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Dreaming of Butt Crunches in Paris aka Workouts-On-Demand Giveaway

I’m in Paris eating Brie, Mousse Au Chocolat, Tarte Tatin, Foi Gras, Boeuf Bourguignon, Coq Au Vin, Crepes and Escargot. Excuse me while I wipe the butter, garlic and cream off of my chubby little fingers ….

I’m back. Must now wipe down my keyboard sljjdfosihalnipeajiwah jfebak;fepakpfoe[angjbvkdnfia

I’m not thinking about gaining weight right now. My intention is to eat and drink in all the sights, sounds and delicasies of The City of Love.

But when we return to the States I’m going to get back into my workout routine. For me this includes two days of Pilates in a gym and five days of promising myself I will just squeeze in one more day at the gym. Which never happens.

Pascale Thomas

Pascale Thomas

So when I was approached by Pascale Thomas to review her passion project, Workouts-On-Demand, and host a giveaway, I thought this was a site my readers would appreciate. (I was asked to do a post by Clorox, but thought you guys can probably figure which bleach you like on your own).

When the recession hit hard in 2010 Pascale lost her job as the Group Exercise Director for Sacramento Area Gold’s Gym. She’d been in the fitness industry over 15 years, but people were cutting out discretionary spending and gym memberships were often the first thing to go.

Undaunted Pascale decided to take a leap into the unknown by using her personal credit cards (don’t try this at home, youngsters) and launching her business online! Offering 200 downloadable or streamed workout videos in everything from aerobics, to cardio kickboxing, to pilates, to yoga and mediation on her new website.

Five years later her site is going gangbusters with members from over 30 different countries. There are three memberships currently available. From the Premium Value Plus membership at $12.99 to the Basic Membership at $9.99/month.

I’m running a giveaway for Pascale. Leave a comment below and you may be selected to enjoy 6 months of Free Online Exercise Classes

Now, back to my almond croissants and a lovely beaujolais nouveau! Bonne année! (If you want to continue having a tight fanny sign up for TWFKAB mailing list HERE!


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  1. joanne
    joanne 3 January, 2014, 10:24

    As I ate chocolate croissants Christmas morning and plowed through half a box of William Sonoma mini-crossaints along with fresh orange juice and champagne on New Years’ Day, I’m in need of some discipline. (I also highly recommend the WS croissants, since you’ll be jonesing for some buttery wonderment when you return from Paris!)

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  2. Shannon
    Shannon Author 3 January, 2014, 11:23

    Joanne– you had me at croissant!

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  3. Caryl
    Caryl 3 January, 2014, 16:50

    What! We just flew back from Paris yesterday! I would have totally stalked you had I known you were there…! Ate a ton of food, enjoyed EXCELLENT wine and hung out with friends in the 15th. Hope you are enjoying your stay!

    I will check out Pascales website as I am also a Sacramento resident.

    Bonne annèe!

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  4. Amy
    Amy 3 January, 2014, 20:00

    I have been telling myself that holiday calories don’t count…since Halloween. Apparently my hips didn’t get that memo, so I will be wearing tunics for a while! Enjoy all the delights of Paris while you can. There will always be a diet waiting when you get home.

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  5. Allie P
    Allie P 4 January, 2014, 06:32

    What a great idea (one I could really use right about now)! And enjoy your trip – sounds fabulous!

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  6. Gayle Fross
    Gayle Fross 4 January, 2014, 19:33

    I was eating Christmas cookies for breakfast until New Year’s. I could use a workout plus willpower.
    Safe travels!

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  7. Julie
    Julie 4 January, 2014, 21:11

    Sounds like fun…never been to Paris. Would love to win an online exercise class. I too, need to work off the holidays over indulgence.

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  8. Serena Belva
    Serena Belva 6 January, 2014, 07:25

    Right now I am drinking a kale, hemp protein, almond-coconut milk smoothie. I brought a salad for lunch. I was just informed that there will be pizza here at work for lunch. Pizza is my weakness. I WILL NOT cave. I will eat healthier and do it consistently, dangit! Oh, and I use online workouts all the time so Pascale sounds right up my alley. Have a wonderful trip!

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    • Shannon
      Shannon Author 7 January, 2014, 13:53

      Serena — I can picture your life from your description. Fingers crossed that you’ll win. xo S

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  9. Angie
    Angie 6 January, 2014, 10:00

    I have been trying out Pilates recently myself. The pain I feel the day after must mean it is doing what it’s supposed to do. Zumba is much more fun though, and less pain. Enjoy your time (and food!) in Paris, I am envious!

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    • Shannon
      Shannon Author 7 January, 2014, 13:51

      Angie — After all this incredible bread and duck confit I am only hoping the plane can handle the extra added girth. xo s

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  10. Vanessa
    Vanessa 7 January, 2014, 04:26

    I’m starting a detox programme next Monday and it requires 30 minutes of exercise a day. I really want to avoid the cost of a gym membership… but this sounds ideal!
    Enjoy Paris!!

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    • Shannon
      Shannon Author 7 January, 2014, 13:44

      Vanessa — I hope you win as I need a full report. Will I behave better if I have several options in my own home??

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  11. Lisa
    Lisa 7 January, 2014, 06:11

    Ooh ooh pick me! Pick me! I still have baby weight to lose (16 months later, it’s still baby weight right? RIGHT???)

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  12. Dianna O
    Dianna O 8 January, 2014, 08:24

    FREE WORKOUTS!!! Sign me up : )

    Not pregnant yet, but I’m hoping to be soon so that I can pretend it’s all the baby’s fault!

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  13. Terri H
    Terri H 8 January, 2014, 16:41

    Can anyone enter? I just came over from The Bloggess and started going back in time to read your posts and came to this cool give-away.

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  14. Lisa P
    Lisa P 9 January, 2014, 13:39

    Well, my baby is 3, so I can blame her for making me gain weight, but I guess it’s on me that I haven’t taken it off. Or maybe I just continue to blame her. It would be nice to win free workouts. Then I have no excuses, right? (I’m sure I could come up with a few).

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  15. Sonora
    Sonora 14 January, 2014, 07:39

    ¿Pourquoi pas? I could use the workouts! I pretend I am in Europe via Nutella and baguettes. Somehow, it’s not the same, but I keep trying, hoping to be transported. I am running out of flowy tunics…

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  16. DeanaCal
    DeanaCal 15 January, 2014, 13:06

    My baby weight isn’t gone yet either – never mind that my little peanut is 12!!! Here it is January 15 and I’ve actually gotten off my lazy butt and done some workouts the last few days using some really, really OLD dvd’s I found. New workouts would be awesome, although I am really enjoying looking at all the legwarmers and scrunchies in the dvd’s I’ve been using!

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    • Shannon
      Shannon Author 15 January, 2014, 17:30

      Deana I am impressed with your laserlike focus. Will be announcing the winner next week!!

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  17. Roseanne Salyer
    Roseanne Salyer 27 January, 2014, 09:20

    Continue to have a tight fanny? That implies that the fanny in question is tight already. Don’t I wish. I signed up for the exercise giveaway, so maybe one day… Well, a girl can dream. Thanks for all you do to brighten my day. Roseanne

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    • Shannon
      Shannon Author 27 January, 2014, 09:25

      Roseanne — thanks for commenting. Tight fannies are a bit overrated. I think men like a little jiggle in the wiggle. xo

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