The Top 10 Fitness Blog Posts of 2017

Every year I post a “Best of” post with a list of the most popular blog posts from I’m still going to post this list below. However, the best part of 2017 had nothing to do with what I’ve done and everything to do with how you’ve contributed.

Creating a strong, friendly, and empowering community of #bossbabes has always been my ultimate dream. But it’s far from easy! All of you have so many different awesome fitness, health, and lifestyle influencers to choose from. I am humbled every time you choose me to help guide you to self-love, fitness goals, health, and strength in mind, body, career, and relationships.

I’ve experienced a lot of growth personally and on this blog this past year. But I’m no where near done! I see far too many women still have an “all or nothing” mentality about  weight loss, exercise, and/or nutrition that leaves them swinging from one extreme to another.

If you feel like you’ve “failed” time and time again at reaching your fitness goals, it’s time to stop blaming yourself. It’s not you, it’s the plan! The worst part? This feeling of false “failure” can translate into insecurities outside of your health journey. Self-doubt is a sneaky thing. It may have started with a weight loss journey, but have these insecurities also creeped into your career path, relationships, and self-worth?

I am more motivated now than ever to show women my “middle-path,” approach to being fit and feeling good in my skin that minimizes the self-deprecating thoughts associated with rigid “diets” and extreme exercise. It took me a year to get it all down on paper, but I did it! I created the Life in Spandex Sweat and Eat Guides to explain my flexible, exciting, and effective approach to healthy eating and exercise step-by-step. Now each of you can apply these principles to your daily habits to gain your own self-awareness, confidence, and lasting health!

The Best Fitness Posts of 2017

Okay, rant over! Without further ado. Your favorite blog posts of 2017 are… drum roll please :):

1. The Best Healthy Baking Swaps

Read: Part 1 – So You’re DatingPart 2 – So You’re Committed, Part 3 – So You’re Comfortable

5. 4 Ways You’re Damaging Your Metabolism. And How to Fix It!


6. Love Your Body Barre Workout

love your body barre workout featured

7. Beginner Dumbbell Total Body Workout

beginner total body dumbbell workout featured

8. The Best Flat Tummy Breakfast

9. Total Body Home Workout

Total Body Home HIIT Workout

10. 5 Ways to Make Meal Prep Quick and Affordable 

5 Tips to Make Meal Prep Quick and Affordable


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Health and happiness,


Hi and welcome to Life in Spandex! I'm Emily, a personal trainer who believes there should be no secrets standing in your way to getting fit. I am sharing my knowledge here on this blog in order to help you reach your goals. Fitness should be fun, eating healthy should taste good, and feeling your absolute best is the ultimate goal. Let's get fit together!
  1. Looks like you had a really great year! Happy to see you here at Full Plate Thursday and thanks so much for sharing with us.
    Miz Helen

    1. Thank you for having me Helen!!

  2. This is a great collection of posts! I am going to pin so I can come back and read them all when I have a moment! Thank you

    1. Oh yay! Thank you Reilly. So glad you like them

  3. What an awesome collection of posts! Useful read after all the holiday meals! 😀 Hope you have a wonderful year ahead!

    1. Thank you Marina!! Yes getting back on track myself!

  4. Emily, what an amazing year for you!!! Congratulations on following your bliss and creating a blog that supports women and our individual strengths!! Thank you for encouraging all of us!!!

    1. Aw thanks Mommy!! Appreciate your support and love so so so much!

  5. 90% sure I doubled the Girlfriend 15 ha

  6. I’m looking forward to reading these posts, especially the first one on baking swaps.

  7. This is a great recap with so many great posts! Can’t wait to see what 2018 has to hold for you!

    1. Thank you Mikki! I’m excited too 🙂

  8. This is such a great recap of posts! Love all the ideas & tips here!!

    1. Thank you Angela! Happy new year! Xo

  9. Love taking a step back to move forward. Breaks can be so important!

    1. I definitely learned their importance in 2017!

  10. These all look great! Such an awesome way to kick off the new year!

    1. Thanks girl!! Happy new year!

  11. I always love to hear about healthy baking swaps to use my recipes!

    1. It’s definitely deserving of the #1 spot! Who doesn’t love to have healthy cake and eat it too? ? lol

  12. Nice wrap up of your top posts! We could all use more fitness in our daily routine.

    1. Agreed! Glad you like them 🙂

  13. It’s so great to see you succeeding at what you love. I hope you have an even better year in 2018!

    1. Thank you so much! You too

  14. This is a lovely collection of posts!

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