I started working out regularly about four years ago. I say regularly, because I had worked out on and off before then for a year or so at a time, and then stopped for long bits in between. (Oops!) I have been consistently going to the gym 2-3 times a week for years now and feel like it is an integral part of my sanity.
I’m not gong to lie. The gym initially drew me in because they offered free daycare. FREE DAYCARE. To a mama with two kids under two this is the magic phrase. I could bring the kids there, workout for an hour or so, and then leave feeling refreshed and good about myself. It was a win/win situation. I ended up losing my baby weight in the end and gaining so much confidence in the process. Now if I don’t get to the gym I feel sluggish and out of shape and my mind just starts messing with me. My body image is tied up with being able to work hard at the gym and gain strength. Being able to accomplish anything I want workout wise and not only succeed, but be one of the strongest? That makes me happy.
When I began my workout journey I decided to splurge on a new pair of sneakers. I tried a ton of them on at different places around town, but found none I liked. At this point I remembered that I had seen Ryka present shoes on QVC, and that what was unique about them was that they are fit on a woman’s foot. All other sneaker brands are built on a man’s foot, meaning it is wide in the heel and narrow in the toe box. Ryka is the opposite. Most women have a narrower heel and a wider toe area, so their sneakers are made to fit that.
I ended up finding a pair of Ryka’s and found that they were so comfortable. They have great support throughout and fit perfectly (and are often less than other brands!) I wore them into the ground until it was time to get a new pair. And then for some reason I got a pair of Nike’s next, and I’ve regretted it since then. They fit weird, constantly chafing the edge of my foot, and made my foot go numb sometimes. They were just generally uncomfortable, which stinks. BUT, when you pay $100+ on a pair of sneakers you kind of suck it up and wear them, whether you love them or not. (Insert angry face.)
Fast forward to about a month ago. I decided that I wasn’t going to put up with my miserable sneaker situation for ONE MORE DAY. I saw a cute pair of Ryka’s in a magazine and decided to go for it and order them. No more hurting feet! Then (in the best sort of circumstances EVER), the wonderful folks at People Style Hunters asked if I could kindly review a pair of Ryka’s and share my experience with you.
I almost died.
Not only to I adore Ryka, but I really love showing you brands that are as amazing as they seem. These sneakers are so comfortable, they fit me perfectly right out of the box, and it felt like I had never had that other (awful) pair before. I professed my undying love for Ryka and how I will never wear another sneaker brand. Seriously!
On that note, the folks at People Style Hunter’s would like to give a pair of Ryka sneakers to one of YOU!
1) Follow me on Instagram (@becauseofjackie) and leave a comment on the Ryka post in my feed telling me what YOUR workout story is. This can be anything, it doesn’t have to be long! I want to get to know you;)
*You must like the photo as well to be considered for the giveaway!
Then tag one other person in your comment who YOU think would benefit from this giveaway!
Bonus entry! Share a photo of this post (I will have one in my feed you can screenshot!), and post it on your Instagram with the hashtag #stylehuntersloveryka. Don’t forget to tag me in your post so I can see it!
The giveaway will run for a week and is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!