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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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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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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                    Taco Pizza

                    Ok so this next one is one of my specialties. I call it the “Taco Pizza” only because I use a taco shell as my crust, there is nothing else “taco” about it. I have told you all before that I am really bad when it comes to eating lunch. I usually skip it, because it is too hard for me to come up with something easy to make. The one day I was in the mood for pizza, but the kid was napping, and I had no cash for pizza delivery. I brainstormed, and came up the the perfect solution! Let me introduce to you to… the Taco Pizza! Easy, healthy, and delicious, especially if you are a pizza lover like me.

                    Enjoy!

                    Meghan

                    “Taco” Pizza

                    Ingredients

                    1 soft taco shell – I used a low calorie one, I think it was Fiber One

                      2 tbsp marinara sauce (or you could use a pizza sauce, but I didn’t have that available)

                        ¼ cup of mozzarella cheese (shredded)

                          Toppings: broccoli, oregano, garlic power

                            Instructions

                            Preheat oven to 375 degrees

                              Line a baking sheet with foil

                                Put just the shell on the baking sheet and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, until browned

                                  Add sauce, cheese, and toppings

                                    Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until cheese is melted

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                                      Buddha Bowl

                                      I have been becoming more and more adventurous with my recipes, and I stumbled upon this Skinnytaste recipe and it looked so good and so easy.  Spoiler alert… it was both of those things! The flavors really complimented each other, and the pecans added a crunchy texture, which was to die for!  The only thing I couldn’t do myself was make the eggs. No matter how hard I try, I cannot make sunny-side-up eggs to save my life! I had to call in the big guns, aka my husband to do that part. Thanks, babe! Enjoy!

                                      Meghan

                                      Buddha Bowl

                                      Ingredients

                                      4 cups broccoli florets

                                        2 cups cubed butternut squash

                                          1 small onion, sliced into ½ moons

                                            1 tablespoon olive oil

                                              1 small (4-ounce) Hass avocado, sliced

                                                Olive oil spray

                                                  4 large eggs

                                                    Kosher salt

                                                      Freshly ground black pepper

                                                        2 cups cooked brown rice

                                                          ¼ cup chopped pecans

                                                            Instructions

                                                            Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

                                                              On a large sheet pan, toss broccoli, squash and onions with olive oil, salt and pepper, to taste.

                                                                Spread veggies out in an even layer and roast for 20-25 minutes, or until crisp tender.

                                                                  Meanwhile, heat a medium skillet over medium-low heat and lightly spray with oil.

                                                                    Add eggs, one at a time, leaving space between them. Season each with a pinch of salt and pepper, cover and cook until whites are just set and yolk is still runny.

                                                                      Divide rice and roasted veggies evenly among 4 bowls.

                                                                        Top each with 1 ounce avocado and 1 egg and 1 tablespoon pecans.

                                                                          Serve immediately.

                                                                            Tabata – Nex Level Fitness (Chalfont)

                                                                            “You gotta Tabata!” This was the saying we were welcomed with as we entered into Nex Level Fitness Chalfont bright and early on Saturday morning, and it totally stuck!  It was our second time taking Tabata at Nex Level Fitness (Thank you to Amy W. for introducing us!), but our first time taking it at the Chalfont Location (see previous past from Nex Level – Doylestown here).  Just like the first time, this class did not disappoint. Some of the exercises were similar, so we knew what to expect, but we can say with complete truth that the phrase “no pain no gain” definitely applies here.

                                                                            We have come to the conclusion that if we took Tabata 1-2 times a week, every week, we would be in some serious, kick-ass shape. It is now 3 days after we took this class and we are STILL sore! Nex Level, it never ceases to amaze us how great a workout we get at your classes. Thank you again for another great class!

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