Best of F&F in 2013

Time to reflect back on 2013!

Last year, instead of making a laundry list of things to accomplish, I decided to only set one goal for myself. My goal was to find more balance in my life. While I think I have made a lot of progress in this area (I stopped working as group exercise coordinator at the Y, I began saying no to more things, etc.), I know I have a long way to go. We can always be improving, right? That being said, I’m going to carry this personal goal into 2014, and I’ll continue to set smaller goals for myself along the way (shutting down technology earlier, spending at least 30 minutes a day unwinding and for myself, practicing more yoga). You get the idea.

Aside from that, I put together some fun “Best Of F&F” lists to summarize the rest of my year.


“Best Of” F&F Fitness in 2013

I did away with being obsessive about blog stats a LONG time ago, so I honestly had no idea what posts you guys liked best until I looked last week. I will admit that every once in a while, I find it fun to look back at which posts of mine get the most traffic.First, take a look at my 13 most viewed fitness posts that I wrote in 2013 (not all time).

CrossFit Together at City Sports

  1. 30 Day April Arms Challenge
  2. New Year, New You! 31 Day Abs Challenge
  3. Hip Hip Hooray (Favorite Hip Stretches)
  4. My Favorite Upper Body Stretches
  5. 5-4-3-2-1 Outdoor Bootcamp Class
  6. Upper Body Tabata Strength Workout
  7. Bodyweight Plank Variations
  8. The Return of Pyramid Pushups
  9. The 10-12-15 Workout
  10. 3-2-1 Bodyweight Workout
  11. My First CrossFit Class
  12. 30 Minute At Home Workout
  13. Beginner Plank Workout

“Best Of” F&F Food in 2013

Next, here are my 13 most viewed recipe posts that I wrote in 2013 (not all time).

Tropical Kale Smoothie

  1. Tropical Kale Smoothie
  2. Southwestern Stuffed Acorn Squash
  3. Swiss Chard and White Bean Gnocchi
  4. Mushroom Spinach Baked Egg Casserole
  5. Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
  6. My First Protein Cookies
  7. Quick and Easy Appetizer: Spanakopita Bites
  8. Butternut Squash Casserole with Gnocchi and Kale
  9. Whole Wheat Blueberry Banana Muffins
  10. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
  11. Eggplant Ricotta Bites
  12. Lemon Barley and Bean Salad
  13. Sunday Comfort Food: Zucchini Lasagna

“Best Of” F&F Personal Favorites in 2013

I also wanted to share 13 of my personal favorite posts that I wrote over the course of the past year. They aren’t necessarily specific workouts or recipes, and they have nothing to do with stats, but these are fun and different posts I want to remember and remind you guys about. Especially if you are a recent newbie to F&F, here are some past links you may have missed!

Marathon Monday 2013

  1. Five Fun Foodie Valentine’s Day Ideas
  2. 50 Health and Fitness Loves
  3. On Finding Balance
  4. My Favorite Healthy Breakfast Items
  5. On the Road Confessions
  6. My Heart Breaks For My City
  7. Rest Week Recap
  8. Making the Switch: Eating Organic
  9. 8 Tips For Getting Back On Track After a Vacation
  10. Tips For Navigating the Company Picnic
  11. Twenty Eight
  12. Fall Into Fitness Challenge
  13. Your Fitness Is Mental

“Best Of” F&F Memories in 2013

Of course, here are some of my favorite memories from the year. The nice part about having this blog is that it’s fun to go back and read about the year’s most memorable moments. Obviously this is not an all-encompassing list, and there were many fun days and nights spent both in and out, and near and far, but here are the events of the year I found worth recapping.

North Conway: Diana's Baths

Summer Shanty - Me & Tony

NCLB 2013 - Beach

Oaktoberfest 5k

“Best Of” F&F Blog Opportunities in 2013

And finally, here are some of my favorite opportunities that came my way this past year because of my blog and all of YOU who read it. Thank you again for your endless support. ❤

Barry's Bootcamp

Bonefish Grill

And that’s that! Cheers to the past year and a clean slate ahead.

–Readers, let’s chat–
Do you have any personal F&F favorites from 2013? If you had to create your own “Best Of” list, what is something that would be on it?

Can’t wait to read what you guys write!

F&F Friday Favorites: The New Year Edition

Hello, hello! For this week’s version of Friday Favorites, I’m sharing my favorite links that relate to the New Year. Hope you enjoy these good reads about heading into the New Year, goal setting, challenges, reflecting, and more.

Friday Favorites

January 1st. Weight loss, weight loss, weight loss. GAH! Here are 12 weight loss resolutions you SHOULDN’T make.

What if every day were New Year’s Day? <—more inspiring wisdom from Tina

LOVE THESE: 50 bite sized resolutions for better health

The most important thing you’re not doing to start 2014. <—Think about it.

Fitness challenges pop up all over the place this time of year. If you’re interested, here’s a New Year’s 30 Day Burpee Challenge via Your Inner Strong.

Make this the year that you rid yourself of things that don’t make you a better person. Here’s a great place to get started with 20 things to let go of before the new year.

“The posture never ends.” <— A powerful read from Whitney on transitioning in the New Year.

Here are 10 tips for New Year’s success and making resolutions stick via Go Kaleo.

24 rules for being a human in 2014. <— Important.

For quote geeks like me —> 10 quotes that will inspire you to have the best year ever.

And for the foodies, here are 31 healthy recipes to start 2014 right.

Some links from past F&F posts that relate:

new years resolutions

Do you guys have any words of wisdom you’d like to share for the New Year?

Have a great weekend!