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We have an amazing village here at FIT4MOM Queen Creek and we are so EXCITED to start mom of the month so that we can highlight a mom each month.

Our mom of the month for September is Melody Dallenogare. She is an awesome mom, friend, workout partner, listener and helper! She is one that rarely misses a class and is one of our resident comedians. She always has a good laugh for us. She truly cares about everyone and is the first to check up on you if she hasn't seen you for a while in class.

I really enjoyed getting to know her even more through this time. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did and thank you so much Melody! We are blessed to have you as part of our Stroller Strides family and village!

1.Where is your hometown and how long have you lived here?

I was born in Mesa, AZ and have lived here 31 years.

2. Tell me about your family members.

My husband and oldest child is Riley. I have 3 sons- Austin age 8, Cody 2, Owen 10 months. We also have 3...


Learn how to make Mini Mexican Chicken Quiche, an easy to make and delectable recipe prepared by Anna Jay.

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This post was originally featured here.

Learn how five mompreneurs found ways to get help and inspiration from their spouses and their children.

Most mom entrepreneurs start a business to help support their families. So why not get your family to help support your business? You're in business for yourself, not by yourself. Let your family be part of your growing business. Not only can family members provide support and assistance, they can also learn about business during your journey.

Obviously, each business is unique. However, I believe that all businesses have hidden opportunities for an owner's kids and spouse to get involved. Maybe your kids can stamp envelopes, hand out fliers or alphabetize folders; think about how much they would learn. Even if your husband has his own job he can still be an integral part of your success. He may have ideas that complement yours or can help run errands or support you at trade shows. The idea is to get your family involved so it...


October has been defined at Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to that end FIT4MOM would like to help you with ways you can self-examine as an effort for early detection. While self-exams do NOT take the place of a clinical examination, they are very important to detect change early on.

"Women should be aware of how their breasts normally look and feel and report any new breast changes to a health professional as soon as they are found. Finding a breast change does not necessarily mean there is a cancer". ~American Cancer Society

Moms, please take charge of your own health and future...there are so many who lean on you and need your healthiest self!

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These scrumptious (and healthy) breakfast idea for your family can give you your children a boost in the morning.

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Does a mompreneur really differ from any other entrepreneur? That was the question I was asked by Entrepreneur a number of years ago. I still get asked that question whenever I tell someone about my column, and my answer is a resounding "Yes." Our motivation, work style and ideas all stem from motherhood. Here are some of the ways we're different.

Where we find inspiration --Many women who never would have thought of themselves as entrepreneurs are startled by the ideas spurred by motherhood. You realize all kinds of needs that aren't being met and constantly think there must be a better way. One mompreneur,Tamara Monosoff , has created an entire business to help mom inventors achieve their dreams. But frequently, it's not a product that inspires mompreneurship--it's motherhood itself. For instance, the drive and desire to be home with their children motivates some moms to create businesses that fit in with their family lives. They may start businesses that have nothing to do with...

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What is your story? What do you BELIEVE about yourself?

In an article about successful people, INC magazine listed some base beliefs that inspire successful people and it hit home for me. Here were a few...

  • They believe they can choose themselves - You can do almost anything you want
  • They believe they will win through persistence
  • They believe that work comes first and payoff comes later
  • They believe they will write their own slice of history

What do YOU believe about yourself in this life?

Do you believe in your own strength?

In your possibilities?

In your big, bold and beautiful story?

Your beliefs can lead to an extraordinary life!


This past Saturday I participated in a GORUCK challenge. What is a GORUCK challenge? It is a military special operations team challenge day consisting of about 14 hours of physical challenges that you and your team take on together. Like so many challenges in life, I wasn’t seeking out this one – it came to me through a mom at school who is a fundraiser for the SOWW (Special Operations Wounded Warriors). She said this group was looking for more people for their team and thought of me.

One of the elements I love most about Body Back is getting uncomfortable. In becoming uncomfortable, I get to see strength in myself that I did not trust I had before. As an instructor, my goal is to get other moms to trust me to take them to the point where they push a little more and accomplish something they didn’t think they could. This personal accomplishment looks different for every person, but I want moms to realize their own accomplishments and victories so they can truly celebrate and be proud when they reach a goal. I want to teach this skill to my children too, but I am finding...

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Say "goodbye" to boring oatmeal!

This recipe is for you training mamas who need an extra boost of energy in the morning.

This is also a get-out-of-bed meal for your children.


When things look impossible, it's time to rev up your drive and creativity.

"Mama, we've got a problem."

That's a play on the famous "Houston, we've got a problem," which refers to the 1970 flight of Apollo 13. About 56 hours into the mission, an oxygen tank blew up, knocking out the command module's electricity, lights and water supply. Astronaut James Lovell told mission control about the problem, adding that oxygen was escaping from the spacecraft. The mission suddenly changed from landing on the moon to getting the astronauts back alive. The crew and mission control got extremely creative about doing what seemed impossible: getting the men home safely. Teamwork, creativity and determination were in full drive. It was their commitment to success, the belief that failure was not an option, that guided the men safely home.

Why am I sharing this bit of history in reference to being a mompreneur? Because when faced with an obstacle, you need the same drive and determination to succeed.

When I started Stroller Strides, failure was not an...

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This re-post is because I get asked this question on a weekly basis; “What is diastasis recti, and should I be concerned?” Let’s start with a little bit of the anatomy of diastasis recti:

The musculature in the center of your belly, running vertically, is called your rectus abdominis with connective tissue between the two sides called linea alba. As pregnancy progresses, there is likely to be a degree of separation between the two sides of the rectus abdominis with the largest degree of separation at, or around, the belly button. A degree of separation that is considered normal is between 0-3 finger widths (Use the “Curl Up Test”- see image and description below).

Most physicians check for this separation at a woman’s 6 week postpartum check up. However, many women I speak with have never been talked to about what diastasis recti is or if they have it. The Curl Up Test is something you can do on your own to assess your degree of separation. If you have a 3+ finger separation, it’s recommended to seek your physician’s advice. The concern with a greater degree of...

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A delicious, light and healthy chicken salad recipe with celery and grapes you can prepare for your kid's lunch or your food-to-go.


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Imagine this.

I just gave you your absolute dream car. Anything. Ferrari. Porsche. BMW. You can pick whatever you want. It's pristine and beautiful.

There is only one catch.

You need to keep this car for the rest of your life. You can never ever buy another car.

Hmmmmm. How would you treat that car? I bet you would keep it clean and fill it with the finest gas. I bet you would change the oil when you were supposed to. I bet you would drive it safely. You would take it out regularly to keep everything running well.

The analogy if you haven't gotten it already is that your body is that same gift. It's amazing and beautiful. And you need to make it last the rest of your life.

Do you treat it like it's the only one you will ever have?

Perhaps you should be kind to your body.

Perhaps you should fill it with better fuel.

You cannot say that you will take care of that car (or your body) when you have more time later. You cannot put it off.

Your body is so amazing. Amazing beyond any words.

Your heart beats, your...

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I had an entirely different blog post in mind this morning until I had a meeting with one our amazing FIT4MOM franchisees, Katherine Thuma. She shared this beautiful sentiment that I wanted to pass on to all of you.

September 11th has come to be a day of sadness in our country's history. We experienced such tremendous loss and this day each year since brings up all of it as if it were yesterday. Katherine's sentiment came in the form of seeing the beauty in the imperfect. This resonated so loudly with me and sparked this blog post. She said...

"We spend too much time and energy striving for perfection and not enough time finding the beauty in the imperfection. The imperfect kitchen sink with breakfast dishes still in it because you spent the last few minutes playing trains with your little guy, the imperfect muffins that didn't rise because you let your little one measure the ingredients out, the imperfect voice that sings the lullaby that closes your sleepy infants eyes at nap time. We do not live in a perfect world, life is not perfect, and we were not meant to...

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Have you not achieved your goal weight?

Your health goal?

Have you not achieved the positive life you desire?

Perhaps, you are focusing on the wrong thing. Perhaps, it is your brain that needs to change. With weight loss, for instance, you keep focusing on what to eat. You focus on eating more veggies, drinking more water and staying away from sugar. But, then you devour that food that you swore to avoid. What gives? It's your brain.

The primary obstacle is a conflict that is built in our brains. Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems—the rational mind and the emotional mind—that compete for control. The rational mind wants a great beach body; the emotional mind wants that Oreo cookie. The rational mind wants to change something at work; the emotional mind loves the comfort of the existing routine. This tension can doom a change effort—but if it is overcome, change can come quickly.

Your brain stem and cerebellum are often called the reptilian brain, or lizard brain. It's the oldest part of our brain and is...

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Want some quick and satisfying lunch or dinner? This is it...

This can be varied depending on what ingredients you may have in the fridge.

Add this cold and easy to prepare pasta to your meal plan this week or next.


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