Zucchini Bread is not a Vegetable!

Zucchini Bread is not a Vegetable!

Hi There!   

Hey, It’s Lisa at Ellipse!  Do you have zucchini coming out of your ears yet!?  I wanted to share a delicious recipe that my friend Brett Riesenhuber developed a few years ago (This is HIS photo, mine wasn’t as pretty!)  We’ve loaded it to the Ellipse Blog for everyone!

Stuffed Zucchini Squash – Healthy Weight Loss!


  • 2-6 Large Freshly Picked (if possible) Zucchini
  • Pot of salted boiling water, large enough to fit all the Zucchini.
  • Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Sliced Fresh Tomatoes
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Garlic Powder
  • Kosher Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chipolte Powder (or any chili powder you like)


  • Boil the Zucchini for 4-8 minutes depending on size.  The goal is to heat them through to the center, but not overcook and make mushy.  Allow to cool.
  • Slice in half lengthwise.
  • Scoop out the centers being careful not to break the skin, place in a bowl, and mash.
  • In the bowl add equal quantities of the Panko and the Parmesan and mix.
  • Add 1/4 as much of the sun dried tomatoes as the Panko and Parmesan.
  • Add the seasonings to taste and mix together.
  • Spoon into the Zucchini halves leaving a bit lose (don’t pack it in hard)
  • Layer the fresh tomato slices over the tops.
  • Dust tops with a bit more Parmesan Cheese.
  • Grill on the BBQ, covered until heated through.

Remove from the grill, slice, and serve!

This recipe is great with grilled fish or chicken, and is great as a leftover…Tastes kind of like Pizza!

Enjoy this recipe sometime this week and let us know what you think!  We’ve loaded lots of healthy recipes on our Ellipse Blog! It’s all part of our commitment to serve you on the path to transforming your body, and your life.  And the recipes are FREE!

Want to add even more delicious simplicity to your diet this week?  You may want to consider the Ellipse 8 week jump start program!  We’ve had several members and guests “jump” onto this program after their strategy sessions! It’s an 8 week program, complete with meal suggestions and WEEKLY meetings with a coach to check in and confirm that they’re losing FAT and NOT MUSCLE as the embark on a more focused journey!

Enjoy this tasty METABOLIC BOOSTING recipe!  We’re looking forward to seeing you in class!

Resistance Tube Lat Pull Back

Did you know that a Lat Pull Back with a resistance tube strengthens the Latissimus Dorsi which is Latin for “broad back”?  The Lats are the biggest and broadest muscles of the back.  We use our Lats to open the refrigerator (probably more often than we should!), to open car doors and to climb.  A strong lat will give you that ”V” tapered look of back strength.

To do a Lat Pull Back, put your resistance tube over a bar and hold the handles with a closed grip (thumbs wrapped under handles).  Kneel down on one knee and hinge forward slightly at your hips keeping your head and neck in line with your spine.    Pull your elbows out and back in an arc motion (which is the same direction as the lat muscle fibers), squeezing the shoulder blades together as you contract the Lats.

As an added bonus, stronger Lats will increase your metabolism as bigger muscles burn more calories to sustain themselves, yeah!

Core: Spiderman Forearm Plank

You may not be scaling skyscrapers with this move, but you will be burning more calories while doing the Spiderman forearm plank than any other isolated core move.  Why?  Because the Spiderman Forearm Plank incorporates more muscles, and more engaged muscles means more energy consumed and more calories burned for fuel.  In addition the Spiderman forearm plank works both the six pack abs, and the waistline (obliques), firming up the entire muffin top in one fluid movement.

Begin in a forearm plank position.  Turn your right knee out and bring it towards your right elbow.  Then return your leg to its original position and repeat with the opposite leg. 

Spiderman your way to a great calorie burn and flat abs today!

Is Your Metabolism Slow?

My recent emails have caused some questions! YEAH!

Here’s one you may relate to:

Thank You for the great information, Lisa!  I love your little snippets of information and look forward to your emails! I feel that through chronic, yo-yo dieting, in addition to my increasing age, that I’m suffering from a sluggish metabolism.  I’m currently trying to lose 20 pounds (again) only this time it’s coming off VERY slowly.  Is there anything that I can do to “repair” any damage that I may have done to my metabolism and get things going again?  I’m a big fan of your company and your classes!  Thank you for your time.


My Response 

Thanks for taking the time to email.  Yes, it’s true that chronic dieting, especially yo-yo dieting can do some real damage to your metabolism, but we do have a great “metabolism-repairing” solution!

It may surprise you–Eat more; exercise more.  Sounds pretty simple, but let’s take a deeper look.  Exercise increases metabolism.  Eating increases metabolism.  The trick is learning to balance the two so that you still create a negative calorie balance if you’re trying to lose that stubborn 20 (again! ha!)

Let me explain.  Sedentary people (those who just sit around and don’t exercise) have painfully slow metabolisms.  This is due to many hormonal factors resulting from a lack of exercise along with the fact that these individuals never really “teach” their body to burn additional calories.  Likewise, chronic dieters share the same plight.  When you chronically under-eat, metabolism shuts down as a starvation protection mechanism.

On the contrary, exercise and eating are metabolism boosters.  That being said, it’s not very likely that eating more by itself will ever do wonders for your fat loss goals.  But when you combine eating more with a high caloric burn via exercise you get the best of both worlds.

For example, let’s say your basal metabolic rate allows you to burn 2000 calories a day.  Knowing this, you go on a diet and begin eating 1500 calories a day, putting you 500 calories in the hole.  Now, on the surface a 500 calorie deficit would appear to be a good thing, but unfortunately you’ve done your metabolism NO favors here.  In fact, under-eating only decreases metabolism with each passing day as you’ve experienced.

So, “dieting” as we know it is not the method of choice for creating a calorie deficit, especially when trying to repair your metabolism.

Now let’s take a similar scenario.  You burn 2000 calories a day, but instead of “dieting” you start eating 300 calories MORE each day and you also burn 800 extra calories through exercise.  The result?  The SAME 500 calorie deficit (2800 calories burned, 2300 calories consumed) but you do so while increasing your metabolism through eating and exercising more.

That’s the power of Rev’ing UP your metabolism.  Apply the concept and watch your metabolism skyrocket.

I do quite a bit of speaking on this subject to local organizations, corporations, schools, etc!  There’s a TON of new research on metabolism and it’s all about creating the “perfect storm”.  Please let me know if your place of work is interested in a wellness workshop and I’ll get you on my calendar!

Also, if you’re not a member and you’re looking for a fitness program to increase your metabolism, well…we’ve definitely cornered that market!  Right now you can work out at Ellipse Fitness for one month for only $39 if you’ve never tried Ellipse!  You’ll get all the benefits of membership and FEEL the results of a Revd up Metabolism! Call our studio today and we’ll help you get started!

Rotating Bicep Curls

The rotating bicep curl is an awesome way to strengthen both the biceps and the forearms in  one fluid movement.

Simply start off holding the dumbbells at your sides with a hammer grip (palms facing each other), and bring the weights up ½ way through the curl.  This Hammer grip is wonderful for strengthening the forearms!  Then at the halfway point, rotate your grip so palms are now facing up, and continue to bring the dumbbells up to the shoulders.  This Supine grip (with palms up) isolates and builds bicep muscle like no other.  Then retrace the movement as you lower the dumbbells to their original position and for fabulous arm toning and strengthening!


Ready For Some Football!?

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL!?  It’s not just Footaball season in WI, it’s PACKER SEASON!

Anyway, here is a short-article on one of the greatest coaches of all-time, Coach Lombardi.

Here are some GREAT Lombardi quotes! What a legend!? Enjoy!

1. The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of WILL.

2. Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.

3. A person can be as great as he/she wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price of the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.

4. The only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary.

5. Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.

6. The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

7. Perfection is no attainable, but if we chase it we can catch excellence.

8. We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.

9. Confidence is contagious. So is a lack of confidence.

10.  Success demands singleness of purpose.

11. The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.