Happy Birthday to My Blog!

My blog is a year old today! First of all, I want to thank you for following my posts, for sharing them, and for taking the time to comment on them.  This first anniversary is a perfect time for me to take stock of what I’ve written during the last 12 months. Here’s what people read most, and least, often. Complete with comments from me, of course!


My 3 Most Popular Posts

And the winner is: Surprising Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight with Exercise, which obviously hit a nerve.  I wrote about this because I struggled with using exercise for weight loss for years before I realized it was fruitless, and I know a lot of other people struggle, too.

Runner Up: 13 Holiday Survival Tips from the Pros. It’s really no wonder why this was widely read.  This post has some serious star power, including Sally Kuzemchak of Real Mom Nutrition, Janice Bissex and Liz Weiss of Meal Makeover Moms, and Ellie Krieger of Ellie’s Real Good Food, a public television cooking series, as well as great strategies for keeping it together during the holiday season. Bookmark this one for December.

Tied for Third Place: Pumpkin Spice Smoothie is one of my first, and most favorite, posts, and even though it’s a seasonal subject, it gets regular traffic. Know Your Limit: How to Eat Less Added Sugar is just about tied with Pumpkin Spice Smoothie. I’m glad to see that people are curious about how to reduce added sugar intake. It’s not always as easy as it looks.


My 3 Least Popular Posts

Easy, Creamy Polenta, Shrimp, and Vegetable Bowls. This is my worst performer yet. Really? What’s not to like? Is it the shrimp? The vegetables? The creamy polenta? Maybe it’s the combination? Truly, it’s a delicious and super simple dish. Reconsider, won’t you?

Food, Fun, and Flames. I understand if you don’t want to read about how I torched an ice cream pie during recipe testing, and then redeemed myself, sort of, with another version. It’s probably a food blogger thing. I laughed until I cried when I wrote this post, so it was worth it, even if it wasn’t so popular.


5 Ways to Fall into Healthier Habits. Perhaps nobody needs to get healthier after a summer filled with burgers, fries, and beer? My strategies are easy, I swear. Give them a try.

3 Posts I Loved More Than My Readers 

I wanted to write about the deep connection I have to my exercise buddies so I produced Strength in Numbers: My Social Exercise Network.  For some reason, I didn’t connect with readers in the way I was hoping. Maybe it’s the title?

3-Ingredient Broccoli Cheese Calzone. I was in a rush, and I didn’t bother taking pretty pictures of one of my all-time go-to meatless dinners. Perhaps that’s why the traffic wasn’t what I expected. Really, though, try the calzone.  It only has 3 ingredients. What more could you ask for in a meal?


Healthier Chocolate Holiday Treats.  I’m confused. The title has the word chocolate in it. That’s click-bait for sure! At any rate, I enjoyed making all of the easy, healthier treats to photograph for the blog, and eating all the leftovers!

Thanks again for your support!




  1. Kathleen Zelman says:

    Happy birthday! I love your new blog, not only for the great, consumer-friendly topics and content but the name is spot on. We overuse the word ‘perfect’, it is an ideal that is lofty and often unattainable whereas ‘better’ is an action we can all embrace. Keep up the great work!

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