Orange You Glad I Returned?

I must apologize, I realize I have been absent for a couple weeks. You see, I have been busy. I went ahead and got certified as a Jazzercise instructor. Laugh all you want, but if you haven’t checked it out lately you will be thoroughly surprised. It’s not your Mama’s Jazzercise.

I know what your thinking. You are picturing this:

Well, not quite anymore. Yes, it is as much fun as those colorful people are having, but not quite as dated. It is more like this:I know that doesn’t explain a lot, but trust me on this. It is fantastic.
My training lasted about 6 weeks. It was time consuming and intense, but really well worth it. I had 2 fabulous mentors that helped me know the difference between good and great. They believed in me which helped me believe in myself.
I am currently still in the early stages of instructing. I am sharing parts of classes with current instructors. It is super scary for me to be up on stage. Here are some of the things that go through my head while I am up there:
My pants are falling down again.
I have to pee.
I can’t see when sweat drips in my eye. I hope I don’t fall off the stage.
No one is laughing at my witty jokes.
No one is smiling.
Oh, wait someone is smiling…or is she really just laughing at me?
I can’t breathe.
I hope I don’t pass out.
My tongue feels fat.
Hopefully these thoughts are just associated with nerves. Eventually they will go away. I encourage you to try a class. Just try one. You’ll be surprised. If you are a male reading this, don’t be afraid. I have seen males come to class as well. You will be welcomed with open arms. I promise you.
A quick and healthy meal that is perfect for anyone is a wonderful piece of salmon. If you are a long-time reader, you know we like to eat a lot of salmon. I try to keep it creative. Here is one of the recipes that worked:
Salmon with Orange Soy Sauce
2 fillets of salmon
1/2 c orange juice
2 Tb orange marmalade
2 Tb low sodium soy sauce
salt and pepper
1 Tb olive oil
Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly season salmon with salt and pepper. In an oven-safe pan, heat olive oil until hot. Place salmon fillets in pan and let them sear for about 1-2 minutes until nicely browned. Flip fillets and place pan in the oven for 6-8 minutes, until fish flakes easily.
In a separate pan, stir orange juice, marmalade, and soy sauce over medium heat. Turn down to simmer and reduce sauce to half the amount.
Plate salmon and pour sauce over.

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