Kicking off the 2015 Bikini Series!

This year will be my FIFTH Tone It Up Bikini Series…wow. Just letting that sink in for a second. 

It’s been such an incredible journey to get to this place. From doing planks and lunges in our work hallway, to traveling to hang with K&K as their first Bikini Series winner, to getting married with some of my favorite girls by my side, to spending an amazing weekend in the California sunshine at the TIU Retreat, to starting our own local adventure right here in Charm City with BMOREtoned

katekatebear tone it up then and now

This week kicks off an amazing eight Tone It Up Bikini Series program. I’ve tried to get myself as prepared as I can be…hitting the farmers market/grocery for healthy eats, stocking the fridge with prepped meals, lining up my journal/datebook and much more. I’m naturally inspired to join the series – I love the workouts, the new recipes and, of course, feeling healthier/more confident! BUT nothing could have inspired me more than the amazing women I met on Sunday at our BMOREtoned meetup! What an incredible morning – we worked out, we tried amazing treats, we shopped local and we made new friends! Such an inspiration!

BMOREtoned TIUmeetup

Today, we’ve been challenged to write out our intentions and goals. First, I’m really hoping to spread the inspiration of fitness through BMOREtoned. I’m hoping to take on more classes – I teach Surfset now but I’m hoping start teaching Body Barre too! I want to stick to the meal plan too – the last time I really concentrated on eating well I honestly never felt better! I want to focus on being present in my everyday life. Lastly, I want to incorporate more yoga into my regular week!

katekatebear tone it up goals

If you’re not a TIU member, I definitely recommend checking them out! Karena and Katrina are two of the most amazing women I’ve ever met AND they’re not the only people you get when you join the team – you get all of us! All of us teammates who are here to support and love and struggle sometimes along with you! :)

HERE WE GO! Best of luck to everyone who’s participating in the plan! 

My new coworker

Get ready, Kristen Bell…you’re going to lose it over this new cutie. ♡

Working at the National Aquarium has its perks sometimes…including this week when I got to meet our newest addition! Felize is our new baby sloth!

baby sloth national aquarium

Felize was just born this Monday and is happily clinging to his momma Ivy. Luckily, I got to bring some local media up to see them today!


baby sloth national aquarium

Ok that’s all. ♡

[Recipe] Avocado Egg Salad

Easter is just around the corner and that means the world has been posting all kinds of bunny/egg related things…Easter bunny pretzel bitesegg shaped macaroonsdeviled egg chickiescarrot sprinkles and dyed egg creatures!

avocado egg saladOne that really caught my eye was this recipe for no-mayo egg salad! I really love egg salad, but there’s something not-so-appetizing about piling a ton of mayo into your bowl…Julia from The Roasted Root knows me at my core (without knowing me) and posted this recipe that swaps in avocado as the bind. I’ve been using avocado with my tuna salad for years – why didn’t I think to add it to egg salad?! What a great idea!!


It was super easy to make and you only need a few ingredients! Check out Julia’s recipe below and try it yourself! Definitely adding this to my recipe arsenal!



Avocado Egg Salad
  • 6 eggs (hard boiled)
  • 1½ ripe avocados (peeled and mashed)
  • 1½ T fresh lemon juice (or lime juice)
  • ½ t sea salt, or to taste
  1. Add the eggs to a medium-sized pot and cover with a few inches of water. Cover and place on high heat. Bring water to a full (but gentle) boil and cook for 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Drain the water and immediately run cold water over the eggs. Transfer eggs to an ice bath and allow eggs to chill for 10 minutes. Refrigerate eggs until ready to use.
  3. Peel and roughly chop the hard boiled eggs.
  4. Add the avocado to a mixing bowl with the lemon juice and sea salt. Mash the avocado, leaving it slightly chunky if desired. Add the chopped hard boiled eggs and stir well to combine. Eat on toasted bread with watercress or greens of choice.

What’s your favorite healthy recipe swap? 

I’m going to FitBloggin’!

I have a super exciting announcement to make…I’m going to FitBloggin‘ this year!

FitBloggin’ is a conference for those who blog about fitness, wellness, good food and a healthy lifestyle. It’s an amazing event for fit-minded people regardless of where they are in their journey. We all come together & share a passion to live a happy, healthy balanced life!

I attended FitBloggin’ a few years ago when it was here in Baltimore and it was amazing! I met so many incredible and inspiring people. I learned a TON about blogging and my fitness community. I ate some delicious food & gathered some new recipes. And, of course, I worked up a sweat doing some fun new workouts!

fitbloggin 2012

This year, when the FitBloggin crew had a call for social assistants, I jumped at the chance to join the fun again! While I’m at the conference, I’ll be assigned to different sessions to cover. I’ll be working to capture the essence and lessons from each session to help those who can’t join

This weeks marks the 100 days mark and I’m getting so jazzed! Can’t wait!

Are any of you going to FitBloggin this year? I’d love to meet up with you in Denver!! 

How much sleep should you be getting?

I’m thrilled to share a new article I wrote for the BurnThis blog! BurnThis is a new fitness and healthy lifestyle community with an app that’s kind of like a Pinterest/Instagram feed JUST for fitness. Obviously, I love it. haha As one of their BurnThis Ambassadors, I’ve found it’s an awesome place to spread give (and get) inspiration! Besides their awesome app, they also have a blog filled with all kinds of helpful articles. Sometimes they feature pieces by their ambassadors and voila! I just got this one posted!

Check out the original post on the BurnThis Blog & the full text below.


Do you know how much sleep you should be getting? The National Sleep Foundation recently announced updated recommendations for sleep duration.

Sleep duration recommendations

We all need sleep. NEED. Don’t try to claim you’re fine with a few hours or that you can rock regular all-nighters. Sooner or later it catches up with you because (it’s been proven) we NEED sleep. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than 35 percent of people are sleep deprived! Not cool.

Did you know that sleep also affects your weight? Turns out, sleep deprivation is a little like being drunk. You don’t have the mental clarity to make smart, complex decisions – specifically around the foods you eat…and foods you want to avoid (Shape Magazine).

In today’s constantly moving, everything-needs-to-be-done-right-now world, it’s difficult to make time for sleep. When we start to understand how incredibly important sleep is to your body, health, strength and overall wellbeing, it becomes undeniably obvious…the better we’re able to sleep, the better we’re able to live.

Here are some tips to hopefully help you get a few more zzz’s:

  • Practice a bedtime ritual like yoga or reading!
  • Set a sleep schedule.
  • Remove as many sounds and lights as you can from your bedroom.
  • Try to have your last meal at least two hours before you go to bed.
  • Turn off your phone 30 minutes earlier to relax your mind.
  • Research more tips.
  • Prioritize sleep!

So what do you say? Let’s get some more sleep!