A big thank you to NYC, Athleta Flatiron, Well & Good, the 100+ NYC-based Lithers, and the diehard Lithers who traveled from as far as CT & OH to attend our Lithe Tour NYC! We had a blast, and you guys showed Rock Steady who's boss! Stay tuned to the blog to hear when Lauren & Lithe will be in the Big Apple next! Philly, you're on deck! Lithe on...
Image of Lauren via Jill Murphy
I love this time of the year. It's football season AND late-summer produce is abundant and at its peak. If you're celebrating game day and want to keep it healthy and Lithe, make this classic Israeli Salad. It's light, refreshing, low in calories, dairy-free, and so delicious. I've paired it with Food Should Taste Good® Multigrain Tortilla Chips. Serves 8-10 people.
• 1 lb Persian cucumbers, diced
• 1 lb fresh, ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
• 2 bags of Food Should Taste Good® Multigrain Tortilla Chips
• 1/3 cup minced onion
• Juice of 1 lemon
• 1/2 cup minced parsley
• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• Salt to taste
If you love this, check out Sayeh's Salad Shirazi recipe!
Image of Lauren via J. Zoyla
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Fall is almost here and everything will soon be anew – Including YOU! This time we're kicking it up a notch. Ready to be transformed with our six-week Fall Challenge? The #LitheTransformation begins on Monday, September 15th. You're only 6 weeks away from your best you, pre-Halloween!
Sign up today through Sunday, September 14th. We'll keep you super-motivated with daily emails, our weekly social media hashtag calendar, before and after Lither posts on the blog, recipes, and tips!
• Participants must Sign Up. The Lithe Transformation runs for 6 weeks (42 days!): Monday, September 15th through Sunday, October 26th. Not in Philly? Join in and show us how you're getting Lithe wherever you are!
• The Fitness: Complete 35 Lithe workouts in 41 days. Two of the workouts must be outdoor (options: Hot-Stepper, Walk-Star, Dutch, & our new outdoor Step-Rally at the Art Museum!). These outdoor options will appear on the schedule at some point next week. One class must be restorative: Rare Form or Melt.
• Sexier in Six: We're challenging you to band together and do your own personal (or team) 25-30-minute Walk-Star 6 days a week. We recommend walking early in the morning or during your lunch break. Ankle weights are not mandatory.
• Eating Lithe: You'll receive a week 1 kick-off menu on Saturday which will inspire you to eat Lithe! We want you eating clean Monday-Friday. Eating Lithe Event: #EatingLithe BYO Picnic in the park: Rittenhouse Square October 11th @ 12PM!
• Everyone Wins: Everyone who completes 35 classes in 42 days, and participates in the social media component (our hashtag calendar debuts on Monday) will win a ticket to Lithe Tour Philly!
• The Ultra Lithe Grand Prize: We want to see your progress! Lithers who complete the calendar and share their before and after #LitheResults on social media using #LitheResults on 10.26 will be entered into the Ultra Lithe bonus drawing: One free monthly unlimited membership!
Image of Lithe Instructor Sophie Oh wearing Michi via Dom
This blog is meant to be read while listening to O-Town's "All or Nothing at All." (You remember O-Town. The O stood for Orlando. ORLANDO. While I'm sure Orlando has its rough and tumble sections...it's not exactly a town with tons of street cred. Although I did hear that they were considering it as the setting for the 6th season of The Wire, but thought the images of life-sized cartoon characters harassing bedraggled, sweat-drenched parents and sugar-amped, sticky kids at Disney World might be a little too graphic for HBO audiences.)
I've always been an all or nothing kind of person. If I'm in, I buy the books, wear the t-shirts, drink the Kool-Aid and bust out of walls to convince other people to take a sip. Do it. It will make your eyes sparkle and your lips shine and your butt tight and help you get along better with your mom. I commit so fully, so fast and so intensely that it's completely unsustainable and I burn out. And when I fall off a wagon, I can fall so far off that it feels almost impossible to get back on.
Another all or nothing habit I have is the need to have a million ducks in a row before I feel ready to start something. In college, for example, I would need to study for a class, but before I could even consider studying, I would feel compelled to clean my room first. Because...how could I study in a dirty room? Week-old Jack in the Box bags (come on Philly, we need the Monster Taco and the Sourdough Jack here!) and piles of Wet Seal clothing and trucker hats everywhere is not exactly conducive to a clear mind. So I would begin to tidy up. Then tidying up would lead to deep cleaning and deep cleaning would lead to organizing that junk drawer I've been meaning to get to, and opening that mail I've been needing to open (you know all the bills for the credit cards I signed up for to get a free frisbee that ultimately ruined my life)...and before I knew it, it would be midnight, and I would be screwed for class the next day. And while yes, studying in a clean space is helpful, I could've gone to the library and left the room cleaning for another day, or just cleaned up a little and not gone so bat sh*t. But those seemingly so reasonable options would not enter my mind.
Fast forward to life now, and I have seemed to carry those habits with me. Particularly in terms of health and fitness. I am all in or all out. I'm either Lithing 4-6 times a week and eating lean and clean and feeling really good about myself or I miss one or two classes in a row and it sets off a domino effect of missing class for 2 weeks or more. Which leads to making terrible food choices. Which makes me feel like a lazy loser and affects my motivation to accomplish other things I need to accomplish. Which just well...effing sucks all around.
When I'm in the midst of one of these breaks, I tell myself this weekend you will go to the grocery store. You will make like Lauren Boggi Goldenberg and all the other beautiful Lithe unicorns that do things like brush their hair in the morning and make their own chia pudding, and you will stock up on all the good-for-you-foods that you actually do know how to incorporate into your diet. MONDAY, you will start with a healthy breakfast, and you will pack your lunch, and you will prepare a light and delicious dinner that will nourish your body and impress your husband so much he'll want to buy you jewelry. You will be back in business!
But if for some reason, my weekend of baby showers and dinners with family and laundry and other plans don't allow me to get to the store...my beautiful plan for hot body and happy jewel-bearing husband totally falls apart. I feel completely at loose ends. And cue the aforementioned domino affect.
Why can't I go to class anyway? What does grocery shopping have to do with it? Why can't I say, well my ducks aren't in a row like I'd hoped they'd be in time for the work week, and this is going to make things a bit tougher for me, but I can still order the healthful option at this restaurant instead of the not-so-great-for-me thing. Why must EVERYTHING fly out of the window with one misstep?
Why is it so difficult for me to be balanced about health and fitness? I feel almost incapable of thinking about things in terms of their net benefit or just evening things out. If I miss a class, a balanced approach would be to then to be mindful of my food choices. If I've missed two classes, I should make it a priority to not miss a third and keep the train moving forward. Why must one missed class inevitably mean 5?
And the answer is: I don't know. I don't know why I'm so easily jump-started and even more easily de-railed. Part of me thinks that going on kicks is part of what keeps me motivated. That I enjoy the methodical preparing and ramping up of something, but once the new thrill wears off, so does my desire to keep going. But another part of me thinks it might be deeper than that. That my desire to be fit and hot and healthy is directly at odds with my other desire to be lazy and indulgent and totally spontaneous.
That maybe having my ducks in a row or being all in or out is more about these two sides of me warring with one other. That needing to have all the right groceries before working out or waiting until Monday is a way for me to justify living in the right now space of wanting to eat the unhealthy thing or watch the 3 episodes of Breaking Bad when I get home from work, while the sun's still out and good-looking, fit people jog past my window taunting me. Maybe. And perhaps that's just who I am and perhaps that's ok. But I do aspire to have balance, not just in this aspect, but in most. And for those of you with the secret, I'm all ears!
See you in class!
You've never worked your abs like this before! Put on your Hi-Tops and hit the floor. Hi-Top is a total-body workout with a focus on the abs, back, and upper body. We're talking visible abdominal results within 24 hours, post-class.
Are Lithe's Hi-Tops ($25) required to take the workout? No, but we highly recommend them for the best experience and maximum comfort. Our Hi-Top socks were made for the workout. They are thick, slippery, and provide extra cushion for the ankles, feet, shins, and knees while allowing your ankles to breathe (Bonus: they also look great with Hunter boots!). Our Hot Legs socks are available to borrow through the end of September, but their looser, un-padded knit does not allow for maximum comfort and glide. We recommend DIYing with a pair of thick ski socks.
Images of Lauren Boggi wearing Lithe's Hi-Tops & Onzie via Katie Kempf
Be aggressive, lean machine! Take charge of your results this fall with next-level Lithe. Sideline is a total-body workout that is a perfect blend of booty-popping cardio and our signature Vertical Band Sculpting™ CCS with Pom bands. Gloves recommended. Perfect for newbies and vets.
I'm on a nine-day challenge, which means my diet is ultra clean and I'm kicking up the intensity in-studio and also taking my workout outside for an extra hour a day. I've also been testing our Lithe Spice and came up with a fantastic breakfast lassi that also moonlights as a dessert.
Indian thandai, literally translated as "something that cools," is a sweet, creamy milk drink flavored with nuts and mixed with rose petals, poppy seeds, and spices such as cardamom and fennel. On Holi, the Indian festival of colors, the refreshment is traditionally served with the addition of bhang (a derivative of marijuana). Here we've gone dairy, bhang, AND alcohol-free and used our Lithe Spice, which accentuates the nutty, warmly-spiced, floral flavors in the lassi perfectly.
Ingredients: 1 cup coconut water, 1/2 can coconut milk, 1 large handful of cashews and 2-3 tablespoons Lithe Spice (sub in a pinch of cardamom, pinch of sea salt, fennel, poppy seeds, and edible rose petals or rose water).
To Do: Mix everything in high-speed blender until smooth.
Image of Lauren via Jordan
Lithe Instructor and trained chef, Danielle Ingerman is debunking common food and nutrition myths by giving you facts about sugar, fat—even comfort food — and more, so you can feel good about diggin' the foods that you love. Danielle is studying to be a Registered Dietitian at Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions. Her favorite class is Micronutrient Metabolism, and she's currently interning at CHOP and at a private practice in Trenton, NJ. I'm thrilled that she's shedding some fresh and passionate "Eating Lithe" insight here on Fit.Hip.Healthy! Today we're talking maintenance:
I’ll admit. Deep inside, I have definitely fallen victim to it. The crunch-time mentality. When you’ve eaten like a preteen for weeks and realize your friend's wedding, your vacation, your son’s bar mitzvah (had to throw that in there) is lurking around the corner and it's time to hit the gym and diet track HARD. Ya know - we all do it. Heck, in the diet and exercise world we analyze behavioral patterns and trends all day long. It tells us peaks and lulls in business. Here’s the thing though- it’s a slippery slope, this mentality and I’ll tell you why.One of the biggest things we preach as (future) dietitians is maintenance. When a client comes in and says “I want to lose x pounds for x event,” heads always shake left to right. Setting a goal is great and encouraged, but the goal of that goal is to stretch it out as far as possible. Did you know that in most cases of successful weight loss the goal is 1 pound or less per week? Gradual weight reduction has been found to improve weight loss outcomes solely because the weight stays off. Think about it: the more time you take, the more you expose yourself to improvements in diet and exercise - the stronger you get. New changes turn into better habits and the easier it all becomes. Once you lose the weight, shed the inches, and change the diet (the hardest part), remember the secret to success is ... maintenance.
While you pack away your swimsuits as fall approaches and start thinking that sweaters will blanket our bodies and we can "let go" - stop. Because it’s not about one short-term goal. It’s the long haul we’re worried about. So what happens if work gets crazy, the kids' schedules pick up, it's cold, it's raining, and on and on? What if you only get to 2-3 classes one week, or cook dinner once, or friends come in from out of town and you decide to take them to every one of your favorite spots to eat? IT'S OK! Some weeks are better than others. Our goal is to not let the bad ones derail us. We steer this train, Lithers! Too overwhelmed to cook? Keep a tighter watch on takeout orders and portion sizes. Feel like an hour of a class is more than you can commit to today? Go for a walk, do some crunches and push-ups in your living room. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. WE define what throws our train off the tracks. The goal is to never give up on your health- it’s YOUR decision. Maintain, maintain. That’s the name of the game.
Image of Danielle Ingerman wearing Lithe via Dom
Happy Friday (and pre-fall), everyone! Get excited. Our Fit Hip Friday giveaways are back post-summer!
This week, we're giving away a variety of my favorite Food Should Taste Good® products and a $100 Visa gift card to one lucky reader! For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us what you're going to make! One winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday, so you have four days to enter. One entry per person. Thank you and good luck!
Images via FSTG
I know that I've been talking a lot about Mexican food lately. I've also had my share of chips over the past two weeks. Never the "bad" kind, though. As you guys know, some days I dehydrate, some days I sub-in lettuce, and some days I have none, but every day I believe that Food Should Taste Good. Have you guys tried them? They're natural, gluten-free, certified vegan, kosher, low sodium, and have no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
Lithe's Taco Salad incorporates FSTG blue corn tortilla chips made with blue corn, brown rice, flax, sesame, sunflower seeds, and quinoa (grab a bag at Whole Foods). I really love this dish - it's a delicious and super satisfying meal that everyone will love. It's healthy, light, and you won't even miss the cheese. Ground turkey subs in for beef; nonfat yogurt peppered with lime juice, jalapeno, and cilantro makes a clean and zingy cilantro crema. Fresh papaya (a sweet, nutritious superfood) slices add a splash of color. Perfect for Fall, back-to-school, and football season! Serves 6
• 1 avocado
• 2 ears of corn, husks and silk removed
• Food Should Taste Good® blue corn chips
• 3/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
• 2 limes
• 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
• 2 tbsp finely chopped and seeded jalapeno pepper
• 1/2 tsp coarse salt
• 1 pound ground turkey
• 1 tsp chili powder
• 1 teaspoon Lithe Spice or ground cumin
• 1/2 pound romaine lettuce, chopped into 1-inch pieces
• 1/4 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
• 1/4 cup kidney beans, drained and rinsed
• 2 plum tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges
• 1/2 red onion, peeled and chopped
• 1 papaya seeded, rinsed, and sliced into 1/4-inch-thick wedges
1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add corn, and reduce heat to medium; simmer until kernels are tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer corn to a plate; let cool. Slice kernels off cobs; place in a small bowl, and set aside (you should have about 1 1/4 cups).
2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spread Food Should Taste Good blue corn chips in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet; heat, turning once, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool, and set aside.
3. Make the cilantro crema: In a medium bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, juice from 1 lime, cilantro, jalapeno, and salt. Set aside.
4. In a medium nonstick skillet, brown turkey over medium heat, stirring frequently until no longer pink. Stir in Lithe Spice or chili powder, cumin, and juice from remaining lime.
Transfer mixture to a large serving bowl. Add lettuce, avocado, beans, tomatoes, onion, papaya and reserved corn and blue corn chips. Toss to combine well. Drizzle with cilantro crema; serve immediately and enjoy!
Images of Lauren Boggi and Mars via Jordan
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