SHE'S LITHE: DANIELLE BARRY 5 May 2015

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We may recognize a fellow Lither's trendy embellished flats near the door, how low she can go in wide second, and whether she uses 3, 5, or 8 pound weights for candlestick pulses, but what do we know about her outside the studio? In our new series She's Lithe, we'll get to know a bit more about her!

 

What's your secret to consistently incorporating Lithe into your schedule? I sign up for classes in advance and put them on our calendar at home.  If it is on the calendar than I make myself go and I always know I have someone to watch the baby.

When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? When I am stressed and can make it to a class then that is all I need!  On days that I am not able to make a class I love to veg out in front of the TV, take a walk with my family, shop, or try a new restaurant with friends!

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? I think the most rewarding aspect has been the transformation I have seen in my body.  I started regularly Lithing after I had my baby about a year ago and I feel stronger now than I did pre-pregnancy.  The most challenging aspect of Lithe to me has been learning the cardio cheer sequences.  When I started taking classes I always avoided the ones that were high cardio because I am not the most coordinated person and the cardio scared me.  I finally forced myself to try higher power and I instantly fell in love with the class! It is my new fave and I try to take it as much as possible.

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? If I were a Lithe class, I would be Thinny. It keeps me grounded, focused and helps to make me leaner and stronger. These are things that I strive for every day!

What's your signature drink? Vodka on the rocks with a splash of water and lots of lemon.

Who was your celebrity crush when you were in middle school? Luke Perry, I was obsessed with Dylan McKay-he was the ultimate bad boy. 

LITHED-UP SALAD DRESSING 5 May 2015

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Your favorite Lithe Foods salad dressings will soon be packaged to-go! Most salad dressings are filled with sugar, salt, hydrogenated oils, and processed ingredients. Our Lithed-Up salad dressing is loaded with healthy fats, antioxidants, trace minerals, live enzymes and farm fresh organic ingredients. First up in our series is your favorite, Bikini Kale! 

Not sure about nutritional yeast? It's a perfect substitution to salt, dairy, meat, and other high fat foods with protein. This low fat and calorie yeast provides 18 amino acids, an abundance of vitamins and minerals and it tastes really good. The distinctive nutty, cheese-like flavor can enhance many of your power food meals. I love it on kale chips and popcorn.  

Nutritional yeast is a great alternative to animal-based protein. One ounce has only 79 calories and contains 14 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber. Many brands also contain vitamin B12, which is important for red blood cell production and nerve function. Because of the low sodium content, many people monitoring their intake of sodium use it as an alternative to salt. Give it a shot!

Ingredients: Lemon, tahini, nutritional yeast, garlic, shoyu, extra virgin olive oil, water, and pepper 

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 1 May 2015

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TGIF! This week we’re giving away one four-hour session (a $300 value) with my organizational expert, Zhanna from Living Lightly. During the consultation,Zhanna works with you in your home to create a sense of calm and efficiency. The session is customized to your needs and can include organizing closets, preparing for a move, clearing clutter in your kitchen, making your playroom more manageable, or whatever matters most to you.
 
Also, Living Lightly is offering a special for Lithers! Even if you don’t win this week, contact Zhanna directly here and mention that you're a Lither for a discounted rate. For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us why YOU need Zhanna's organizational expertise. One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Good luck!

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ESCAPE PACKING TIPS! 29 Apr 2015

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Now that Lithe Escape and summer is upon us, it’s time for a refresher on minimalist packing. As much as we love feeling ready for anything, lugging around an overpacked bag or checking luggage is no fun. Cutting down on what goes inside your weekend bag has everything to do with staying calm, cool, comfortable, and confident.

Wonder what to bring? You won't need much! We'll be in Treasure Beach for five days and you'll spend the majority of your time barefoot and in a bathing suit or in exercise gear. We wake, we eat, we Lithe, we chill in the sun, we eat, we chill, we Lithe, we eat, and then chill some more (it's heaven).

People are always shocked to learn that I'm a super-light carry-on only packer. I find it freeing to travel with so little. How do I do it? 

  • Think small: Starting with a compact suitcase instantly limits how much I can bring. 
  • Don’t underestimate the power of a packing list: The key word here is basic. Sports bras, swimsuits, cover-ups, underwear, socks, workout shorts, loose pants, a warm layer for evenings, a chic go-with-everything maxi dress, and sneakers. Follow your list without exception. It’ll help you not go overboard. 
  • Be reasonable: Ignore the voice in your head trying to convince you that you absolutely need four pairs of shoes, heels, a hair dryer and 12 tops for a five-day trip. You don't and the practical you knows it!
  • Roll your clothes instead of folding them: It minimizes wrinkles and frees up a ton of space for other traveling necessities.
  • Be basic: Stick to basic, neutral colors and light fabrics.
  • Essentials: Passport, sunscreen, yoga mat, bathing suits that you can lounge, swim and Lithe in, sunglasses, cover-up, sneakers, flip-flops, a good book, and cell phone charger. 
  • Choose your accessories wisely: Pack a scarf, hat, statement necklace, and a classic pair of flat sandals. When in doubt, these things will come in handy.
  • Recycle: Unless you’ve been hiking all day or rolling in the sand, there’s a good chance you can use certain wardrobe pieces more than once. If you wore your maxi dress and cute espadrilles for dinner, turn that sundress into a beach cover-up for another day. My rule is that every article of clothing should work with at least two outfits. I love tunics that work as cover-ups, dresses, tops and nightgowns. My daytime black tunic often works over leggings, and then I can dress it up with jewelry or a scarf at night. 

Images via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 29 Apr 2015

DEAR LITHE

Dear Lithe, 

I am very much in the zone with the EarnedInWinter challenge. I participated in the Lithe Spring Clean and TMINUS30 last year. Something about the daily hashtag calendar really showed how we band together to support each other in Lithe and life. 

I’m not sure if my current state is completely inspired by Lithe, but I can’t think of anything else in my life that has had such an impact. I make Lithe a priority during packed workdays and weekends. I am single and always searching for the right guy. Last year, I posted during the TMINUS30 challenge, “single, is not a status, it’s a word that describes a person who is strong enough to live and enjoy life without depending on others.”  At that point, I was building the strength to allow my health, mind, and body to be the focus and to take the attention away from the seemingly woeful single life.

Now I'm shedding the fat. At first, it had nothing to do with body fat at all. There are a few men in my life that come and go. They reach out whenever they want. I acquiesce, thinking that’s all I deserve. A transient, temporary situation, at best. Friends say that you manifest what you portray you deserve. In some ways I take full responsibility for the type of situation I attract. I was almost eager for that random text/email to make plans with a guy. I found myself saying, “maybe this time he’ll be different.” We all know the answer to that hope.

Since I’ve delved into the challenges, I feel myself becoming stronger and wiser. As I gain more muscle definition, use higher weights, and watch inches fall away, I am redefining myself on the inside as well. I’ve sent a few courtesy no thank you texts to those who reach out to me intermittently to hang out without any intention of a serious relationship. I am reshaping and restructuring my heart, as well as my body.

I know Lithe hearts my heart, but now I'm beginning to heart my heart as well.  

Thank you, thank you, thank you,  
Stefanie

LITHE IN SELF (BEST CORE WORKOUTS)! 29 Apr 2015

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SHE'S LITHE: MARIA NGUYEN 28 Apr 2015

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We may recognize a fellow Lither's trendy embellished flats near the door, how low she can go in wide second, and whether she uses 3, 5, or 8 pound weights for candlestick pulses, but what do we know about her outside the studio? In our new series She's Lithe, we'll get to know a bit more about her!

What's your secret to consistently incorporating Lithe into your schedule? I find that during the week, the 6AM classes are key to making sure I get in a workout. With my sometimes crazy schedule, I don't always know when I'll get out of work. So, if Lithe is the first thing I do, whatever else happens, I know that it's done. 

When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? Lithe is definitely a big part of my de-stressing routine. Even when it's the first thing I do before work, I find that the endorphins carry me through the day (most of the time). Outside of Lithe, I have been teaching myself how to play the guitar and ukulele. Over the past year, I discovered the art of decorating sugar cookies. I've always been a creative person and this has been a great (and delicious) outlet that I can share with people. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe? One of the most rewarding moments for me in class was after I had been Lithing for about four months. I actually starting Lithing at the insistence of my friend Emily Wang after I injured myself training for the Broad Street Run. One of the first classes I took was Short Shorts and I could not do a pike-up to save my life. Then one day I was taking Short Shorts again for maybe the fourth time and found myself doing not only one pike-up, but all ten. Definitely a proud moment for me. 

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? I would be Mercy. The thing that I love most about Lithe is how challenging it is. That's what got me hooked in the first place. Mercy epitomizes that (also the name should really be changed to No Mercy). 

What's your signature drink? I love prosecco. It's a great way to celebrate a big event or just end a long day.

Who was your celebrity crush when you were in middle school? Johnny Depp (who didn't love him?)

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MAMA SAYS: ALLISON SIRCHIO 27 Apr 2015

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Being a Lither takes commitment. But being a mom and a Lither calls for serious dedication. Between early wakeup calls (5AM? Again?) and rushing to pick the kids up at preschool, it's not always so easy to squeeze in a class. In our Mama Says column, we shine a little light on the mothers that make it happen.

Who: Allison Sirchio

Children: Riley Clare, 18 months and another due in May.

What's your day job? I work in marketing and sales for a medical device company based out of Ohio and I specialize in general anesthesia. It often takes me on the road to work with customers and my team of sales representatives.

How do you manage to schedule time for Lithe? I either do the 6AM class which gets my workout in before my daughter wakes up or the 7PM class after she’s gone to bed. If my day is light enough, I stop in for the 9:45AM. 

What was your last family-related late cancel? Somehow, someway, I usually make it in the nick of time. However, my last late cancel was back in December when I was still battling hyperemesis during my pregnancy. 

Did you Lithe before your pregnancy? Yes, and it’s only been recently that I’ve had to change my practice a bit. I try to schedule classes that don’t have heavy ab work since I’m so far along. I also remember some modifications from my last pregnancy. It’s important to listen to your body. 

Does Riley eat healthy or does she turn her nose up at your nutritious dinner attempts? She loves my spinach and carrot smoothies. Loves them. I also incorporate a lot of things I learned from last year’s spring cleaning challenge into my cooking, like the use of coconut oil or manna, to give her fresh natural flavors. 

Which one of your Riley's foods can you not resist munching on? I’ve been known to eat her fruit and veggie pouches. They’re so convenient!

Which Lithe class makes you feels the strongest? It’s a newfound love, but Skinny Mini. Something about finishing that class makes me feel invincible. 

WE WEAR 23 Apr 2015

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You guys, it's white tee season! It's like spring hits and everyone is flaunting one. My favorite slouchy, slightly see-through, off-the-shoulder white tee is one of my spring staples. I wear it to the studio with the sleeves rolled up or out to dinner with my favorite jeans. We love a white tee paired with denim, but I say mix it up with a denim skirt or wide-leg pants. The possibilities are endless and that's what makes it oh so lovable. 

Lauren's wearing: Frame T-shirt (available at Third Street Habit), Michi bra, Gap jeans, Alexander Wang bag (available at Barneys New York), Masion Margiela shoes.

Images via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography 

LITHE LATTE! 22 Apr 2015

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I am definitely a latte lover, but what I don't love about my daily coffee order is the lack of nutrition, chemical sweeteners, and non-organic milk (hormones) filling up my cup. Rival Bros. espresso does the trick for that quick energy boost, but the side effects from those other not so healthy ingredients leave me feeling less than Lithe.  

So, we created a skinny latte that's better than what you can buy down the street. After weeks of taste tests and tweaking, I am super-excited to debut our Lithe Latte: a healthy, 100% vegan, lactose-free latte alternative that's chock-full of protein. 

Ingredients: Rival Brothers Whistle & Cuss espresso, cold-pressed cashew milk, and Green Meadow Farm local raw honey.   

Price: $10

SHE'S LITHE: MOLLY KIRIACOULACOS 21 Apr 2015

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We may recognize a fellow Lither's trendy embellished flats near the door, how low she can go in wide second, and whether she uses 3, 5, or 8 pound weights for candlestick pulses, but do we know about her life outside the studio? In our new series She's Lithe, we'll get to know a bit more about her!

What's your secret to consistently incorporating Lithe into your schedule? Planning around one class every single day and not being picky about the class has been my secret to staying consistent. That way even if I have to cancel two or three, I still get to Lithe the majority of the week. Also I really trust the process. I noticed the best results when I stopped avoiding or chasing certain classes and just focused on making it to a class. I promise you the more you go, the easier it gets to go more.

When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? If it’s been a really long day all I can think about is how soon I can get into my bed with a good book. No music, no phone, no TV. I’ve thought about learning to meditate but this quiet time gets my mind off of everything else.
 
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Being able to measure my progress through the core moves that you see in multiple classes. Getting in one more push-up on my toes or realizing you’re finally able to finish a lunge set without stopping is so rewarding. Then just when you think you’ve mastered it, you take a class where you add bands or ankle weights to the move and it’s a whole new challenge. I still look forward to the day I’m able to get through the barre chair squat series without taking a break!
 
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Rah! My friends would say I’m the person they call when they need cheering up. Between yelling out “I’m hot,” “Stop, bitch” and kicking fly-girl style, it’s impossible to take that class without smiling and feeling better when you leave then when you walked in.

What's your signature drink? A good sparkling rose. I love the bubbles and the flavor. I almost always start with a glass when we go out for dinner.
 
What TV series are you embarrassed to say you've binge watched on Netflix? Not on Netflix but I do have an embarrassing amount of America’s Next Top Model on my DVR. Tyra is crazy dramatic, but I love fashion photography, so can I say I just watch it for the pictures? Really, I’ve learned a lot about lighting, composition and of course “smizing”.

FOLLOW LITHE FOODS ON INSTAGRAM! 20 Apr 2015

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THE MAXI KNOT! 16 Apr 2015

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Is your maxi dress too long? Knot it up! I've knotted the bottom of mine (in lieu of hemming) for years. You'll also reap the fitness benefits. Twist the bottom of your cotton/jersey maxi dress at the ankle/calf for extra resistance to your core. It's an easy way to kick it up a notch while you're on vacation or just walking around town. 

Image of Lauren night-walking and breaking in flip-flops at Delray Beach wearing Splendid L.A.

WHAT'S IN LAUREN'S BAG 15 Apr 2015

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As busy women, we all have the most random and sometimes unexpected mix in our bags – from beauty essentials such as lip balm to any little thing that keeps our kids entertained. Today I share my must-haves.

Alexander Wang Rocco in soft peroxide with pale gold

• iPhone

The Honest Company baby wipes

RMS Beauty Oil

• Dental floss!

• A few Instagram prints of Jordan and Mars from Artifact Uprising

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo

Butter Elixir and Laura Mercier Bare Beige lip glace (helps me fake it if I’m not wearing makeup!)

Coola organic sunblock – I love the weightless feel and matte finish. 

• Organic and raw Lithe Foods Lithe Bar and Matcha Latte (quick healthy snacks prevent me from getting too hungry and running out of energy when I’m on-the-go)

• A ball for Mars – just in case!

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Images via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

MAMA SAYS: ALISON WHITEHILL-PETRELLI 14 Apr 2015

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If you're a regular at Rittenhouse's 9:45AM classes, you've undoubtedly seen Alison Whitehill and her wide-eyed toddler Paco. The duo has made coming to Lithe an integral part of their morning routine. A dental hygienist before Paco came along, she's now a stay-at-home mom. She lets us in on their shared love of chocolate chip cookies and the babysitting in Studio B. 

Children: Paco will be 2-years-old in August. 

How do you fit Lithe into your schedule? The babysitting service has been a game changer. And Paco enjoys his time at Lithe, too. As soon as we arrive, he starts yelling “ball” and excitedly makes his way to Studio B. When I pick him up, he is usually quietly working on a puzzle or listening to a story. 

What was your last family-related late cancel? Before the babysitting service was available at the Rittenhouse location, I often had to cancel evening classes because my husband was running late from work. He’s the managing attorney of a law firm, so while it was frustrating, it was also inevitable.

Does Paco eat your healthy meals or does turn he turn his nose up at your nutritious dinner attempts? I’ve been lucky so far. He loves my meals! Avocado has always been his favorite thing to eat. 

Which one of your Paco's foods can you not resist munching on? I bake really good chocolate chip cookies and can’t help nibbling a few with him. 

Which Lithe class makes your body feel its best? Any class that Lauren teaches. She is really good at breaking moves down and making adjustments that challenge your muscles in a way you didn’t understand before. I also love Jonathan’s CCS cardio classes because even though you are working hard, you leave feeling like you were just at a dance party. 

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LITHE T-30 CHALLENGE! 13 Apr 2015

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Are you ready to up the ante?  #TMINUS30 is the third and final challenge in our #EarnedInWinter series.  We'll be taking our fitness up a notch by taking 25 classes in 30 days, integrating our Lithe Foods component into our practice and banding together so that we're feeling healthy, confident and fit when the summer season hits in about 6 weeks. 

  • The Fitness: Lithers must complete 25 classes in 30 days. 
  • The Food: Eat Lithe!  Continue to eat clean Monday-Friday. 
  • Hashtag Calendar:  Inspire each other! Share 3 posts on social media (FB, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram) w/ hashtags:
    Monday 4/20 #TMINUS30 #LitheResults (Before Pic)
    Thursday 5/7 #TMINUS30 #EatingLithe (Recipe) 
    Tuesday 5/19: #TMINUS30 #LitheResults (After Pic)
  • Everyone Wins: Everyone who completes the challenge and shares a recipe will receive a T-30 Tank!
  • The Ultra Lithe Grandprize:  At the end of the #EarnedInWinter challenge series, two Lithers will win a Lithe Instructor-Style-Photo-Shoot (date TBA). Post your progress, cheer on fellow Lithers, and share your testimonials using the official challenge hashtags. Every hashtag use counts as one entry into our Ultra Lithe Grand Prize Drawing!

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