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The Hatch-Palucks, That's All Folks! It's Not Goodbye, It's So Long

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Can I admit that I'm a little verklempt?
It's the last time I'll be writing here about our Healthy Families Challenge. Yes, that's right -- it's been eight months of food, exercise and attitude rehab...
We've taken a new tact, and we talk about foods and exercise only positively.

The Hatch-Palucks, Week 32: Just Say 'Om'

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This mess would make anyone need to meditate. Credit: Amy Hatch
When my husband suggested recently that we take yoga classes, I literally snorted.
In fact, I snorted so hard that I...
When my husband suggested recently that we take yoga classes, I literally snorted.

The Hatch-Palucks, Week 31: A Locavore's Dream

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We get fresh berries at least a month earlier in Illinois than we did back east, and we can barely get them home from the farmer's market without eating them all. Credit: Amy Hatch It's the...
It's the most wonderful time of the year. And no, not Christmas. The most wonderful time of the year in Urbana, Illinois, is May, when the Market at the Square opens for the season.

The Hatch-Palucks, Week 30: A Bitter Pill

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Emmie and Henry make our lives complete. Credit: Amy Hatch My two children are the light of my life. Both of them were wanted, although one was a surprise and one was planned (and no, I...
My two children are the light of my life.

The Hatch-Palucks, Week 29: Happiness Is a Hot Grill

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Springtime is hard to come by in the Midwest. Here in Urbana, Ill., we get just a fleeting few weeks -- or days, even -- of the temperate weather one longs for during the winter months. You know,...
Springtime and good weather is hard to come by in the Midwest.

The Hatch-Palucks, Week 28: My Endorphin-Fueled Epiphany

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I only walked 1.75 miles, but I came a long way in terms of understanding why people love to exercise. Credit: Amy Hatch My husband, Channing, and I celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary...
Now, I totally get why you'd wake up at 5 a.m. and go for a jog.

The Hatch-Palucks, Week 27: Brave New Girl

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Who knew Emmie could float? Credit: Channing Paluck This past weekend, I saw something I never thought I would have the chance to see -- my daughter, Emmeline, put her whole face in the...
This past weekend, I saw something I never thought I would have the chance to see -- my daughter, Emmeline, put her whole face in the water at the swimming pool.

The Hatch-Palucks, Week 26: Cook Once, Eat Twice

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I'm learning to love my Crock Pot, and so is everyone else in my family. Credit: Amy Hatch When I was pregnant with my son, Henry, I craved pot roast from morning to night -- when I wasn't...
When I was pregnant with my son, Henry, I craved pot roast from morning to night -- when I wasn't upchucking my guts out from morning sickness, that is...

The Hatch-Palucks, Week 25: Little Debbie and Me

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When we first started the Healthy Families Challenge back in October, one of my biggest concerns was the time commitment. We are, like so many of you, busy. My daughter Emmie, 6, has...
When we first started the Healthy Families Challenge back in October, one of my biggest concerns was the time commitment.

The Hatch-Palucks, Week 24: Me? A Soccer Mom?

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Emmie was one of the top-scoring players at her soccer camp two years ago, but it was her BFF who convinced her to actually join a team. Credit: Kathleen Nealon The moniker "soccer mom" has...
The moniker "soccer mom" has always grated on my nerves. And yet, in a few weeks, that will be me.

The Hatch-Palucks, Week 23: Motivating Milestones

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There's nothing quite like losing so much weight that you need to buy all new clothes. Like my red dress? Credit: Amy Hatch I had to pull my belt in a notch this week. And no, I'm not talking...
There's nothing quite like losing so much weight that you need to buy all new clothes.

The Hatch-Palucks, Week 22: Live-Blogging the Little Gym

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Emmie played so hard at the Little Gym that her ponytail came loose from it's moorings. Credit: Amy Hatch
No one would ever accuse me and Channing of being athletic people.
I have the rare...
No one would ever accuse my husband and me of being athletic people.

The Hatch-Palucks, Week 21: 120 Minutes

Henry takes a rare break from his workout to watch the cupcakes bake. Credit: Amy Hatch
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Ladies and gentlemen, I have a secret to share with you. Looking to drop 15 pounds in the blink of an eye? Want to slim down...
Looking to drop 15 pounds in the blink of an eye? Want to slim down without fad diets? Need more exercise in your life? Want to get in at least 120 minutes of activity every week?

The Hatch-Palucks, Week 20: Back on Track

I haven't always been on speaking terms with domesticity. As a young adult, my goal in life was to live in a big-city apartment and have a cool job as a magazine writer, with just a cat depending on me for sustenance. Fast-forward 20...
I haven't always been on speaking terms with domesticity.

The Hatch-Palucks, Week 19: Starve a Fever, Feed a Cold

Capping off the end of a terrible week with, in the words of Henry, "A snooze on the couch and a bag of chips, please, Mom." Credit: Amy Hatch I'm not gonna lie -- last week was one of the most discouraging we've ever had as a...
I'm not gonna lie -- last week was one of the most discouraging we've ever had as a family.

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