The Marriage Fit Podcast

The Marriage Fit Podcast

Our podcast deals with the subjects of married life, health and wellness, compromise, child rearing, being in a blended family and living life in our fast-paced, social media driven world. Sometimes we have to work to make things fit together, sometimes we want to throw a fit, and we could all be just a little more physically fit. Learning how to make it all work requires a lot of effort, but the rewards are well worth it.

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September 2, 2021 65 min

In this episode, hosts Alan and Susan give some advice to our younger selves. The old saying is youth is wasted on the young. By the time you've lived long enough to figure things out, your energy is faded. But, Alan and Susan have learned, you can always make changes in your life, no matter how far along you are. Many times it's fear or worry that prevents us from succeeding or trying new things. Sometimes it's regret ...

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In this episode, hosts Alan and Susan wanted to take an introspective look at themselves as they approach the mid-point of the season. Before they get into that, they first take a moment to explain their hit-or-miss absence with the show in the last few weeks. They have really been enjoying time with Susan's dad, but also concerned about getting him on the mend. They know time can rush by, and they want to take advantage of the...

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August 3, 2021 42 min

In this episode, hosts Alan and Susan discuss making memories, focusing a lot on making those memories with your kids. We were on the road and recording on a cell phone, so the quality of the episode is lower than usualy, but hopefully it will not be a distraction. At the open, Alan and Susan discuss taking a weekend trip and how those jaunts are part of their own memory making. This led to the discussion of Susan's recent birt...

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July 16, 2021 58 min

In this episode, hosts Alan and Susan refer to this episode as sharing a word about exes and how they can affect the peace and stability of your new marriage. Each of them takes a moment to look back at how life after re-marriage was affected by the presence of their respective exes. Alan reminds the audience about the book, Love Your Children More Than You Hate Your Ex, by previous guest, Dr. Larry Waldman. That title is the best ...

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July 11, 2021 50 min

In this episode, hosts Alan and Susan come to terms with the realization that sometimes life gets in the way. Over the past two months, many of their weekly routines have been interrupted. Everyone has a different threshold for feeling overwhelmed. Susan admits her nature requires order around her and when things turn chaotic, it can have an immediate affect on her. Alan admits that while he can roll with changes more easily, it ca...

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In this episode, hosts Alan and Susan are joined by counselor, Dr. Larry Waldman, who works with families, blended families and children. Being in a blended family themselves, a lot of the discussion Alan and Susan bring up focuses on Dr. Waldman's work with counseling divorced people who are getting into a new relationship. The discussion moves through finances, parenting and determining how much to involve your children. Dr. ...

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In this episode, hosts Alan and Susan are joined by licensed family therapist, sex therapist and clinical psychologist, Dr. Viviana Coles. Before bringing Dr. Coles' into the conversation, Susan describes her return from a salt room. She has been suffering from significant sinus pressure and knew the salt room could help. After describing the room and the session, it's time to talk about sexual intimacy.

Dr. Viviana Coles c...

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May 28, 2021 61 min

Hosts Alan and Susan start off discussing their impromptu vacation to Daytona Beach. With both having their own businesses, budgeting for a vacation also means taking into account lost income. This immediately leads to a discussion over finances.

Many couples and marriages end over financial disagreements and debt. Alan and Susan take the audience through some of their own trials and tribulations related to finances. They hope you ...

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In this episode, hosts Alan and Susan interview licensed therapist, Scott Bonk, M.S., LMFT, about seeking help when your relationship needs it. There is nothing wrong with asking for help. The episode starts with a brief overview of Scott's background and his nearly three decades of being a counselor. Alan and Susan discuss the concept of having some individual passions as well as shared ones. As the conversation evolves, the t...

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May 14, 2021 54 min

In today's episode, hosts Alan and Susan answer a listener's question, who wants to know how they got together? The irony of the recording is it falls directly on their wedding anniversary. The story starts with both of them having forgotten it was their anniversary. Again! This is not the first first time Alan and Susan have let the date slip. To understand how that happens, they begin by setting the clock back many years.

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In this episode, hosts Alan and Susan open with a recount of Susan's latest weekend jaunt on the Appalachian Trail in NE Georgia. Hiking the Appalachian Trail is something Susan feels drawn to doing since becoming an empty-nester. The weekend get-away popped up quickly and like the title of the show, she was able to "fit" it into her schedule.

Susan and her friend Deb met several folks on the trail. The spent the eve...

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April 30, 2021 57 min

In this episode, hosts Alan and Susan discuss clutter in our lives and how to deal with it. Before getting into the topic of the day, Alan and Susan spend a few moments discussing their week, including a large room renovation in their home. Alan admits he never likes when Susan decides on a new project, but has always enjoyed the updates when completed. The weekly recap makes for a nice transition into today's topic. Clutter c...

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In this episode, hosts Alan and Susan continue going through the NYT piece called, “36 Questions that Lead to Love.” They first open by recounting their recent camping trip. Their inflatable bed saw it's last days and had to be replaced. As to the rest of the week, it was great to be outdoors and by the lake.

Then they move onto the second half of the questionnaire. The questions continued to get darker and more reflective. How...

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In this episode, hosts Alan and Susan go through the first 18 question from a NYT piece called, "36 Questions that Lead to Love." Susan recalls how their daughter, Lexie, once had them go through it and how it made for a wonderful evening. Susan and Alan go through the first 18 questions, saving the remaining questions for the next episode. They both suggest listeners can pause after each question, playing along at home, wh...

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April 7, 2021 66 min

In this episode, hosts Alan and Susan, fresh off an Easter dinner with family, discuss the many challenges and pitfalls in managing in-laws. Pulling on their past experiences, including past relationships, they discuss a lot of lessons learned. The biggest one they learned is setting clear boundaries and sticking together. It's easy to say, but sometimes harder to implement. Communication is also a big component in avoiding, or...

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In this episode, hosts Alan and Susan recap some of the feedback they received from the previous show on the 5 Love Languages. Susan also recounted a story about how her and three other girlfriends have been on a fitness challenge.

The couple then move into a discussion about the four horsemen of the relationship apocalypse. Rather than discussing the ones from the Bible (famine, war, pestilence, death), there are different ones th...

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March 24, 2021 76 min

In this episode, hosts Alan and Susan embark down a discussion over the varying kinds of love languages. Before sitting down to record, they separately took an online assessment. Then, they both came together to discuss their findings without sharing ahead of time. Susan's primary love language is Acts of Service while Alan's is Words of Affirmation. While Alan and Susan agree they started as best friends, they are wired di...

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March 17, 2021 65 min

In this episode, hosts Alan and Susan spend time recapping her 4-day backpacking and camping trip on Cumberland Island. Alan takes on the role of interviewer for the first half of the podcast. Susan starts with a story of finding a closer site at the last minute, just by checking online. The first day started with the ferry ride through the fog to even get to the Island. Once there, they setup camp and began to explore for the rest...

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In this episode, hosts Alan and Susan discuss being together apart by first looking back to how they discovered a love of camping. It started with a small tent over a weekend at Red Top Mountain. Over time, they slowly acquired more gear. They didn't invest all at once. They had to learn what worked each time they went and what they were missing. The discussion was really about learning how to grow their love of something they ...

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In this episode, hosts Alan Sanders and Susan Delmonico have to confront a serious miscommunication incident from the week. Once cleared up, they begin to discuss how issues in the extended family can sometimes bring stress to the immediate one. Though it may seem easy to cut that person (or persons) out of your life, sometimes it is as lot harder to accomplish. But, what's important is to keep the lines of communication open b...

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