I’m coming to you bright and early before another long shift at the gym today. Yesterday was a doozie! I’m thankful that I had a little bit of downtime in between appointments to draft this post, because my head hit the pillow as soon as I got home and out of the shower last night.
A case of the post-holiday lazies, perhaps?
As we gear up and get ready to say goodbye to 2015 this week (whoa!), I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the most popular LIL posts from the past, and share the all-time top posts that have been clicked and viewed throughout the year.
To the newer readers out there (thank you for following along!), I hope you enjoy a look back into the archives and maybe even stumble upon something new. If you see something with the “housewifeglamour.com” stamp, that’s just my old blog title.
Without further ado, here are the most popular food and fitness related posts currently floating around the blog!
Soup has always been main go-to for me, and this recipe is extremely easy and light.
All you need is water, chicken drumsticks, onion, potatoes rotini noodles, frozen mixed vegetables, salt and pepper, and about an hour of time!
If you have 25 minutes to spare in your day, you can still stay active and incorporate quick, intense workouts into your fitness routine.
This workout takes less than a half an hour to complete once you add in the four one minute breaks in between each (full 4:00) Tabata set.
Whether it’s one, two, or more, it is extremely important to include days to rest into any type of training plan. Life happens, and you can’t get hard on yourself about “skipping” a workout every once in a while.
Here are plenty of reasons that might make you feel better about taking that day off!
This workout requires two sets of dumbbells and a stability ball if you have one. (You can use a bench or even lay flat on the floor if you don’t have access to one.) Complete at home or at the gym at your convenience!
And while we’re on the subject of dumbbell workouts…
I threw this workout together on-the-fly, but it’s been one I’ve turned to plenty of times since then. You can take it to the free weights section at the gym, or even complete it in the comfort of your home.
Grab a light, medium, and heavy set of dumbbells, and give it a try!
No surprise here that this list includes the work of some of my favorite bloggers.
If you’re worried about staying on track with your fitness goals through the new year and travels, it would be great to save a variety of workouts you can take with you and complete anywhere.
9. SO many What I Ate Wednesday posts
I guess this is a category that shouldn’t leave anytime soon… a lot of y’all enjoy reading what I eat on a regular (Wednesday) basis!
My hopes in sharing WIAW posts are for you to see that eating (mostly) healthy doesn’t have to be a chore. I started reading healthy living blogs on the regular to bring an every day dose of positivity and inspiration into my life, and I truly hope LIL does the same thing for you.
This one goes out to all of you who want to run a long distance race and don’t know where to start. You can do it!
After searching around online and piecing together what makes the most sense to me, I formulated a 9 week plan specifically for runners at the introductory level. The only things you need before starting this program is proper running shoes, a phone or fitness watch to track your time, and a GPS app like RunKeeper or MapMyRun to keep track of your distance.
See my 10 Things You Need to Train For a Half Marathon post for more ideas!
This has to be one of the very first recipes I ever shared. Don’t worry, it’s ridiculously easy (and delicious).
I’ve also used the same recipe to make regular sized muffins, and they always turn out a hit.
Even though I’m not the biggest fan of tuna on its own, I love tuna casserole.
This recipe is getting mighty popular and features my favorite lightened-up way to enjoy the dish.
This one is super ancient, but it’s a good one that has turned into the most pinned LIL post yet!
I can’t help but to laugh a little when I look back and watch the video stretch “tutorial” that I included, too. Regardless, it takes you through five minutes of real-time stretching and might just help you with those tight muscles. Give it a try!
It didn’t shock me to see this as the all-time top recipe this year. Bear with the post and pictures (as it was shared in the very early days), but the recipe is a good one and couldn’t be easier.
It’s by far the most pinned LIL recipe to date!
It came to my surprise to see this unofficial review at the top of the fitness list the year!
Here I share my experience online streaming Ballet Beautiful, a ballet inspired workout focused on creating tone, lean dancer physiques. I was able to take a class from the creator, Mary Helen Bowers, in person in New York City, and she’s amazing!
This is basically everything you need to know to feel over-prepared to take your test to become a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through NASM.
If you are signed up to take a test through another company, I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt to use this as a base, either. Check out my NASM & Study Guides page for more tips!
This is a six week half-marathon training plan I came up with on my own, specifically catered to what works best for me, and I would only recommend it to those who can already run a 10K or 6 miles without stopping. Check out the Race & Running Recaps page for my 10-week training plan if you are looking for something closer to a beginner level.
By the way, before I trained for any race (circa 2011), I could barely run for thirty minutes at a time. Slowly but surely, I built that up to three and then four miles. Next came five, six, and now I can run seven or so (at a slower pace) without training if I really wanted to. It’s all about setting a goal and having mental determination!
It’s always interesting to see which posts and what type of content becomes the most popular around here. Hopefully you enjoyed some of the throwbacks featured above.
Have a great rest of your Tuesday!
Disclaimer: Although I am a certified personal trainer, I am not necessarily your personal trainer. The workouts I post are what work best for me, and might not be the right type of exercises for you. I always recommend consulting a doctor or health professional before making changes to your diet and/or fitness routine. <3