Putting your health first is a good thing

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Oh my goodness, Iíve been so busy itís unreal but thatís true for all of us ó especially this time of year.

But Ö I still get my work out in every day. It didnít always use to be this way. If I was ďbusy,Ē my workouts suffered. I just didnít work out. I would play catch up the next day. Or the day after that Ö or the day after the day after that Ö (Sound familiar?) But here is what Iíve noticed over the last 14 years of training clients.

If you donít make your workouts a priority, nobody else will either. Your workout should be on the top of your ďto-doĒ list, then, everything else comes after that. Make sense? Especially this time of year. I see clients fade off during the holidays with the mindset of: ďOh yeah Ö blah, blah, blah Ö Iíll start back up after the first of the year.

I simply shake my head because I know all too well what happens during the holidays. The scale goes up and we push out the date on something we could easily start today. I think itís a no-brainer. Especially when we remind ourselves that a heart attack doesnít wait. Boom.

Dis-cipline is what gets you there and what and keeps you going. Some think itís more motivation. You arenít gonna get motivation from me. I canít motivate you. You motivate yourself by doing the thing that you donít want to do. Thatís the harsh reality. Discipline is doing the thing that you donít necessarily want to do Ö but, you know the outcome will be greater for you, for your health, for your family so you do it.

Then, you know what, it becomes a habit. But you do it until.

You donít do this healthy eating thing or the exercise thing for a few weeks and then quit. Thatís silly. You do it every day, always and forever. It is the healthy lifestyle that you continue ó just like breathing or brushing your teeth. Right? Right.

OK, enough of me preaching. You know, after 14 years of me coaching, writing articles, speaking engagements and screaming, what itís all about.

So, now, a few things for you.

1. A yummy, healthy recipe is printed below.

2. My website will be getting a whole new makeover. Stay tuned.

3. For those of you wanting an exercise plan, accountability and food prep ideas Ö I have a few ideas. Give me a shout.

And now the promised recipe for braised balsamic chicken I found on allrecipes.com ó itís a fabulous site I use often.

Braised Balsamic Chicken


6 skinless, boneless chicken breast


1 teaspoon garlic salt

ground black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, thinly sliced

1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried rosemary

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme


1. Season both sides of chicken breasts with garlic salt and pepper.

2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook seasoned chicken breasts until chicken is browned, 3 to 4 minutes per

side. Add onion; cook and stir until onion is browned, 3 to 4 minutes.

3. Pour diced tomatoes and balsamic vinegar over chicken; season with basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme. Simmer until

chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear, about 15 minutes.

Steamed spinach is delicious with this recipe.

Natalie Dreger is a certified fitness professional, Team Isagenix athlete and can be reached at nataliedreger.com.

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