[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!!

Love your life in 2015!

Happy New Year!

Let’s take a moment…right now, we have a great opportunity to reflect and look forward! It’s a new chapter in your book – you know all the things coming will somehow build on what’s already happened but you also get to start fresh and experience all new things!

dont live the same life quote

With a new year comes the tradition of resolutions. I’ve learned through trial and error that the important thing when it comes to resolutions (and goals in general) is to fight the urge to make them lofty and unattainable. Goals are wonderful…but only if they are smart, motivating and attainable! Don’t get me wrong, I also would like to add Chris Evans to my list, if that was plausible…

You need direction, focus and motivation to change. And let’s not forget that change is rarely the flip of a switch…it comes with WORK. You need to stick with it! I read a quote that always stuck with me – “The road to success is always under construction.” In other words, even with a goal in mind you’re bound to hit a few road blocks or detours. If you can work toward expecting it, you can be prepared to make another move.

This year, I’m setting new goals for the season, which I’m going to try to revisit in the spring. Check them out below:

  • tone it up love your body quote | sunshine & the bear Find & love: I want to find my version of happiness with myself and ACCEPT IT. There’s is so much pressure to keep up with the proverbial Joneses! We’re always pressured to be skinnier, wealthier, more popular, etc. etc. But are those measures of “happiness” mine? I know the things that make ME happy and I know what I love. I just need to focus on finding and appreciating those things. :)
    Which is another reason I’m so glad the Tone It Up Love Your Body Challenge is coming back – If you know me, you know I enjoy basically every TIU challenge…but I really love this one because it’s not just about working out and eating well, it’s really about making a happy and healthy lifestyle that helps you love yourself!
  • Disconnect: This might be for 5 minutes or it might be for the whole day…I’ve become so tied to my phone, my computer, the TV, etc. We’re checking emails at dinner, scrolling Twitter on the couch…every moment is something. I want to step away from it all and try harder to be present! I want to tune in. Clear out the chaos. And return to that peaceful place again and again.
  • katekatebear letsgetflexy yoga Home yoga routine: I’ve learned to love yoga but I can’t always make it to a class. I want to start regularly practicing at home, if even for a few minutes. Yoga helps me focus, stress less and sleep better!
  • Eat at the table: It seems like a simple thing, but we almost never eat at our kitchen table. We pile books, bags, groceries, packages…everything on our table, except our food! In doing so, we end up eating in front of the TV. I want to get away from that this year!
  • Moderate: So many people are resolving to eat healthier to lose weight (2012 survey estimated that the number of American adults who are dieting jumps from 34 million during the holidays to 50 million in the first two weeks of January!), to undo indulgences, or to simply feel healthier/happier…but I’ve found that never comes from a stark diet change. No need to go cold turkey. The key is moderation.

My wish for your this year is try new things and get out there to do the things that motivate you! Take a break from hating/judging yourself. Meet new people. See new places. Try new things (even if they’re scary). Seek inspiration. Explore the world around you.

Cheers & all the best to you in 2015! ♡


Boarding for Breast Cancer

B4BC logo square | sunshine & the bear There are so many incredible organizations out there and during this season of giving, I’ve been discovering more and more! Recently, I found the nonprofit Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) and they are so rad…

B4BC is a foundation that’s dedicated to providing education, prevention and support programs for young people and the action sports community at large. The organization was founded by women (including Olympic pro-boarders) who wanted to honor their young friend who passed from breast cancer – their goal was to make awareness a topic of conversation among young people because, in fact, young women and men are not immune from the disease. They rallied around their friend’s passions of snowboarding and music and they’ve evolved into hosting annual music festivals, boarding events and more!

Recently, B4BC started a new documentary project called Chasing Sunshine. Chasing Sunshine is dedicated to breast cancer survivors everywhere! This film documents the life of pro-athlete Megan Pischke Porcheron and her journey with breast cancer. There will be a few screenings of the film out west but if I find out any will be out our way, I’ll be sure to post! I love this quote from Megan herself – “…Let’s embark down this road together – our heads lifted, our hearts full and our eyes towards the horizon – chasing sunshine every step along the way.”

chasing sunshine | sunshine & the bear

I’ve always been an active person and, from a young age, I’ve played sports and been on teams. Don’t get me wrong, I love dressing up and getting girly, but there’s part of me that always will identify as a tomboy athlete. I had my moment with skateboarding in middle school (if any of my friends share any photos from those years, I will hurt you haha) but the boarding I really love is surfing. There’s something about being on that board and connecting with the waves. It’s awe inspiring. All while being a great workout! I was so happy to get back on a board at this summer’s TIU Retreat! It’s also one of the reasons I think I’m so drawn to Surfset – I try to get on the board even when I’m not near the water!

katekatebear surfing tone it up retreat

I was lucky enough to find this organization and win one of their outreach contests! I’m now rocking a one of a kind Elena Hight GoPro and a sweet Volcom Gortex jacket! The coat is perfect for our winter weather and has an awesome galaxy print on it – I feel like a pro while wearing it! A coworker actually asked me if I was hitting the mountains this weekend so…I feel like I can at least rock the look. haha

katekatebear volcom jacket | sunshine & the bear

B4BC gopro win | sunshine & the bear

I’m so pumped to rock these things and try to embody the B4BC passion and hope! Plus I’ve already started playing around with the GoPro…Isn’t Bruiser is the cutest?! haha

Bruiser GoPro photo | sunshine & the bear

During the holiday season, it’s exciting that people are looking to get involved to help out those in need. Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday and it’s a perfect day to check them out and support! But you don’t have to limit your giving to Tuesday – You can volunteer, donate or join one of their upcoming events! They have tons of awesome events coming up in 2015 too – including Shred the Love events at mountains nationwide!

Be sure to check out B4BC social – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more and follow the awesome hashtag #behealthygetactive! Also, check out the B4BC Blog too for tips, recipes, contests and more! And, of course, never stop chasing that sunshine ☀

stay golden | sunshine & the bear

Wisdom from Yes, Please!

yes please book | sunshine & the bear I just finished reading (listening to) Amy Poehler’s new book Yes, Please and I loved it!

Along with its hysterical moments and inside scoop on some of our favorite Hollywood stars, the book gave some really great life advice. Not I’m-better-than-you-because-I’m-an-actress advice that you can’t believe for even a second, but advice that you could really understand because…well, maybe you’ve been through it yourself.

Below are some of my favorite quotes and moments of wisdom from Yes, Please (I promise I’m not ruining the book…please don’t sue me Amy haha):

You can be whoever you want to be. Your only job is to surround yourself with people who respect and support that choice. Preach, Amy. Preach.

Learn to live with your demon – it never goes away. She talks about being a young girl with passion and excitement and love for yourself. Then, somewhere along the way, a demon shows up and tells us we’re not beautiful. We’re too fat, too skinny, not worth being loved, etc. While we don’t want to give into it, she talks about learning to live with it because, even as a movie star, it doesn’t go away. Get real. Work on ways to fight it and love yourself.

Change is the only constant. Your ability to navigate and tolerate change and its painful uncomfortableness directly correlates to your happiness and general wellbeing…If you can surf your life, rather than plant your feet, you can be happier.  

Good for her. Not for me. Along the same lines as dealing with demons, Amy talks about recognizing what’s for you and what’s just not for you. She uses this to talk about pregnancy plans, which is totally valid I assume, but personally I took it for so many other things. At some point, you get better at knowing what you want and need – and you’re not just following a fad or listening to what’s “right” for you.

Learn the right balance of sorry. I’ve posted about this sorry phenomenon before…it’s tough to change. I’ve been working to find the right balance of taking responsibility for things I’m actually sorry for and using that word for when it matters. Otherwise, there are usually other ways to express yourself and apologize, if you even need to.

Sleep will help you win at life. I need more of it…to win. :)

Too often we try to tackle the chaos that is not ours to fix. Oh yes yes yes…way too often. It’s hard to let go, but worth letting go sometimes to keep your sanity and to practice self control. I’ve put this one on a post-it and put it next to my computer to remind me regularly!

The only way we will survive us by being kind. The only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others. No one can do it along, no matter how great the machines are. 

Ok, so I don’t want to ruin the book but basically it’s a really great read/listen! Go check it out for yourself!

As I mentioned, I listened to this book. Seriously, Audible.com is fantastic! The coolest part is that you can listen to the author read their book! Yes, Amy read her own book – which seems to make much more sense because she is really the only one who knows how she meant a chapter or phrase to come across.

Week of thanks: Tone It Up family

To continue my little week of thanks, I want to take a day to recognize how grateful I am for my Tone It Up family. And yes, I say family, because they really are family to me! Even though I haven’t met all THOUSANDS of them…they mean so much to me and have really become my extended fit family! :)

It all started back in 2011, when I first found the TIU team. I was working for an agency and one of my clients was a fitness brand. In the process of looking for content to share with them, I found an ab workout from these two spunky, beautiful women, Katrina and Karena, and was instantly hooked…

I joined the TIU team personally and even got some of my office co-workers to join in the fun. There were office ‘plank breaks’ where we’d go into the hallway and do planks…no joke. haha My TIU family grew locally and we became lovingly calling ourselves BMOREtoned…where BMOREtoned was born! We grown to be a very close knit group over the years, and I can honestly say I’ve found some of my best friends forever through TIU! I was lucky enough to end up winning the first TIU Bikini Series and got the opportunity to fly to California for an incredible few days with Katrina & Karena…

It’s been a whirlwind since then and it has been incredible to watch the team grow along the way. Over the years, I’ve joined as K&K have launched their very own Perfect Fit Protein (which has expanded…) and gear (which has expanded…) and so much more! I’ve been attended three TIU weddings (including my own!). I’ve seen more than a few TIU babies born. This summer, I got to attend the first ever Tone It Up retreat! Every day I meet (virtually) more and more new TIU girls and get more and more inspired!

For all of this I am eternally grateful. It has been (and continues to be) an amazing journey! Thank you, to K&K, to the amazing TIU team, to my incredible family who literally helps me every day. I love you all so much!

I can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds… ♡

Want to learn more about the Tone It Up team? I absolutely, definitely advise you to check out the Tone It Up site! They have blog posts, tips, recipes and so much more available right there for you!