how come I gained 15 pounds?  Life was stressful, I work too hard to make time to workout or plan my dinners.  How about…I consumed more than I burned, so on came the weight?  Responsibility.

Business—why aren’t I making the income I need to?  It’s the economy, the model, a business decision, location? There could be a laundry list, but if what I’m doing isn’t working, I’m not going to assign blame.  No one made me do this.  I made the choice.  Let’s tweak the plan and choose to succeed.  Again, responsibility.

Health–how did I end up with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, bad knees, hammer toe—you name it :).  Genetics, poor healthy living choices…whatever.  When it comes to health we have choices too and the responsibility to make the best choice for ourselves at that time.

This is my challenge to you…and me!

I challenge you to take personal responsibility for something you want to change in your life.  What are the pros and cons?  Make an educated choice, write down the challenge and follow your plan for 6-8 weeks.  If the outcome isn’t what was expected, tweak your plan, adjust and adapt.

But in the end, use your mirror; and realize in the end it’s up to you.

Snack-Time Chicken Salad by Ellipse

Hi Everyone,

Tired of the same old snacks?  Change it up a bit!   Here’s an easy recipe to make early in the week so that you have several servings for yourself throughout the week.  It tastes great and it is great for you!  You can swap out the chicken for tuna or turkey if you’d prefer.  Serve this chicken salad with whole wheat crackers or wrap it in a whole wheat tortilla!

Snack-Time Chicken Salad

1  13 Oz. Can of Chunk Chicken Breast

4  Baby Carrots, shredded

2  Tbsp. Onion, chopped

3  Tbsp. Non-fat Ranch Salad Dressing

Pepper To Taste

Directions:  Drain chicken and place in a mixing bowl.  With two forks, gently shred the chicken.  Add shredded carrot, chopped onion, salad dressing, and pepper to mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.  Chill for about an hour.

Serves:  3

Total Calories: 109   Carb=5.1g Prot=19g Fat=2.3g

Ellipse Tip:  A couple great brands of salad dressing to try are Walden Farm’s Ranch Dressing or Kraft Non-Fat Ranch Dressing.  This dab of salad dressing adds tons of flavor and the creamy texture that you desire!

Egg White Scramble by Ellipse

Hi Everyone,

Add a little dazzle to your egg whites by adding loads of your favorite veggies!  Another great veggie to add to this recipe is asparagus.  If you prefer, you may also substitute Egg Beaters instead of the egg whites as well.  Enjoy!

Egg White Scramble

  • 4   Egg Whites
  • 2   Tbsp. Chopped Onion
  • 2   Tbsp. Chopped Green Pepper
  • 2   Tbsp. Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2   Tbsp. Chopped Mushrooms
  • 1/4 Cup Reduced-fat Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions: Spray a cooking skillet with non-stick cooking spray and sauté vegetables for 2-3 minutes over medium heat until vegetables are tender.  Add egg whites to vegetables and scramble until cooked through.  Sprinkle with cheese (if desired) and place cover on skillet to melt cheese.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Serves:  1

Total Calories: 149   Carb=7.7g Prot=20g Fat=4.2g

Ellipse Tip: Want to bump up your protein?  Add a couple more egg whites!  On average, an egg white has only 20 calories, 5 grams of protein, and NO fat!  The yolk of the egg has approximately 5 grams of fat per yolk, so choose wisely!

Ellipse Fitness President Lisa Welko to Present at Women’s Wellness Conference at UW – Oshkosh

April 4th, 2011

Ellipse Fitness President Lisa Welko to Present at Women’s Wellness Conference at UW – Oshkosh

Appleton, WI. – Ellipse Fitness is pleased to announce President Lisa Welko will be a featured speaker at the Women’s Wellness Conference at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The conference will take place on May 21st and will run from 8am to 5pm.

The theme of the conference is “Incorporating the mind, body and spirit in holistic wellness.” Lisa Welko’s workshop is titled “Rev up your Metabolism” and will focus on the concept of metabolism and how people can naturally accelerate the process through proper nutrition and exercise. Welko states:

“I am looking forward to providing some helpful tips and strategies to help people increase their metabolism and lose unwanted pounds. It’s an important topic for women especially since we are approaching the summer months. There are a lot of misconceptions about how you can safely and effectively increase your metabolism and lose body weight. This is great opportunity for people to learn a few techniques to help achieve their weight loss goals.”

In addition to Welko’s workshop, there will be several other featured speakers and programs addressing important topics including hypnosis, nutritional healing, stress management, acupuncture and food and medicine. People interested in attending the event should contact the Office of Continuing Education and Extension, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Boulevard, Oshkosh, WI 54901-8623, or call (920) 424-1129 or toll-free (800) 633-1442.

About Ellipse Fitness
Founded in 2002, Ellipse Fitness is a classes-only fitness and nutrition franchise specializing in providing regularly scheduled group exercise classes and nutrition programs for our members. Our proprietary workout programs emphasize functional movement, cardiovascular training, building core strength and increasing lean muscle mass. For information on programs and locations please visit For information about owning an Ellipse Fitness franchise please visit

For More Information, Contact:
Todd Weiss
Ellipse Fitness
Phone: 866-934-7167