A Year in Review: Blogiversary

It’s my Blog’s Birthday! Well, I am not sure of the exact date that I started my blog, or the day when I actually started telling people about it, but I know that it was some time at the end of December/ early January. So, I am going to give it an arbitrary date and just say that my official start date to this Blog was December 30th.

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This past year has been a big year for me with starting a blog (and all of the other social media that goes with it), graduating from college, going vegan, starting dental school, and running a half marathon PR. I think it is fun to look back on the year and see everything that I have done and places that I have been. I love reading other blogger’s year in reviews so I decided to hop on that bandwagon!


Let’s start at the beginning

My first posts on this blog happened in January of 2015. I posted my first recipes including a Dark Chocolate Almond Butter recipe. I also posted a fun interval Treadmill Workout that I still use today!

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In February I began a Whole 30 that finished up in March. I tracked my food and thoughts on the diet throughout, which is really interesting to read now that I have switched to a Vegan diet. This diet challenge did open my eyes up to how many products have added sugar in them. I think it is so funny reading back on my Whole 30 Week 1 Recap and how much energy I thought I had. Yikes. I have so much more energy nowadays from eating a high volume of plant food. I did eat some Vegan meals while on the Whole 30 though like this one below!fruit

 

By the time March rolled around, I was getting antsy to finish my undergrad degree. I had already committed to attend Dental school back in December, and motivation was running low. So what did I do? Sign up to run a marathon of course! I celebrated my 22nd birthday by running 17 miles and prepping for a big Autism Speaks Walk. I luckily got to celebrate for real a couple of days later with my sister & best friend at my school’s senior bar crawl. There was a BDUB’s nearby, so we made a mid-bar crawl stop for some food.

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In March I also got to review Jessica’s Granola which is hands down the best Gluten Free granola that I have ever had. Jessica’s granola definitely kept me fueled during my marathon training.

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Check out those chunks!

April was the month of reviews as I got to review NAKD BARS , NUUN, and FITSNACK . I also became an official Fitsnack ambassador! While there were lots of healthy tastings during April, it was also the month that I got injured and had to learn how to Deal with Injury . This meant no marathon for me and forced rest.

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When May finally rolled around, I was more than ready to graduate. My injury was slowly healing and I was ready to get back into exercising at the time of graduation. I went home for my last summer before starting Dental school which is a year round program. I spent my summer working at Lifetime Fitness and creating healthy recipes like the family favorite Mexican Quinoa Salad . grad pic

I spent most of my days over the summer at Lifetime Fitness and would put in 10+ hours a day there between exercising and working. I got to take so many fun classes like Barbell strength, Zumba, Vinyasa yoga, TCX, and RIPPED to the core. I got so much stronger over the course of the summer and really increased my muscular endurance.
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I really loved the zen vibes and dim light in the yoga studio at Lifetime.

In July I posted a WIAW on a full day of Vegan eats. Little did I know at the time that I would quickly adopt of fully Vegan diet after that (within a week or so).

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There were many happenings in August this year. The month started off with my full transition to Veganism, and a Nashville Trip to visit my older sister. We saw Tim McGraw, ate Vegan food, hiked, went wine tasting, and partied it up Walmart style.

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At the concert!

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Far Eastland Bowl from Wild Cow!

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People of Walmart party!

Oh, but that is not all that August brought with it. I also started Dental School! We had a few days of orientation followed by a white coat ceremony in which my classmates and I were welcomed into the profession.

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School was in full swing in September- while i was busy crushing my exams, I also decided to go public on my Reasons for Going Vegan

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Dental school brought with it a lot of work, and lots of sitting due to the constant studying. I found a solution for that with the Fitdesk! I put it together myself and did a whole Fitdesk Review to share more about how to stay healthy when you have a sedentary job/ are a student.

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November began amazingly as I ran a Half Marathon on November 1st as part of the Inaugural Milwaukee Running Festival. You can read about how I placed 5th in my division, got a 5 minute PR, and smashed my goal with a 1:37:05 finish by reading my RACE RECAP !

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Fist bumping as I was coming into the finish – #noshame.

November also included eating more Mexican food than I ever have in my entire life due to the creation of my DIY Mexican Burrito Bowl

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I also finally got a short break from school for Thanksgiving and got to hangout with my family for a couple days and do a little cooking.

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I made vegan cornbread, kale salad, and roasted balsamic veggies- so. flipping. good.

 

December came out of nowhere and finals hit me like a brick. I hunkered down with my studying and had a couple of guest posts including A Total Burpee Ball blitz Workout and a post on How to Get more Involved in the Running Community . I also created a couple of delicious Christmas Cookie recipes including Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Oat Cookies and GF-Vegan Gingerbread Men .

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So tell me: what was the best part of your year? Did we have any similar milestones/ events? Did you run any races this year? What was your best recipe that you created?? Let me know in the comments & share links to your favorite posts/recipes because I would love to read them!!

10 comments on “A Year in Review: Blogiversary”

  1. What a great year you had! I can’t believe how much you accomplish all while in school. and Dental school at that! You work hard, eat well, exercise, and still have time for a social life and a blog.

    1. Aw shucks, thanks! but the social life definitely has been taking a hit these days lol!

  2. Such a strong and successful year Kerri! Cannot wait to see where 2016 takes you <3

    1. thank you! Can’t wait to follow your journey as well 🙂

  3. WOW congrats on everything you have accomplished in 2015! It sounds like you have had a big year. A similarity we have had was dealing with an injury. Let’s hope 2016 is a better year for both of us in that area 🙂

    1. Thank you Sam. I hope you have an injury free year!

  4. Looks like you had an incredible year! It’s awesome that you ended up going full-vegan, too! Congrats on the Blogiversary!

    1. Thank you Alexa- It was quite a year indeed! Going Vegan was a big milestone for sure 🙂

  5. Hannah Crippen says:

    I MADE THE BLOG WOOP WOOP!! Kerri, you’re just so awesome, I wanna be like you when I grow up xoxo 🙂

    1. Of course you did- can’t leave out our adventures! Your comment just made my day 🙂

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