After getting to know Lither Betsy C. on Lithe Escape, I thought it was the perfect time to demystify her. Enjoy!
Kids?: Maybe someday
Her Fit.Hip.Healthy: Some people don’t believe it, but growing up I was heavy. I was a very active kid, and I loved to play sports, but I was a pretty picky eater, which led to food and weight issues. At a fairly young age, I learned about eating better, strength training and cardio. When I was in high school, I became obsessed with spinning, Tae Bo, lifting, running, using an elliptical machine, etc. That "eating better" part went out the window when I became a victim of the diet fads of the 90s, eating fat free everything and too much sugar. So I would spin and use the elliptical for hours a day. All that repetitive motion just made my thighs look like tree trunks. No matter how lean I was, my quads were always SO big, I loathed them.
After the summer of 2012, I came home from the last weekend at the shore where I go to boot camp at 80th street in Stone Harbor. I decided that I needed to look for something like that near home. I searched for similar workouts but feared they wouldn’t be challenging enough. I found Facebook friends praising the effects of Lithe. So I decided to give it a whirl, and I was immediately hooked. Within 5-6 months, I noticed my clothes fitting better and I felt stronger and more confident in myself. During the holidays, my mom and sister-in-law were saying I looked like a new person. My skin and hair looked healthier and I looked happy! I hadn't lost any weight really, but I was leaner.
The thing I love about Lithe compared to all of the workouts I have ever done, is the variety of different classes to choose from, and they are challenging and effective. I noticed that my body has changed, I feel stronger and leaner than ever. The combination of moves, combination of sculpting and cardio are so efficient and fun, what’s not to love!? Another bonus is the sense of community within the studios. The friends I've made over the last year and a half are priceless. I love meeting new ladies and getting to know their stories, successes and struggles. I feel like we’re a team, supporting and encouraging each other to be a better version of ourselves. I also have to give a shout-out to the amazing instructors. Without each of you bringing your energy and enthusiasm, where would we all be?!
I used to do 2 classes at night and then for an extra calorie burn I would go to the gym to use the elliptical. After developing tendonitis in my ankle, I realized the elliptical was doing more harm than good. By June, I decided to give it up. A few weeks later, I noticed my clothes were fitting even better than they had since the initial few months. It took me a year to let go of my fears of not burning enough calories. I thought that my body was different, and that I was genetically predisposed to gain weight. Essentially, I thought that my metabolism would let me down. Almost a year later and I have never felt so good inside and out. I thank my lucky stars that I found Lithe! Thank you, Lauren!
Fell off the wagon?: Never. I struggle to take a day off as it is. However, when I am out of town, I bring along my old workout videos that are no longer as challenging, like P90X. I throw in a few Cardio-Cheer sequences from Pom and Stems 2.0 when the P90X cardio intervals aren’t kicking my butt enough : )
How she Lithes: I try to kill it every time, all the time. It’s my hour (or two) of me time. Why not make the best of it? And by the weekend, I like to earn a few cocktails. Then sweat it out the next day. I work hard, play hard.
What is "key" for her: A balanced diet and as much sleep as I can get. I wear Lithe's Calorie Trashers in almost every workout becuase I have really tight hips. They work wonders for me.
Her Diet: I am on a somewhat restricted diet due to an intolerance to dairy and yeast. I don't eat refined sugar. I eat veggies, grains, nuts, fish, and fruit. The juices and meals available at the studio have been great. When available, I definitely stock up!
She does weigh in: I usually weigh in every morning. At 5’9”, I have been weighing about 138-142 lbs consistently for the last year. I am happiest at this size; Not too thin, not too heavy. I feel confident, healthy and at peace with my thighs. I have been on both ends of the spectrum and I like being right in the middle.
She feels: Fantastic! The Lithe Escape proved that I have a lot of room for improvement! I came back feeling rested and much stronger than I thought I would. We took time to do stretching instead of all cardio and sculpting, and I may try to take some more of those types of classes to help with my inflexibility.
Image of Betsy C. in Jamaica via Lauren
You're half-way there! Week three is another detox week, but it's not as spartan as week 1. You'll notice that your menu is filled with smoothies, green veggies and muscle building lean protein. If you're hungry during the day, add in more protein and increase your portion sizes. I want to see your results on Friday (even if it's a happy smile!) so hashtag #Imlithe!
Happy Friday, Lithers! You are going to love this because it's life changing. You can never get all that you need from one place, right? Well, now you can! This week's giveaway comes to us from my new favorite grocery (and wine!) delivery service, Instacart!
Instacart is a same day grocery delivery service that allows you to buy groceries on-line from your favorite supermarkets and have them delivered to your door within an hour. They currently deliver groceries from Whole Foods Market, Super Fresh, BJ's, Fine Wine & Good Spirits and local Philly gem Green Aisle Grocery! Instacart recently launched in Philly on February 18th, and they're growing - they add new zip codes and stores constantly.
Instacart is giving away a one year Instacart Express membership ($99 value)! With Instacart Express, all your 2 hour & scheduled grocery deliveries over $35 are FREE. For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us why you need to win! Ultra Lithe Bonus: Everyone that comments here will receive $10 off and free delivery on their first order (the special code is Lithe)! Download the App & follow @instacart @instacartphilly!
Images via Instacart
#Lithespringclean'ing? I am! Here's a tasty chicken dish that that everyone in my house loves. And, it's SO easy that it's sorta ridiculous. My secret? Tessemae's! You can get Tessemae's at Whole Foods or buy it on-line.
Make it: Cut raw chicken breast into strips. While you're doing that, heat your dressing and Braggs over low heat in a pan. Place raw chicken in the pan and cook over medium heat until chicken is done. Remove from heat and serve. I usually add more dressing : )
Image via Lauren
Here's a huge thank you to our loyal Philadelphia brand ambassadors: our Lithe Share Referral Program! Starting on Monday April 14th, we're rewarding our customers for spreading the Lithe, and at the same time, helping new people try us who have always wanted to.
How It Works: Refer a friend to Lithe, and if your referral purchases a Monthly Membership (1-A-Day, New Client, or Undergrad) within 14 days of their first class, you get $20 off a 1-A-Day or Undergrad Monthly Membership!
LitheShare Discount Details:
Image of Lithe Instructors Lauren Boggi (Founder) & Danielle Ingerman wearing Lithe via Dom
Check out Jonathan and Katie's results! You can visibly see the difference from their before picures.
For the past nine days theyv'e been Lithing and eating clean! We'll hear from Jonathan later today, but Katie said, "I feel AMAZING after completing the 9 day challenge! This challenge was one of the best things I have recently done for myself. It allowed me to truly focus on myself instead of letting a busy life get in the way. In addition to the Lithing 9 days in a row, I made sure to drink between 64-92 ounces of water a day, and I stuck to the #LitheSpringClean menu (except for some weekend pizza). By day 3 of the challenge, I found that I've constantly been in a great mood. I've literally been dancing around to Good Vibrations by Marky Mark and Happy by Pharrell on repeat. I feel stronger, healthier and I have more energy. I feel so great that I'm going to keep going and try to complete 20 in 25 days for the Lithe Spring Clean Challenge!"
Images via Lauren
You've spoken out and we've listened! Last month we lifted our 101 requirement and adjusted our teacher training program to accommodate newbies in a way that doesn't make them feel frightened or alienated. If you or a friend have been wanting to try Lithe, but our 101 schedule hasn't worked for you, this is your chance to get Lithe!
Although the 101 is no longer required, we still believe that our workout is best experienced when you know the basics and our bio-mechanical principles, so our 101 will forever be offered. Guess what? Soon, you'll be able to learn our 7 basic principles and Lithe on-line!
Ready to get started today? Sign up on-line and create a profile. Select our Complimentary First Class pricing option which is available to all new Lithers and can be used for either a 101 or regular class. We're here to help, so if you have any questions or concerns please call the studio and they will help you find the right first workout for you so you can have the best experience at Lithe!
Image of Lithe Instructor Diana Khuu via Dom
Whether you're in the midst of the second phase of your Earned in Winter challenge, or some variation of your own challenge, I think we are all feeling the sudden urgency of beach weekends, and the swimsuits that go with them, fast approaching. (This is crazy since 5 minutes ago it was snowing, and I felt like we were never going to see temps rise over 25, and summer felt so so far away).
As we all rev it up a bit, I'm feeling the need for motivation more than ever. And as I've completed my nine days, and ramped up to 5 or 6 days a week since, I've been paying attention to the things that keep me going and thought I would share 5 of those things with you in hopes that they may be helpful to you too.
Keep on keepin on ladies. I'm inspired by all the hard work I see around me, and by the pictures for the #earnedinwinter series on the blog. If you have your own tips, feel free to share! I can use as many as I can get!
See you in class!
Welcome to our new column, NewTrition, written by Lithe Instructor and trained chef, Danielle Ingerman! We're 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 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!
Is butter a carb? Ah “Mean Girls”, although generally a far departure from how ‘real people’ view carbohydrates, for here, it could not ring more true. This winter has been ROUGH, long days inside, school cancellations, boredom, comfort food comes a-calling. P-p-p-p-iiizza. C-o-o-o-kies. Make it go away! These foods make us ‘feel good’… or do they? After a 48 hour snow-day binge, I know I feel like a deflated pool float.
Diets attacking carbohydrates as the sworn enemy of the body get a lot of attention these days, and here’s why. When we’re talking about weight gain, typically our focus centers around refined simple carbohydrates- white sugar, white flour, you know, the stuff that makes foods insatiably delicious. Problem is, satiation. These products carry high glycemic index values, meaning once you eat them, they are metabolized into a surge of glucose that zaps directly into your bloodstream. Why does this matter? Well, since our bodies are the coolest machines ever, we can get rid of that crap through the mechanism of insulin, which grabs the blood glucose, and distributes it throughout the body. Unfortunately, this act in many women stimulates what’s called reactive hypoglycemia- basically our body says HEY! we don’t have enough of what we need, lets stimulate some hormones to get it back in here. Cue…hunger. Our bodies think we are starving from our low blood sugar levels, so it stimulates our hunger hormones to get us to eat more to even things out. Ipso-facto - just a few hours after eating you are exhausted and amazingly starving again, which is where the weight gain comes in.
Before you ransack your cabinets and dispose of all carb-laden items, STOP! Not all dietary carbohydrates are here to hurt us. Complex carbohydrates slow the absorption of glucose into your blood, evening out the digestion process and avoiding that blood sugar spike and hypoglycemic drop. Whole grains, legumes, and many fruits and vegetables carry low glycemic index values and often contain many nutrients used to nourish our bodies. However, although eating five apples a day won’t make you gain 5 lbs, it can stimulate more hunger, which is why an even distribution of complex carbs, healthy fats, and protein in your daily diet kicks those blood sugar spikes and curbs your appetite from face-planting into a bowl of cereal at 9 pm. What’s the best combo to stay “lithe”? Try a grain salad mixed with your favorite protein, if you’re feeling famished after an 8 am yogurt, skip it the next day for some eggs or protein and see how you feel. Starving at 3 pm? Try carrots instead of fruit. Remember, the best meals leave us feeling full AND energized. As always, all things in moderation, have fun with your food and try new things. Feel good food is all about balancing what your body loves and what you love.
Image of Lithe Instructor Danielle Ingerman wearing Lithe via Dom
I'm in Utah for the weekend, so I wanted to get these to you early so that you can plan and shop. I'll post prettier, more perfect versions of these on Monday (please excuse any typos).
Here's our #lithespringclean menu for week 2! Just like our Lithe Foods/Lithe Escape food philosophy, you'll notice that our menus are based on lean, local, mostly seasonal and detoxifying, whole foods. Our menus coincide with our lifestyle of hard work and consistency, so Monday through Friday you'll want to follow the rules. Moderation is key for long-term success, so Saturday and Sunday are yours to eat as you please!
Remember to drink 64 oz of water everyday, and Lithe 5-6 days a week. Stay tuned for recipes and more food, fitness and tip starting on Monday. We want to see and hear about your results! Now lets go shopping!
Happy Friday! Lithers love oats, and so do the folks at AVEENO®, Lithe's beloved locker room and shower product sponsor. Oats are the lead ingredient in many of AVEENO®'s ultra moisturizing products. Spring is here, we've just completed week 1 of #Lithespringclean and we're ready to bare some skin! Say sayonara to dry, itchy, flaky skin with AVEENO®'s iconic oat-based products. My three favorite oatmeal products are also AVEENO®'s best-sellers:
Daily Moisturizing Lotion, formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal and blended with rich emollients to soothe and moisturize dry skin. AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash, also formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal, cleanses and nourishes skin while replenishing and locking in moisture. AVEENO® Soothing Bath Treatment is one of my favorite products! It's made of finely milled 100% pure ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal to soothe dry, itchy, irritated skin. When dispersed in water, this powder forms a soothing milky bath that works as a natural cleanser, provides temporary skin protection, and relieves skin irritation and itching.
To celebrate Lithe + AVEENO®'s shared love of oats in honor of #Lithespringclean, we're giving away an AVEENO® Oat Bundle ($100+ value) of their most iconic oat-based products for moisturizing and soothing skin! For a chance to win, please tell us your favorite use or recipe for oats! A winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday. Good luck!
Product images via AVEENO®.
Two more of our incredible front of the house crew is doing a nine day challenge! The fabulous Jonathan Cedrone (he's also currently doing his Co-op with Lithe Foods) and Lithe's General Manager, Katie Kempf are on day 4. Lets cheer them on! Read about why they are on a mission...
Why did you want to do a 9 day challenge?
I wanted to do the 9 day challenge because I think it will help me recharge. It's the perfect opportunity to focus on myself for a bit and get ready for Spring. I'm pretty social person, and I love spending time with my family and friends. However, between work and life I don't get much "me" time. Taking a class is my own personal time and it's so important for my mental health.
What is your typical diet like?
My typical diet is fairly healthy when I'm by myself, but I am very influenced by my friends and will feast whenever the opportunity presents itself. My diet is full of fruits and vegetables...but it's also full of pizza and cookies and brownies.
Did you fall off the wagon?
I didn't completely fall of the wagon, but I have not been able to take as many classes each week as I would like. I used to Lithe 5 days a week and for the last few months I've been averaging 1-3 classes per week. I'm really excited to get back to the level that I used to be at.
How are you feeling?
Today is day 4 and I feel great. I'm more energetic and already feel more like myself- happier, more positive, and more appreciative about the little things in life!
Images via Lauren
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