Holiday Recipes Made Right!

The holiday season is here and with it comes all of that fatty delicious food we love so much. We know you’ve been trying your very best to keep that winter weight under control, but some times we can’t help it when everything smells so good!

Here are 2 equally delicious and quick recipes that will help you stay fit and not miss out of that holiday feast. Smoked trout spread and Orange-rosemary roasted chicken.

Smoked Trout Spread

Dietitian’s tip: This easy-to-prepare spread can be made up to a week in advance and kept tightly covered in the refrigerator. Serve on whole-grain crackers or thin slices of toasted baguette. Serves 12. Low fat, low sodium, healthy carb.

  • 1/4 pound smoked trout fillet, skinned and broken into pieces
  • 1/2 cup 1 percent low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped red onion
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 celery stalk, diced


  1. In a blender or food processor, combine the trout, cottage cheese, red onion, lemon juice, hot pepper sauce and Worcestershire sauce.
  2. Process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Fold in the diced celery.
  4. Cover and refrigerate until just before serving.
Nutritional Information

Serving size: 1 tablespoon

  • Calories 29
  • Total fat 1 g
  • Saturated fat Trace
  • Trans fat 0 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 0.5 mg
  • Cholesterol 7 mg
  • Sodium 87 mg
  • Total carbohydrate 1 g
  • Dietary fiber Trace
  • Total sugars Trace
  • Added sugars 0 g
  • Protein 4 g

Orange-Rosemary Roasted Chicken

Dietitian’s tip: Rosemary has an appealing piney flavor. It can be used to season a variety of foods, including roasted vegetables and mushrooms, and even ripe melon. Use it with care, however. Too much can be overpowering. Serves 6. Low Sodium.


  • 3 skinless, bone-in chicken breast halves, each 8 ounces
  • 3 skinless, bone-in chicken legs with thigh pieces, each 8 ounces
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup orange juice


  1. Heat the oven to 450 F. Lightly coat a baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Rub each piece of chicken with garlic. Dab fingers in oil and rub with oil, and sprinkle with rosemary and pepper.
  3. Place the chicken pieces in the baking dish. Pour the orange juice over the chicken.
  4. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Using tongs, turn the chicken and return to the oven until browned, about 10 to 15 minutes longer. Baste the chicken with the orange juice from the pan as needed to prevent it from drying out.
  5. Transfer the chicken to individual serving plates. Spoon orange juice from the pan over the top of the chicken and serve immediately.


Nutritional Information

Serving size: One piece

  • Calories: 204
  • Total fat: 8 g
  • Saturated fat: 2 g
  • Trans fat: Trace
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 118 mg
  • Sodium: 95 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 2 g
  • Dietary fiber: Trace
  • Total sugars: 1 g
  • Added sugars: 0 g
  • Protein: 31 g

There you have it! Two great treats to keep your Winter Holidays yummy and healthy. This month we will continue to share great ways to stay on track to reach your goals!! With the Holidays coming up, keep in mind that nothing is better than gifting a loved one, or yourself, with fitness and health. At Live In Fitness we can give the gift of extra years of life and a more positive lifestyle! What’s more important than that? There are Limited Spaces, so book the holiday special for our fitness retreat now!

Couple of the Week
Swithun & Lorraine!!

Swithun lost 9 lbs in his first week at Live In Fitness! Accompanied by his lovely wife, who never missed a beat with her own stay: classes, schedule, and LIF program.  Together this dynamic duo have been an inspiration to all of us here. From the LIF staff, the coaches, and to the guests themselves.  Swithun and Lorraine, in their 70’s, are from the Bahamas, and are both retired from a career in Sales.

They chose Live In Fitness as their two week destination as the program offers proven science in nutrition and exercise.  This, along with Eric Viskovicz’s life philosophies on self improvement, awareness, and education to help enrich their health, so that they can continue to travel as soul-mates.  Both diabetic, with high HBP, they tried a raw diet several years ago to lower their blood sugar levels, but it was not sustainable for Lorraine.  Knowing that their sugar levels, particularly over the last six months, have steadily increased, they had to make a lifestyle change – and quickly. They called, made the decision, registered, and headed to Live In Fitness right away!

That leaves us asking a simple question…. WHAT’S YOUR EXCUSE?????

What did you expect when coming to Live In Fitness and what changes have you seen?

We didn’t know for sure quite what to expect, but the food looked good in the pictures. Turns out the food tastes even better than displayed on the website!!  In just two weeks my sugar levels have lowered by 100 points.

What have you enjoyed about the program?

The atmosphere!! it is really a community working together towards a common goal. The Trainers are very patient and push you further than you can imagine. Chef Keith is the King of his Court! Nicola bends over backwards to fill your every need.

How has this changed your outlook on Life?

I am very optimistic now and believe this is a sustainable lifestyle!

What advice would you give others contemplating attending the program?

Come, do it NOW don’t waste a moment!

What advise would you give to others?

Do the best that you can in each class and give the program your all and avoid outside temptations.  Ask yourself, is it really worth it… and was this why you came to the program.

Congratulations Swithun and Lorraine!! You really have laid the foundation that life is what you make it, and you do have a choice.  Don’t let fear, or being uncomfortable, dictate your decision not to try or change. We are so privileged and glad that you chose Live In Fitness as your reset on life, and that we all had the opportunity to learn from your wisdom and experience!  Continue to enjoy, be adventurous, and explore what life has to offer!!

From all of the LIF Team!

Client of the Week
Congratulations, Brent!!

Do you Fear Success or Failure? Make a choice to improve and change your life for the better at Live In Fitness, just like Brent!

Brent lost 7.4 lbs in just one week at LIF, but the bigger success is that this is his new lifestyle. Brent is from Kansas City, now living in Branson Missouri, and is a devoted father. He wanted to be healthier for himself, his family ,and to be a role model for his teenage son. Brent led an active childhood, in college he won the National Championships in wrestling and was always active in sports. To be able to financially provide and support his family, he earned his Commercial Driver’s License and began driving semi-trucks, clocking anywhere between 400-500 miles a week, working 10 to 14 hours a day. This included making many stops at fast food restaurants, sometimes twice in a day for meals. Over the last 8 years Brent noticed a steady increase of 10-15 lbs a year in his weight.  Eight years later, and several pounds heavier, it was time to do things differently!

Why did you choose LIFE?

“My mom was actually the one who researched and found LIF.  She had always wanted to got to a ‘Fit Camp’ or ‘Fat Camp’ as she called it, so it seemed the perfect opportunity for us to come and share this experience together.”

What were your biggest struggles or obstacles?

“My job was the biggest obstacle, so I chose to quit and am currently taking night classes to become a ‘Catastrophic Adjuster’. Not only did I gain weight, I lost mobility and flexibility in my body from driving long hours in the same position, and my nutrition was none existent. I would have family BBQs on the weekend, but had no concept of portion control or food combinations. I have always been a stress eater, and food was my nemesis. I became embarrassed of how I looked, and how far I had let it get out of control.”

How do you feel about your experience so far?

“Each week I have continued to lose weight, gain strength, and more importantly, energy. My self-esteem and confidence is back. Live In Fitness really does set you up with a plan to be successful. Follow the program, absorb the knowledge, teachings, and life experience of Eric Viskovicz, and follow the expertise of the coaches and team.”

What have you enjoyed about the program?

“The staff are are amazing. Very knowledgeable and ready to help at all times. Lectures are educational & insightful. Classes are challenging and tough. The comradely with clients is motivating and inspiring. If you’ve ever played sports, the Live In Fitness experience is much like being on a team. It has also been a great experience for my mom who has made some new life long friends through exercise.”

What advice would you give others contemplating attending the program? What advice would you give to others?

Do whatever you have to do to get your life back on the right track, ALL aspects of your life. Take care of yourself first so you can have more to share and give to others.”

Congratulations Brent for putting fear aside and taking the chance and unknown path to improve your life.  You show up every day, work hard and play hard with no excuses. A great role model for not only your son, but for other people, too. If you want it enough in life, you will find a way.

Great work Brent! – From all of the LIF Team & Staff.

Congratulations Dave!
LIF’s Client of the Week!

Congratulations Dave on dropping 9 lbs in his first week!
Since staying at Live In Fitness Dave has lost 25 lbs, gained lean mass, and lost 14 lbs in pure fat!!

Dave lives in Memphis, where he works on a farm with his nephew. The realization of his current health status really hit home with a recent fall, where he was unable to immediately recover. He looked up at his nephew and realized that in his current health status, how long would he be in his nephew’s life? This motivated him to make a change, as he had been gaining weight for the last 5 years. In the last year he noticed his decrease in flexibility & mobility, his lack of activities and physical movement. He continued to tell himself repeatedly “I’ll start a diet next week”.  This was the time for him to reach out.  

Dave choose Live In Fitness because of the individualized program they offered, fascinated and intrigued by the science and data used for weight loss and optimal health. Understanding that weight loss on the scale is only one of several ways to measure results. This program has given him a better understanding of how his body work, through inches and fat loss and he has surpassed all his initial goals allowing him to create new ones.

When asked how he felt about the LIF Program:

“I am happy with my progress so far. I have enjoyed all the coaches and classes. My roommates have become friends for life. LIF does a good job of creating a family atmosphere. I would tell others that the program works. 1st timers should just do what they can in a class, set a starting point, you are resilient and will be amazed at how quickly your body and mind adjust. The LIF Team are all professionals and know when to motivate, when to push and coach you so you reach your full potential. No judgement is ever made,  just that you show up.  They will guide you through the process . Work the program, it really works.















Congratulations Dave!!  You are an inspiration to all, and you still find time in your busy schedule to help others if needed. You have that inner drive & determination to push through any obstacle that comes your way. Proud of you for taking control back of your life for the better, in a healthier way so you can be around longer to enjoy time with your loved ones and them with you.

– The LIF Team

There it is, the morning after… Leftover candy in the bowl by the front door that didn’t get grabbed up by the trick-or-treaters, or in the bag that your kids brought home from their own excursion around the block, and your tummy still hurts from the “snacking” that you already enjoyed last night. This is called, the Halloween Hangover, kind of like a booze it up hangover, but with a stomach ache instead of a headache. And you are feeling very remorseful, but for different reasons as well. What do you do now, and with all that leftover candy laying around? First, go ahead and have some hair of the dog…t hat’s right, eat some…pick out your favorite bar or a couple of pieces that you really like. Then pack up the rest and either give the rest away or throw it away. **Tip below if you have Kids.

Now, be satisfied and think about the positive direction that you are taking and how good you are going to feel and don’t have a negative reaction, even if you only have a candy bar a day for two weeks, will set you back about 2 pounds. It will take you eating at your resting metabolic rate for each week ( with no extra treats or wine for those weeks) and exercising at least one hour extra a day to burn it off. This is why the average american gains 10-15 pounds between Oct 31 – Dec 31st. We are eating extra and aren’t compensating with any additional activity, as most of us don’t have time to do all those extra hours, on top of our existing hours of working out during this busy time of year!


Did You Wear Your Sexy Outfit This Year?

For those of you that wanted to wear something more sexy or fun for Halloween this year, but didn’t, Why didn’t you? Was it that you just weren’t at the weight that make you feel comfortable? A sexy cat suit is a dream for some, the majority of us are watching those days slip through our fingers.

Many people are still going to be dreaming of fitting into a cat suit again next year instead of doing something to change, but at Live In Fitness we are getting people healthy, happy, and looking and feeling great. Love your life and live it to its fullest!



**Candy For a Toy**

Let your kids pick out some favorites from the candy bag, then set the rest out for the “Candy Witch”.
During the night, the Candy Witch will take the candy and replace it with a Toy! This is a good idea for your kids, and they get something fun that they can keep (and that something isn’t belly fat). Now, get rid of that candy so that you don’t get the belly fat instead!!


Don’t wait until you’re in the same situation next year. Start putting the work in NOW to be prepared for all of the upcoming holidays, and all of the fattening food that comes with those holidays. At Live In Fitness we make sure you have the tools to handle it all!