Changes on B2B

Good morning! Today I want to talk about some changes that I’m hoping to make on B2B going forward. If you’ve been following for a while, you probably know a lot about my life- whether it’s regarding workouts, restaurants, my family, RM, our wedding, etc., I tend to be pretty open on B2B. Being open and sharing personal things in an online space can have its pros and cons- it can be a great way to connect with readers (both ones I know and don’t know) and help them feel like they “know” me and want to keep reading to follow along, but it can also be a con because sharing so much personal stuff may do just that- share too much.

While I love sharing my weekends with all of you, weekend recaps and an overdose of #sweatyselfies wasn’t the whole purpose of starting this blog in the first thing. Crazy, considering how much of that stuff I share these days! I’ve thought long and hard about what this blog is to me and what I want it to be to other people and I’ve come to the conclusion that filling this blog with “fluff/filler” posts in an online diary sort of way isn’t really what I want my blog to be known for. There is absolutely nothing wrong with those types of posts and blogs (um, hello, I love reading other people’s weekend recaps and day to day musings and things like that!), but it’s just not the direction I really want to be going.

I want to share more workouts with you. I want to share more studio reviews with you. I want to share more tips for how to live a healthy lifestyle and create a sort of work/life/play/workout balance. I want to share more recipes with you. I want to do more reviews of some of my favorite products (and not just sponsored posts about various products!). I guess in short, I want to share more QUALITY posts rather than fluff QUANTITY posts that I post just to get content up.

Does that mean I won’t share personal things on here from time to time? Of course not! I was just showered with the most amazing bridal shower over the weekend and that is something I want to share with you guys because it was so special to me and I want a place to remember all of the details. But you guys don’t need to see sweaty selfie after sweaty selfie of me and a weekend play by play every single week, right? While my posting may not be as frequent, I hope it will be consistent enough to keep you guys coming back. I have a whole slew of post topics that I want to share with you, so sit tight!

I do need your help, though. I want to write about things that interest you, too. Is there something you’ve been wanting to see on B2B? Is there something you could do without seeing on B2B? What keeps you coming back for more? (I’m guessing it’s not the sweaty selfies 😉 ) If you could do me a favor and leave a comment below listing ONE thing you’d like to see more of/less of or even provide me with a topic you’d like me to write about, that would be so awesome!! This blog wouldn’t be what it is without your support and I cannot thank you enough for sticking with me over the past 3 years! Here’s to many more years ahead!

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If Janelle took my photo, this doesn’t count as a #sweatyselfie 😉 lolol

 

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Burpees to Bubbly Got A Face Lift!

Good morning and happy Monday! If this is your first time here since last week, you may have been a little surprised to see a different look on the site, right? I’m happy to say that Burpees to Bubbly has finally gotten a much needed face lift! What do you think? My goal going into the change was to make the format cleaner: less pictures, less words, cleaner format, less general clutter. With the help of patientMOON, I was able to make some big strides towards my blog revamp and face lift. They did a great job, didn’t they?

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What was popular on B2B this year?

New Years always brings a lot of reflection, right? What you did, who you saw, where you went, what you accomplished, etc. I’ve done a non- blog reflection already, but since I got some stats from WordPress, I thought I’d share with you some of the most popular things on B2B from 2014!

Most Popular Day: July 3rd and the most popular post viewed that day was this:
Wednesday Workout: Five 4th of July Themed Workouts

Stephanie’s Avocado Tomato Corn Feta Dip {Perfect for the 4th of July!} was the post that went up on July 3rd- such a great recipe! Thanks Steph 🙂

Most Viewed Posts:

Wednesday Workout: My Favorite Cardio Kickboxing Combos (including videos)
ClassPass in Review: Thoughts & Reviews of Classes
My first Stitch Fix: Why didn’t I love it as much as everyone else seems to?
My 2nd Stitch Fix Review {Hint: I loved it!}
Wednesday Workout: Upper Body Tabata Workout

What Brought People to the Blog?

Facebook! The power of Facebook is incredible. I’d love to get more “likes” on Facebook this year, so feel free to spread the word 🙂

Most Active Commenters

Kim was by far the biggest commenter- THANK YOU!! Not far behind was my mom and her friend Jean. Behind them were Athena and Meredith.

Thanks to all of you for taking the time to comment- I know it can be hard because we often read blogs on our phones while waiting in line, on the T or quickly at our desks, so the fact that you guys commented so many times was awesome!

Although these posts didn’t get any top numbers, here were some of MY favorite ones to write. They required thought, time and often times shared quite a bit of vulnerability.

How to survive the “January Rush” at the gym– Especially good for this time of year!
My Thoughts On Being “Type A”– This was hard in that it opened up so many raw emotions for me during my self reflection
So… what about those rest days? I’m getting better every day at shifting my mentality here!
“You workout… you can eat what you want”– And why this is so not true!
Wednesday Workout: The Great CrossFit Debate: is it “bad” for you? What do you think?
“Why do you love to teach so much?”– Sharing my passion
Currently I’m Crushing On… This was fun because I was able to share some things I was loving at the time
10 Tips For Your First Group Exercise Class– I had so much fun writing this post!

My Favorite Workouts- These workouts range in time and in type, but they are ones that I tend to do more than once or at least copy the format of them.

I ❤ This Workout! {Timed Count Down Super Sets)
Wednesday Workout: 7 Minute Body Weight Upper Body Burner
Wednesday Workout: Body Weight Tabata Workout
Wednesday Workout: 15 Minute Full Body HIIT Workout
Wednesday Workout: Run the stairs!
Wednesday Workout: 20 Minute Count Down Body Weight Workout
Wednesday Workout: 4 Move Mini Strength Sets & A Treadmill Workout
Wednesday Workout: The “Everything Is Sore” Workout

This post was so fun to write! Often times I write posts and then don’t go back to them unless I need to remember something, so it was nice to take a look back at different posts from the year, especially the ones I was most passionate about writing. Thank you, again, for reading and commenting and sharing my posts and workouts- without you, this little blog would be nothing!!

What was your favorite post this year? Favorite workout? What would you like to see more of in 2015? Workouts? Videos? Fashion posts? I would really love to know what you enjoy and would look forward to!

 

Wait. It’s only Wednesday?

Don’t you hate it when you’re a day ahead?  It’s so disappointing when you realize you’re not as close to the weekend as you originally thought you were. Since I have Friday off, I guess today technically IS like my Thursday, so I guess it’s not so bad that I feel like it is Thursday today. I’ll take it!

I am working from home again today, so you bet I’ll be doing this workout:

WFH workout

I might do it every 60 minutes instead of every 30 minutes because I plan on going for a jog during my lunch break (I think it’s supposed to be around 50 degrees today! and sunny! woohoo!). Has anyone tried this? I made a coworker virtually do it with me on Monday. I would message him every half hour. He may or may not have called me a drill sergeant. I may or may not have loved it.

Speaking of being a drill sergeant… This email made my night!

emailPeople should know that when they send me emails/Facebook messages/texts like this, it only amps me up more! Watch out, Dynamaxers! Speaking of Dynamax, did you guys catch my guest post over at Fitness and Feta? If not, head over and check it out. If you are a new follower because of Athena’s blog, welcome! I am so happy you stopped by:)

This email actually made me feel so much better. As some of you may have seen on Facebook, I just couldn’t pull myself together on Monday once I got to the gym.

FB pull it together

I had worked from home during the day and I was all amped to get in a solid cardio sweat sesh prior to teaching, but between the traffic getting through Harvard Square, the parking nightmare at the YMCA and the fact that there were LINES for every piece of cardio equipment, I totally lost all motivation and wanted to go home and not work out. Now, if you know me, you know this RARELY happens to me. I really do love working out and know that even on the days I am not that excited about it “I’ll never regret a workout,” however on Monday, this wasn’t the case. I tried my best to pull it together for my Dynamaxers (I don’t think that is a word, but I’m going with it), but I still felt like I let people down with sub-par teaching. I know we can’t all be perfect all the time, but with my Type A personality, I WANT to be as close to perfect as I can all the time (I know, this makes zero sense, please tell me I am not the only one). Thankfully, Gregg’s email made me feel much better. Guess it was just another classic case of me being way too hard on myself. #storyofmylife

Phew… enough with the downer Debbie talk!

Did you all see the massive salad I had for lunch yesterday at Papagayo?

001As cool as this salad looked, I think it’s a little silly when restaurants make the “taco shell” so big! I had a few bites, but found the chips and salsa much more appealing.  Regardless, I do love me some Papagayo, just wish I could have enjoyed a marg!

What’s on the agenda for today/tonight? Any good workouts planned? Please share:)