Bootcamp – Bridge The Gap Workouts, LLC

Name: Bridge the Gap Workouts, LLC

Location: Lansdale, PA

Instructor: Danielle

Exercise Type: Bootcamp – This was a full body workout, with stations were set throughout the weightroom. We completed 45 seconds of weights, followed by 45 seconds of resistance. We worked hard and burned our arms, legs, booty, and abs throughout class completing various exercises from bicep curls to squats. In between sets, we completed cardio to get our heart rate up. The last round through the stations was just resistance exercises to get more cardio. It was the perfect way to start the day and leave me feeling strong all day long with natural energy!

Place: Gym

Day of the Week: Thursday

Time: 5:30 am- Danielle kicked my butt in 45 minute minutes, so I was in and out of class by 6:15 am and ready to start my day!

Price: $10; Packages and memberships available

What to Wear: Leggings; T-shirt/Tank Top; Sneakers

What to Bring: Water; Towel

What is Provided: Weights; Variety of workout equipment (Beware – the booty band!)

Level of Experience: All levels seen

Gender Majority: Female

Age Group: All

Welcoming: Yes! Danielle always greets you with a warm and motivating welcome! She continues this throughout class so you can have your best workout!

Cleanliness: Yes

Unique Features: Although you know what to expect throughout the stations, Danielle always has some way to keep you guessing with cardio in between rounds or a challenge at the end. Let’s just say I was burning my way through the last set of resistance for a cardio set and it was exactly what we all needed to finish our workout strong!

Exercising in the morning has so many benefits that last all day. I had natural energy that I didn’t need from coffee and I was much happier that I got my workout in early so I could see my babies at night. It was not a strain on my family as the kids were still snoozing when I got home. And lastly, my headache that I was fighting all night was GONE! Yes, I came with a headache and left without one. I’ll take that when my stress level is high.

Thank you for another awesome, kickass workout, Danielle! You know that I’ll be back!

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BBQ Chicken Tostadas

It was a Saturday night, and I was up for the challenge of a new recipe! I also wanted something relatively easy, and this was it. I have never made tostadas before, but now that I know how easy and delicious they are, I will be making them more often. Give them a try! Meghan

BBQ Chicken Tostadas

Ingredients

8 tostada shells or 4 corn tortillas, brushed lightly with olive oil and baked for 3-5 minutes per side, until crispy (I used 4 corn tortillas)

    3 cups cooked and shredded chicken (I used a rotisserie chicken)

      1 1/2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce (I used honey BBQ sauce), divided

        2 cups shredded cheese (I used mozzarella)

          3 green onions, very thinly sliced (optional)

            Instructions

            Preheat your oven to 350°F. Lay out the tostada shells (or baked tortillas) on two rimmed baking sheets.

              Combine the chicken and 1 cup of the barbecue sauce in a small bowl, and stir to coat.

                Divide the chicken between the tostada shells and top with the cheese (about ¼ cup on each).

                  Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, just until the cheese is melted.

                    Remove from the oven and drizzle with the remaining ½ cup barbecue sauce. Sprinkle with green onions, if desired.

                      Who’s Up For A Plank Challenge?

                      If there is one thing I can say I “hate”, its planks.  I seriously despise planks. Why are they so hard? Why do I feel like they never get easier? Having a baby killed my core; can I still use that excuse now that I have a 2.5 year old?!  I personally believe that planks are so challenging because they are so effective:

                      • They engage all of your core muscle groups, in one little position.
                      • You’ll burn more calories that your traditional sit-up or crunch.
                      • You’ll improve your posture and balance.
                      • They can improve your overall mood! What! Planks stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension.

                      I also convince myself that they are harder and harder each time… guess why? Because I am challenging myself every time, and I am increasing the amount of time I am holding my plank. I wish I started keeping a count of how long I could hold a plank when I first started, because I know the amount of time has at least doubled.

                      I want to share my plank routine with all of you. It is something that I have learned by going to various classes, and it has been very effective for me.  Whenever I can’t make it to a class, or am at the gym doing my own workout, I do this series. Typically, I do 10 reps for each set, take a rest, and then back at it.  I usually do this anywhere from 5 – 10 times, depending on how I am feeling. I like this series because it is easy to complete at home and you really don’t need any equipment (maybe a yoga mat if you choose).

                      Melissa and I would like to challenge you to a 7 day plank challenge starting today, or tomorrow, or next week, all that matters is you are doing it.  For 7 days in a row, try this plank series. Start off with doing it 5x and work your way up until 10. After 7 days, let us know how you are feeling. Has it been effective?  We’d love to hear from you! If any of you are brave enough to take a video, we challenge you to post it to social media, tag us, and use the #workitlikeamotherplankchallenge

                      Do You Have The Hots For The Jonas Brothers? Yup. So Does This Mom!

                      Why does this mama have the hots for the Jonas Brothers?! Seriously, aren’t they like 12 years old? HA! It sure seems like that to me, but God, that new song is in my head ALL. DAY. LONG.  Why is it so good? Even my two year old is singing, “Sucker for you, sucker, sucker, sucker.” It’s probably not the best word to teach her, but I can’t listen to Daniel Tiger songs any longer.  Even though the recreated Mr. Rogers tv show is my daughter’s (and mine and my husband’s) life lesson, I just can’t anymore. Thank you Scary Mommy for pointing that out to me.

                      Ok I’m rambling. Jonas Brothers, Jonas Brothers. Oh yeah. Is it getting hot in here? Why am I weak in the knees all of a sudden. Anyways, this week has sucked for me. I’m busy at work with client deadlines (‘tis the season to be an accountant), so I didn’t have time to go to another workout class. I wanted to keep up my workout routine, so I decided to just go for a run around my neighborhood. A run, you say? Yes! Twice in two weeks, and this time my husband didn’t even screw up. I put on my running shoes and played Sucker on repeat for the whole 2.5 miles I ran (more like slowly jogged, but it still counts!).


                      What are your favorite songs in your workout playlist? Next time I post about playlists, I promise I will share my complete one. It might or might not be made up of Tupac songs. Until next time…

                      Meghan

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                      Friday Fitness Tip: How Parking Farther Can Allow For That Extra Glass Of Wine

                      Exercising is tough. Errands are also tough. Circling a parking lot to find the closest spot possible is commonplace. Wait, what?! Why do we all do this? I have actually spent a lengthy amount of time waiting to find a parking spot that is 2 spaces closer. And I preach exercising to my child. This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is to “Park Farther Away On Purpose.”

                      When pulling into work, park at the far end of the lot to maximize your steps into and out of the office. Maybe even get a little trot going when leaving work since it’s a Friday. Just imagine this… parking 10 spots further away can help you burn an extra 10 calories every time you walk from your car to your destination. Do that a couple of times a day and enjoy that extra glass of wine on the weekend.

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                      5 Tips to Stay Healthy on a Busy Schedule {Guest Post}

                      Hi loves❤

                      Welcome to the Kate’s Life Family. I wanted to take a quick second to introduce myself to you all. My name is Kate – and I am a lifestyle blogger from the Midwest. I write about Creativity (DIY’s, Pinterest Recipes, Organization), Personal Development, and Health & Fitness. If you want to join my family, hop on over to sign up for my newsletter. Check me out on Insta, Pinterest, and Facebook, too!

                      Today I want to focus in on how to stay healthy when you are living a busy life. This can be for parents who split their time between working and taking care of their kids, people who are simply overworked and don’t have much time for personal care, or can be for individuals who need a few simple steps to keep them on track. I share these tips out of experience and am still trying to find complete balance (if that even exists) between all of my avenues in life.

                      What Does Being Healthy Even Mean?

                      Being Healthy has become such a controversial topic because everyone defines this term differently. To me, being healthy is implementing changes in your life that will benefit your mind and body. They can be as big as tracking what you eat to lose weight – or a small task of drinking enough water each day. The great thing about the term, “being healthy” is YOU get to decide what that looks like for you and your life.

                      Creating Healthy To-Go Meals

                      I know, I know. If you are on a busy schedule, how are you supposed to create a few healthy meals and snacks? I get it, I do. You can create a few small meals and snacks in under 30 minutes. You can keep these staples in the pantry or fridge which will allow you to grab them when you are on the way out. A few of my favorite to-go snack are pre-portioned nuts, dried fruit, hard boiled eggs, and string cheese. My preferred simple and quick meals are: healthy pasta salad, yogurt parfaits, and Mason jar salads. I love using Pinterest to find new meals to incorporate into my busy schedule.

                      Schedule Your Workouts

                      Scheduling workouts into your calendar is one of the most important tasks to do. When you schedule your workouts, you gain the mentality that it is an IMPORTANT appointment that you cannot miss. When I was establishing my workout routine, this habit was monumental in keeping me on track. When I schedule my workouts, I put in the day and time of each workout during the week. It helps me plan out the week and work around my workout so that I can truly get it in.

                      Workout Wherever You Can

                      The one thing I learned early during my quest for fitness – is that it doesn’t matter where you workout – it matters that you worked out. A great workout can mean very different things to different people. It doesn’t mean you have to be working out at the gym, or attend a class (BUT if you do prefer to workout in those ways – make sure to schedule them into your calendar so you can make it happen). Working out at home can still be an efficient and killer workout. If you need a few tips of what workout equipment you should be keeping around the house to get in a great workout, check out this blog.

                      Find a Workout Routine that Works for You

                      If you are a busy mom, working 9-5, then taking care of the kids when you get home – a 2 hour intense gym workout MAY not be the best for you. AND if this is how you are trying to workout, and can’t get it done – you may be sabotaging yourself. Find a workout routine that will fit your schedule, abilities, and equipment available. Set aside time to discover moves you can complete that fit into your schedule – with the internet being at our fingertips these days – there is an unlimited source of information.

                      Take a Look at Your Spare Time

                      A lot of people use the excuse that they don’t have time to stay healthy and fit.

                      Okay.

                      Now look at where you are spending your time. Are you sitting on the couch scrolling through Social Media during any part of the day? Do you watch TV for any amount of time? DO YOU HAVE 20 MINUTES TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF? If not, try to take a serious look at where you are spending your time. If being healthy is a real priority to you; you will find time to do these things to improve and support your health.

                      Your health is your priority, but that doesn’t mean you should be putting pressure on yourself. Be understanding with yourself. You can only do as much as your life allows. The great thing about life is that we go through different seasons throughout our life. You may not have a lot of time on your hands right now, and a quick 15-20 minute workout is all you can get in. Maybe in 6 months, 1 year, 5 years – you will be in a different season which can allow you to have a different workout routine.

                      Find beauty in the current season you are in. Take in all life has to offer in this moment right now.

                      Find ways to incorporate a healthy lifestyle into your routine. What works for one person – may not work for you. It is an ever-changing process that should adapt to your current life situation.

                      What ways are you staying healthy throughout your busy life? What are some areas you are looking to improve on??

                      Much Love,

                      Kate

                      Is Your Husband Taking Advantage Of You? Here’s What You Should Do.

                      Doesn’t it seem like us women are picking up more and more of the slack lately? I was thinking this last Friday, when my husband went out after work. Now, normally, I don’t mind if he goes to happy hour once and a while. I mean, he does support me with my working out on a regular basis, and is more than happy to help out with our daughter when I need some time to myself. But this time was different. He was much later than he said he would be, and it felt like he was completely taking advantage of the situation. He knew I was home with our daughter, and it felt like he had no regard for being home on time.

                      I was furious when he finally got home, but instead of creating a scene in front of our daughter, I took a different approach. I went to the gym for a run. It was exhilarating. I had the best run I have had in years, which is a big deal because I am NOT a runner by any sense of the word. Typically I get on the treadmill and hope I don’t fall off. This time I was actually turning up the speed as I went. I channeled all of the anger I had into a positive output, and left feeling great. Well, still a little angry, but sweaty and accomplished.

                      I walked in the house from the gym to apologies and a cooked dinner. I mean it was frozen pizza heated in the oven, but it’s the thought that counts, right? There was also a glass of wine poured and waiting for me in my favorite spot on the couch. Not only did the new approach work with my husband (which I never would have guessed actually), but I accomplished a great workout in addition. Next time your husband pisses you off, instead of yelling at him, try working off some steam at the gym. Maybe his reaction when you get home will surprise you. It sure surprised me.

                      Thanks for reading!

                      Meghan

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                      Easy Roasted Lemon-Garlic Shrimp (Skinnytaste)

                      Some crazy days lead into crazy dinner nights! Tonight was one of them. I got the kids all set, but what about me? Well… what about an easy and yummy meal just under 10 minutes from start to finish? This Easy Roasted Lemon-Garlic Shrimp recipe from Skinnytaste is a winner! I love the taste and simplicity of this go-to meal for mommy.

                      Enjoy!

                      Melissa

                      Easy Roasted Lemon-Garlic Shrimp (Skinnytaste)

                      Ingredients

                      1 1/2 lbs shelled and deveined jumbo shrimp (36) **I only did ½ pound for myself of large raw shrimp from the Seafood section at Wegmans**

                        2 cloves garlic, minced

                          1 tablespoon olive oil

                            1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

                              1 lemon, juice of

                                1 tablespoon chopped parsley

                                  Instructions

                                  Preheat the oven to 400F. Spray 2 large nonstick baking trays with cooking spray.

                                  • Combine the shrimp, garlic, oil and crushed red pepper together in a bowl and stir to combine.

                                  Arrange the shrimp on a baking sheet in a single layer.

                                    Roast 6 to 8 minutes or until the shrimp turns opaque.

                                      Squeeze lemon over the shrimp and garnish with parsley.


                                        Friday Fitness Tip – Display Your Results

                                        Once you see the results, it becomes an addiction.

                                        This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is to “Display Your Results.”  You might be thinking, “what are MY results?” Well, results can mean different things to different people. Maybe you want to track how many days/minutes you worked out in a week, how many inches/pounds you lost/gained in a week, how many times you meal prepped this week, etc.  Displaying results can be motivating in itself. If you are ahead in your results, go you! If you are behind in your results, it will hopefully motivate you to work a little harder to achieve your goals, and then you can Celebrate Your Small Wins!

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                                        Vinyasa Flow – Twisters Wellness Centers

                                        Name: Twisters Wellness Centers

                                        Location: Ambler, PA

                                        Instructor: Dan – he was great! He constantly walked around the room and helped with form, and also encouraged us to try some harder poses.

                                        Exercise Type: Vinyasa Flow – All Levels – we really enjoyed this class! Class started out with some light stretching, and then we went into the vinyasa flows. There were a decent amount of planks, which keep these mamas’ cores tight! We also did a bunch of hip-opener exercises, and practiced our handstands towards the end of class. Handstands are SO HARD! Luckily, Dan showed us how to practice by using the wall in front of us, which helped a little. We were in awe of one woman who had the perfect handstand. #handstandgoals

                                        Place: Studio – When we walked into the studio we were blown away by how gorgeous it was! Nice wood floors, and windows lining the one wall, which let in the perfect amount of light. There were also tiny lights (could have even been Christmas lights) around the upper perimeter of the room. It was very relaxing and serene.

                                        Day of the Week: Wednesday – this was a great “hump day” workout because it incorporated a good amount of stretching and meditating at the end of class, which refueled out tired mommy bodies!

                                        Time: 7:05 – 8:05 PM – make sure you give yourself extra time because parking was an issue for us. There is a public lot located next to the studio. It was also one of the first nice nights (weather-wise), so that could have attributed to our parking troubles. There were a lot of people out and about… we also should have taken advantage of the nice weather and grabbed a drink after class! There is a new brewery right below the studio, and we will definitely be checking that out next time! Tannery Run

                                        Price: $50 for a 30-day unlimited trial for new clients; other packages and memberships available.

                                        What to Wear: Leggings; t-shirt/tank top; bare feet

                                        What to Bring: Mat & water

                                        What is Provided: Blocks

                                        Level of Experience: All levels

                                        Gender Majority: Mix

                                        Age Group: Various – we are in our early 30’s and we were probably in the middle somewhere

                                        Welcoming: Yes! Dan introduced himself to us right away, asked if we had any injuries, any questions, etc.

                                        Cleanliness: Yes.

                                        Unique Features: As mentioned above, the handstands towards the end of class was a unique feature. This is not something we get to practice often, so it is really exciting when we get the opportunity!

                                        Thank you so much for having us! We really enjoyed your class, and can’t wait to come back with our handstands perfected!

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