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My Fitness Journey

These are some of my favorite posts to read by other bloggers, so today I am sharing a little about my fitness journey and where I am today. Also a few fitness goals I have for the future.

My Fitness Journey

I was not what one may call a super athletic young person. I danced, was a cheerleader, dabbled in a few sports but never was really into fitness. When I went to college I would go work out at our fitness center a few times a week with my roommate or go running on the track, but again nothing really consistent. I guess I was lucky and had a higher metabolism then because I ate like crap and never really worked out.

When I was about 22 I got more into working out after taking an aerobics class in college as part of a credit requirement. Basically it was PE in college.

I joined a gym not long after and would go a few times a week. I didn’t really know what I was doing though. I still ate like complete crap.

The turning point was around the time I turned 26. This was also right after I started my blog and started really reading blogs. I read A LOT of healthy living blogs at the time. I changed my diet, added in daily green smoothies (8 years strong on this), and really got into fitness and learning more about it.

I started really working out harder and learning more about weight lifting, cardio, and classes. I had a personal trainer for a while who really showed me what I was capable of and how to use certain machines.

This was 8 years ago and things have only improved. Currently I am in the best shape I have ever been in (even after having a baby)! I love fitness, working out, and pushing myself. I look forward to my time at the gym or taking a new class.

On this fitness journey I also learned how important the right shoes are. I have some knee problems so I can’t just throw on any pair of shoes. Recently I was sent a pair of Hoka ONE ONE Mach shoes. They are lightweight but perfect for cardio, weight training, and getting around. Plus this blue color is AMAZING and such a fun spring pop! They give amazing support and really have shown me the difference in the type of shoe I need to be wearing when doing specific kinds of workouts. It has maximum cushion and super responsiveness in a lightweight shoe. These are for sure shoes I would recommend if you have any knee issues and need something to give you more support. As soon as I put them on I could not get over how comfortable they were and how much support I felt right away.




While I truly believe my fitness journey is only beginning I really can’t wait to see where it goes!

A few of my fitness goals:

  • Continue yoga practice twice a week at home or in a class
  • Get back to doing a barbell strength class at the gym at least once a week
  • Push myself more in all aspects of working out and fitness
  • Get back to running
  • Go to a yoga retreat

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of HOKA ONE ONE . The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. I think your fitness journey is off to an excellent start, Neely – though I wouldn’t call it just a “start”, you’re miles ahead of a lot of people already! I love the look of the shoes, they’re very cute! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
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  2. Well done on getting off to a good start. I recently acquired a FitBit, and it’s got me going too. 8,000 steps a day. 250 march steps every hour. That’s the best one as it gets me away from the computer on an hourly basis! 3rd last letter of the alphabet in the 2018 A to Z Blogging Challenge. X is for Xerosis.

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  3. Hannah wrote:

    Thank you for sharing your journey! These shoes look super cute!

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  4. Katrina wrote:

    I love reading fitness journeys- it’s always super motivating for me, as I’m just starting out!!
    – katrina

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  5. Brittany Giles wrote:

    I have such a hard time working out at home but you make it sound so easy. I really like the idea of incorporating yoga in your daily routine and am trying to do more yoga myself.

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  6. Kathryn wrote:

    Love this, the link to the shoes doesn’t work though can you repost? Its great to hear that your fitness has only IMPROVED. Its never too late.

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  7. These shoes sound great. I really need to get some new ones. I also have knee problems!

    -Lauren

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  8. Love the shoes…the color is great! I’m a big fan of green smoothies too, Neely. I also found they make a huge difference in your fitness. Hope you continue to reach your goals!

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  9. Farrah wrote:

    When I started my fitness journey, I never allowed myself to use a good pair of shoes. I was in pain from it! I love the blue color of these shoes. They look super comfy too!

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  10. Love those shoes! I always love hearing about everyone’s fitness journeys. Helps to keep you motivated!!

    -Jennifer
    https://maunelegacy.com

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  11. Arushi wrote:

    I love my Hoka One shoes too . They are so good for running. I run while pushing the stroller. Good luck on your fitness goals

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  12. Marie Altenor wrote:

    The shoes looks great. I need to start a fitness journey too, I’m just don’t know where to start.

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  13. I’ve started and stopped my fitness routine too many times to count. Congrats on sticking with it and giving us all some much needed inspiration!

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  14. brianne wrote:

    Wow your fitness journey is so inspiring. I so need to jump on a fitness regime in my life and reading yours is totally encouraging me!

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  15. Brandy wrote:

    This is really awesome. I love learning about other people’s fitness journey. My teen is attending online charter course so she has to do PE at home (gym class) and she’s doing Yoga and all sorts of new stuff. I am trying to keep up 😉

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  16. Ave wrote:

    Keep up the good work! I should add green smoothies to my daily menu too! Those Hoka ONE ONE Mach shoes look absolutely fantastic, I really like the color.

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  17. Doma wrote:

    Good Luck. I need to start one.

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  18. Jessy wrote:

    Loved reading about your fitness journey! You go girl!

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  19. Rosey wrote:

    I like that you’ve set out some of your fitness goals on paper. They say until a step is taken to make them real that they are wishes not goals. I see you are more determined than just a wish. My DIL went on a Yoga retreat and she loved it!

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  20. Kate wrote:

    I love that you’re sharing your goals publicly- that always motivates me to be more accountable with my own goals.

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  21. jamie wrote:

    Those are the prettiest shoes ever! I love running around in brightly colored sneakers.

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  22. Love reading these about others too, and first off… those shoes!!!! So fun! It’s encouraging for me to read to keep up with my own fitness and health journey.

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  23. I love that you shared your fitness story! I am an avid runner and it’s definitely my happy place 🙂

    Xo Mindy amixofmin.com

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  24. Stephanie wrote:

    Those shoes sound fantastic! I have knee problems (too many years of forcing my turnout in ballet class), so I’ll definitely check them out. I love that a yoga retreat is in your fitness goals. That sounds like an incredible experience .

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  25. Sam wrote:

    This is so inspiring! Check out my blog and be a part of my journey back to fitness and rediscovering self-love!
    https://danisturf.home.blog/2019/04/23/30-day-challenge-butt-and-gut

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