“Feeling healthy & feeling good about yourself is not a luxury – it’s an absolute necessity.”

“Feeling healthy & feeling good about yourself is not a luxury – it’s an absolute necessity.”

“Feeling healthy & feeling good about yourself is not a luxury —- it’s an absolute necessity.”

MOTIVATION—sometimes you give it, sometimes you need it!
Please feel motivated by Jayne O’s journey! Jayne wrote this story of her 8 weeks of the Rock your jeans challenge, and I felt it may touch a lot of us who are struggling with a reason to stay on track!

Remember why we’re named Ellipse! Life isn’t a perfect circle. The straight and narrow path is filled with turns, curves and pot holes! To stay on track you may need support! Or—you may want to offer support to others! We’re all in this together!

Way to go, Jayne!

The past 8 weeks were such a turning point in my life. My first task in the “Rock Your Jean’s” program was to develop a mission statement to keep me focused and on track. Knowing that I needed a drastic change in my lifestyle I came up with the following statement: “Feeling healthy & feeling good about yourself is not a luxury —- it’s an absolute necessity.”

I knew I needed a change in my life and it needed to start NOW. I was working out prior to “Rock Your Jeans,” but when this opportunity came along I jumped at it. The program was such a whole body experience for me, educating me on the importance of nutrition, taking time to de-stress, as well as exercise. Ellipse always stresses that 80% of what we do in our nutrition and sure enough, once I tighten up the food plan I saw and felt amazing results. Ready, set, GO……..

The first week of my journey was the hardest. The bootcamp/cardio night scared me. Typically when done with a workout you feel so good about yourself, this one was different for me. I left that night and I drove home with tears in my eyes thinking, I can’t do this. It was a tough workout for me. I got home that night and took a nice warm bath and talked myself into how good this was for me. My motto I grabbed at that point was “Feel the fear and Do It Anyways.” The next morning I got up for strength class at 5 am even though my whole body was completely sore. As the weeks went on the soreness got better but I continued to push myself. The coaching and camaraderie with the RYJ members was outstanding. I have never been pushed so much in my life!! Wow who would have thought I could do so many squats, lunges, fire hydrants, and high knee runs. It was a great journey for my husband and I to accomplish together, too! We have helped and encouraged each other through the journey.

At 4 weeks when we tried on our jeans (2 sizes smaller!) and I was able to button them. I was so proud of the progress I had made, but I wanted more. I started my journey in a size 22. At final jean try on I was able to button a “16.” WOW!!!! I finally accomplished a goal in my weight loss journey. I am excited for the next few months! Even though they are the hardest with holidays, I know that the support of Ellipse is what I need to succeed. Ask me motto now…“Still Rockin It!”

Chicken or Turkey Tortilla Soup

 Hi Everyone,

  Happy Thanksgiving!  If you are working towards your fitness, nutrition, and weight loss goals, it is important to remember that today is just ONE meal.  Enjoy your favorite Thanksgiving Day fixings in moderation and then get back on track with your normal eating.  The holidays do not have to get out of control with eating and drinking.  Set yourself a limit and stick with a plan!  Have leftover turkey?  Here is a great recipe to enjoy!

Chicken or Turkey Tortilla Soup

       Non-stick Cooking Spray
4    6-inch Corn Tortillas
2    Tbsp. Olive Oil
3/4 Tsp. Ground Cumin
1/4 Tsp. Salt
1    Cup Chopped Onion
1/2 Tsp. Oregano
2    Garlic Cloves, minced
1    Green Bell Pepper, diced
2    14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes w/ jalapeño
4    Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
1    Cup Frozen Corn
1    Pound Diced, Cooked Chicken Breasts
1/4 Cup Reduced Fat Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Directions:  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.  Stack the tortillas and cut into 1/4 inch strips; toss with 1 tbsp. of the olive oil, 1/4 tsp. of the cumin and salt.  Place on baking sheet and bake 12 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp.

Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a soup kettle.  Add remaining cumin and the onion, oregano, garlic and bell pepper.  Cook, stirring about 3 minutes, or until slightly softened.  Add the tomatoes and chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and add the corn and chicken; simmer 10 minutes.

Ladle into separate dishes, sprinkle with cheddar, and top with tortilla strips.

 Serves:  4
Total Calories: 371   Carb=38g Prot=35g Fat=11g


Spinach Dip by Ellipse

 Hi Everyone,

  Need a recipe to whip up for Monday night football?  Or perhaps you are searching for a great appetizer idea for the upcoming holidays?  This is a terrific recipe that will help keep you on track and tantalize your taste buds all at the same time!  Enjoy!


Spinach Dip

1     12 oz. Carton of Low-fat Cottage Cheese

1     10 oz. Package of Frozen Chopped Spinach, thawed

1     8 oz. Can Water Chestnuts, drained and chopped

1/2 Cup fat-free sour cream

1     Packet of Dry Vegetable Soup Mix

1/4 Cup of Chopped Onion

1    Tsp. Lemon Juice

 Directions:  Add cottage cheese to a food processor and process until smooth.  Transfer cottage cheese to a bowl.  Meanwhile, drain spinach and press between paper towels until barely moist.  Add spinach, water chestnuts, and all remaining ingredients to cottage cheese, stir well.  Cover and chill for at least 3 hours.  Serve with Melba rounds or fresh vegetables.

 Serves: 6

Total Calories: 113   Carb=17g Prot=10g Fat=1g

New Math = 100%

Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100 percent? Haven’t we all been to a meeting where someone wants us to give more than 100 percent? I’ve heard coaches in class say it, “Come on everybody, let’s work to 110%!!”

How does one achieve 101 or 110 percent? What adds up to 100 percent in our personal and professional lives?

Here’s a little mathematical formula I read recently that will answer those questions:
are represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26

8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%
11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty, that while Hard Work and Knowledge will get you close, Attitude makes all the difference.

So…we are coming up on the season that challenges all of us! We’re hosting a Holiday Hold ‘Em Challenge at Ellipse, too! This challenge is UNIQUE…don’t gain weight for 5 weeks and win $25! If you gain weight, the “house” wins and the $25 goes to Harbor House or the Ronald McDonald house!!

Adjust your attitude and bring 100% for a few months, it will make ALL the difference!

Asian Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups by Ellipse

 Hi Everyone,

  Here is a terrific recipe to make a big batch and have quick and easy meals for lunch or dinner on the run!  You can wrap this chicken salad in a Boston lettuce leaves, toss it in a pita pocket or, serve it on whole wheat toast!  Enjoy!

Asian Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups
3-4   Small Chicken Breasts
1      Cup Shredded Carrots
1      Can (8 oz.) Sliced Water Chestnuts (halved)
6      Scallions, diagonally sliced
1/4  Cup of Greek Yogurt
1/4  Cup of Asian Salad Dressing
1      Head of Boston Lettuce

GARNISH:  Hot pepper flakes (like Mrs. Dash – Extra Spicy)

 Directions:  Thoroughly cook chicken breasts and then shred the chicken into bite-size pieces.  Place the chicken in a bowl with the carrots, water chestnuts, & scallions.  In a small bowl, whisk yogurt with salad dressing, and then toss this with the chicken mixture.  Spoon into lettuce leaves and sprinkle with hot pepper flakes if desires.

Serves:  4
Total Calories: 227  Carb=20g Prot=31g Fat=3.5g