Toning- It’s The Pits…And A Healthy Recipe for Peanut Butter Pie


This past summer I was getting in shape in anticipation of my wedding and I must have griped to my poor friend Tatiana about a million times that I was so frustrated trying to get rid of that little flabby area around my armpits.  Seriously, I ate well, worked out, lifted weights, did my pushups and that little spot would not go away.

I dedicate this post to my good friend Tat for patiently listening (and rolling her eyes a bit).  I have finally found the workout that is toning up that underarm excess!

These two exercises take less than 10 minutes to do, so they absolutely fit into my rule that anyone can get a good workout in at some point during their day.  If you don’t have free weights pull out some cans of soup.  They will do the trick.

These exercises also work your biceps, triceps and shoulders.  The perfect combination for beautifully toned arms.

Exercise 1:

Stand with your feet hip width apart and bring the weights up in front of your sternum approximately a foot away from your chest with your elbows bent.  Lift your right arm with the weight above the other arm.  Repeat with the left arm, raising it on top of the right weight.  As you continue doing this keep those arms bent in front of the sternum so as you repeat lifting the weights you continue lowering the other arm back down so that you aren’t creeping upwards as you go.  It will look like you are doing an imaginary stacking game that stays in place.  Begin by doing this at 20 reps for 4 sets.  I have now built up to doing 30 reps for 8 sets.


Exercise 2:

Hold those weights in your hands in the same position in front of your sternum with your elbows bent.  Press the weights into each other and then start pushing them together (almost a pulsing motion).  If you have a mirror you will see your arm pits actually engaging.  This also engages your pectorals so I recommend not doing this one out in the open at the gym as you might get a bit of attention from others.  Begin with 40 reps for 4 sets.  Learn to love that burn!


Finally, I posted the other day that I had been eating the most delicious peanut butter pie.  I had several requests for the recipe.  The pie came from First Slice in Chicago.  Check them out at


I don’t have the recipe for their awesome pie.  But I do have a recipe for a peanut butter pie that my husband absolutely loves.  It comes from Jessica Seinfeld’s “Double Delicious” cookbook.  She adds healthy twists to her recipes and they are always pretty awesome.

Keep in mind that Jessica calls for pureed vegetables in most of her recipes.  I am lazy so I substitute baby food for pureed vegetables.  Before you turn your nose, give it a try, my husband did and this recipe is always on his request list.  Also, prune baby food makes a fantastic alternative for oil in many baking recipes.  Try it in brownies for a tasty lighter version.

You would never guess this is the lighter version!

You would never guess this is the lighter version!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie:


1 1/2 cups reduced fat honey graham cracker crumbs

3 tablespoons margarine

2 cups nonfat milk

1/4 cup corn starch

1/3 cup sugar, plus 3 tablespoons

1/4 tsp. salt

1 large egg

1 large egg white

1 table spoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup yellow squash puree (or squash or carrot baby food)

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder


Preheat oven to 350º.  Combine graham cracker crumbs and margarine and press into bottom 9 inch pie plate and up the sides.  Bake for 5 minutes and then let cool.

In large sauce pan on medium heat whisk together milk, cornstarch, 1/3 cup sugar, salt, and eggs.  Stir occasionally and as it starts to thicken begin to stir constantly so no lumps form.  Turn off the heat once it begins to boil and form a pudding consistency.

Add vanilla extract and veggie puree.  Pour half of the mixture into a bowl and add the 3 tbsp. sugar and peanut butter to this bowl and stir.  Add the chocolate powder to the other half of the mixture and stir.

Pour the chocolate mixture onto the pie crust and top with the peanut butter layer.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  You can garnish with shaved chocolate or peanuts.

I put this in the freezer and we eat it straight from there.  It almost tastes like a peanut butter ice cream pie!

19 thoughts on “Toning- It’s The Pits…And A Healthy Recipe for Peanut Butter Pie

  1. Ooh, two great things! I thought there wasn’t any way to tone up that area! As soon as I’m back in the gym I’m trying this! And, I’m a sucker for always for peanut butter desserts. Yum!

  2. oohh, those moves sound new and interesting! I’ve seen the recipe for that pie before and must admit I was a little skeptical about how it would taste. Nice to hear that it’s delicious, I will have to try making it

  3. I am always looking for new exercises to add to my repertoire for when my clients mention certain trouble spots. I’ll have to try these a few times first, though my flabby armpits spilling over my strapless dress is about the least of my problems!

    • LOL…it really has been a helpful exercise. As I commented before it is about not overloading the weights and minimal movements to protect the shoulder and rotator cuff. I saw results within a week.

  4. Destroyed rotator cuff winces at the exercise pics, but that pie sounds insane! Have you tinkered with a non-margarine version? I know that sometimes you get consistency problems when you swap out the M…

    • The key is light weights to not overload and these movements are very small.

      I plan to try using coconut oil. I have used the I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter liquid and it worked very well.

  5. I came for the peanut butter pie and left with the flabby armpit exercises… I have ALWAYS had those no matter how fit I am. Can’t wait to give them a go.

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