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Ellipse Fitness Thanksgiving Cranberry-Orange Compote

Cranberry-Orange Compote


2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

1 Tbsp. grated orange zest

1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup water

1/2 cup Truvia


1. Place cranberries, zest, cinnamon and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir to combine

2. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until berries have popped and compote has thickened, about 10 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and stir in sugar substitute to taste.

4. Let compote sit—serve at room temperature.

Makes 8 (3 Tbsp) servings


Per serving: 20 calories; 0g fat; 6g protein; 5g carbohydrate; 1g fiber; 0mg sodium


Ellipse Fitness Thanksgiving Sassy Stuffing

3 tsp. extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for baking dish
1 (3/4 lb) loaf whole-grain bread, cut into cubes (4 cups)
1 lb. sweet Italian-style turkey or chicken sausage
1/2 cup lower-sodium chicken broth
4 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 Bosc pear, coarsely chopped (Bartlett or Anjou are good subs)
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh sage
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a 9×13 inch baking dish. Place bread cubes in a large bowl.
2. Remove sausage from the casings and break into 1/2 inch pieces. Heat 1 tsp of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook until browned, about 3 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with bread cubes.
3. Return the skillet to the heat. Add 2 Tbsp. of broth and, using a wooden spoon, scrape any browned bits of sausage from the bottom of the skillet. Add the remaining 2 tsp. oil, celery and on-ion; cook until softened, about 6 minutes. Add pear and sage; cook 2 minutes more.
4. Transfer vegetable mixture to the bowl with the bread and sausage. Add egg and stir to combine. Add remaining broth, parsley, salt and pepper; mix well. Spread stuffing evenly in baking dish. Bake until top is crisply and stuffing is heated through—about 30 minutes.
Makes 12 cups
Per 1/2 cup: 80 calories; 2g fat, 0.5g saturated fat; 6g protein; 10g carbohydrate; 2g fiber; 127 mg sodium

Reap what you sow.

Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and whoever sows generously will also reap generously 2 Corinthians 9:6

Are you growing impatient with your efforts?  I can’t tell you how often I hear, “I had a great week and I only lost a pound?!?!” Or, “I had 5 really good days (and 2 not so good ones) and the scale didn’t budge!” 🙁 DARN!

Friends…you cannot reap and sow in the same season.  Did you know a bamboo plant doesn’t show any evidence of growth in the first 4 years?  During the 5th year it can grow 3 feet per day!

Take a good look at what you’ve sown.  Is it enough to accomplish long term growth?  If the number is high…the number of healthy eating days, the number of minutes spent burning calories or the extra few minutes taken to journal your food and plan your meals…then your long term plan should be solid.  If you look at your seeds and realize that perhaps you short changed the healthy foods for garbage, skipped the workouts on more than one occasion or decided to hang out instead of hanging in at the gym, then perhaps you should take inventory and plant some more good seeds this week?

Take the time to write down five seeds to plant in effort to reap what you sow.  Maybe these will get you started…

Journal everything you eat for a week.
Journal minutes spent sweating.
Make a grocery list that is full of greens and leans and veggies and fruits!

Let me know how you’re doing! If you have a success story, we’d love to hear it! Comment to this blog or shoot me an email!


Many of you may have just started reading the Ellipse blogs, so I want to re-introduce myself. My name is Tiffany and in the past year I lost 110 pounds! My weight loss journey started in January of 2009 and by September of 2009, I had lost 100 pounds! By simply committing to 6 days of workouts at Ellipse, following the Ellipse Nutrition Program, and some self-healing, I am happy and healthy today! If you want more of my story, please feel free to look back at some of my earlier blogs.

Today my message to you is that you need to take time for yourself. This week I had the opportunity to listen to a very empowering speaker talk about life and how we need to remember to fill our lives with happiness and clear out all the “junk”. We work hard to take care of our families, feed the dog, do the laundry, call our friends, make dinner, eat right, workout, go to work, etc….. What about you?? Do you need a little “me time”?? I have to admit that I haven’t been sleeping well over the past week and was whining to my mom that I really needed to get some sleep. Being the wise woman she is, she suggested that I go home, take a hot bath, have a cup of hot tea, and go to bed early. Wow….what a concept! You mean I shouldn’t rush home, cook supper, do the laundry, dust, feed the dog, do the dishes, etc….. ?? I should actually have some “me time”? Between taking my wise Mother’s advice and listening to this empowering speaker this week, it renewed in me a sense that it is OK to take time for yourself, relax, pamper yourself! Life is TOO SHORT to worry about all the little stuff.

So this week, vow to yourself to find time for YOU! Pick out a great book at the bookstore or library and read one chapter each night, make a coffee date with a friend, soak in the tub, finish that scrapbook page you’ve been putting off, get a pedicure, get your hair done, go for a walk with your dog, watch an old movie, go out for dinner (healthy of course), play a board game with your kids, sit in your favorite chair and have a hot cup of tea, or take a nap! You get the picture….find some time and enjoy a little chunk of life! Clear out the “junk” from your life for just a few moments and you will be amazed how rejuvenated you will feel.

Tiffany’s Tip: Journal….journal….journal! Write down every single thing that you consume. Write down meals, calorie free drinks, gum, mints, 1 M&M, 2 potato chips, handful of carrots, snacks, alcohol consumption, water intake, vitamins, and so forth! Not only will you know your exact calorie intake for the day, you will soon know the calorie count on all your favorites! This has helped me learn what keeps me full longer, be accountable, and adjust my day if I mess up half way through. Journaling is first thing that I do EVERY day. I pre-plan my snacks and meals so that I don’t go off the deep end and eat something crazy “cause I didn’t know what else to eat”!!

A holiday tip…

The holidays are just about here.  Are you ready for them?  I’m not talking about shopping, wrapping, baking, or decorating.  I’m wondering about your meals. Have you planned them?  How about the meals someone else has planned for you.  Remember you are still in control and responsible for your decisions.

Self-sabotage lingers at the edge of each beautifully decorated sugar cookie, on the rim of your holiday cocktails, and in the bottom of the candy bowl.  BEWARE!

Holidays are not about digging into a bunch of stale, foil-wrapped chocolates.  You can certainly pass those up.  How about the mayonaise  and cheddar cheese laden dips?  Don’t let the words “spinach” or “artichoke” fool you.   Finally, nothing reflects the spirit of the season like the nacho cheese flavored chips dumped into a plastic bowl.  These are great ways to pack on the pounds quickly.

Be prepared when a tray full of sugar, fat, and empty calories is waived under your nose.  A statement like, “No thank you.  I am saving up for a piece of Aunt Didi’s famous cheesecake” should be in your holster. Is cheesecake good for you?  Well, no, but it’s well worth the calories in the one piece that you knew you were really looking forward to as opposed to grazing around the buffet table paying little attention to what you put into your mouth and then eating Aunt Didi’s cheesecake anyway.

Decide right now.  What will your treat be for the holiday? Knowing ahead of time will make it taste that much sweeter.

This is a time rich in tradition.  Enjoy your family, friends, gifts, and decorations.  Watch the lights sparkle in the eyes of innocent children. Laugh long, hard, and loud.  Your life is so much more than food.

Getting Started!

Hi Everyone! Many of you have told me that you are reading my blog and have asked me how I got started and how I stay motivated, so that is my topic today. Getting started on a new healthy lifestyle is not an easy venture in the beginning. Your mind likes to tell you that the “old way” is good….you are happy there….you don’t need to change. Right? You’re happy sitting on your couch watching reality TV eating crap food?? You’re happy not attending the friend’s get-together because you’d rather hide in your home? You’re happy clothes shopping in a section that is less than desirable to you? You’re happy not running and playing with your children because you don’t have any real energy? I am pretty sure that we all know the real answer to these questions.

Eventually, after years of this lifestyle, I was sick of those questions haunting me and made a distinct decision to kick the “old way” to the curb. I was told that if I did something (uh…like work-out) for 3-4 weeks it would become a habit. So, in early January when I posted myself notes all over my house that said “No Excuses”, I also told myself that if I just kept pushing forward it would continually get easier. And….it did!! Every day I got out of bed at 5:00 AM and headed off to the gym. After a few weeks of this routine, it wasn’t painful anymore! It is now more of a sense of self-satisfaction to know that I have not compromised my health and happiness and have set my day out on the right path. The pounds started dropping on the scale and again it became easier and easier to keep going!

Well….it’s great to work out, but we all know that if you work out and then eat crappy….you simply cannot “out-run” the bad eating. So, my eating habits had to change as well. In the beginning, I started simple by removing my ol’ rituals from the menu (i.e. fast-food, pizza, two plates of spaghetti in one sitting….you get the idea). Instead, I opted for light bread on my homemade sandwich, made homemade dinners with light ingredients, and skipped after dinner snacking. Without any professional guidance at this point, I was able to loose a few pounds on my own. However, I had hit a plateau and could not lose anymore weight. The bottom line was that I needed help setting myself up with a nutrient balanced eating plan that I could live with the rest of my life. That’s when I found Ellipse. Thank goodness….I could only wish that I would have found Ellipse earlier! Lisa has been a blessing to me and has really helped me wrap my brain around the idea that the future I want is possible with a little work and planning. Something the “old way” didn’t put in place.

So….a little work and planning. That is what I do. That is what keeps me focused. Here’s my schedule:

4:30 AM – Out of bed

5:00 AM – Ellipse

6:00 AM – Get home and plan out full meal plan for day

6:15 AM – Eat Breakfast

8:00 AM – Off to work

I think you get the picture…..but please notice that my planning takes me 15 minutes. ONLY 15 MINUTES!! By 6:15 AM, I know what I am going to eat for the rest of the day and by 6:20 it is packed in a lunch bag and ready for me to head off for the day with “NO EXCUSES”!! This keeps me focused….this keeps me motivated….this keeps me on track!

Each person is different and each person needs to set a schedule, but the key is to actually set the schedule. A wise person once told me “Nothing is impossible. Just close your eyes, reach for the stars, and you will achieve your goals”. She was right! Gosh….I should listen to my Mom more often!

Achieve your goals! Close your eyes and reach for the stars!! You can live a happy AND healthy life with just a little bit of effort and planning!

Rosemary-Lemon Halibut Packets by Ellipse Fitness

8 Rosemary sprigs

1 lemon, cut into 8 thin slices

4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

4 halibut fillets, about 4 oz.

salt and pepper to taste

Heat oven to 450°F.

Cut 4 big squares of tin foil.

Evenly divide rosemary, lemon and garlic among the four foils.

Top with halibut fillet. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top.

Wrap up halibut. Roll edges together.

Place each packet on baking sheet; Bake 10 minutes.

Spice-Rub Turkey Tenderloin by Ellipse Fitness

1 lb. turkey or pork tenderloin

4 tsp ground nutmeg

4 tsp ground cumin

4 tsp garlic salt

3 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground red pepper

Mix all Spice Rub ingredients. Place tenderloin in heavy-duty resealable food-storage plastic bag. Sprinkle with Spice Rub. Turn bag several times to coat meat. Seal bag; refrigerate 15 minutes.

Remove meat from bag. Cover and grill for 15 to 20 minutes, turning frequently, until meat has slight blush of pink in center and meat thermometer inserted in center reads 160°F. Serve with grilled veggies.


“NOTARUNNER”–Not a runner?  Hey? I’m not a runner, too!  Want to be “Not a Runner”, with me and train for the half marathon?

True “Runners” love it!  They get a “high” I haven’t gotten.  They know the lingo.  They know how many miles they went or need to go and they know how many minutes per mile—or is it “K”?  Yep–“Did the 10K”, “training for the “half”, doing the “full”–sheesh!  Good for you, all you runners!  That’s great, you guys stay up front and let me know how the bugs are and if there’s any potholes I should watch out for.

For the rest of us, let’s get some good shoes, an ok from our doc–if we’ve had injuries or are over 35 or havent’ run before, and we’ll just start “logging some miles”!  Hey–that was pretty good lingo!

More on the shoes tomorrow! Gotta “catch some zzzz’s”–lingo?  Hmmmm?