My favourite posts of 2014

This year, I’m doing something I don’t normally do over the Christmas holidays.

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No, not Christmas baking. That’s definitely a NORMAL Christmas-time activity at my house!

I’m taking a two-week hiatus from training clients, teaching classes, designing programs and creating new blog content. Two-weeks to recharge and relax and recover from a super busy and fulfilling fall.

I want to take a moment and thank you for visiting and commenting and sharing my content. It may sound cliche, but it really does make me happy when you tell me I’ve written something that inspires and motivates and educates you.



Since they’ll be no new blog posts until January the 6th, I leave you with my favourite posts of 2014. Regardless of whether you’re a new reader or a long-time supporter of this site, you’re sure to find something worth reading (or re-reading) below.

Something in the list tickle your fancy? Use the ‘sharing’ buttons at the bottom of the post to email, Tweet or share on social media with your own friends and followers.

Because I’m incapable of completely unplugging ;-), we can still stay in touch over the holidays via Facebook and Instagram. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and a joy-filled New Year!

Fitknitchick’s favourite posts of 2014

  1. Tips for getting through the January gym rush (arm yourself with coping strategies now)
  2. Four benefits of Turkish Getups (I’m still working on these; tough little buggers that they are)
  3. Tips for preventing workout-related injuries (2014 has been an injury-free year for me, in part, because I’ve started taking my own advice…)
  4. Easy ways to add balance training to your workouts (as we get older, balance training becomes even more important)
  5. Five steps to a successful ‘pantry’ raid (perfect for helping you clean out the fridge and re-stock after the holidays)
  6. Tips for breaking through strength training plateaus (even though you’re probably not plateauing at anything right now, other than Christmas baking, Pin this one for future reference; it’s a great post)
  7. Make your own meal plan: benefits of a boring diet (I crave boredom in my diet by the end of holidays and vacations…)
  8. Kettlebell training for beginners (did you get a kettlebell for Christmas? There are lots of tips to using them correctly in this post)
  9. Three all-or-nothing healthy mindsets debunked (treating fitness and food in a black and white manner is many of our downfalls…)
  10. Five reasons quick fixes don’t work (they really don’t and you KNOW this already)


Is your favourite 2014 post on the above list?

If not, leave me a comment below telling me which of the 75+ posts I wrote this year resonated most with you (and why)!

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  1. I love your Happy Face. Good for you for taking a break! Everyone needs to recharge! Thank you for all the inspiration and motivation this year. You are the reason I have been consistent with my strength training. And why I consider myself a lifer for your 40+ program!
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  2. Good for you! Have a wonderful holiday.

    (and thanks for sharing your favorite posts – will be fun to go back and check those out!)
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  4. I hope you’re having a wonderful time off! See you next year!
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