Good morning! I hope all of you had a wonderful 4th of July.

Mine started with a Red, White & Blue Smoothie followed by work. I left work early enough to bask in a little bit of sun at the pool.

Corona and Sun go hand in hand.

Fitness

I then got to soak up some sun and a whole lot of sweat on a run outside. I did a 2 mile loop around the area before doing a legs and abs routine.

I did this Body Rock TV workout which was killer. I used 10lb weights for the lunge/squat routine and “sandbag” swings. All of their workouts can be tailored to your home workout needs.

While out by the pool I stumbled across a workout from Jillian Michaels in my Women’s Health Magazine. She had a workout focused on your abs but it incorporated other areas too. When you look at the pictures you think, oh this looks easy. I’m here to tell you these 4 moves kicked my butt and I’m sore this morning. I was whining the whole time to Darin who was watching Wimbledon and enjoying the afternoon. You can find the workout here. I laid on the mat for a while afterward.

“Glistening” or more like shirt soaked.

Flavor

By the time I was done working out it was 7:30 and I was not sure what dinner was going to look like. Then I remembered we had some fresh salmon that needed to be cooked before we leave town tomorrow. If you want easy salmon, here you go.

I added 1tsp of minced garlic, 1 tsp of olive oil and enough pesto to create a thin layer and spread this on top of two flanks of salmon. I cooked it in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 along with some asparagus. Sip on a glass of red wine while you wait. Or at least that’s what I did.

I bought this package of Near East Natural Couscous this week because it said “cooks in 5 minutes” and therefore we are best friends.

After 20 minutes of total prepping and cooking time, we had a delicious 4th of July meal.

Don’t worry, this weekend will be loaded up with plenty of casseroles and burgers as we make the trek to south Georgia.

What did you do for the 4th of July?

Thursday Thought : “What men and women need is encouragement… Instead of always harping on a man’s faults, tell him of his virtues.” Eleanor H. Porter