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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 […]

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Core Stability for Moms

One of the goals of My Fit Family is that it will be a place where people can come and share: inspirational stories, their own fitness tips, recipes, and more.  My Fit Family was always intended to include all of you–because everyone has a story to share.  Whether you are just starting out or you have been […]

Recipes

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Running Thoughts

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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5 Things Only Women Have to Think About When it Comes to Running

Runners have an unspoken kinship–we get each other.  The highs and lows of running.  The heartache of giving a race your all and still coming up short.  The frustration of being an injured runner. The post race high that only another runner truly understands.  It’s not Women vs. Men. We’re all united as runners–no matter […]

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Rain Drops

Encouragement from any source is like a drop of rain upon a parched desert.  ~Claire Gillian I don’t want you to watch me today, Daddy.  I want Mommy to go. Her words stopped us both mid-sentence. Wait. What? I could see the look of surprise on my husband’s face.  And nothing could have prepared us for what […]

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The Case for Yellow

You don’t have to change a single thing… Take a breath Look into the mirror, at yourself Don’t you like you? Cause I like you Try~Colbie Caillat One day after school my oldest daughter told me her class was starting an art project–all about insects.  I was thinking maybe I would choose a ladybug or […]

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School Lessons

It’s a hard thing for everyone.  To acknowledge what we are good at, what we are doing right–instead we focus on what we can’t do or have trouble doing. ~My daughter’s Third Grade Teacher My oldest daughter has been struggling with math.  In so many ways she reminds me of myself.  Not just the math […]