I love before-and-after pictures. Whether it's a home renovation, a child star then and now, or a fitness success story, seeing progress side by side is an exciting look back in time. For me, the before-and-after pictures attached are not only exciting, but so much more. They are validation that my decision to come back to Lithe has been more than worth it.
I first heard about Lithe in 2012 from my close friend and co-worker at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Jaime Powers is a former PICU colleague. Hey, Jaime!). I was a college senior, so after I tried a Lithe 101, I was #blessed with a Rue La La and a gift card for classes. I bought an unlimited package, got another Rue La La and when that was up in February 2014, I fell off the wagon. Using money as an excuse, I stopped going and tried to forget about how great I felt after a hard hour on the mat and at the barre.
In May, while perusing Facebook, I saw a five-class card for cheap. My favorite kind of post. It shouted at me, "Hello! Lithe is still here! And look it's on sale. Get back here!" Like the obvious bargain Betty that I am, I bought the deal and went to a class the next day. From the minute I walked into the studio and smelled the tea tree oil scent, felt the solid mat under my feet, and started to inhale and exhale to some bumping music, I knew I wouldn't be able to stop.
Now, it's October and I'm writing this from the couch with a satisfying ache after a 4:30PM Skinny Mini with Lauren. It's only been six months, but I want to explain how much of a difference the time has made. As you can see in my before picture, I've always been active. I reward myself with beer and other not so Lithe foods, but that hasn't changed. I love to run, and those two-and-half years I wasn't Lithing, I was a gym-goer. But clearly, was in a rut. My weight never seemed to go down, clothes fluctuated between too tight and meh...
Then May hit. Then June and and July. Coworkers and friends commented that I looked good or asked if I lost weight. My response was, "I'm trying." Because that's what I've done my whole adult life. Try and try. But something was different this time. I actually DID look good. I actually HAD lost weight. But I wasn't doing anything that differently ... except Lithe.
I can only take three or four classes each week due to my 12-hour days as a nurse, so it feels like I'm rarely there. That's why Lithe has been so incredible. Because of the seemingly instant results. Lithers know that just an hour doesn't mean a short workout. Every single class we work more muscle groups than we realize. And for those reading that haven't had the pleasure of taking a class, trust me.
I do not have an artistic sense, but I marvel at Lauren's talent for creating these classes. The brand is addicting for a reason. I'm proud to say that I am hooked. And she's picked equally talented and passionate people to teach alongside her. Thank you to all the teachers who have motivated me, corrected my form, and continued the hype that keeps me coming back. See you tomorrow, Skinny Jeans.