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December 2007 Newsletter

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Merry Fitness and a Happy New Rear


• Tis the Season
• Merry Fitness
• JTF News
• Recipe of the Month: Holiday Shepherd’s Pie________________________________________________________________________

Tis the Season

Yes, the holidays are here; Hanukah came and went, Christmas is around the corner and a New Year is fast approaching. It’s a time for family, friends and reflection. Let go of the small things that are sometimes allowed to consume us. Enjoy this time of year rather than negatively reacting to the imposed demands and stresses of the season. Enjoy the shopping; be patient when waiting in line, chances are that poor clerk could use a kind word of understanding or a smile. Take a few deep breaths and count your blessings. You surely know someone in worse health than yourself or with troubles that exceed yours. Enjoy the wrapping, the card sending; even in this high tech world how often do you actually touch base with your out of town or long lost friends? Spending money on gifts you don’t have? Make a present; frame a collage for a loved one, bake some cookies or spend an hour or two with them.. It doesn’t take a lot of spending and fancy wrapping; the best gifts are often the ones we give of ourselves. Many of us miss the real message of the season. Just enjoy it, don’t let it slip by under stress.

As for the parties; enjoy almost anything in moderation. But 6 weeks of gluttony is not healthy nor will it give your body the energy it needs to meet the demands of your busy life. Enjoy and be smart, it will help retain the progress of your efforts throughout the past year and your continued efforts of the coming year.

Merry Fitness

To those who know me this may sound out of character; but this is not the time to begin a hardcore fitness program. With all the added demands you still need to make time for exercise but unless you are training for a competition lighten up a little and do something you enjoy that isn’t as structured or regimented. Take a walk or run, get outside and play with your children, play a round of golf, go to the gym and do circuit weight training or a class, take some yoga. Make it fun but get it in. No time? Find 10-30 minutes 2 or 3 times a week. That is better than nothing; it will help relieve the holiday stress and cope with the extra demands of the season. Hit it hard for 10-30 minutes, wipe the sweat from your brow and give yourself a pat on the back before you rush out for those last minute gifts. After the holiday dishes have been cleared and the decorations down start planning your fitness strategy for the New Year.

JTF News

Jaguar total Fitness is undergoing some exciting changes. Our smoothie bar has GONE ORGANIC!! Just for the health of it, all the ingredients are organic and we have an exciting new selection on our menu. We’ve added a cardio room and expanded our workout area to allow us more room for personal and small group training. We’ve added 3 new trainers: Elizabeth Earhart, Patricia Junqueria and Detroit Tigers ex professional baseball player Brian DuBose.

For our young athletes—especially baseball and football, we now have group fitness classes in the evening for only $15.00 a class (classes limited to 10). For the adults, we also have group fitness classes for $30.00 a class (classes limited to 5). And for those who prefer one-on-one training or merely a private gym membership that is always available. We have many specials running this month for those who sign up before Dec. 31. So CALL TODAY to RESERVE YOUR SPOT or more info!!! 908-6464

“Fit” Certificates are also available for those friends and family members you wish to give the gift of health and fitness to. They may be purchased for any program and any amount.
Jaguar Total Fitness
11730 N Dale Mabry
Tampa, FL 33618

So, until next year my fit friends . . . .


Holiday Shepherd’s Pie

I can’t take credit for this delicious recipe. It is a healthier, yet no sacrifice in flavor, version that I received from the lovely mother, Guenita of my client Michelle MacKinnon. She is quite the cook; this requires a little time in preparation but is well worth the effort. Enjoy!!

Personally I use all organic ingredients. I feel this is the healthiest way to go. All of these ingredients can be found at either Abby’s or Nutrition Smart in Carrollwood. Depending on where you live Wild Oats has a very good supply also.

2 cups fresh ground skinless turkey thighs (just ask your butcher)
1 onion, chopped
1-2 stalks chopped celery
2 chopped shallots
1-2 cloves chopped garlic
1-2 chopped carrots
1 small leek (white only) chopped
1 chorizo (optional) (Have not found organic, I omitted, higher saturated fat content)
4 oz. sliced fresh mushrooms
½ cup frozen peas
½ cup frozen corn
Fresh or dried sage to taste
Sea salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper to taste
Worcestershire sauce to taste
Olive oil
1 cup turkey stock approximately (can substitute chicken)
1 Tbs. cornstarch
3 large sweet potatoes (diced with peels on)
½ cup grated medium cheddar cheese (grate yourself)

In an open skillet, heat approx. 1 tbs. olive oil over medium heat; add onions frist to caramelize slightly. Add celery, carrots, shallots, leek, garlic and mushrooms. Cook about 10 minutes. If using chorizo, sauté in separate pan with mushrooms; drain and then add to mixture. Add sea salt, pepper and desired spices.

When nearly done, in a measuring cup dissolve cornstarch in small amount of cold water, add turkey or chicken stock—not too much—just enough to make nice gravy. Add to turkey mixture, along with corn and peas. Bring to a slow boil for 1 minute.

Meanwhile, in a large pot with water and sea salt add cut sweet potatoes. Cook until done, strain and mash with a potato masher. Season to taste.

Put turkey mixture in a rectangular glass pan, top with mashed sweet potatoes and grated cheddar cheese. Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes until hot and cheese is slightly bubbling. You may also put under broiler last few minutes to melt cheese.