MAINTAINING YOUR LITHE RESULTS! 10 Jul 2014

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  1. Remind yourself of how far you've come!  Consider your mindset! Why exactly do you Lithe? One of the most common questions I am asked by new Lithers is: When will I start seeing results? And while I always tell clients that it takes consistent Lithing for 6 months to truly see your body really change, it's important to be mindful of the changes that happen almost immediately (that you can't see) when you make working out a regular part of your life. Breaking a sweat several times a week not only helps us lose weight, but improves our cardiovascular health, increases our stamina and strength, stabilizes our moods, increases our flexibility and bone density, and lowers cholesterol and blood pressure just to scratch the surface. So, if you've hit a plateau or are feeling frustrated that you aren't seeing results as quickly as you wish you could, remember that your body is changing (from the inside) and be proud of what you are accomplishing. I recommend keeping a pre-Lithe photograph of yourself around to serve as a constant reminder of how hard you worked and feel empowered because YOU did it!
  2. Keep Lithing regularly. No excuses here. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it pretty quickly.  Fitness is a lifelong commitment with endless health benefits that go far beyond the way that you look.  Make a habit of hitting the studio at least 3-4 times week. I like to do four days of Lithe (Waspie, Higher Power + 2 cardio sessions) during the week, and then I walk and develop new Lithe content on the weekends. 
  3. Say no to excuses:  Silence that voice in your head.  Speaking of the "I don't have the money" excuse, It doesn't have to cost a thing to move your body. If you can Lithe one-two times a week, your results will happen at a slower pace but you WILL achieve the results that you're looking for.  Is this you?  Stick to the classics!
  4. Do breakfast. The benefits of eating breakfast are so amazing.  When you wake up after a long slumber, your blood sugar is at a fasting level; "breaking the fast" is so important - it's your first shot at laying the ground work for a healthy day. Breakfast helps prevent binging and eating too many sweets. Plus, it deters you from making unhealthy food choices because your body is stabilized with the appropriate fuel. 
  5. Eat Lithe. We all love to eat out.  Unfortunately, it's almost impossible to maintain your results when the average portion size at most restaurants is 90% more than we should be eating in one sitting.  Most of us overeat at restaurants because our visual response to the massive portion size is skewed. What do I do?  Stick to whole foods, order an appetizer as my meal, or I tell the server to only give me half of a dinner and box up the rest.  That other half of the meal never makes its way to my plate - or my hips!
  6. Barometer gear.  Invest in a few cute workout pieces ever quarter.  You'll look and feel cute, but your gear becomes your barometer! I find that if you Lithe in old clothing, you will be more likely to accept a few extra pounds. New gear allows you to make a conscious effort to stay fit and I think the way your clothes fit is a far better indicator of your weight vs. the scale. If your favorite pair of pants is starting to get tight, it’s time to check in and refocus.
  7. Identify your unhealthy triggers. One of the best ways to break a habit is to identify the trigger that leads to the negative action. Bad habits, such as turning to the fridge when you’re stressed or skipping the studio and thinking “I’ll go tomorrow,” create the vicious cycles that ultimately lead to higher cholesterol, or weight gain. Triggers can include 3 o’clock boredom or dips in blood sugar (solution: take a quick walk or have a healthy snack), watching television and mindlessly snacking (solution: eat fresh veggies instead or tuck-squeeze during a commercial). Staying strong and on track is all about identifying what triggers your bad habits and replacing it with a better one.

Image of Lithe Instructor Jennifer Blatstein wearing Lululemon via Dom

WKND CLIP! 9 Jul 2014

Lithers via Lithe TV & Bear Bear Pro

 

LITHE-UP YOUR METABOLISM! 9 Jul 2014

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SAYEH'S LIVING LITHE! 9 Jul 2014

Sayeh

I am a binger and purger. In almost every aspect of my life, other than my diet. (When it comes to food, I generally just binge.) If you've been following my column since the Lithe Diving Days (3 years now!), then you may remember my very first blog. In it, I admitted to being prone to going on kicks, making grandiose lifestyle altering gestures, buying the book, wearing the t-shirt, and preaching the sermon only to find myself rooting through drawers months later to find all of this aformentioned paraphernalia abandoned and forgotten.

This little (huge) habit? issue? of mine was brought into stark relief last week, when my husband and I moved into our new (to us) home. The cliche about moving was once again proven true--it was incredibly stressful, and seemingly never-ending. Having moved almost every year since I was 18, I'm all too familiar with those parts of the process, but there is one aspect of it I actually look forward to. Purging. My drawers, my closets, and any nook and cranny I can get a hold of. Rummaging through piles of papers or boxes that I haven't opened since the last move always proves fun, and leaves me feeling light and cleansed. Because although I'm known to hold onto the odd ticket stub or greeting card, I'm not super sentimental, and would much rather give things away to friends, donate them or trash them than have them floating around, taking up space in my life.

This time, as I prepared to rid my house of all unnecessary clutter before we moved into the new one, I didn't have that experience. Instead, the purge was horrifying. It was evidence of the polar opposite, the binge. My tendency to binge. And more than that, it was evidence of how fickle and flighty I can be. Everywhere I looked was a ridiculous purchase I made on a whim--most of it things I no longer like or use at ALL. Be it clothes, or random home goods...SUPPLEMENTS I was convinced would change my life...you name it. I found this gold little tray that I bought from Marshall's with the word NOEL on it. Each letter was made out of some Christmas object like a ribbon, or bell...what have you. It's hideous. WHY did I buy this thing? 

Clearing out my bookshelf, I found titles like YOU: On A Diet. The Flat Belly Diet. Skinny Bitch. Skinny Bitch in the Kitch. Clean Gut. Macrobiotic cookbooks. Vegan cookbooks. To be clear, my belly is neither flat, nor is my gut clean. I found a sack full of arts and crafts items I bought the ONE time I made something for my husband for Valentine's Day. In it, there was an embossing tool--a weird, fat pen that heats up glitter until it melts and looks like puff paint? WHY did I spend money on this?? WHY? I will never use it again.

The list goes on, and you get the picture. Sitting amongst the rubble of all my impulses, I couldn't help but think of all the money I had wasted on these things. How much more I could be saving or spending in other, more constructive places, and even more to the point, all of the effort and energy I had put into all of these things that I no longer use or even think about. The countless conversations I'd had extolling the virtues of the very things I was stuffing into donation bags to pass along to someone else. And as I was doing so, I couldn't help but think: What gives?

Yes, part of it is just me and how I've always been, but more than that, I'm beginning to realize that maybe this wake of fads past is actually my search for something. Perhaps that's why I do cleanses and buy books, and go to different doctors and pick up new hobbies. That maybe on some level I'm looking for a silver bullet for...something. Be it to feel a little more fulfilled or to feel more productive, to be healthier, more energetic, thinner, prettier, happier...or ultimately just more...in control. That maybe I will find something out there that I can do to feel a little less at the mercy of the whims of life and a body that modern medicine says can turn on me at any moment depending on the choices I make. 

Obviously, my rational self knows there is no silver bullet for...anything. Most wisdom dictates that, in fact, one should be wary of anything that claims to cure-all. And I think I have some work cut out for me to get to the bottom of my binge-purge tendencies. But, I will say, in all the reflecting I did as I was cleansing my home of the spoils of my spontaneity, I couldn't help but think about Lithe. That if I had to point to a panacea that has truly altered several aspects of my life, it is LitheThat it truly HAS stuck. To me, the teflon girl to which nothing, but my man, and a tan, has stuck so far. I never come across my wristbands and gloves in the back of some drawer. They are in my bag, everyday, reminding me that I have class in a few hours, or that I need to get my ass back in gear if I've let life get in the way. I've watched it change my body, and my mindset, and in turn, the domino effect has continued into all aspects of my life. That when I feel fit and strong--when I'm lithing--I do feel in control. And that perhaps the search for that thing is over--and has been for some time. 

See you in class!

 

INSPIRATION 8 Jul 2014

WOMAN

ME ON MONDAY (THE MOM-SUIT) 7 Jul 2014

lauren in Michi

When I was kid-free, what was I doing in my string bikini?  Nothing!  I laid out, sipped my drink, took a walk, etc.  You get the picture.  And right now, there's no sitting, sunning, or reading magazines.  My Mars is all over the place, and a day at the beach, or at the pool just SO not what it used to be. 

Swimsuits have an entirely different meaning with an almost three year old in tow.  In order to keep up with the physical demands of a super active kiddo, you need a suit that can withstand everything: running, squatting, pick-me-up, tantrums, building sandcastles, lifting, chasing, falling, being pulled on, and playing catch.  Basically, you need a mom-suit: An iron-clad, no wardrobe-malfunction bathing suit.  I still want to feel chic and sexy, and I still believe that I can wear a bikini, and chase after my boy. 

I like to invest in pieces that truly crossover from studio, to street, to swim.  These days I'm chasing Mars in Lithe's Performance Bra or Michi sports bras (above).  I love this one because it's sexy, but there's not a chance that I'm being exposed regardless of what he does.  What are you Lithe Mama's wearing to the beach?  Are you wearing a two-piece, swim-skirt, tankini, one-piece or swim-dress? 

Selfie of Lauren sitting for a (rare) hot minute via Lauren

 

#LITHEENDLESSSUMMER CHALLENGE SIGN-UP! 7 Jul 2014

ENDLESS

Ready to kick it into high gear with another 20 classes in 25 days during the second most induglent time of the year?  The #LitheEndlessSummer Challenge begins on Monday, July 14th 2014!

Sign up today through Saturday, July 12th.  How will we keep you motivated?  Doing what we do best - Banding together in true Lithe fashion!  We'll keep you inspired with a Spirit Circle, weekly emails, our social media hashtag calendar, more video content via LitheTV, before & after measurements and photos, recipes, and tips from Lithe creator, Lauren Boggi!

The Details:

  • Sign up for the #LitheEndlessSummer Challenge today through Saturday, July 12th.  The challenge runs 25 days: Monday, July 14th through Thursday, August 7th
  • Not a here in Philly?  No problem, you can join in and show us how you're getting Lithe! 
  • The Fitness: Lithers must complete 20 classes in 25 days.  One of those classes must be outdoor (Hot-Stepper, Walk-Star or Lithe Beach - stay tuned, these options will appear on the schedules by the end of this week!), and one class must be Restorative: Rare Form or Melt. 
  • The Food: Eat Lithe!  We want you Eating Lithe (clean) Monday-Friday.  Utilize your Lithe Spring Clean menus, or do your own thing. 
  • Recipe Share:  Inspire each other!  Share one recipe on social media (FB, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram) showing us how you're #EatingLithe on 7.19.14!
  • Everyone Wins: Everyone who completes 20 classes in 25 days, and participates in the social media component (our hashtag calendar) will win their own personal set of Lithe "High Tops" for our super unique, upcoming fall workout, High Top, debuting the week of 8.11.  Winners will also get first priority to experience High Top with Lithe creator, Lauren Boggi!
  • The Ultra Lithe Grandprizes:  We want to see your progress!  Lithers who complete the calendar (posting everyday!) and share their before & after #LitheResults on social media using the #LitheEndlessSummer Challenge hashtag on 7.14, 8.1 or 8.7 will be entered into the Ultra Lithe Bonus drawing: TWO people will win a Lithe WKND (date TBA), and one winner will win a one-day, Lithe Instagram account takeover! 

 

#LITHEENDLESSSUMMER HASHTAG CALENDAR! 7 Jul 2014

Hashtags

Inspire, motivate, and win with our hashtag calendar! Post each day of the challenge to win our High Tops!  Don't want to blow up your personal Instagram feed? We recommend creating an account specifically for Lithe challenges! 

HAPPY FOURTH! 4 Jul 2014

Tirsa

Take it to Liberty, Lithers! 

Image of Lithe Instructor, Tirsa Rivas via Dom

INSPIRATION 3 Jul 2014

GLOVES

Image of Lithe Instructor Annette Kaplafka wearing Pearl iZumi via Dom

#ENDLESSSUMMER CHALLENGE! 2 Jul 2014

ENDLESS

Ready to take another 20 classes in 25 days?  Tune in on Monday for all the details!  

SUMMER WEEKEND SPECIAL! 1 Jul 2014

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It's Summertime in the city and Lithe's 8 class pack, weekend-only deal is live!  This deal is perfect as a gift, or for monthly membership Lithers who want to double up during the second most indulgent time of year.  To purchase, choose "Summer Weekend Special" in our online store.

*Limit one per Lither, Valid for newbie and veteran Lithers, Valid on Satudays & Sundays only, Package expires 2 months from date of purchase, and may not be combined with any other discount or promotion.

Image of Lithe Instructor Elizabeth Tomkins wearing Motherhood Maternity via Dom

COCONUT JERKY! 30 Jun 2014

Jerky

This recipe leaves Mars begging (above) for more.  It's meat and hormone-free and tastes just like candy.  I use Exotic Superfoods young coconut meat, but you can DIY and purchase 5-6 young coconuts and extract the meat utilizing a Coco Jack.

If you like it savory…
Ingredients: 1 half bag of Exotic Superfoods young coconut meat (you can buy it by the single, $10 bag at Whole Foods) 1/2 cup of Braggs or Tamari, 1tsp olive oil & 1tbsp nutritional yeast

If you like it sweet…
Ingredients: 1 half bag of Exotic Superfoods young coconut meat, 1 tbsp coconut sugar & coconut oil spray

Directions:  Slice coconut meat into thin strips and then dehydrate for 4-6 hours at 118 degrees.  If you don’t have a dehydrator, set your oven at its lowest temperature, place the coconut on a rack and place a wooden spoon in the oven door to keep it slightly open. The surface should feel dry, but you want it to still be chewy on the inside.

Images via Lauren

#LITHETOUR 2014 (LOS ANGELES)! 30 Jun 2014

LitheTour LA

Hey LA, get ready to experience Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting with Lithe creator, Lauren Boggi!  Sweat, sip cold-pressed Lithe Foods juice, and snag some swag.  August 15th & 16th on the rooftop of the PalihouseReserve here!

Space is limited.  For media inquiries, please contact Jill at pr@lithemethod.com

HAPPY #LITHEWKND! 27 Jun 2014

Bob

I'm so excited to spend this incredible WKND with you!  Don't know what to expect?  Well, that's all part of it - Just like our Lithe Escape philsophopy!  Get out of planning mode and get ready for sore muscles, beach time, girlfriends, Lithe Foods, and major results.  See you tonight!

#LITHETOUR 2014! (USA) 26 Jun 2014

Tour (1)

We're getting prepped for our first two stops in the USA!  Details on how to sign up next week...

LAUREN ON FLOWER POWER 26 Jun 2014

Flowers

Fresh flowers are one of my favorite little luxuries at Lithe and at home.  I truly believe that having them in our spaces is part of being a good host. Sure, flowers can be an extra expense, but they don't have to be expensive.  I often wish that other local businesses (especially restaurants) placed more emphasis on floral design. Flowers not only bring beauty to a space, but they bring us health and evoke a feeling of beauty and grace. 

I leave it up to Sullivan Owen to create amazing floral designs for Lithe, but unless I'm hosting a party, I usually DIY flower arrangements for my home.  Sometimes I pick out flowers based on appearance alone, but recently I've been paying more attention to the meaning behind them. Many cultures throughout history have assigned meaning to flowers. Whether you’re decoding the pink roses your boyfriend sent, or deciding which blooms belong at your wedding, the language of flowers is both interesting and surprisingly useful, too.  

Right now Sullivan is featuring Peonies in our studios.  Peonies have a delicious scent and are so incredibly beautiful. The peony has long been used in feng shui as a cure for love, and the symbol of the peony is often considered a metaphor for female beauty and prosperity.  I had a Caribbean wedding and utilized local flowers like the Bird of Paradise which symbolizes joyfulness, magnificence and also is used to indicate an exciting and wonderful anticipation.  If I had a wedding in the states I would have most definitely incorporated the Peony. Do you have a favorite flower?  

Check out some of our favorite flowers and their meaning:

  • Anemone – unfading love; anticipation
  • Camellia – perfect loveliness
  • Chrysanthemum – joy; optimism
  • Daffodil - chivalry; respect and new beginnings
  • Dahlia – elegance; dignity
  • Forget-Me- Not - remember me forever
  • Gardenia – joy
  • Ginger - proud
  • Lavender – luck
  • Marigold - desire for riches
  • Lily (white) –innocence; purity
  • Orange Blossom - fertility
  • Orchid – rare beauty; luxury
  • Protea (king) - change and transformation
  • Ranunculus - radient charm
  • Rose (pink) –gratitude; admiration and friendship
  • Rose (yellow) – friendship
  • Stargazer - ambition

Image via Pinterest

SAYEH'S LIVING EATING...PHYSICALLY 26 Jun 2014

Sayeh

Last week, I talked about how I felt EMOTIONALLY during my intense cleanse. That I discovered that, for me, it was hard to untangle the emotions that come with eating food--any food--with the act of eating to nourish my body. That removing those feelings left me depleted emotionally. How I felt PHYSICALLY throughout the cleanse was quite different, however.

First, I have to be honest and say I didn't last the entire 3 weeks. I had about 5 days left, when I just called it quits. I went to a wedding in North Carolina, and well...BBQ called and I just couldn't do it anymore and felt like I'd gone the distance all things considered. That being said, 2.5 weeks was enough time for me to see some changes in my body. 

First, I was not nearly as bloated--something that seems to be par for the course for me after every meal. I felt less bubbly and didn't have that HEAVY post-meal feeling that often leaves me lethargic and uncomfortable. This was a big deal since all of that stuff contributes to the kind of feelings I don't like having about my food--guilt and regret. 

Another major observation was that my appetite DRASTICALLY decreased. I joked to friends it was because my body was boycotting the short list of things I could eat, but I suspect that the foods I was eating were actually giving me the nutrients I needed to feel satisfied, so I needed much less. This was HUGE. One of my biggest issues is portion control. I can EAT. I'm always hungry, and if something is delicious, even when I feel full, I can't stop won't stop. Forget doing the whole stop when you feel 80% full thing. I barely stop when I'm 80% over capacity. Eating small portions, I barely recognized myself. I would eat half my plate and just feel full. No will power needed. Nothing. I was just...done. It was crazy. 

Things that didn't happen that I was hoping would:

  • more mental clarity, focus and memory
  • a significant increase in my energy level
  • improvement in my sinuses or ability to breathe through my nose (being a mouth breather is no way to live)
  • getting things movin' (if you know what I'm sayin)

Post cleanse, I reintroduced wheat, and nothing really changed. Then I reintroduced dairy and I didn't feel anything different there either. (Disclaimer: I didn't do this part as diligently as outlined in the book). And I have to say I was weirdly disappointed that I didn't break out into hives after having a piece of toast, because the thing is, I think I did this cleanse because I was secretly hoping for there to be some magic SOMETHING that I could point to, to explain some of my issues. It's like sometimes when you go to the doctor almost hoping for a (non-threatening) diagnosis, so you can say OH?? It's THAT? Now I know what to do to fix it. I've heard so many stories of people tossing their inhalers and ditching their skin care products and never feeling better after eliminating gluten or dairy or some other food or additive, and blooming into a radiant, healthy version of themselves. 

Alas, that was not my experience. I will say I shed a couple lbs (which I immediately gained back once I reincorporated the eliminated foods) which was nice at the time, but one thing really did stand out to me AFTER I started eating normally again. My anxiety levels, which I hadn't noticed had dissipated during the cleanse, came back in full force. It was like living with a pain, and then realizing: Hey, I haven't felt that pain in a long time! Like it went away so quietly, you didn't even notice when it left (like falling asleep...slowly at first and then all at once). But when it came back, it came with a vengeance. I all of a sudden was feeling anxious and having racing, unhappy thoughts. And that hit me like a ton of bricks. Could my eating be related to my anxiety?? Have I been thinking food makes me happy, but really it stresses me OUT?? And that was no small thing. Sadly, since I sort of just mish-moshed it all up at the end, I don't know which foods (if that really is the cause) got me feeling anxious again. And once I regroup a bit from this foray into cleanse world, maybe I'll try again and pay particular focus to my psychic state rather than my physical one, when it comes to how the food I eat is affecting me. 

Overall, I would say that embarking on something like this is worthwhile. If you discover nothing physically, you uncover so much emotionally that is worth exploring. 

See you in class!

LITHE-BUILT 24 Jun 2014

Lithe's RB

There really IS a method to the madness.  Build your body with the bones of Lithe: Higher Power, Waspie, Pom, Twiggy, and Skinny Jeans/Sculpt.  It's what we're made of.  Want to get Lithe?  Dig your heels in and repeat...

Image of Lithe Instructor Rachael Bridgens via Dom

 

RIGHT NOW... 24 Jun 2014

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It's Summer in the city and I'm carrying, using, eating, and cooling off with: {1.} Little Baby's Ice Cream (dairy & non-dairy) Chocolate Salt Malt sorta rivals Barbuzzo's Budino {2.} And So It Goes black net bag is perfect for trips to the market, Lithe WKND, or the beach {3.} Beach waves are made easy with the T3 Single Pass Whirl {4.} Mabelline's Baby Lips in Pink Punch {5.} My Monday's Chicken (recipe coming soon!)

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