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The Quintanas, That's All Folks! But the End Is Really the Beginning

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Typically, saying goodbye can be depressing, but with all the endorphins flowing through this house, all we can do is feel the good.
Here in our very last week of the Healthy Families Challenge, we...
Typically, saying goodbye can be depressing, but with all the endorphins flowing through this house, all we can do is feel the good.

The Quintanas, Week 32: When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get to the Gym

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Not doing nothing. Credit: Elizabeth Roman
Has anyone else ever noticed that when you are just lying around doing nothing, well, you are just lying around doing nothing?
How accomplished...
Has anyone else ever noticed that when you are just lying around doing nothing, well, you are just lying around doing nothing?

The Quintanas, Week 31: Hip-Hop Happy!

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Footloose and fancy free! Credit: Michelle Quintana There are certain things in life that you know your children have inherited directly from you. And there are those...
There are certain things in life that you know your children have inherited directly from you. And there are those you know your genes had nothing to do with.

The Quintanas, Week 30: Christian and the Men

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Don't underestimate me. Credit: Aaron Roman
You know how, when you were a kid, you just wanted to do grown-up stuff? Christian, my youngest son, is no different.
You cannot imagine his...
You know how, when you were a kid, you just wanted to do grown-up stuff? Christian, my youngest son, is no different.

The Quintanas, Week 29: Bodies Move, Hearts Follow

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Who knew that inflicting pain could be a career calling for my husband, David? For the last week, I have been training at our subdivision's humble -- yet brutal -- gym. Standing beside me, pushing...
Who knew that inflicting pain could be a career calling for my husband, David?

The Quintanas, Week 28: Breakfast for Brainpower

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Aaron, stomach full and ready to study. Credit: Michelle Quintana Folks in Florida know: It's around this time of year, every year, that the prerecorded phone call from the local school...
Folks in Florida know: It's around this time of year, every year, that the prerecorded phone call from the local school board superintendent comes.

The Quintanas, Week 27: The 'Eyes' Have It!

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Risin' up: My kids (left to right), Elizabeth, Chloe, Christian and Aaron. Credit: David Quintana You know that song "The Eye of the Tiger," from the movie Rocky III? I think I finally know...
You know that song "The Eye of the Tiger," from the movie Rocky III? I think I finally know what it means!

The Quintanas, Week 26: David and I Fall Off the Plateau

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Look, we can get our arms around each other! Credit: Elizabeth and Christian Roman There is nothing more disheartening when you are trying to lose weight than hitting a big, flat plateau. ...
There is nothing more disheartening when you are trying to lose weight than hitting a big, flat plateau.

The Quintanas, Week 25: The Buffet Comes After Us, and We WIN!

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Have you noticed that when you try to avoid something, it is constantly dangled in front of you like a carrot?
Last week, my family was able to enjoy our first full vacation in more than six...
Have you noticed that when you try to avoid something, it is constantly dangled in front of you like a carrot?

The Quintanas, Week 24: I Used to Wear That?

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We've come a long way ... Credit: Nory Garcia
It is amazing what being overweight will do to your sense of style.
I've always loved clothes, but after I hit my early 20s -- and a certain size...

The Quintanas, Week 23: House of Pain, Hearts of Joy

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Credit: Christian Roman There is no greater joy than the pride that comes with watching somebody you love do something they never thought they would be capable of. We live in a small...

The Quintanas, Week 22: Lunch Dates and Loudness

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Best friends forever. Credit: David Quintana
Every day around noon, I have a hot date. Well, as hot as it can get in our company lunchroom, over home-packed meals. My hubby, David, and...
Every day around noon, I have a hot date. Well, as hot as it can get in our company lunchroom, over home-packed meals.

The Quintanas, Week 21: Pain and Emptiness

Gladys looking out over the water in the Florida Keys. Credit: Dagmara Rodriguez
When you are hurting so much that you don't know where to turn, food becomes sort of a pain meter. Some people will dull their pain with food, some...
When you are hurting so much that you don't know where to turn, food becomes sort of a pain meter.

The Quintanas, Week 20: Lack of Activity Equals Lack of Enthusiasm

Elizabeth, my oldest daughter, broke her thumb a few months ago. She hasn't been the same since.
Perhaps a quote from the pseudo-intellectual movie "Legally Blonde" would help clarify. During her first experience at trial, Reese...
Elizabeth, my oldest daughter broke her thumb a few months ago. She hasn't been the same since.

The Quintanas, Week 19: Back Away Slowly

Yes. And no. Credit: Michelle Quintana
Does anybody else remember being taught to "just say no!"? No to drugs, no to strangers, no to ... fill in the blank. Why were we never taught to say no to buffets? Something that...
Does anybody else remember being taught to "just say no!"? No to drugs, no to strangers, no to ... fill in the blank. Why were we never taught to say no to buffets?

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