Monthly Archives: November 2014

Motivation to Work Out with Classpass!

After finishing my first half marathon this summer, I have been struggling with motivation in the exercise department. Running a half marathon burns enough calories for the entire year right? That’s how it feels when you’re done! Since then, I have just been so tired of doing the same thing over and over so I ended up taking a pretty long break from the whole thing. Which by the way usually consists of 30 min strengths with free weights + 30 min jog/run 3 times a week and one longer run on the weekend during race training. Needless to say, after the break my muscle mass is severely decreased and I feel like I am starting all over again, from scratch. I tend to do this, get really fit in a really intense fast way, get bored, get lazy and then start all over again. Why you ask? Isn’t that how we all do it? It would be a lot easier if I just kept going, but for some reason I haven’t cracked that code yet. Maybe that should be a resolution for 2015.

motivation-to-work-out-with-30-day-classpass-reviewPicture from the classpass website.

One day, my coworker told me about Classpass. The first month is only $1 and you can pretty much try an unlimited amount of various types of classes! I was intrigued! I had been waiting wanting to try something new and this would be perfect! I signed up right away and even through it took me a week to get started, I tried a few different classes over the course of October. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and ended up trying Krav Maga 1, Krav Bag, Barry’s Bootcamp, Power Yoga, Total Body Burn, Vinyasa Yoga, and Pop Physique. I also  signed up for Surfset, Beginners Boxing, and Pilates Pro, but you know how life goes sometimes. Stuff comes up and you’re just too busy lazy and would rather not :) I’ll give you a more detailed review of each class next time!

motivation-to-work-out-with-30-day-classpass-reviewPicture from the classpass website.

The good and the bad? The good is that you get to try a variety of classes and see what you like/don’t like. I know I discovered some new talents. You can do each studio three times during the course of a month and there are tons of studios! Most fitness classes are between $ 15-30 so if you do more than 3-6 classes a month, it ends up saving you money (Regular price after your first month is $99). The bad? It’s a good idea to read the fine print because there is a whole lot of it. Most important there is a 24 hour cancellation policy and if you don’t cancel within that and don’t attend the class, you’ll be charged $20. So basically you have to go! Good and bad if you ask me. If you decide to cancel a month and sign up again, there is a $75 activation fee, every time. Or you can freeze your membership for $19 a month. Oh and if you want to cancel, remember to do it 15 days before the next billing cycle!

motivation-to-work-out-with-30-day-classpass-reviewPicture from the classpass website.

So there you have it, Classpass. It was fun to try something new! I am still not back on top, but at least I am back at it :)

How do you stay motivated? Have you ever tried Classpass? If you want to try it out, its available in San Francisco, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago and Seattle so far. Follow their Instagram for new locations.

Until next time, Hadet på Badet!

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Norwegian Recipes: Warm Apple Cake!

If you have been following along, you know how excited I am for fall this year. It’s finally getting colder in San Francisco and today I was in the mood for something sweet so I decided to bake! I love anything apple cinnamon flavored and with a touch of vanilla ice cream, Apple Cake is heavenly! I actually like to bake, but I am all for the simpler recipes. I don’t have the patience if you have to fly through hoops and hassles to get the result. After all, I am in it for the baked goods at the end!

I don’t really know where the recipe is originated, but I am very lucky to have a few homemade cookbooks with my moms and both my grandmothers favorite recipes, which is where this one is from :) My grandmother on my dad’s side passed away a few years ago, which totally broke my heart because we were very close. I have so many memories from her cooking up the most delicious meals and dessert throughout the years and I feel incredibly honored to have her recipe booklets!

I figured there is probably a few Norwegian recipe gems that I can share with you, so I started a new series: Norwegian Recipes! Let me know how you like it :)

Ok, moving on to what you came here for: Warm Apple Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

Norwegian Recipes: Warm Apple Cake!

Ingredients

4.5 oz/125 grams of butter

4.5 oz/125 grams of sugar

4.5 oz/125 grams of all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

3 apples (I used red gala, but you can choose any kind you want)

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 395 degrees. (200 Celsius)

What to do

1. Stir together all the dry ingredients (except brown sugar and just a dash of cinnamon)

Norwegian Recipes: Warm Apple Cake2. Cut the butter into smaller pieces and stir it in. This is where I could have spent some time cutting out perfectly shaped small cubes of butter, but then I didn’t…

Norwegian Recipe: Warm Apple Cake/Pai3. Add in the eggs and stir it all together. I was on the hunt for a hand mixer with better attachments and slower speed settings for so long! I was tired of mixing powdered sugar with powdered sugar all over my kitchen! Finally I found target=”_blank”this hand mixer from Amazon. Dough mixers, better regular mixers AND slow speeds. So much easier!

Norwegian Recipes: Warm Apple Cake!

Norwegian Recipe: Warm Apple Cake4. Add the batter into a 9-10″ (24 cm) round pan. Peel the apples and cut into thin slices. Push the apples into the cake in circles. Wipe over the dough and add another layer of apples for decoration.

Norwegian Recipes: Warm Apple Cake!

Norwegian Recipes: Warm Apple Cake! If you have a dishwasher, you can just butter the pan, but because I don’t, I used parchment paper. Yes, I have gone five years with no dishwasher. Five! If you ever think about moving to a big city, make sure you can go without a dishwasher. They do not exist here… but I digress. The cake is now ready for the preheated oven! And while it’s baking for 25-30 min, you have lot’s of time to do the dishes :)

All done! Hope you like it :)

Norwegian Recipes: Warm Apple Cake!

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Think this cake looks good? You can find more of my Norwegian Recipes here! Some of my favorites are Easy to make Carrot Cake, Sweet Vanilla Custard Buns, Lussekatter (Safron buns) and Homemade Strawberry Jam!

Until next time, Hadet på Badet!

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