Top 15 Blog Posts of 2015
For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know that 2015 was a pivotal year filled with turmoil, sadness and overcoming obstacles I never thought possible.
For those of you new to my blog (or are bored at work and trolling the web – you know who you are) here’s a collection of my top 15 posts from 2015. Like my blog, they’re pretty eclectic. Sometimes they are a day-in-the-life about training for a bodybuilding competition, other posts include exercise videos (like Build A Better Booty) and some are more personal, dealing with my mom’s cancer and balancing family with fitness.
I’m putting them in chronological order so they will make sense if you are new to this blog. I hope you will find something that encourages you, offers you a helpful tip, or just lets you know it’s ok to struggle sometimes. As Nietzsche said, “That which does not kill you makes you stronger.”
Top 15 Blog Posts of 2015
“New Year’s Resolutions – 2015” is a good place to start. I talk about gaining back weight when my mom was diagnosed with cancer and entering the Arnold Amateur as a big goal to get myself back on track.
“Bear Crawls through a Football Field” is about getting pushed past what I physically thought was possible and in that moment deciding that I was tired of losing all the time.
If you ever wondered what it is like to be in a bodybuilding competition, “Competing in the Arnold Amateur” is the post to read. It covers getting ready back stage, to posing comparisons, to the parties after.
“Cupcake Knockout” is my answer to emotional eating.
“A Taste of Victory and the Morning After” is the first time I ever placed in a competition. And did I mention the samurai sword?
A lot of my posts deal with training hard and the big moments of competing. “Quiet Moments” makes me cry because the small moments are what we cling to most.
Anyone who is a caregiver will find these tips in “Beautiful Awful Hospice” helpful.
On Mother’s Day I wrote my mother’s eulogy. One week later I ran a Spartan Race with my kids in her honor. #WhyIRace
Even though I felt angry and awful, I decided to keep things positive. And that’s when the Tornado Hit My House. (I told you this was a crazy year, right?)
Time to get back on track and prepare for the next competition. Or, you know, cheat on your meal plan. Magic Mike Made Me Do It!
If you are part of the sandwich generation, you are dealing with ageing parents, young kids and regular life like paying bills and doing laundry and squeezing in fitness. Here are some tips: Finding Balance
The best part about bodybuilding is that you can create body parts that never existed. For me, that’s a booty. Here’s some exercises to help you Build A Better Booty Workout.
Sometimes coming in 2nd place hurts more than coming in dead last. But either you Win or You Learn.
My weight has gone up and down (can you relate?) but through it all I always seemed to keep my clothes in the closet. Not any more. “Clothing and the Transitional Body” helps you deal with the many shapes a woman’s body morphs through.
I waited three years to write this post. It was worth the wait. She’s Winning It!
As 2015 comes to a close, let’s look to the future. Make 2016 the best year of your life.
Lisa Traugott is a Mom’s Choice Award winning writer, fitness blogger, wife and mom of two.
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