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! 

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!

 

Burn Calories to Give Calories

So excited for the fun new campaign Fitbit has launched with Feeding America called FitForFood!

fitbit fitforfood It’s a great idea. Basically, you track as you would normally through your Fitbit tracker. When you burn calories, they donate to those in need across America! The overall goal is to burn 1 billion calories – it’s a great motivation! With all those burning calories (and Feeding America of course), Fitbit is hoping to provide 1.5 million meals to families, seniors and children!

Since joining a few days ago, I’ve burned more than 1,800 active calories and that translates to 2 meals donated! But that’s just my little contribution…there’s been more than 370,000,000 active calories burned in the challenge so far! Which means more than 530,000 meals donated! So exciting! Let’s go go go!

fitbit fit for food collective stats

Are you a Fitbit user? Check out FitForFood and join the charge! 

[Inspiration] BurnThis App

Inspiration. I need it. I crave it. Seriously, how else do we get out of bed in the morning when it’s cold outside and it’s time to work?!

Recently, I found a new source for awesome inspiration in the form of the BurnThis app! The app is a constant stream of workout and healthy lifestyle motivation…everything from quotes and meal ideas to progression photos and workout ideas!

BurnThis motivation app | sunshine & the bear

Much like my all time favorite people, the Tone It Up team, this app hosts a wide range of people who come together as a “FitFam” – from all over the country and the world! People post ideas for workouts and meals, supportive and inspirational quotes, and much more! It’s become a new addiction for me because, let’s face it, sometimes I need a little nudge to help me stay on track, and I really enjoy sharing/inspiring others! KARMA. Right? :) BurnThisAmbassador

As I BurnThis FitFam Ambassador, I’ll be bringing you tons of awesome inspirational content on the app, here on the blog and over on BMOREtoned!

Meet me on BurnThis & get inspired!!

[Inspiration] Tone It Up poem

As you probably know, I’ve been a Tone It Up girl for a while. Ok, a LONG, long time. It’s been a crazy, amazing journey over these four years…I’ve gotten to know Katrina and Karena, expanded my “family” to include thousands and thousands of women who have joined the TIU Team and, of course, learned and grown to love myself!

TIUretreat team moment Tone It Up isn’t just about getting fit and working out. It’s not just about adding more kale and healthy foods to your diet. It’s a lifestyle. It’s about finding the things you love about yourself, the things that make you happy and the things that help you push happiness and positivity out into the world…

At the TIU Retreat this past year, the ladies asked us to close our eyes and hold hands. In the sand, 300 inspiring women held hands and closed their eyes as K&K read a poem aloud. We all cried and smiled and were grateful for each other. Yep. It was beautiful. Thing is, the ladies made us promise to not tell anyone – they had grand plans for this poem. I’ve had to keep the secret…until now!

I’m so thrilled to share these words. They are moving, inspiring and lovely. ♡

tone it up poem | sunshine & the bear

Ok, they didn’t say the 28 days part, but the rest! 

This is now words that will be in the girls’ new BOOK – Fit, Fierce & Fabulous! The book will be a 28 Day program that encompasses the Tone It Up lifestyle. The program incorporates new workouts, TIU knockout nutrition tips, as well as daily mental and spiritual challenges to transform your mind and body. K&K will share our heart-felt stories of how fitness helped them overcome life’s obstacles to live their lives to the fullest.

I’m so so proud of the ladies! It’s going to be great.

You can preorder the book here! :)