2018 Year in Review: Top Workouts + Recipes of 2018

That’s a wrap, 2018! Recapping the top 5 most viewed workout and recipe posts of 2018, and sharing a sneak peek into 2019!

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One of the best parts about having a blog is having an index of years and memories captured {and getting some of my favorite pictures ever with my son, Brody}.

From when it all started in 2015, to navigating a blog as a business in 2016, to quite possibly the most difficult year of my life, yet somehow growing site traffic x7 in 2017, to finding the groove of this whole mompreneur thing in 2018. 

Looking back at the past three year-in-review posts is a true reflection of the sweat equity that’s gone into this blog.

I still have plenty of days when I question what I’m doing, but I’m so glad I kept pushing forward. For the first year ever, I can confidently call this blog a real business. A business I’ve built with the help of so many amazing friends and mentors. I’ve worked SO STINKING HARD for this.

That said, I fully recognize that this blog, my business, wouldn’t exist without YOU! People who actually come visit the site, do the workouts, make the recipes, and read the devotionals. So THANK YOU! Thank you for clicking over to this little corner of the internet every now and then. My mission is that you’ll always find some motivation and inspiration to create a lifestyle and body you love!

Now let’s dive into the highlights of 2018!

Personal Highlights of 2018

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NML Highlights of 2018

Note, this is my business highlight reel; but there’s still A LOT of trial and error that goes into this business daily. Complete transparency, I’ve worked harder than I’ve ever worked in my life the past three years, and I haven’t taken home a paycheck. My business finally started making money in 2017. Although I do contribute to some of our household expenses, I haven’t actually paid myself since I started in 2015. Rather, I’ve chosen to re-invest everything back into the business so I can hire amazing contractors, like part-time help and a video team, to grow this business.

I owe a sincere thank you to my husband who works his butt off to financially support us during this season. A goal I’ve started writing down daily, thank you Rachel Hollis and Start Today Journal, is to financially support my family so my husband can in-turn pursue his passion projects.

What’s next for NML?

  1. More workouts + hopefully full-length workout videos! I love filming workout videos, and I wish I could give away all the free, full-length workout videos, but they are expensive to film. So they typically require brand partnerships. I’m hoping to lock in some brand sponsors so we can continue to share more full length workout videos!
  2. More Rachel. Rachel, my amazing right-hand lady who does SO MUCH behind the scenes work at NML is coming on 35+ hours a week {she’s been with me 20 hours a week this year}. More bandwidth and hopefully less late night work sessions for this mama!
  3. More SEO. We recently invested in an SEO course and tool so we are doing lots of behind the scenes work to update old posts and creating new content that is more user-friendly, and Google-search friendly.
  4. Fit for Her MPLS 4th Annual Event is officially happening on Saturday, March 2nd. Mark your calendars and make sure you’re on my email list, more details to come. I’ll be teaming up with Stacie from The Real Food RD’s again for this event with all proceeds benefiting The Her Initiative.
  5. A Free Mini E-Course Video Series. I’m launching the first of what I hope to be a series of videos around topics you’ve been asking about. The first video, 7 Day Weeknight Dinner Meal Prep Guide, will go live in January 2019! Sneak peek photo below, ekk!

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These are my plans, but the majority of my content creation comes from direct asks from you, my audience. I’m always open to your ideas and suggestions — email me [email protected]

Top Workouts + Recipes of 2018

Now that I’ve hit the highlights of 2018, I want to share what YOU all gravitated towards this year. I spent some time digging into our site analytics, and these are the top five most popular workouts and recipes of the year!

Top Workouts of 2018

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We upped the intensity of workouts this year, and you guys responded with a resounding ‘YES’! I’m also in a season of loving strength + HIIT workouts, which were the most viewed workouts on the site this year.

That said, last year I was in a season of trying to re-build postpartum strength, and the year before that, pregnancy-friendly workouts. So if you’re in a fit pregnancy or postpartum re-build season of life, there are plenty of workouts on the blog for you to!

Below are the top 5 workouts of the year:

  1. 6 Best Booty Building Exercises for Women {published in 2017}
  2. Best Strength + HIIT At-Home Workout for Women
  3. 7 Best Strength Training Exercises for Women {published in 2017}
  4. 10-Minute Barre Core Workout
  5. Upper Body HIIT Workout for Women

My personal favorite workouts published this year — Best Strength + HIIT At-Home Workout for Women and the new full length workouts videos, specifically this 15-Minute HIIT Workout Video.

Top Recipes of 2018

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No surprises here! The Lemon Ginger Detox Tea continues to be the number one viewed post on the blog since it was published in 2016. I’ve really cut back on recipe posts in 2018 as recipe development and photography isn’t my area of expertise, but I do plan to continue to sprinkle them into my editorial calendar. Below are the top 5 recipes of the year:

  1. Lemon Ginger Detox Tea {published in 2016}
  2. Energy Boosting Kale Smoothie {published in 2017}
  3. 25 Healthy Meal Prep Breakfast Recipes {published in 2017}
  4. Simple Green Juice for Beginners {published in 2015}
  5. 3-Ingredient Cookies {published in 2016}

My personal favorite recipes published this year — Meal Prep Spinach Banana Pancakes and Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas.

A Final THANK YOU Note

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Thank you for every comment, like, follow, message, post read, workout done, and recipe made. Without you there would be no NML and I wouldn’t get to call this blog my business.

If you made it to the end of this long-winded post, bless your soul! Happy new year and cheers to all that’s to come in 2019!

16 comments
  1. Hey Lindsey!

    I’m on your email list and apparently did too good of a job cleaning out my inbox. I cannot seem to find the 30 minute barre hiit fusion workout from not too long ago. How do I find it again? Loving the new content!!

    • Hi Virginia! No problem, I actually just resent you the email with the link to the 30-Minute Barre HIIT Fusion workout video! So it’s in your inbox! Enjoy! And thanks so much for following along! Lindsey

  2. Thank you for all your workouts! And the time you spend creating them! I love the combo moves, HIIT/strength and the 15min.workout.I love the idea of having a intense exercise followed by a strength move, with little rest in between. Efficient!!! I help with a small workout group at church and they love these workouts… Told me they felt like they had been to boot camp 🙂 Keep it up, you are amazing!

    • Marnae! Thank you so much for the kind + positive feedback! I’m so glad you’re loving the workouts, and LOVE that your sharing them with your women’s group at church! Workout + Bible Study is my kind of women’s group! Strength + cardio is absolutely my favorite way to workout — efficient! Thanks so much for following along! Lindsey

  3. Girl!!! You are so inspiring! This post was exactly what I needed to read today! You’ve lit a fire under me to keep at it and try even harder at making my passion project a reality. Here’s to continued success and happiness with your family & your business endeavors! Cheers:)

    • Annie! So glad you stumbled across this post and gave it a read to find a little fire + inspo to keep pursuing your passion project! It’s a TON of work, but it’s also your dream and no one gets to tell you how BIG your dream gets to be! Thank you for following along and praying your passion project brings more joy to your life! -Lindsey

  4. Hi, Lindsey!
    Thank you for all your hardworking, time and effort you put into your site, workouts and community! I don’t even remember how I came across your blog back in March 2017, but it was my saving grace, being a mamma of 2 littles, I had found out of my Diastasis Recti when my 2nd daughter was 4months, and your workouts were exactly the style I was used to from being in the gym setting and personal trainers for so long! Then I found GHUTV thru this site, and again it is my style of trainers that I am used to! Wish I could meet all of you in person! Great job keep it up! Happy New Year!

    • Liana! Thank you for reading this post and following along since March 2017 (when I had my baby)! I’m so glad you stumbled across my site and have been loving the workouts + GHUTV! You’re doing sacred work raising two littles — keep it up! And seriously I keep telling Chris we need a GHUTV retreat so we can all meet in person! Have a wonderful New Year and looking forward to sweating with you in 2019! Lindsey

  5. Thank you Lindsey for all of your hard work! I absolutely love doing your workouts and following your blog and posts on IG. Your workouts are also my favorite on GHUTV. God Bless you and your sweet family. I know God has big plans for you in 2019!
    Jana

    • Jana! Thanks so much for giving this post a read and following along AND doing the workouts! So glad to hear you’re loving GHUTV too! Thank you so much for following along and the words of encouragement! Wishing you a wonderful 2019 as well! Lindsey

  6. Thank you for all of your hard work, Lindsey! My daughter and I are daily on your website and so appreciate your passion for God, family, and fitness. I love working out with my college freshman – sweet mother-daughter sweat sessions. We will be cheering you on in every 2019 endeavor!

    • Penny! Thank you for following along and giving this post a read! I LOVE that you and your daughter workout together, that’s so amazing and something I know she’ll grow to appreciate even more as she gets older! Thank you ladies so much for following along and the words of encouragement! Keep up the great work and I look forward to an exciting 2019! Lindsey

  7. Holy Bananas!! You are on fire… I have been following you before you were pregnant.
    I love your workouts and I always know at one point in your workout i will be screaming…”Holy Bananas!!😬”
    Best wishes for a wonderful 2019!!!

    • Suzanne! Thanks so much for giving this post a read and I LOVE that you’ve been following along since before I was pregnant (I can’t believe it’s been almost 3 years since, man time flies)! Yes, there’s always sure to be at least one ‘Holy Bananas’ in the workouts! Thank you so much for following along and doing the workouts! Looking forward to an exciting 2019! Lindsey

  8. Love seeing and hearing about all you’ve accomplished this year! You are such a fire Lindsey and I am big time on board for 2019. God is good good good!

    • Abby! You’re so kind, thank you for reading this post + the words of encouragement! Appreciate you following along and looking forward to all that is ahead in 2019! You’re so right, God is so good! Lindsey