White Chocolate Ricotta Mousse

Friday, December 20, 2013

White Chocolate Ricotta Mousse


I've been looking for a gluten free dessert for awhile now. I'm pretty much obsessed with cupcakes, and if I'm going to eat a cupcake, it won't be gluten free (I can taste the difference). So I just need a new dessert completely. After scouring the internet for gluten free desserts, I ended up coming across a pretty interesting one - white chocolate ricotta mousse - and since I like ricotta and I like white chocolate, I decided to try it.

One Whole Foods trip later, and I followed the directions on the recipe which really was only one thing, mix all ingredients in a food processor. Yeah, well since the ricotta was cold, the melted white chocolate seized up, and I was left with a mess. But I refused to quit (mainly because I was in the kitchen all night, and I didn't want to be in the kitchen the next couple of nights). So I took a pot, placed everything from the food processor in it, and turned the heat to low. I wasn't fully sure what would happen - would it melt completely or burn - but I was surprised when everything melted together and looked like a legitimate mousse. I placed it in the refrigerator and an hour later, tasted it...and it was quite good. So I managed to make a delicious gluten free dessert in only 40 minutes. The next time it should take me only 10 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Take all of the ingredients and put them in a sauce pan. Turn heat to low; continually stir until all chocolate is melted. 2. Place in refrigerator til cool - at least 1 hour. 

Workout of the Day | HIIT Abs

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

FroBunni | HIIT Abs Workout


*Everyone, especially pregnant women, should consult a physician before beginning any fitness activity. Not all exercise plans are suitable for everyone. Please discontinue any exercise that causes you pain or severe discomfort and consult a medical expert. Any liability and/or damage in connection with the use of this workout, including but not limited to any liability loss or damage resulting in the performance of the exercise demonstrated or the advice and information given within this blog is expressly disclaimed.*

Workout of the Day | Full Booty Workout

Tuesday, December 17, 2013



*Everyone, especially pregnant women, should consult a physician before beginning any fitness activity. Not all exercise plans are suitable for everyone. Please discontinue any exercise that causes you pain or severe discomfort and consult a medical expert. Any liability and/or damage in connection with the use of this workout, including but not limited to any liability loss or damage resulting in the performance of the exercise demonstrated or the advice and information given within this blog is expressly disclaimed.*

Why I HIT!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

FroBunni

I've been active for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, my parent shuffled me between soccer, softball, and basketball. And when I was older, I took taekwondo. I never worried about the Freshman 15 because between classes, studying, and parties, I was in the gym on the elliptical or running on the track. Being active has always felt very natural to me. But, outside of the running high, it never felt intense enough for me. I always wanted my workouts to completely exhaust me. I wanted to feel like I pushed my body to my breaking point and beyond, but no matter how many workouts I did or martial arts classes I took, I could never feel that. And because of that, I never really enjoyed working out.

I had to be active though. So I traded my time in the gym for time in the studio. Dancing became my workouts. I plied, booty popped, and shimmied through my "workout" (I never feel like I am working out when I dance). Dancing gave me two things that working out didn't - creativity and perfectionism. I was obsessed with getting each move right and being perfectly in sync with the music. Dance also freed me - and most nights, i would dance until i couldn't feel my legs. I couldn't think of anything I would rather do than dance. I would skip meals, sleep, and work just to dance. It gave me the challenge that working out didn't, so for awhile it stayed as my main form of exercise.

After graduating from Graduate school, I stayed with my mom until I could get a job. I continued to dance, but due to having a lot more time on my hands, I started researching different forms of fitness. Compound circuit training - combining weights with cardio - seemed the most interesting to me. So, I bought Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred to see if it could challenge me...and I've never felt so sore. Having never truly lifted weights before, her workouts gave me a different type of challenge and a different type of goal. After a week of doing her workouts, I started see little striations of muscle in my arms. And, for the first time ever, I wanted to be toned. I wanted to look like I worked for my body. I wanted every hour, every minute, and every second to my workouts to show in my body. And at that moment, I truly became a fitness fanatic. But, I still ran into the same problem as before, my workouts never left me feeling defeated. But I continued with compound workouts for the next two years...until I discovered HIT.

Being a fitness fanatic, Amazon is my best friend. I can have almost any workout video with the click of a button and most reviews are honest and fair. Through Amazon, I grew my collection of DVDs from 5 movies to 50 workout DVDs and 5 movies. If there was something I wanted to try, I bought it, and I consider none of my DVDs to be a waste. I buy a new workout DVD probably every 6 weeks. So on this particular day, it wasn't much different. I was perusing through the new fitness DVDs and one in particular caught my eye - ZCUT Power Cardio Series by Zuzka. I had seen her YouTube workouts but never watched more than a minute. I read through the reviews and not one negative comment in sight. Then I looked at the price, for only $15 I got a 90 day workout plan. I couldn't say no. I placed my order and within 5 days had a new workout to try. I went into my apartment, quickly opened the package, put the DVD in the player, got my workout clothes on, and pressed play. 10 minutes later, I never felt so exhausted. I was laying on the floor in my own pool of sweat, unable to catch my breath, and yet I had the biggest smile. I finally found my workout.

I became obsessed with HIT workouts. I would do 2, 3, 4 of them a day. Some people called me crazy because HIT workouts aren't supposed to done like that. Technically they are a derivative of HIIT - high intensity interval training - workouts, but minus the interval. So you're going full throttle with not even the smallest break. They are generally a supplement to a workout schedule, not the primary workout. But that logic never made sense to me. I thought if athletes can train for 8 hours a day, only to do it again the next day, then so could I. Truly the only difference between me and them was that they got paid to physically exert themselves. So I HIT everyday. I did burpees until my arms gave out. Did lunge jumps until my legs burned. And pushed myself until my breaking point...only to keep going and push harder. I felt amazing and my body looked even better. I dropped 10lbs over the course of two months. I started to become toned. I watched a v-cut make its way to my lower abs. Saw definition created in my triceps, and for the first time ever, I actually saw muscle develop in my thighs. My body was the prize to all of my hard work and fat burned.

It's been 9 months since I started doing HIT workouts. And I love that the workouts haven't gotten easier; I still feel completely exhausted after each one. I still do other forms of physical activity. Dance is still one of my staples, yoga is a nightly routine that keeps me zen, and I will always have a soft spot for compound workouts. But every morning, I wake up and do at least a 10 minutes HIT workout, and almost every night, I do another 10 minutes, but that is only if I don’t have time. Most nights, it is more like 20 to 30 minutes. While my body is definitely being put through an intense workout, it's the battle of the mind that makes me love them. I've contemplated stopping for every workout. It hurts. I'm winded. I can't do it anymore. But stopping wouldn't be a weakness of my body, but instead, a weakness of my mind. I know that my body can take a beating. But the mind will quit way before my body will even falter. The way I think of it, HIT workouts are so intense that if I quit, I am ordinary. But if I push through, I am extraordinary. And if I can push through four workouts in a row, there is nothing on this planet that I can't do.

Morning Yoga Practice | Strong Legs & Balance

Friday, December 13, 2013

Evening Yoga Practice | Supple Spine

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

My First Fashion Post | Work Attire Inspiration

Monday, December 9, 2013

Despite having my blog for 6 months, I have yet to write a fashion-esque post. I couldn't think of what I would write since truthfully, I am more of a follower than a trendsetter (I have no qualms admitting this). It was easy deciding what to wear for summer and fall, but now that winter has come to DC, I have had difficulty being both fashionable and warm. Well, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to start a Pinterest for fitness inspiration and gluten-free/paleo recipes and decided to also create a board for fashion. I saw many different winter-friendly work attire that can be created without having to buy an entire season's worth of clothes. Instead all I really need are a few pairs of tights, boots, and scarves, and everything that is already in closet is now perfect for the winter.

Items to Buy:
Colored and textured tights
Brown boots (both flat and high heels - I already have black)
Thick scarves
Warm sweaters and cardigans

This is probably the easiest outfit to wear considering I have many skirts (and dresses) and more than a few black tights.

This one is a bit more difficult, but I am sure after an H&M run, I can manage to acquire colored tights.

 Pants are the most difficult for me since I have very few that I have a desire to wear. I wish I could find a pair of wide leg pants though. I am sure ASOS is my best bet.

A perfect Friday causal outfit. I love the pop of color and truthfully, I would keep the scarf on at work since somehow I am sitting underneath a vent.


*Pictures are from Pinterest
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Workout of the Week: No Sweat Workout

Fitness Motivation

This morning I was gifted with a 2 hour delay (hooray) so I decided to do another workout, but I have to do one where I don't sweat because I am not in the mood to shower again. This workout can also be done if you're sick. Not "I have a fever and severe headache" sick since it is better to take the off day for that type of sickness. But more so for the "I don't feel like working out. I'm feeling off today" sick. Enjoy!

20 Minute "No Sweat" Workout
Squats
Bicep curl while walking in place
Wide leg Squats
Hammer curl while walking in place
Closed leg squats
Overhead press while walking in place
Ballet Squat
Tricep Extension
Side Squat
Lunge with torso twist (Right side)
Clap Push-Ups
Lunge with torso twist (Left side)
Front Kicks
Walking Pushups
Donkey Kicks
Ab Toe Touches
Fire Hydrants
Plank
Bridge
Ab Flutter Kicks

*Everyone, especially pregnant women, should consult a physician before beginning any fitness activity. Not all exercise plans are suitable for everyone. Please discontinue any exercise that causes you pain or severe discomfort and consult a medical expert. Any liability and/or damage in connection with the use of this workout, including but not limited to any liability loss or damage resulting in the performance of the exercise demonstrated or the advice and information given within this blog is expressly disclaimed.*

Workout of the Week: Tabata Workout

Monday, December 2, 2013

Fitness Motivation

Lately, I've been doing high intensity Tabata workouts. They are really intense, extremely effective, and can burn the most amount of calories in the shortest amount of time. For each exercise, do the exercise for 20 seconds, then take a 10 second break. Repeat 5 more times before moving on to the next exercise.

30 Minute Tabata
Side to Side Squat Jumps
Burpees
Alt. Lunge Jump
Supermans
Butt kicks
High Knees
Mountain Climbers
Walking Pushups
Reverse Crunches
One Legged Hops (Switch Sides each time)

*Everyone, especially pregnant women, should consult a physician before beginning any fitness activity. Not all exercise plans are suitable for everyone. Please discontinue any exercise that causes you pain or severe discomfort and consult a medical expert. Any liability and/or damage in connection with the use of this workout, including but not limited to any liability loss or damage resulting in the performance of the exercise demonstrated or the advice and information given within this blog is expressly disclaimed.*