And We All Fall Down

This week my three big kids were riding their bikes in the cul-de-sac in front of our house.  I decided to grab my phone to take pictures of them for an upcoming review and that’s when the grumpiness started.  Everybody wanted to be first in line, or in the middle, or anywhere but where I […]


Growing Patience

I’ve loved fishing for as long as I can remember.  This summer, I spent as much time fishing as I could on our vacation.  My earliest memories are of my dad taking us fishing as kids, waiting as he would help us set up our tackle and bait.  Learning how to throw in the line […]



Recipe: Baked Sweet & Sour Chicken

If you search through our recipe archive, you’ll see a trend– we love Asian food!  So here’s another yummy recipe to add to our files, a delicious and not fried, baked sweet and sour chicken.  I’m so glad I found the original recipe and only had to make some minor modifications to fit our family’s […]

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Shrimp Stir Fry

If I get to choose when going out to dinner, I almost always choose an Asian restaurant.  I love everything from Japanese food to Thai to Chinese to Vietnamese.  So it shouldn’t be surprising that I’m posting another Asian dish–but I have to because you will LOVE it. I didn’t modify or change this recipe much, […]


Recipe: Crock Pot Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin

If you love our crock pot beef with broccoli then you will defnitely want to try out this recipe.  I was actually planning on making the crock pot beef with broccoli one day, and had already whisked up the sauce ingredients when I realized I forgot to buy the beef (Where’s the beef?! I think […]


Korean Beef Bowl

I have all four kids home this week for Spring Break–which is such a rare treat! And though we have some fun stuff planned, Monday was spent Spring cleaning, running errands, and just hanging out at the house.  Luckily, my crazy kids are just like me, they love Target, so there were no complaints when […]


White Chicken & Bean Chili

I’m so thankful it’s still cool here in Austin.  There were a few days recently where we were in the high 70s and I was probably the only person in Austin who wasn’t happy about it.  I still want cool running weather! Forget sweater weather–I want soup weather!  And just like that, my wish was […]


Baked Parmesan-Panko Crusted Pork Chops

I tend to steer clear of making pork chops.  I always feel they come out too dry.  But recently I attempted making them in a way my mother-in-law from Japan makes a dish called Tonkatsu—which is deep fried.  I haven’t fried food in forever and opted to bake these instead and they came out great!  They […]


Gluten Free Italian Wedding Soup

Two out of four of my children are currently gluten free.  I haven’t talked much about what led us to this  lifestyle change on My Fit Family because the truth is we are still figuring things out.  As soon as their pediatrician mentioned ‘possible celiac’ I knew we would, at the very least, be doing […]


Recipe: Dark Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

I’ve been working through our 50 Healthy Snacks for Kids  list and not only has it added some variety to our usual snack routine but my kiddos are having fun helping me make the new recipes, including this zucchini bread recipe.   My ‘mommy tip’ is to have one child help at a time.  It gives you some […]

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50 Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids

With summer in full swing, I have all four kiddos home with me and in between riding bikes, backyard water play, trips to the community pool and local splash pads, I have some hungry kids!  We sometimes get in a rut with our snacks, peanut butter and apple slices are a favorite, so I came […]

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Recipe: “Spicy” Cauliflower Bites

These were delicious.  Simple. And a great twist to plain ,roasted cauliflower.  When I say “spicy”, I use quotes because they aren’t a hot spicy but full of flavor kind of spicy.  So much flavor that the kids, including my 15-month-old, gobbled them up! While searching for a picture of paprika, I found these facts about the […]


Gluten Free Baked Chicken Nuggets

Two out of four of my children are currently gluten free.  I haven’t talked much about what led us to this  lifestyle change on My Fit Family because the truth is, we are still figuring things out.  As soon as their pediatrician mentioned ‘possible celiac’ I knew we would, at the very least, be doing […]

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Our family loves pizza!  Though we try to make healthy food choices most of the time, our family philosophy is to enjoy food–and that includes pizza.  One of our favorite weekly traditions is to have a family pizza movie night–sometimes it’s with a homemade pizza and sometimes it’s from a local pizza place.  I’ll be […]

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No Bake Granola Bars

I originally posted these granola bars in a Back-to-School Snack list but I decided these bars needed a post all to themselves!  They are so easy and tasty and have become a family favorite. I try to make one batch a week because not only do the kids eat them for school and after school snacks, […]

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Cauliflower “Tater” Tots

I originally  started My Fit Family on Instagram and immediately started following lots of inspirational fitness and nutrition accounts. One of my favorite healthy food accounts is Meals Full of Color.    I recently saw her post Cauliflower Tots and because I’ve been on a cauliflower kick lately, I knew I had to try them. Tater […]

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Coconut Flour Banana Muffins

Our Baby Boy  will be turning one on February 25th.  It’s always bittersweet as I get so emotional seeing how fast years go by once you become a parent, while also looking forward to seeing my children grow up.  Each year always adds another beautiful layer to what makes them such very special little people […]


Gluten Free Orange Chicken

I’ve been on a Chinese Food kick lately!  We still don’t have a favorite Chinese food restaurant here in Austin, so I’ve been experimenting with trying out healthy versions of our old favorites at home.  Last week we had a hit with a crock pot beef with broccoli recipe and this week I tried a […]

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Recipe: Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli

We haven’t found a great Chinese Food Restaurant since we moved to Austin (almost 4 years ago!) from California.  So, I’m always up for trying to make our own versions of our old favorites at home.  This week I tried a Beef and Broccoli recipe that was a hit with the whole family.  The bonus […]

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Recipe: Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

Austin weather can be crazy! Over the weekend I ran in gorgeous temps with a high of 70 and two days later school was canceled because of ice and a low of 28.  I love making soup when it’s cold, so I decided to make one of my kiddos’ favorites: chicken noodle soup.  I have […]

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Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice

Last night we had fajitas for dinner and I wanted a side dish that was healthy and tasty.  I had tried the rice version of this recipe and I had been wanting to try out the cauliflower version for a while–it was so easy and tasty, we’ll definitely be making it again!  The kids had […]


Coconut Flour Blueberry Muffins

I’ve been wanting to bake more using coconut flour ever since I bought a bag to make the super yummy  Coconut Flour Banana Pancakes.   So I was happy when I stumbled across a healthy blueberry muffin recipe.  But, as in usual Nicole Baking/Cooking Fashion, I got distracted.  I mixed up the ingredients and popped […]


Chicken Stir-Fry

Though I use Skinnytaste for many of the meals I prepare throughout the week, I try to test some of the ones I have pinned on Pinterest every so often. I found a recipe for Chicken Stir-Fry and the whole family loved it!  I usually make it 2-4 times a month! In our family we […]

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Beef Barley Soup

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca I’ve said before that I’m wordy on paper but never in person.  And it’s so true of those who know me–I’m quiet.  Reserved to a fault, but I’ve always been that way and to try to […]

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Top 5 Uses for Coconut Oil

For Halloween one of my twins dressed up as Mr. Incredible.  With a drawn on eye mask (it took a lot of black eye liner and black creamy eye shadow) to complete the look.  I loved it.  And he had the best night Trick-or-Treating, showing off his ‘muscles’ to whoever answered their door.   But […]

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Coconut Flour-Banana Pancakes

I think I’m going to be known as the 2 ingredient blogger.  I’ve posted before about our healthy 2 ingredient cookies (my kids love them but we do add more than 2 ingredients) and I just recently stumbled across 2 ingredient pancakes.  That’s right, just 2!! The original recipe called for 1 banana to 2 […]

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Crockpot Chili

On a whim I decided to try out a new recipe from Gina at Skinnytaste called Crock Pot Kid-Friendly Turkey Chili.  It sounded delicious and if you haven’t tried out her recipes, you’ll see they are simple yet tasty.  Because she writes ‘Weight Watchers’ recipes, which often focuses on low-fat/low sugar, she uses some ingredients […]

Running Thoughts


Growing Patience

I’ve loved fishing for as long as I can remember.  This summer, I spent as much time fishing as I could on our vacation.  My earliest memories are of my dad taking us fishing as kids, waiting as he would help us set up our tackle and bait.  Learning how to throw in the line […]


A Body’s Purpose

Last month our family went on a beach vacation.  I knew as a health and fitness blogger I should be posting bikini pictures or something along those lines–because it’s what we do.  But as I was looking through all the images captured, I realized, lying around in a bikini doing nothing wasn’t part of our […]


10 Tips for Getting Out of a Running Slump

It happens to the best of us.  One minute, running gives us all the great things we could ever hope for: a sense of peace, happiness, the runner’s high, the finish line glory, the I love to run feeling that makes us want to lace up and head out the door every day.   You see […]


Love Your Selfie

Take your make up off Let your hair down Take a breath Look into the mirror, at yourself Don’t you like you? Cause I like you Colbie Caillat, Try I was in fourth grade when my teacher gave us a prompt, wanting us to write a poem about ourselves she asked the class: Write one […]


Because of Running

If I could fly Then I would know What life looks like from up above and down below. ~Andrew McMahon, Cecilia and The Satellinte When you are doing what you love, it opens doors of endless possibilities–crossing finish lines you only dreamed of, setting personal records that you hoped for, finishing something you started. Because […]


Little Treasures

I believe God puts people into our lives for a purpose.  From the friend who shows me how to be a better friend, to the student who taught me having patience and compassion were more important than any lesson from a textbook I could ever teach.  Sometimes it takes me years to see why He chooses […]


Right Turns

I’ve been running through the streets of my neighborhood since we moved to Austin from California in the Spring of 2010.  When I first moved here, I mapped everything out on the computer–making sure I knew where to turn, measuring out my miles carefully so I would know when to turn around. Almost 5 years later, […]


How Got it All Wrong

I was browsing through Instagram when I saw a photo made me pause.  I immediately began scroll through the comments because the moment I saw the picture, I knew it was one of those posts that would stir up controversy.  The words fat, weak, skinny-fat, big, bulky, starved, lean and hot–well those are not words […]


Loving Wildflowers

I envy them. They’re brave. Seeds cast by the wind to land where they may, they stay and hold against most hot, most cold. They persevere, roots shallow yet fierce and free. They epitomize to me all that I sometimes yearn to be. ~Julie Andrews, Wildflowers When I was a little girl I’d collect flowers […]


The Weight of a Woman

There is a scale at my gym that seems to be a smart scale.  You input your height, gender, estimate the weight of your clothes…and then you (or maybe it’s just me) step on it gingerly while barefoot, as if the more gentle you step on it, the more gentle it will be as it […]


Running Faces

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. ~Maya Angelou I’m not sure why I hadn’t noticed it before.  It wasn’t until one day when I unexpectedly found my oldest daughter thumbing through a stack of my Runner’s World Magazines that I saw […]



suf·fer·ing ˈsəf(ə)riNG/ noun the state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship. Last year I read a post by an ultra runner who talked about suffering in long distance running.  I nodded along, in agreement, remembering just how much I hurt when running my 50 and 50+ mile races.  I don’t think I will ever forget […]

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25 Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Easter is right around the corner! If you are a procrastinating Easter Bunny like me, then this list will be perfect for you as you shop for your last minute Easter Basket fillers.  We will definitely be putting some candy in our kids’ Easter Baskets–but we’re always on the hunt for some non-candy ideas.  We’ve come […]

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Goldilocks Wasn’t A (Happy) Runner

I could be wrong, but if I had to guess, I’d say Goldilocks would not have been a happy runner.  Too hot.  Too cold.  Too wet.  Too windy.  Too tired.  Too long. Too short.  Too hilly. A few weekends ago I laced up for an 18 mile run. Two weeks before I had just run the […]


All About That Pace. No Trouble.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.   It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always […]

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Strong people don’t put others down… They lift them up. ~ Michael P. Watson Putting yourself out there is an  act of vulnerability–you open yourself up to judgement and criticism.  Just ask Iggy Azalea (don’t ask me what songs she sings–I just happened to see the link to the article on Yahoo News) who after criticism […]


Clean Slate

But you are not alone in this And you are not alone in this As brothers we will stand and we’ll hold your hand Hold your hand ~Mumford & Sons, Timshel I heard the click of the belt and held on tightly to the saftey harness as I heard the words of the worker echo […]

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Days Like This

Mama said there will be days like this. She said it with her expressions. The warmest of hugs. Never with an “I told you so,” but always with forgiveness. She said it with the tone of her voice — sometimes yelling at us in sheer frustration and other times with her contagious laugh. Before I […]


Things I’m Afraid to Tell You

Vulnerability is the only bridge to build connection. ~Unknown One of my 2015 writing goals was to become more connected with all of you.  The people who read My Fit Family.  Because honestly, without you, there is no My Fit Family.  And because of that I long for a deeper connection with you.  To know […]


The Space Between

I made my place by the door. I didn’t know what I was waiting for. Felt just like home. Maria Taylor, Clean Getaway I was 17 when I made my first getaway.  I had never left home except for the four days in 5th grade when I went away for camp.  But at 17 I […]


Skipping Rocks

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.  ~Samuel Beckett When I was a little girl my dad showed me how to skip rocks.  He showed me how if you angle it just so and throw it with a flick of your wrist, the rock would skip across the lake water–which […]


Heart of the Marathon

Well my heart is beating hard And I’m off with a shot at the start And my legs tremble from strain But by the finish line I am drained ~Sea Wolf, Middle Distance Runner Racing scares me.  Because every time I race, even if I tell myself:  Just go out and have fun, don’t worry […]


On the Other Side

Monotony is the law of nature.  Look at the monotonous manner in which the sun rises.  The monotony of necessary occupation is exhilarating and life-giving.  ~Mahatma Gandhi I recently got my running coach certification.  The comment the instructor made that had the most lasting impression on me had nothing to do with running gear, technique, […]


5 Things Runners Think About When Running

I almost didn’t use this particular title for this post.  After some of the backlash I received after writing about some things WOMEN think about when it comes to running, I thought, hmmm, maybe I should title this one, Things I Think About.  Because someone out there will have an issue with THIS post, saying: I […]