2014: Best of F&F

As I mentioned in my New Year’s post, I prefer that a few weeks in January go by before I begin reflecting on the year before. Now that we’re mid month and I’m feeling a little more into the swing of things, I want to do some blog reflections and share the best of F&F in 2014 with all of you. I did something similar last year with my 2013 posts, and it was a lot of fun!

Ready for a content dump?

Best of F&F in 2014

2014 was a breakout year for Fitness & Feta. The blog celebrated its third birthday and got its own logo and header. I hosted my first blog event/workout class. I had a Reader Focus Week and hosted a Heart My Health social media campaign in February. In December, I hosted my most life changing and inspiring challenge yet. Also, the F&F newsletter was born! If you aren’t subscribed, please sign up! I’m sending out a fun update this weekend.

Athleta Legacy Place: Birthday Bootcamp

2014 was also the first year that I finally started monetizing this blog, which I attribute to being selected as a FitFluential ambassador and a PopSugar Select fitness blogger. I was able to attend a lot of really awesome events thanks to my relationship with New Balance Boston, and I received several other products to review and give away as well. 2014 was also the first year that I actually started turning opportunities away! This was partly because I couldn’t keep up, but also because I didn’t believe in the message of the some of the companies trying to work with me. Below are the blog projects I was able to participate in over the past year, so THANK YOU to for reading this blog and supporting not only me, but the companies I choose to work with for a little extra income. I appreciate each and every one of your clicks. 😉

2014 F&F Blog Opportunities

New Balance Fresh Foam 980s

Perfect Vermont: Warm Welcome

Fitbit Charge Review

2014 F&F Blog Series
On F&F, I launched a few different series, some of which stuck, and some of which didn’t. You guys look forward to my F&F Friday Favorites every week, and I really believe in sharing other bloggers’ content, so that continues to be popular!

Friday FavoritesFor awhile, I continued to write about my weekly workouts, but I grew bored of that and changed it up to giving you guys updates every month or so instead. There was also Journey to Fit, a series that features an F&F reader with an inspirational weight loss or weight gain story to share. I want to thank Mary, Liz, Laura, Jen and Kelly, and Jackie for sharing their stories. Keep your eyes out for more stories like this in 2015, and please let me know if you or someone you know would be a good fit for this!

Finally, at the beginning of the year, I launched Sunday Sweat Talk. I really, really enjoyed posting on a different fitness topic each week, and I think it helped me branch out a bit with my writing. Once our crazy wedding schedule picked up in the spring, having this little “fitness chat” with you guys was just too much to keep up with. I miss it, but here’s a list of the Sunday Sweat Talk topics I wrote about last year!

Sunday Sweat Talk

2014 F&F Workouts
Of course it wouldn’t be a successful fitness blog without continuing to share workouts with you guys. Here’s a rundown of the sweaty favorites I posted last year. Have you tried any of these?

4x4 Medicine Ball Ab Circuit

Park Bench Circuit Workout

2014 F&F Recipes
Last year I shared tons of food pictures in my weekly eats/catching up on eats posts, but here are the recipes that debuted on the blog this year. Have you made any of them?

Pistachio Muffins

Asparagus, Mushroom, and Ricotta Pizza

Cranberry Avocado Salsa

2014 F&F Personal Favorites
I also thought it would be fun to share some of my personal favorite posts that I wrote over the course of the past year. They aren’t necessarily specific workouts or recipes, but these are fun and different posts I want to remember and remind you guys about. Also, if you are new to F&F, you may have missed some of them!

Blogging Lessons Learned

2014 F&F Life Recaps
Finally, one of the best parts about having a blog is being able to go back and see fun recaps of my life! It was too hard to write about every single thing we had this year in individual posts (I still have some major 2014 things I never got around to recapping), so I introduced Life Lately as a way to capture monthly recaps. Aside from my monthly Life Lately posts, here are some other fun recaps from throughout the year:

Engagement BBQ: Me and Tim

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And that’s that! I’m excited to see what 2015 has in store for this little space of mine. Thanks for continuing along for the ride! You guys are the best.

Readers, let’s chat! What on F&F from 2014 stands out to you as most memorable? What do you want to see more or less of in 2015? Bloggers, what were your blog accomplishments last year? Anything you are setting out to do or grow in 2015?

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.

Enjoy!

“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!