PLANKSgiving Challenge

My Tone It Up Retreat roomie & awesome friend Amy challenged me to a PLANKSgiving November Challenge!

Looks like a lot of core and strength work…but I’M IN!

planksgiving november challenge | sunshine & the bear

Here’s what it looks like today through the end of the week….

  • Thursday November 6 
    • 15 second side plank
    • 15 plank jacks
    • 15 planks with donkey kicks
    • 15 second plank punches
  • Friday November 7
    • 20 second elbow plank
    • 20 plank walks
    • 20 second two point plank
    • 20 second plank with leg raise
  • Saturday November 8
    • 20 second side plank
    • 20 plank jacks
    • 20 planks with donkey kicks
    • 20 second plank punches
  • Sunday November 9
    • 25 second elbow plank
    • 25 plank walks
    • 25 second two point plank
    • 25 second plank with leg raise

Who’s with me?

FloYo Preview at Beachfit!

Jessie Benson - FloYo at Beachfit | sunshine & the bear If you haven’t heard, I love Surfset boards. They are indoor board equipment that mimic the instability you have on the water, but on dry land. They provide you with an insane workout! I’m certified as a Surfset instructor but I’ve really only used the boards for the tracks/moves the Surfset team has created for them, but my friend Jessie had another idea…FloYo on the boards!

FloYo is a mix of yoga and strength training, all done (traditionally) on a stand up paddle board. Jessie is the founder of FloYo and teaches all over the city and state – everything from FloYo in Annapolis to yoga at M. Power to spin at Under Armour…and more! She’s a busy lady! :) So happy she’s started these new classes here in the city!

Jessie Benson - FloYo at Beachfit | sunshine & the bear

Last night, Beachfit Baltimore (located right downtown, across from Chazz and Pazo) hosted a special event for bloggers with Jessie to preview her new classes! It was a great workout and a lovely time for our little group!

Blogger event - FloYo at Beachfit | sunshine & the bear

BMOREtoned at Beachfit | sunshine & the bear

Annie and I, also attending on behalf of BMOREtoned, had a little fun after class. Maybe a little too much fun… haha (thanks Mary for capturing the entire fall haha) 

ANYWAY, classes start next week! There will be a combo spin/FloYo class on Tuesdays at 7pm and a full FloYo class on Fridays at 10:30am! Definitely worth checking out! If you want to test out the board before committing to a full class, you can join Beachfit for a little open house/happy hour next Friday, November 7 at 5pm!

Thanks so much to Jessie from FloYo and the whole Beachfit team for letting us try out the new class and for our goodies! Can’t wait to come back for a class!

FloYo blogger pack | sunshine & the bear

Starting a new adventure…

I’m SO thrilled to announce a new adventure I’m starting…BMOREtoned!

BMOREtoned logo I hope you truly know how much I appreciate you reading my blog here. When I started this, it was just me carving out a little place for me to share and hopefully inspire others with some sunshine…here’s a cool recipe, here’s a cute pic of my dog, here’s a great new studio in town, here’s a cute pic of my kitten, you know… But it’s come a long way from there and it means so much to me to share this moment with you.

So what is BMOREtoned?

In today’s world, we were finding that ‘overwhelming’ has become the norm…And that SUCKS to say the least.
How do I stay inspired when work is grinding me down? Where do you find a good yoga class? Where can I meet new people that isn’t a bar? What brand makes comfortable yet functional workout pants? And, of course, where the (bleep) can I find a healthy meal option when dining out?!

Myself along with my co-founders, my two amazingly inspiring friends Jami and Annie, started BMOREtoned to help with all those things, and more!  We want to create a resource for people interested in a healthy, fun lifestyle!

bmoretoned kate annie jami

Where does “BMOREtoned” come from? The original group started in 2012 when a handful of local Baltimore ladies found Tone It Up (TIU)…and ta-da! The group was born. We bonded over TIU workouts and challenges then grew to be so much more! Since then, we’ve passed just working out together…and now share so much as friends!

Annie and Jami are two close friends who have really been there with me and for me since I’ve known them! Annie was one of my bridesmaids for goodness sake! And you’ll OFTEN see us gabbing over dinner at Whole Foods, picking up “just a few things” at Target (but I needed a frame…) or out and about around town together. Hahaha

pete redel photography - bmorerowe wedding - bmoretoned

But in all seriousness, these are two incredible women and I’ve been blessed to have them in my life. I couldn’t be more excited to be starting this with them!

So…here we go. Ahhhhh!

We officially launched the BMOREtoned site today and we’re going to be posting to it regularly – from us and hopefully a ton of other inspirational people from the community! I really hope you’ll check it out! And subscribe if you’re feeling generous :)

Cheers to new things!

Let’s Get Flexy!

This October, I’m attempting to get FLEXY!

I always see these photo-a-day challenges, and I’ve done a few, but this one intrigued me more…It could not only help/remind me take a moment each day to reflect, but this one could teach me a new yoga pose each day! As you’ve read, I’m somewhat new to yoga, so it’s been fun expanding my knowledge of the practice in different ways. This happens mostly through classes, but this was a cool way to try some new ones!

Coming from @aloyoga, @beachyogagirl and @kinoyoga, this October challenge was pretty cool...although I’m definitely intimidated by some of these haha #30, someone will have to supervise me as I try it… 

letsgetflexy october yoga challenge

Here’s all the poses I’ve done so far…

How do you learn new poses and expand your yoga practice? 

Tone It Up Retreat!

“Live for the moments you can’t put into words.” ♥

Inspiring. Just….inspiring. That might be the only singular word that might be able to sum up the Tone It Up retreat weekend! This moment really captures it…

TIUretreat team moment

Last weekend, 300 incredible women came together in Newport Beach, California for the first ever Tone It Up Retreat! Every moment was unbelievably fun – filled with workouts, delicious healthy food, dancing & so many new friends! Karena and Katrina (and the TIU and Oakley families) had everything figured out – down to every little detail!

We started Thursday at check-in, where we received our special retreat “IDs” – which were adorable wrap bracelets with a special engraving and a band!

tone it up retreat bracelets

PLUS, we also each got a STUFFED swag bag – full of all kinds of goodies from our great sponsors like Oakley Women, Coola Suncare, Asics, Core Water, Jouer, Perfect Fit, Flash Tats (& of course Tone it Up!)! I want to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to all the amazing sponsors of this event! Past the swag (which is awesome), I’m sure events like this wouldn’t be possible without your support and I truly hope you know how much it means to all of us that they do!

tone it up retreat swag bag

When we first got in, I also got to meet my roommate Amy! I’ve “known” Amy for years now – we’re part of a fun “TIU since the beginning” group that has chatted with each other through social media forever it feels like! I was so so happy & lucky to be rooming with her!


After check-in, it was a nonstop! Our trainers had plans for us every day with different workouts, a pop-up shop, meals & parties (with exciting special guests)! Everyone had a slightly different schedule but check out some of the things I did…

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