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, […]


Inspiration: Kalene

This week’s inspiration feature is Kalene, a yogi who shares amazing vegan and raw food recipes at Health and Us.  I especially love her advice to those just starting out: Follow your heart.  You can’t go wrong when you are doing what you love! My Fit Family: Have you always embraced a fit and healthy lifestyle? Kalene: Well […]



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 […]

Running Thoughts


How BodyBuilding.com 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 […]