So Long, Twenty Twelve

On New Year’s Eve, it only makes sense that I pause to reflect on the year and some of the awesome things that happened.  I sifted through the 265 posts that I wrote this year to share with you my very favorite “No Thanks to Cake” moments of 2012.

NTTC Greatest Hits of 2012

The “little blog that could” grew leaps and bounds during 2012.  Here’s a few of the highlights of what happened this year:

Extreme Makeover – Blog Edition:  I moved NTTC from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress and worked with a graphic designer on its redesign.  This was a fun, yet nerve-wrecking time.  How do you choose the design for your blog that makes most sense?  How do you design it in a way that will reflect the essence of your message.  I think we ended up in a pretty good spot!

Does anyone remember this ol’ place?

Launched Several Regular Features: I launched my first regular feature on the blog called Workout Wednesday (AKA WOW.)  The fact that I was working out enough to have content for this was awesome as well.  I also started responding to reader email via “Email from Readers” features throughout the year, giving us all a way to interact a little bit more.  Both of these features will be getting a fabulous facelift in 2013… and I think you’re going to like it!

Enhanced Social Networking Presence:  I’ve become even more connected via social networking this year.  This has been HUGE because I feel like it gives me another way to interact (and get to know!) you guys!  So fun!

You can now connect with NTTC via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram… and who knows what will come next!  Click any of the highlighted links to connect, if you haven’t already.

Attended Fitbloggin’:  Attending Fitbloggin was one of the pivotal moments of 2012 for me personally and from a blog perspective.  I got to meet so many new friends and bloggers through this experience and become a part of a fantastic community of men and women who inspire so many to be healthy every single day.

Won Some Awards (REALLY?):  Well, award.  NTTC was named amongst the 18 Best Weight Loss Blogs of 2012 by  But, NTTC was also nominated for Best Weight Loss Blog by Fitness Magazine, and featured on Diets in Review for keeping my weight loss resolution.  So crazy to think all of this happened this year, too!


My Favorite Posts of 2012

I’m going to channel Friends on this one, as I pick the most appropriate categories my favorite posts of 2012.  These are just the posts that I liked writing and love going back to read… hopefully, they are a few of your faves too!

The Ones Reminding Me of How Far I’ve Come:  These are always some of my faves.  Here’s a few to check out that include pictures over the year:  730 Days Later, Reflecting on this Journey and Unexpected Recognition, Independence Day, and Travel Companions.

The Ones Where I Went On and On about Fitbloggin:  I love all of my Fitbloggin recaps because it was such a POWERFUL three days in Baltimore, but What I Brought Home from Fitbloggin really is my favorite.  I also love the post where I completely geeked out on Zumba.

The Ones Where I Recapped My Best Friend’s Wedding:  One of my most emotional pieces of the year, I love the post where I wrote a letter to Angela and Jamie after their wedding weekend.  Love you two!

The Ones Where I Talk about My Other BFF Kelly Clarkson:  I saw Kelly in concert not once, but TWICE this year!  And, yes… you got to hear about the Denver AND Nashville concerts here.  Expect more of this in 2013, unless I’m too busy attending to my bridesmaid duties (She is engaged, afterall!)

The Ones Where I Try New Workouts:  Can you believe that all of these were new to me this year?  Candelight Yoga, Zumba, Pilates and… let’s not forget my introductions to Lululemon and Athleta (love!) where I now shop for my favorite workout gear!  I also loved telling you guys about my first Turkey Trot and my first trek up Camelback Mountain.

The One Where There Really Aren’t Words:  There have been many moments throughout this journey where I’ve been overwhelmed by kind words.  Simply Grateful is one where I describe how it feels, as best I can.

The One Where I Realized How Much I Loved Cooking:  I had quite a few awesome cooking moments this year (and MANY new recipe successes at home.)  I absolutely LOVED touring McCormick and learning about all of their spices and seasonings and the health benefits they provide.  Visiting the Gourmet Spoon Cooking School as part of a team builder for work also topped the list!  My at-home wine and cheese party was also incredibly fun to put together and write about!

The Ones Where I Crack Myself Up:  Interesting that both have to do with fart noises, but re-reading Yoga Laughs and the story about The Faux Fart cracked me up tonight.

The One Where I Shot a Video:  I can’t believe I did it, but I recorded my very first Vlog (video blog) this year.  Click here to see it in all its glory.  There may be more of these in the new year (since there’s been some demand)

Wow… to think that all happened in one year!  It was an awesome trip down memory lane, for sure.  I feel healthier, stronger, more active, and more thankful than ever before.

On this eve of the new year, I encourage you too to think about all the great things that happened in 2012.  We will be turning the page to 2013 in just mere hours… Fasten your seatbelt, it’s going to be another amazing year!

What were your favorite NTTC posts of 2012?  Which ones stand out as your faves?

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  1. Sounds like a great year! I discovered your blog in 2012.

    Happy New Year :)

  2. Erin says:

    My absolute fav of 2012 was your vlog!! Your blog has so much personality, but it was extra awesome to get to see you and hear the way you speak – it completely matched what I was expecting and helped make you more “real”. You’ve had an awesome year!!

    • nothankstocake says:

      Thanks, Erin! I’m hoping to do more vlogs this year. Thanks for the reassurance! :)

  3. Kathy says:

    I can’t choose a favorite post. I love them all!
    I am older than you and so I live vicariously through you and your posts.
    Felt like a stalker when I messaged you about the JC cinnamon rolls returning!
    Your recipes intrigue me! The JC fajita quesadilla is what inspired me to make it as a pizza with buffalo sauce on the chicken.
    Keep doing it and Happy New Year!

    • nothankstocake says:

      Thanks, Kathy…. and thanks for the great idea about the pizza! LOVE it! Happy New Year!

  4. Robin says:

    I’m with Kathy it’s to hard to choose, I love them all! I’m so lucky to have you as a friend, may you have the best 2013 ever! PS got that calendar I’m in, but to embarrassed to show anyone, so I stuck it in a drawer.

  5. Cathy says:

    I loved all your blogs this year! I read you first thing when I sit down at my desk in my office with my first cup of coffee, after email, but before Facebook :) I love all your posts, but really enjoy the healthy, spa-like atmosphere you enjoy in your life, that’s how I try to live also. I enjoy your vacations and your food indulgences. (I adore JC cinnamon rolls…heading back there today for the first time in three weeks!) I am inspired by your new interests in yoga and Pilates. I have to make time for that! They offer free yoga on the beach here on my little island and I really should take them up on it. It was great to hear about Fitbloggin’ and I was living vicariously through you for that entire trip. What fun you girls had. I love your little trips to Montelucia too! Fantastic. Loved seeing your face and voice on the vlog too. You are adorable and I feel like we’re friends :) Keep doing what you are doing. Mahalo for all that you do :)

  6. Jill says:

    Kelly, I love reading your blog and feeling like I get to know you all over again. Long gone are the days where we lived next door to one another in the dorm, but through your blog, I feel like we still keep in touch. You truly are an inspiration. Keep up the great work. 2013 is going to be the year you reach your goal and maintain it! Love and AOT!

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