Looking back on 2017

Hi friends! HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you’ve enjoyed the holiday fanfare and are relaxing this morning.

I always get excited about a bright, shiny, new year. While I’ve never been a huge resolution person – I’m a believer that if you want to change something, do it now instead of waiting for the pressure of a specified date – I do love taking some time to jot down my goals and general direction for the upcoming year. I’ll be sharing some of my goals for 2018 in an upcoming post and would love to hear yours, too!

At the start of a new year, it’s also fun to look back on the previous year and breathe in all of the moments: the good, the challenging, the transformative, and even the not-so-fun ones.

Here are some of the highlights of 2017:

2017 started off with a bang. We had just arrived in Tucson and were in a temporary house for three months. We were able to live in the same neighborhood as my aunt, uncle, and cousins, and had constant family parties and get-togethers. I got to enjoy lots of family and friend time, Liv went to the CUTEST preschool, and we had a blast. It went by WAY too quickly.

We moved to Valdosta,

I had a pretty huge surgery,

and we traveled quite a bit:

to Vegas,

Vegas baby


Sedona cabin


Chicago Hamilton

(and saw Hamilton! It was everything.)

Disney World FIVE times,

Disney girls


Tucson fam

and countless trips to Jacksonville and Atlanta.

Jax beach

Jax beach

Jax beach

We fell in love with our Valdosta house,

made some amazing friends,

threw a couple of fun parties,

Cookie party

Jumping castles

Birdies cheese board

Drink markers

and have enjoyed getting to know our new home. 

I started teaching barre and yoga at a fantastic studio (I’m just teaching barre post-surgery, for now)

and Liv started kindergarten!

This year was worlds better than the previous couple that we’ve endured, and I have a good feeling about 2018. We may get a better idea of where we’ll be and what we’ll be doing in the next year or two. It’s a constant life of unknowns, which is equally frightening and exhilarating. It’s never boring, that’s for sure. 😉

Some of the top posts and pages on the blog:

Top 15 posts:

My month 1 review of PiYo. PiYo is an AWESOME workout – especially for low-impact options and beginners – and it was fun to share my thoughts in this post.


Morning detox drink. I still have this on a regular basis. It’s warming, can help boost your immune system and metabolism, and has a nice spicy and tangy kick.

Morning detox drink

1 month of baby food, 1 hour, $20 – round 2. Baby food post round 2!

How to combine baby led weaning with purees

Potty training tips from two nanas. Aka that one time my mom and nana potty-trained Liv in 24 hours. Dropping all of their tips and knowledge in this post! I know nothing about potty training because mom and nana helped me with Liv, and P potty-trained herself.

Blue Apron vs. Hello Fresh. I really wanted to like Hello Fresh and add it into the rotation, but it wasn’t my fave.

Working out with Diastasis Recti. I was happy to see that this post did so well because it’s something that I’ve researched like crazy in an attempt to heal my own DR. There are a lot of things you can do to aid in healing, and things that can make it more difficult, so I was glad to share what I learned in this post. 

Hip raise

Homemade sous vide egg bites without a sous vide machine. If you haven’t tried these yet, I highly recommend them! Such a fun and unique protein-packed snack.

The fitness categories page! Lots of ideas here as you mix and match the modes you love.

1 month of baby food, 1 hour, $20. The original baby food post! These were some of the girls’ favorite (easy!) recipes in the early days.

Baked breakfast cookie: a portable and healthy breakfast treat.

Why I got my breast implants removed. SO so glad I did it.

Breast explant surgery experience

Sweet potato, goat cheese and turkey bacon egg bake. Another savory and healthy recipe!

The About page (maybe I could revamp it one of these years haha)

Focus On: Orangetheory fitness <— my group fitness love!

Back at otf

I like looking back on these because it gives me an idea of the types of posts that do well, and what you like to see. Just as I thought, it’s a completely random mix. Looks like I’ll just keep blogging about allthethings in the New Year. 😉

W the fam

Were there any moments on the blog that stood out to you this year? Any requests for 2018? There’s a lot of good stuff on the way, especially Winter Shape Up (January 15). 

Thank you so much for another year of getting to do something I love so much, and for the chance to virtually hang out with you all. 

Happy 2018!



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  1. Janice O'Kane on January 1, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Gosh, I had forgotten about your morning detox drink. I need to bring that back ASAP, you are so right about how it sets up a great, healthy day! Thank you, Gina, so much, for all that you do for all of us! Cheers for a very Happy 2018!

    • Fitnessista on January 1, 2018 at 11:22 pm

      thank you so much for being so awesome 🙂
      happy new year!

  2. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on January 1, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Happy New Year Friend! xoxo

    • Fitnessista on January 1, 2018 at 11:23 pm

      happy new year, lovely!

  3. Michelle on January 1, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Sounds like an awesome year! Cheers to 2018!

    • Fitnessista on January 1, 2018 at 11:23 pm

      cheers! happy new year!

  4. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on January 1, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    It sounds like 2017 was pretty good to you and your family. All the best in 2018!

    • Fitnessista on January 1, 2018 at 11:23 pm

      it was! sending you love for an awesome year, too 🙂

  5. heather @Lunging Through Life on January 1, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    My daughter is a little bit older than P and she pretty much potty trained herself too. Not for naps and bedtime, but I was scared of potty training and she made it so easy!

    • Fitnessista on January 1, 2018 at 11:22 pm

      it made it so easy!! these smart kids 🙂

  6. Kaila @ Healthy Helper on January 1, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    So crazy that it’s 2018!!! I’ve followed your blog from the very beginning so its amazing to see how far you’ve come and how things have changed around her! 🙂 <3

    • Fitnessista on January 1, 2018 at 11:21 pm

      thank you so much for being here for so long <3 <3

  7. Blair on January 2, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Happy New Year! I love reading your blog and hope to get into shape with your program starting now!

    • Fitnessista on January 2, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      thank you so much! <3

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