Best of 2016 & Goals for 2017

It’s December 29… Can you believe it?!
While I spent a lot of time before Christmas evaluating the past year and planning for 2017, I wanted to share with my readers not only my top 5 posts of 2016, but also 5 of my goals for 2017. 

Let’s start with my posts! I am happy to say I came just shy of doubling my blog views in 2016 compared to 2015. I was much more dedicated to sharing my knowledge this year and enjoyed every comment, “like” and social or personal share of my recipes, travel recaps and nutrition tips. I was especially thrilled every time I received an email or saw a social media post of my recipes that you made! I love that the foods I enjoy can make your life healthier, too.

Now let’s get to the top 5 posts that were visited this year.

5. I am thrilled my Post-Workout Purple Power Smoothie made the top 5! I imagine it’s features on the Philly/DC/Chicago Area Yoga blogs and in a Fitness Magazine article drove some of the traffic to one of my favorite recipes. I especially think it is great after a long run in the summer and for child athletes!

4. Chickpea Flour Banana Muffins came in at number four, though, if the year were longer, I think the Chickpea Flour Gingerbread Muffins would have surpassed them as they were just posted in November and would have taken the number 6 spot. Both are delicious so give them a try!
3. The third most popular recipe was my Maple Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussel Sprouts and Cranberries. This is my mom’s favorite recipe on the blog and a favorite of mine to make for the holidays! I updated the photos on this recipe a couple of months ago.
2. The top two are both soups! Two being my Hearty Vegetable and Bulgur Soup. While I think this dish is delicious, I have to say I am surprised to see it rank so high with outdated pictures! I would have expected my butternut squash and leek soup to make it but, I am glad everyone is enjoying it!
1. My #1 recipe is again, my Potato, Leek and Kale Soup! I first posted this soup in January 2014 when my blog was more of a recipe book for clients and students than an outreach project to people all over the world. This year I finally updated the old pictures, though! Now it looks as good as it tastes!

Now for my 2017 Goals. While I have a great plan set out from a professional standpoint, I will share my personal wellness goals here.

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5. Attend at least one fitness event in the community each month.
I love the Philly fitness community and am so close to Princeton as well that I would love to be more integrated with like-minded individuals out of my typical settings.
4. Attend a yoga class at least once per week.
This is essential for stress management and injury prevention in the life of Kelly. I have never felt more healthy in my life than 3 years ago when I attended yoga classes 2-3 times per week. In 2016 I was lucky if I made it that many times each month.
3. Travel to at least 4 new places.
Luckily, I already have Italy planned for January and Houston for the Super Bowl in February. I may also count Portland, ME in June since I was only there briefly as a child and can’t remember it!
2. Compete in an Olympic Triathlon. Injuries kept me from this goal in 2016. I also have two friends who want to complete a triathlon for the first time this year so we will be coordinating which race very soon! It is crucial for these goals to be specific and timely.
1. Finally run a sub 2 hour 1/2 marathon and train injury-free.
{And then evaluate if a 2018 marathon is possible}. I unfortunately have never completed half marathon training appropriately because I hate speed work, travel too much on the weekends and am very injury prone. I am hoping by continuing to work on my form after my biomechanical evaluation, training correctly, sticking to my yoga goals, and staying consistent with chiropractic care that I can finally feel good during a race. I have completed 3 half marathons, the last being Rock n Roll Philly where I came in at 2 hours, 0 minutes and 4 seconds. SO annoyed. I will be running that same race this September and this time raising money for ALS.
I also plan to continue to support charities that matter to me and relate to my profession, do a better job at going to Church on Sundays, and live everyday with as positive an attitude as I can. I know the position I am in career wise allows me to motivate others to be their best selves and while education and counseling is important, leading by example is always best!
It has been a fabulous year – I would say for myself and my husband, our best years yet! With our enthusiasm for life and love of our jobs, I know 2017 is only going to get better.I also have an easy challenge to improve health coming the first week of 2017 so stay tuned!

Happy New Year!

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  1. I definitely have to try those soup recipes. I have loved watching you grow this year and can’t wait to see what 2017 brings. I can’t imagine how frustrating those 4 seconds were in your 1/2, but this year you got it!!! I’m jumping on the wagon with that yoga goal too. So necessary!

    1. Kim, that’s so nice of you! You killed it in 2016 too 🙂 Isn’t yoga just so essential? I often find myself doing cardio or lifting when I am short on time when those are the times I should be chilling out and going to yoga instead. Cheers to a yogi year!

  2. I can see why these were your top 5! They all look great but those Maple Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussel Sprouts and Cranberries are really calling my name! Good luck with your 2017 goals and have an amazing time in Italy! Happy New Year 🙂