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2011 Favorites

I’m pretty happy with how my blog has progressed over this past year. In 2010 my blog was pretty new, I didn’t think many people would even want to read what I had to say and when they did I had to find myself. I wasn’t sure what kind of blog I wanted to have, so in the beginning I did what everyone else did–posting my workouts and what I ate for my three meals.

Eventually that grew boring to me and I figured it was probably boring to read. My blog changed a lot and I found my groove. I loved sharing my weight loss memories and struggles with my readers.Β 2011 was a year where I really found what I liked to write about and I hope that came through to my readers as well.

Here are some posts that I am really proud of from 2011:

Partners Who Sabotage

When The Mirror Lies

Gaining Weight in Relationships

Stop Dieting!

Psychology of Weight Loss

3 Year Anniversary of 100 Pounds Lost

Thanks to some great readers/blog friends I also had some great guest posts this year.

Reshaping Your Body with Weight Lifting

Triathlon Help

The Battle of The Calorie Counters

Thank you to everyone that shared a guest post this year with my readers. I hope people found some new blogs to read as a result. πŸ™‚

Favorite Recipes of 2011

2011 was also when I started to really try new things in the kitchen. I’m happy with a lot the recipes I’ve tried and (thanks to Michael!) I have a lightbox now that helps me take amazing photos of the food I cook.

Braised Chicken and Spring Vegetables

Curried Shrimp with Rice

French Toast

Filet Mignon with Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola

Pumpkin Muffins

Pasta with Broccolini, Pickled Goat Horn Peppers andΒ Goat Cheese

Poulet Au Vinaigre (Gina’s Weight Watchers)

I’m pretty proud of the dishes I’ve made. I know, I know, it’s really just following a recipe. But that’s huge for me. I hated cooking, I sucked at cooking most everything and I honestly made stuff that came out of the freezer or a box for most of my life. Being able to tackle recipes by myself and actually have them turn out edible is stellar–having them be AWESOME was even better!

So there you have a few of my favorites from 2011. I hope 2012 is even better!

QUESTION: What was your favorite post of 2011? Share the link to it here! And if you have a fantastic recipe you tried, post it here too!

7 Links and Google Searches

I saw this “7 Links” thing going around and it gave me a good excuse to look back at some old posts that I’d forgotten about. So here are my links:

Most Beautiful: This is the post about my Photo Shoot for the magazine cover I was on last October. The whole process made me feel beautiful and I love that I got to keep the professional photos.

Most Popular: This is a hard one to narrow down. Michael’s guest post about Time Trial Bikes/Triathlon Bikes has had the most hits. My post How To Swim Freestyle is the second most popular. The fact that a swim post is so popular makes me happy because swimming is how I lost my weight.

Most Controversial: This one is another tie. The first controversial post I’d pick is Why I Sucked At Being a Vegetarian. This was controversial simply because I feel like anyone in this healthy blog “bubble” that goes against the Vegan/Vegetarian lifestyle gets attached or criticized. I wish it wasn’t that way, but unfortunately the judgment is rampant. The second controversial post was Why I Wouldn’t Do Hood To Coast Again. That makes me sad.

Most Helpful: Lap Swimming Etiquette is the most helpful post I think. I was surprised to find that so many people who wanted to try swimming had no idea what the etiquette is. Glad I could help!


Surprise Success: How To Lose Weight – Week Four. I enjoyed doing this series a lot. This week’s addition got the most hits of all.

Not Enough Attention: I’m really surprised that this post did not get much attention or comments. Maybe readers were just tired of reading about Hood To Coast.

Most Proud: I am most proud about the post I wrote about running in Arizona. It was the first time I ran outside after an entire Fall/Winter of no running or being stuck on the treadmill because of my injury. I am so happy about this post!


It’s that time again to laugh (or cringe) at the Google Searches that brought people to my site.

“gut buster taco salad recipe” — I’m pretty sure the taco salads I make are not a gut buster!

“how to lose 100 pounds in 4 months without exercising” — SIGH. I wish it were that easy but it’s not. Just do the work.

“i finally learned to swim!” — Yay! Good for you!

“can men use nike training club” — Of course they can! Anyone can use it and it’s really helpful too.

“massaging my feet” — I would love a foot massage, thanks.

“pancake butt to bubble butt” — Try squats. It did wonders for me!

“slut” — Really?? You don’t know me!

“ways to finish marathon when not trained” — GOODNESS!!! Why are so many people looking for the easy way out?

“men in spandex” — Oh yeah. πŸ˜€

“losing weight what happens to skin” — If you lose it slowly and with exercise, the loose skin should snap back for the most part.

“will coming out make me lose friends” — If you lose friends because of this, they weren’t your real friends. Period. Get better friends.

I am off enjoying some time out of Portland. I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

QUESTION: What is the weirdest Google Search someone has used to find your blog? What are 7 Links?