I am not even sure what to think about 2011. I have said this at least 100 times but it has been a year of complete transformation. When I look back at January 1, 2011 I was working full-time in advertising, teaching two BodyPump classes per week and had just made the decision to go through yoga teacher training. Over the course of the year the direction of my life totally changed. I finally found the courage to go after a dream and with determination and commitment that I did not know I possessed, made it happen.
Fast forward to December 30, 2011 and many things have changed. I completed yoga teacher training in April, received my personal training certification in August and left my career in advertising in September. I have found myself stopping to ask, “Is this my real life?” on more than a few occasions.
While 2011 was the year of transformation, the start of 2012 will be a period of reevaluation. Kind of, “I’ve arrived here. Now what?” Mainly, in finding the right balance and determining what is important to me in regards to career and family values.
So to wrap up 2011, I want to review the 10 posts that received the most page views from my readers. I think it’s a pretty telling story. Counting down from 10…here we go.
In August I announced that I had passed the NASM personal training exam. I didn’t share on the blog that I was studying for it prior to taking the exam due to not wanting added pressure. Getting my NASM certification was the final step I needed to take to prepare myself to transition to fitness full-time. I have been training clients ever since and love it more and more every day!
I promised this video of me performing the ashtanga backbend series for months before actually getting around to posting it. The post includes an overview of what ashtanga is since I talk about it all the time! Thank you so much for all of your kind comments about my practice! 🙂
I completed yoga teacher training in April but did not write my “final thoughts” post until six weeks later in May. The experience was life-changing and impacted me deeply. It continues to stay with me and every day I am learning, changing and evolving…myself, the way that I look at things, the way I see and treat others…
In this post I explained the multitude of reasons that led me to quit wearing high heels to work every day (when I worked in advertising…it is easier now. Always in sneakers or barefoot!). Go back and read this if you have not…especially if you’re a runner!
6. Born To Run?
I was completely blown away by the comments on this post. I discussed my history with running and injures and shared my frustration over whether my body was “born for” running long distances.
5. Face Matters
I vented that I was struggling with hormonal acne (so lovely) and again…blown away by the responses I received with all kinds of sympathy, suggestions and advice on what had worked for others. Be sure to also check out Face Matters: Part Two where I put together an overview of some of the most popular suggestions.
I have been participating in BodyPump for almost five years and teaching for three and a half. Although I do a lot of strength workouts on my own these days, BodyPump is still my favorite way to strength train. I also have so much fun teaching it and credit it for changing the shape of my body!
My first video post! I reviewed the benefits of foam rolling and provided video tutorials for foam rolling both the lower and upper body.
Just a fun little “get to know me” post that I’m surprised was so well-read! 😛
(photo credit – wanda koch)
Also known as the one where I announced that I was leaving my job to pursue fitness full-time. It makes complete sense that the most popular post of the year was the one that served as the culmination of all my hard work and dedication to my career change. It was the biggest day of the year for me. I cannot even tell you how much I appreciate all of your amazing comments and support.
Well, there is a look at 2011 in 10 pretty posts. Of course there were many other important events and good posts sprinkled in throughout the year but I think this provides a realistic picture of what was the biggest year of my life to date.
What was the biggest thing that you achieved or that happened in your life in 2011?