Sunday, December 14, 2008

The SECOND Day of Fitness....all about SCHEDULING!

***Remember to check back daily between now and Christmas for more fitness tips! We will be announcing the winners of our recipe contest at the end of the TWELVE DAYS OF FITNESS! Woo hoo!***

I'm often asked how I find time to work-out during the busy holiday season. It seems that as Christmas draws nearer, everyone's calendars fill up...including mine. If it's not a holiday party, it's a trip to the mall for a last-minute gift. Every minute is scheduled. So why not schedule your work out? I do the VERY best when I know ahead of time exactly when I'll be working out, and what I'll be doing. When my life gets really hectic, I write my workouts on the calendar!

Monday: 8 am--run on the treadmill
Tuesday: 5:45 am--cycling
Wednesday: 9 am--LIFT class
Thursday: 7 am--Turbo Jam/workout video
Friday: 3 pm--stretch/Yoga

Whatever you want to accomplish--write it down! Write it on a post-it note if you have to! Just write it somewhere! When I know ahead of time what I'm going to be doing, it's SOOOOOOOOOO much easier just to do it!

Next year I'm also going to try this--get a nice 3-ring binder to organize ALL your holiday stuff. You know, the kind that makes you giddy in a back-to-school sort of way. Have a section for receipts, a section for gifts--who you're giving to/what you're giving, a section for recipes, a schedule of events, and a section for FITNESS! You may keep a food log, a workout schedule/log, etc. Organize your life in such a way that you have room for fitness!

And finally...another recipe! This one is super festive, and great for entertaining (as long as your company likes fish...)!

Submitted by Kandis...Tarragon-Rubbed Salmon with Nectarine Salsa (YUM!)

2 Tbsp chopped red onion
2 large ripe nectarines--chopped
1 small red pepper--chopped
1 finely chopped jalapeno pepper
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
salt and pepper
1 Tbsp dried tarragon
1 pieces salmon fillet (6 oz. each)
(This recipe is for outdoor grilling, but you can also cook fish on griddle inside on medium-high heat--4 minutes on each side--or until fish is opaque.)

Grease clean grill grate and prepare grill for covered, direct grilling on medium. Meanwhile, in a cup, place chopped red onion; cover with cold water and let sit for 10 minutes (This will take some of the sharpness out of the raw onion.) In medium bowl, stir together remaining salsa ingredients: nectarines, red pepper, jalapeno, cilantro, and 1/4 tsp salt--set aside.
In a small bowl, combine tarragon, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp coarsely ground pepper. Brush salmon with oil and rub with tarragon mixture to coat both sides.
Place salmon on hot grill, cover and grill 8-10 minutes or until it turns opaque, turning over once. Transfer to platter.
Drain onion well and stir into salsa. Serve salsa over salmon.


See you tomorrow! And let us know what YOUR holiday survival tips are!

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