January Superlatives

in Superlatives

Hey, now.  It’s already February!  Where did the month go?  Here’s the best of the best on Healthy Tipping Point in January 2012.


Best Reader Write-In: Reader Q&A: I Hate Exercise and Healthy Foods. This post answers the tough question of:  When you’ve got no balance in your life, how do you find your healthy and happy medium without 1) making excuses and 2) making yourself crazy?


Best Brunch Recipe:  Southern-Style Cornbread Quiche.   It’s cornbread on the bottom and yummy egg on the top.  We feasted on the leftovers for days.


Runner up: Channa Masala Mini Quiches


Best Bump: 20 Weeks.  Because all baby bumps look better in animal prints.  Rawr!


Runners-up:  My 17 weeks, 18 weeks, and 19 weeks bump updates.


Most Romantic: 3 Years, including What I Learned After 1,000 Days of Marriage and What the Husband Learned After 1,000 Days of Marriage

Money Well Spent:  Thrift.  I’m loving our plans to buy nearly all our baby clothes at thrift stores! Hunting for sex-neutral clothing has been challenging but fun.


Best iPhone App: I Heart GymPact.  Because if the fear of losing $5 doesn’t get me to go to the gym in the middle of winter, nothing will.


Easiest Recipe: Mexican Lasagna.  I can’t wait to make this again.  It’s so simple but it tastes SO good.


Comfort Food Winner: Twice Baked Goat Cheese Potatoes.  I actually made this recipe for our New Year’s Eve get-together.  It was a hit.


Best Metaphor for Life:  A Silverware Drawer Issue.  Look, if a messy silverware drawer is wrong, I just don’t want to be right.


Warmest:  Winter Running Gear.  Because I don’t care what you Yankees and Canadians say, 40 degrees is FREEZING when you live in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Lots of good advice from people in the comments section, too.

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Best Series:  So You Wanna Do a Triathlon: Swimming, So You Wanna Do a Triathlon: Cycling, So You Wanna Do a Triathlon: Running, and So You Wanna Do a Triathlon: Transitions.  Coming up next:  Training! 

Best Response:  The Naked Face Project.  I’m really excited to discover where the next 60 days will take me.  I can’t wait to share the journey. 


For more best of the best:


What was your best moment of January 2012? Can you believe it’s 2012?  It’s the future!



  • Emily February 3, 2012, 8:43 am

    We’re looking forward to hearing about the next 60 days too!

  • Cellomum February 3, 2012, 8:49 am

    When you shop for gender neutral clothing will you also be picking up pink/purple/flowered items for a boy or girl to wear? I ask becuase all your onsies pictured here would likely have been sold in the “boy” section of a sore. Admittedly I only have girls so far but we try to dress them in what we like rather than what is “for girls” but I like to believe that we would dress a boy in pink and flowers just as much as we dress our girls in blues and truck prints. etc.

    • Caitlin February 3, 2012, 3:49 pm

      OOO interesting thought! I will have to do some shopping with this in mind.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 3, 2012, 8:52 am

    My best parts of January has been getting into law school! It was a big stresser for a lot of 2011 with prepping for the LSAT and getting my applications out. I was very happy when the letters started coming in 😀

  • Amy Q February 3, 2012, 9:02 am

    Those superlatives made me STARVING! Want to make most of that food and wish I had it here NOW! 🙂 Happy weekend to YOU!

  • Army Amy* February 3, 2012, 9:04 am

    The best moment of the month is easy for me to pick – we finally reached the halways point in my husband’s deployment!*

  • Amelia February 3, 2012, 9:06 am

    Compared to all of your super January moments, I don’t feel like I have quite as many, but that isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy January. I honestly can’t believe that 1 month of 2012 is already gone!

    The best moments included hosting a surprise 30th birthday party for my brother-in-law and meeting future (hopefully!!) internship site directors for my dietetic internship!

    There were definitely things that I wished for in January that did not happen. Maybe February will be fantastic?

    • Caitlin February 3, 2012, 3:49 pm

      I like your attitude!

  • Emilie February 3, 2012, 9:08 am

    Mexican themed January wasn’t it? There have been lots of fun posts on your blog this month 🙂

    My favourite parts of January? Probably the full week holidays I had at the start to spend with my fiancé and when we got to travel and spend time with my family.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 3, 2012, 9:20 am

    I loved your silverware drawer post! January flew by for me, and I can’t believe it’s February already. It was a pretty busy month, but I got to see a lot of friends so those were the best moments by far!

  • Steph February 3, 2012, 9:23 am

    Strange, but my best moment of January was booking my vacation for March. It was so much fun to plan with my friends and it gives me something to look forward to in a few weeks.

    • Caitlin February 3, 2012, 3:48 pm

      Oh where are you going???

  • Anna February 3, 2012, 9:39 am

    I need to make those goat cheese potatoes..I’m glad you reposted to remind me 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 3, 2012, 10:32 am

    hmmm probably the road trip I took with my mom at the beginning of the month to Colorado! I miss her…

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION February 3, 2012, 10:39 am

    I love this post! So much goodness in one place. 😀

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs February 3, 2012, 10:57 am

    Love these monthly roundups! Even though I’ve read most of them when they were posted, I always find something new to think about in the comment sections,

    Have a great weekend!

  • Davy February 3, 2012, 11:11 am

    You can delete this comment after you read it, but I was just thinking it might be nice to cite YHL at the beginning or end of these posts (I know you did in your first), just so new or occasional readers know where you got the idea.

    • Lindsay February 3, 2012, 12:10 pm

      I dunno, are superlatives really an innovative idea?
      And I think a few top links may be fine.. but this post has so many! Linking to all four of your baby posts seems like you’re just trying to get page clicks :/

    • Caitlin February 3, 2012, 3:48 pm

      Thanks for your feedback Davy. I love YHL!

  • Life's a Bowl February 3, 2012, 11:12 am

    The Mexican lasagna and twice baked goat cheese potatoes are on my list of to-make’s 😀 And the pic from your wedding day is beautiful- you both look so happily in love!!!

  • Allison February 3, 2012, 11:38 am

    I thought I was the only one who got so sore after yoga! I’ve just been assuming I have really weak quads. Glad someone else experiences the same thing! I hope were not doing something wrong….

  • Moni'sMeals February 3, 2012, 12:08 pm

    Whoa Mama, look at all you got done! Good for you and what a productive month. And excellent eats I might add. Have a great day.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 3, 2012, 12:34 pm

    WOW-what a great month it was for you! And YES, for sure the baby looks best in animal prints! heh 🙂

  • Bethany February 3, 2012, 12:55 pm

    I made the Mexican Lasagna for my boyfriend and he loved it so much, he asked me to make it for the SuperBowl party we’re going to! And he’s even a big time meat eater!!! Thank you!!

    • Caitlin February 3, 2012, 3:47 pm

      Awesome! I’m so glad he liked it.

  • Sneakers2Sandals February 3, 2012, 2:07 pm

    Love how you do this wrap up!

    My moment was running my first half marathon at Disney! Yey for January 🙂

    • Caitlin February 3, 2012, 3:26 pm

      Congrats on your marathon!

  • Christy February 3, 2012, 8:13 pm

    Everything you just posted is news to me. I just got from Marine Corps bootcamp so I’m like, “Oh my gosh! You’re pregnant!”
    Congrats. (:

    • Caitlin February 3, 2012, 8:14 pm

      How was bootcamp?! Welcome back! Thanks for the well wishes.

  • Nicole February 3, 2012, 9:15 pm

    As a native Floridian who went to grad school in NC, I too got plenty of comments from Yankees about how it wasn’t really cold. When you grow up in an area where a hard freeze makes the evening news, two weeks of temps where it doesn’t get above 20 is SO. UNBELIEVABLY. COLD.

    But I got to inform them that 85 was not hot…it is what I grew up calling “winter.” :o)

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