Travel workouts + Back to Basics Chocolate Cupcakes with Yogurt Cream Cheese Frosting

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Holidays are awesome. A time to recharge but also to catch up with family and friends. Recently our family went on a 3 weeks break. Little Asher relished in grandparents’ care and attention while we just love having some down time. 

While I love our break, the first thing that I miss would be my regular workout sessions. This time round, I decided to go with the flow, opting to rest when my body needs to but aim to move daily. This was what I did

Day of departure Friday- Morning working. 5 TGU 12kg each side, 5 rounds of 10 reps, deadlifting, cleans, rows, push ups and sit ups

Saturday- No workout. Went for family walks.

Sunday- Walking the dog and carrying Asher while walking. That was a workout itself! The humidity means I was drenched with sweat. 

Monday- HIT Mum Plyo Hell

 

Tuesday- Modified workout from my usual group that does a metcon on Monday evenings. I did 14 mins 12 PU twist, GS and burpee with a jump over a mat. (I did 10 rounds), and then 7 min of 10 pairs of mountain climbers, 12 sit-ups and 20 bicycles (I did 7 or 8 rounds)

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Wednesday- HIT Mum 10 for 10 workout (Asher joined me)

Thursday- 10 rounds of 10 reps burpees, pushups, jumping squats and dips. (Asher joined me as well)

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Friday- HIT mum  Legs nd The trim tummy 10 mins

Saturday- Staycation. There is a wonderful gym at the resort. I did 1.2km run, 2×2 TGU, 5 rounds 10 reps, deadlifting, dumbbell squats and dips. Then I went for a few laps in the pool.

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Sunday- Rest day.

Monday- HIT mum All over BB 17 mins

Tuesday- Rest Day (travel day to Singapore)

Wednesday- 4 chin ups and 2 pull ups. 8 rounds of 10 reps burpees, push ups and sit ups 

Thursday- 5 chin ups. AMRAP of 17 minutes of 8 reps dips, burpees, pushups and heel squats. 

Friday-Nike App 15 minutes Advanced workout by Carili Lloyd (Metabolic Kick HIT workout)

Saturday- Hubby and I worked out together to his NAME. We had a “Name workout” I think in total I did 65 burpees, 200 star jumps, 40 sit ups, 40 dips and 20 push ups. I managed 5 chin ups with breaks. 

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Sunday- Rest Day (Travel to Johor)

Monday- Hotel Jen’s gym! 1.2 KM run, 4 rounds of 20x trx rows, 4 rounds 10x 40 kg deadlifting, 20 kg squats, followed by leg curl and shoulder press machines 

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Tuesday- Rest day

Wednesday- (Still feeling off) Managed HIT mum Tabata Power Shred 21 mins

Thursday- GYM day! around 1km run as warm up to the gym and 4 flights of stairs. 10 kg dumbbell TGU 5 each side. 4 rounds 16kg 10x reps squats. Leg press 188Kg PB (5 reps max increasing to 188kg), Chest press, shoulder push press, and leg curl. Walk home for rest. 

Friday- HIT Mum- The big 10 workout. 

Saturday- Rest Day

Sunday- Rest day. Travel back to Australia

In all, my workouts are around 15-20 minutes with 5-10 minutes of warm up and cool down. I’m usually back having a shower within 30 minutes. If I’m feeling like I need a rest, I would either take a rest or do a gentler workout. Everyday, I would climb the stairs to my parents apartments (around 16 flights with 10 steps each). Depending on the day, it would be at least once.  

Holiday workouts to me are a way to keep the momentum moving. I see benefits of doing quicker and shorter workouts than my usual ones (e.g. boxing) as it provides the body a break. I did try to see if there are any Muay thai or cross fit classes to go to- just for something new, but it just didn’t work out in the end of schedules and some places requesting for long term memberships. 

If you do participate in holiday workouts, what do you do? 

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Holidays aside, I shared this once on Instagram where we walked past a cafe and Asher wanted the chocolate cupcakes! I promised him that we would make some when we return home which was exactly what we did. Oh the look on my little boy’s face is precious. What I was even more surprised was that he ate the frosting which consisted of a little cream cheese and yogurt! Both which he generally does not like to have it on its own. I guess the power of chocolate is great. IMG_3050 (640x427)

Back to basic Chocolate Cupcakes
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup coconut flour
  2. 1/2 cup LSA
  3. 1/4 tsp bicarb soda
  4. 2 tbsp cacao
  5. 2 tbsp rice malt or honey
  6. cinnamon
  7. vanilla
  8. 4 eggs
  9. 2 tbsp coconut oil
  10. 1/4 cup naturally free chocolate
  11. 1/2 cup coconut milk
  12. Frosting
  13. 1/2 cup cream cheese
  14. 2 tbsp greek yogurt
  15. 3 tbsp melted well naturally chocolate chips
  16. vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 180C. Prepare mini muffin tins with silicon or paper cases
  2. First-melt your chocolate with coconut milk either through double boiler or microwave.
  3. Whisk eggs, oil and vanilla in a jug. Mix all dry ingredients together and pour wet to dry, folding through well. Lastly fold through the chocolate. Taste to see if it is sweet enough. Spoon into cases. Bake for 25 mins. Cool.
  4. Meanwhile, hand whisk frosting, adding melted chocolate. It should become firm. Frost using a pipping bag or by spooning on to the cakes.
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  1. Expat Gourmand says:

    Good on you for keeping up with your exercise even on holidays! For me, holiday exercise depends on the destination. I’ll use gym if I am lucky to have one available (though doubt i can do that now that travel would involve 3 kids!) , however more often than not, there is none, so I rely on walking – which works out well as the best way to explore a new place is on foot! I also do body exercises and exercises on the floor (such as planks). Other than that, I take the chance to give my body a break from my weight training schedule (pre-pregnancy, that was lifting heavy weights eg squatting 60kg, deadlifting 70kg – which is really rough on the body).

    These days I am only 2 mths post-partum, and only have time for very short workouts while the two youngest are napping midday – if I’m lucky, their naps coincide for a short while, so I usually forego having a quiet lunch break and instead doing a quick 15min workout before waking the older one up. 15mins everyday is better than none! I do miss boxing and muay thai, but it’ll be months before I can even think about going back to that.

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