A PSL Workout

It is PSL season after all- let’s have a little workout pun fun! This quick workout will work arms, core and legs.. oh the legs.

Full disclosure, I have totally fallen off the motivational wagon and have slipped on making it to my workouts. I am working on adjusting my focus to the long term effects/goals of a fit lifestyle instead of the quick obtainable ones like fitting back into a fair pair of jeans.

For some reason Lil Miss has wanted to party for a few hours every night around 2:30am. This Mama is tired and has hit snooze on her alarm for far too many days as of late. Gaining that much needed extra hour of sleep means sacrificing a morning workout. This week I’m determined to stop neglecting my daily workouts. So today the weather was perfect for a run during my lunch break and I did just that!

Tell Me: What are some of your larger goals that keep you showing up to the gym day after day?

My run was short; just 1.5 miles. I wanted to add a little something extra especially given how much I have slacked lately. This short workout was a great supplement to my run!

Top | Sports Bra | Leggings (similar) | Tennis | Watch

*A friendly reminder that I am not a certified personal instructor. A workout that is right for me, may not be right for you. Proceed at your own risk.

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I’ve been a reader of Peanut Butter Fingers for years. For today’s post, let’s back it up to 2011, Julie over at PB Fingers keeps mentioning how much she loves BodyPump. BodyPump is a Les Mills class that is typically taught in a gym. There are no gyms near me that do BodyPump or Les Mills anything. Total bummer.

Fast forward to the end this past June, one of my girlfriends tells me she has switched up her kickboxing class for GRIT. Being the workout junkie I am, I had to know all about her new program. My girlfriend tells me it’s HIIT with strength training and she loves it. She then tells me she balances the week with also a few BodyPump classes. Of course I hop onto Google to see if anyone is teaching Les Mills in my area.. Nope, not yet! Seriously, Dayton- we need some Les Mills! Again, total bummer.

As I’m doing more internet searching, I discover that Les Mills has a streaming On Demand program. Say what?! The On Demand program has been around in the US since 2015 and I’m just now finding out about it! It’s $12.99 a month and includes an endless amount of workout programs including BodyPump and GRIT!  It took all of five minutes for me to decide to sign up for the free 10 day trial and give it a go at least for the first month.

WHY WE ARE LOVING:  Babes, I’m in love. Best part- so is the hubs! Here’s what we love:

  • There are plenty of 30 minute workouts to choose from so we’ve yet to get bored (plus they add new releases all the time!)
  • The coaches are mostly from New Zealand- there is something magical about a person with an accent telling you to do pushups for 20 seconds.
  • The workouts are designed for athletes, not weight loss. Of course you will lose weight/inches and build muscles but what I mean is there is no one telling you if you stick with this for 30 days you’ll be ripped, or think about your skinny jeans. What the coaches do talk about is the other people in that room are your team, working together to be a better athlete- and you’re going to do lateral lunges for agility or sprints for speed. I find it totally refreshing and super motivating.
  • Every release we’ve done ends with core that’s not just crunches!
  • Lots of new moves, especially ones that work back muscles that I didn’t even know I’ve been missing over the years.
  • It’s all about mixing up muscle confusion which makes it mental as well as physical.
  • Kid section is broken down by age group which I find really useful! Having a collection of 12 -15 minute routines to do with my little guy has been amazing! (this feature is free without subscription!)

WHAT WE ARE LOVING: We haven’t sampled every program yet but we have done BodyPump, GRIT, CXWork and BodyFlow. GRIT is our favorite because it’s so intense, there is no other word for it. The first GRIT release we did I almost fainted-twice. If you have bad knees, if HIIT/plyo isn’t for you- GRIT will not be either. I read that someone said it’s like CrossFit, I’ve never done CrossFit so I can’t compare the two. Intense, it’s intense.

We like BodyPump to mix in with GRIT throughout the week. I personally like that I’m getting some weights and some cardio but it’s not as intense.

CXWork has been great for core conditioning. There isn’t a lot of explosive movement in this series but you’ll feel it in your abs, back and upper thighs the next day!

I’m pretty particular about the types of yoga I’ll do. I once took a hatha class and fell asleep, so I’ve learned if I’m going to do yoga it needs to be a challenge. I do not stray much from my beloved ashtanga but BodyFlow has been a great addition to our yoga practice. I really enjoy the pace and having fun music during the flow.

EQUIPMENT:  Of course you’ll need a device to stream the workouts like a phone, laptop or tablet. We stream to our AppleTv through screen mirroring from a phone. If you have a new AppleTv, I read you can download the LesMills app right onto there for streaming. When we first started we used dumbbells because that is what we already own. BodyPump and Grit both use barbells and weight plates- we try to be mindful to hold the dumbbells how we would hold a barbell to maximize results. For my birthday I requested a beginner barbell set. The past month with the barbell has been amazing, although my tiny little weight plates look pathetic! Gotta start somewhere right? CXWork uses exercise bands and weight plates, we’ve used bands and dumbbells.

It’s been seven weeks from today that we started LMOD. We took the first week off in August from exercise as everyone in my house was sick. A few days we subbed a T25 or quick 10 minute workout but majority of our workouts have been LMOD. I need to take new measurements but I’m certain I’ve lost inches around my waist and thighs because I can FIT BACK INTO MY FAVORITE JEANS! Praise!! My back and arms are stronger and I can tell my core is getting strong, especially the lower abs where the muscle memory has been weakened from two caesarians. Plus, I finally have less than 10 pounds till I’m back to my pre-baby weight.  I am excited to see future transformations!

(Post GRIT Strength 18 #sweatfie!)

CONCLUSION:  We are definitely continuing our subscription service with Les Mills On Demand; we might upgrade our membership to a full year since it’s slightly cheaper that way. It’s been a long time since I’ve looked forward to working out and feel disappointed if I miss. It’s been a real challenge to make sure we have 30 minutes set aside every day but with my husband as my accountability partner it’s a little easier to pry myself from bed in the morning.

If you are still reading this (I hope you are) you can try Les Mills On Demand FREE for 30 Days! Simply sign up & give code optimistaple30 during check out for a FREE 30 day trial!

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Hi all! It’s been such a busy week. I made some updates to the site and computer coding is not a strong suite of mine- everything took a lot longer than anticipated. And then last minute at the end of the week I got a new MacBook; which required getting all that set up and files transferred. It’s been a week of lots of computer nonsense!

It’s also been a SORE week! I can really tell I’m pushing and challenging myself- I feel like I am seeing changes in my arms! (or imagining?) I’m starting to fit back into some of my regular size pre-pregnancy pants so something must be going right!

The Spring into Summer Shape Up is half way done; can you believe it? With that being said- here is week three’s schedule and workout! If you are just joining us make sure to check out week one and week two!

Monday: Double Duty Arms. The exercises are arm focus but you’re going to work more than just your arms. I’m probably going to grab my 3lb and 5lb dumbbells to complete this workout.

Tuesday: Cardio Interval + abs. C’mon we all love cardio and ab day riiiight? Super simple cardio interval that can be done with any type of cardio your heart desires. The ab exercises I picked this week are pilates inspired.

Wednesday: Scorch your legs with this HIIT type workout.

Thursday: Cardio + abs (from Tuesday) again. I’ve provided a no-equipment cardio routine as I do every Thursday, but feel free to do whatever cardio you want. If that’s going for a run, a spin class or whateves. The important part is to move!

Friday: kick the weekend into high gear with this weighted total body workout. It could get ugly, but just think how extra satisfying a glass of rosé will taste later!

Saturday/Sunday- I encourage you to take these days to rest, do a yoga flow, stretch or even just enjoy a slow walk with the kids. These workouts are tough; it’s important to have rest days!

Alright, I’ve got to get some sleep. Little miss was up all last night and this Mama is beat! Plus my littles and I are treating my Mom to lunch tomorrow and I need to get some rest. Happy Mother’s Day friends!

*a friendly reminder that I am not a certified personal instructor. A workout that is right for me, may not be right for you. Proceed at your own risk.

SiS: Spring into Summer Shape Up Week 2

Hi friends! How are we doing with the first week of the 2017 SiS Spring into Summer Shape Up? I’m looking forward to hitting the mat tomorrow and stretch out!

I will admit these workouts are challenging but I designed them to kick some booty!! If you need modifications just ask! I’m happy to dial down a routine to fit your needs.

I’m in the market for some crop workout pants now that it’s spring! These are my favorite high rise crop pants and happen to be $35 with a sports bra purchase! I also really love this mesh crop pant which are 50% off today making them under $15 for compression!

Ok enough talk- time to share next week’s schedule and workouts!





Thursday: + abs from Tuesday


Saturday: stretch, attend a yoga class or complete last week’s flow.

Sunday: rest! especially if you’re a Mama enjoying today!

Who’s ready to crush another week??

*a friendly reminder that I am not a certified personal instructor. A workout that is right for me, may not be right for you. Proceed at your own risk.

SiS: Spring into Summer Shape Up Week 1

Spring is in full force now that May is approaching on us this weekend.. which means bathing suit season is right on our heels! I don’t know about you but I think May is a perfect month to kick workouts into high gear to get ready for those tanks and shorts.

I spent time this week designing the first ever Style in Shape: Spring into Summer Shape Up! I’ve come up with 25 unique workouts to burn through the month of May. Some days will be weight focused while others will be all about equipment free. I’ve done very little at repeating exercises throughout the month in hopes to keep my mind and body from getting bored.

I’d LOVE for you to join the Spring into Summer Shape Up! Check back here every Friday (starting today) for the following week’s plan and workouts. Join me on Instagram for daily check-ins and accountability! Use the hashtag #sisSpringIntoSummer for all your awesome posts!

I’m so excited for this you guys! I’m so ready for a challenge and to melt off some more of my pregnancy weight. This weekend I’m meal planning and prepping so I’m ready to start the month off right!

Here is week one workout schedule:

And of course each workout!




Thursday: +ab routine from Tuesday


Saturday: rest! You’ve earned it!

Sunday: Do your favorite yoga flow or stretches or follow along with this flow I created! 
Can’t wait to see all you babes crushing goals this May!

*a friendly reminder that I am not a certified personal instructor. A workout that is right for me, may not be right for you. Proceed at your own risk.

SIS Body Blast Workout

I’ve had my blog up for almost a month and I’m long overdue sharing a fitness post! This is Style in Shape- Fashion and Fitness for less afterall and that fitness category is empty!

But guys, let me tell you- it’s a lot harder than it looks. To the seasoned fitness bloggers out there- bravo! You make this ish look not akward and totally embarassing.

Or maybe it’s just me that is akward and embarassing but you know what? I’m sharing anyway. It’s a killer workout. Some of my moves are modified and my range of motion is no where how it looks in my mind but this one is a keeper. It will leave you sweaty!

Funny thing about recording a workout is it doesn’t lie. I can see that I need to correct my form in a few of these moves- that just means I have progress to make. I am just about 13 weeks post partum with still 20 lbs of baby weight to shed- I don’t expect my form to be perfect. Fitness is a journey!

Oh and I thought I had sound off during recording but nope; you can hear my children in the background. Feel free to mute. Working up a sweat amongst my kids playing in a semi-finished basement-it doesn’t get any more authentic than this, am I right?


Complete 10-12 reps (per side when applicable) of each move and 30 seconds on the cardio move. Repeat before moving to the next set.

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Set 1:

Cross over stationary lunges
Side lunge with a dumbbell pull
Plank with shin taps
High Knees​​​

Set 2:

Alternating bent over row and leg extension
Tricep extension with sumo squat
Seated side twists
Mountain climbers


Set 3

Renegade rows
Squat with rotational twist press
V-ups (or modified as I’m doing)
Squat jumps with floor taps

Make this easier by losing the weights, or harder by extending your range of motion or increasing weights. Try to always do a little warm up and cool down to avoid injury.

*a friendly reminder that I am not a certified personal instructor. A workout that is right for me, may not be right for you. Proceed at your own risk.