December Superlatives

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It’s that time again (already?!).  Here are the most helpful, most amusing, most controversial, and most delicious posts from Healthy Tipping Point in December 2011.  As always, thanks for reading! 


Tastiest Recipe: Without a doubt, Stuffed {Potato Skin} Shells.  Get into the kitchen and made these immediately.   Runner-up: Vegan and Gluten Free Corn Chowder


Best for the Gym Rats:  7 Ways to Make Gym Cardio More Bearable… because they don’t call it the dreadmill for nothing.


Best Race Recap:  Speed for Children in Need 5K Race Recap.  Do you know how excited I am to have not one but TWO race recaps to choose from (I didn’t do any races in November)?  The most memorable race was definitely the Speed for Children in Need 5K because 1) I felt really strong; and 2) the Husband puked in the middle of the race.  Goooo, Husband!  Runner-up:  New Year New You 5K Race Recap.


Most Awesomely Immature:  Lunette Cup Giveaway.  After explaining what the heck a menstrual cup is (you REALLY need to try it!), I asked what you nicknamed your period, and 746 of you responded with absolutely hysterical answers. My favorite? Shark Week.  Bawhaha.


Most Controversial:  Will We or Won’t We?  Raising Vegetarian Children.  My (somewhat unexpected) take on raising vegetarian children.


Best Bump:  I finally created a dedicated Pregnancy page so my weekly updates and other pregnancy-related posts are in one spot (kind of like the Race Recaps!).  My favorite update from the month was definitely Week 16.  I haven’t had a chance to write about it (will do tomorrow for Week 17), but Week 16 was the week that I really started to feel the baby move.  I feel him/her (herm?) every single night now.  Such a blessing!

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Most Charitable:  Girls on the Run 5K Race Recap.  This December, the Husband and I wrapped up our second season as coaches (my third).  We cannot wait to coach our 15 elementary school girls again in the spring!  The next season simply cannot come fast enough. 


Most Helpful Comments:  Different Strokes.  I asked for advice on doing the backstroke and so many pool-lovin’ readers responded.   Implementing these tips in particular really helped my form.

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Timeliest Advice:  Wait Until The 7th.  I love resolutions, but I believe that you shouldn’t start them on January 1. 


Evidence I Can be Oddly Picky:  My 5 (Slightly Crazy) Running With a Buddy Rules.  Title says it all.  Wait, you don’t feel as strongly about cutting corners as I do?  Hmmm.


Best Pup-Rearing Advice:  The Cozy Cave – AKA how we kicked James out of the bed without him hating us forever.  Our first technique of forcing him into another room wasn’t so smart (actually, it totally sucked), but readers showed me the light, and now we’re all happy.  I love to make him his ‘tent’ every single night, and he loves to sleep in it.  Mission accomplished.


Best for the Boobies:  Sports Bras for the B.T.C.  If you’re a card-carrying member of the Big Titty Committee, you need this post.  HTP readers list and review their favorite supportive sports bras.  Side note:  I tried out the Enell bra and love it.


Safety First:  Runner Safety Fail.  I describe some of the basic do’s and don’t’s for running outside in the dark.  There’s lots of great gear recommendations in the comments section, too!

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What was your best moment of December 2011?



  • Jessica January 3, 2012, 8:45 pm

    Am I crazy or did you delete that post about the problems you were having sleeping due to pregnancy? Sorry if that’s nosy I was just enjoying reading the replies 🙂 <3

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 3, 2012, 8:49 pm

    what a lovely recap!!!

  • Annalisa January 3, 2012, 8:56 pm

    How was your post on raising vegetarian kids controversial? Maybe I missed something but it seemed obvious you would raise them veggie — and I don’t think being a vegetarian is all that different anymore.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) January 3, 2012, 9:00 pm

    December has been mostly about studying for me. Sadly my blog has been a little lack luster, but this year is going to be a much better one for me. I love your recap though!

  • Kristy @ KristyRuns January 3, 2012, 9:40 pm

    Dang! December was eventful! Doing a 20 mile fun run on my birthday was definitely the highlight of the month! 🙂 Good thing I have friends as crazy as me!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 3, 2012, 9:58 pm

    My best moment of December? That’s hard.. probably Christmas day with my family. I never see them enough and just being with them was… wonderful.

  • Kristen (inspiredbydooce) January 3, 2012, 10:09 pm

    Two bests: the satisfaction and relief of handing in my assignments and spending Christmas with my family. Loved it.

    • Caitlin January 4, 2012, 11:15 am

      Yay Kristen!

  • Shannon @ Her Dog Blog January 3, 2012, 10:14 pm

    Loved your post on whether you’ll raise vegetarian children. I went veg last May but my husband still eats meat. If we choose to have kids I hope to raise them as vegetarians…wonder if I can convince meat-eating husband!

  • Amber @ Bold, Busy, Blessed January 3, 2012, 10:15 pm

    Aside from the holidays, I got my new laptop and hit my 50th post in December!

    Side note: I just signed up for my first half, so 2012 is looking like quite the year!

  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) January 3, 2012, 10:25 pm

    I love reading your monthly wrap-ups! Hope your getting things figured out soon for better rest. Stinking hormones make it so hard to function sometimes but its so worth it to hold that sweet precious baby!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 3, 2012, 10:28 pm

    Aw, James looks so cute in his tent! I imagine sleeping with a dog would be kind of disruptive, so that seems like a good compromise.

  • Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine January 4, 2012, 2:23 am

    Shark week?!?!?!?! Hahahahhahaha love it.

  • Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous January 4, 2012, 7:36 am

    You definitely had a great month!

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION January 4, 2012, 7:48 am

    I love looking at the recaps from past years. So great.

    And that first recipe with the stuffed potato skins sounds sooo delicious! I can’t wait to try it. 😀

  • Natalie January 4, 2012, 7:50 am

    wow wow! you’re pregnant! haven’t been here in a LONG time! saw Mama Pea’s link to your blog. Hope your pregnancy is going well. I’ll have to try the potato recipe!!

    • Caitlin January 4, 2012, 11:16 am

      🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Emily January 4, 2012, 8:06 am

    I always love your roundup posts. And I REALLY need to make those potatoes immediately!

  • Molly @ RDexposed January 4, 2012, 8:24 am

    I want to be in a cozy cave all day. Will James make room for one more?

  • Carolina John January 4, 2012, 8:57 am

    So glad you had such a fantastic month!

  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life January 4, 2012, 10:04 am

    Shark week cracks me up!

  • Adrienne J January 4, 2012, 10:47 am

    I vow to make the stuffed potato skins next week! Thanks for a great recipe!

  • mrschelles January 4, 2012, 12:24 pm

    December was a crazy month, but even with the craziness and difficulties it was filled with blessings. There were lots of great moments, but I think my favorite was blessed/surprised with an overnight get away with my hubby to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 4, 2012, 12:42 pm

    What a FUN thing to do!!

  • Amber K January 4, 2012, 2:16 pm

    I love recaps. Another month of great posts Caitlin!

  • Jermaine Rye February 27, 2012, 9:51 am

    Enjoyed every bit of your post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

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