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41 posts from April 2011

LITHE, GRAB & GO! 29 Apr 2011

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Happy Friday everyone!  After months of hard work, I'm excited to bring Lithe Foods to you!  We have many ideas and plans for the future of Lithe Foods, including expanded menus, Detox Mondays, our Farm-Fresh juices and green smoothies, Old City deliveries, our Lithe weekly meal plan (what Sayeh and I did) and pre-order options.

For the next few weeks though, all food will be sold a-la-carte, on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Rittenhouse Studio.  Our options will be expanding over the coming weeks and months as our summer bounty grows at the farm, but we're starting small so we can smooth out any kinks and can guarantee the quality and freshness of our products.

I and our Lithe Foods chef, Kim, and our Lithe Foods project manager, Cris have worked hard to create these lean, local, seasonal, and mostly vegan meals.  We want you to try them out for yourselves, and we're more than happy to share the nutritional information of the meals (nutritional info will be posted on line and on the packaging in about a week) but the recipes themselves are not available to take home.  Enjoy our food and feel good, everyone!  - Lauren

SAYEH'S LITHE DIVING! 29 Apr 2011

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The following blog is meant to be read while listening to Wham!’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and snapping in fingerless gloves (your Lithe gloves will work fine).

Dear Fellow Lithers,

Two more days left for me, and then the challenge is OVER! I’m shocked it’s gone by so quickly, and I know I keep saying this, but I’m officially full-blown terrified to be on my own again. I’m beginning to understand why Christian the lion was so happy when he was reunited with his owners in Africa. (Except that instead of two skinny dudes in bell bottoms, I’ve been fed and loved by a cadre of extremely friendly and fit women. If I see Chef Kim out in the world after this, I will definitely tackle her or at least sing “I Will Always Love You” as she walks by.)  

Next Tuesday, I’ll be posting my final pics and measurements and all I’ve learned from this crazy ride.

In the meantime, I’m still formulating my post-Lithe Diving routine. So far, I’ve waxed philosophic about shifting the way I think about food and the way I think about numbers and success, but now it’s time to get a little more concrete.

I need to fix my waking up problem.

Seriously. No matter how many hours of sleep I get, I can’t will myself out of bed. I wake up with just enough time to make it to work. I’m always in such a rush that I’m frantically brushing my teeth while desperately ransacking my closet for something to wear. I spit out toothpaste while jumping up and down trying to get my shoes on, and inevitably spending 5 minutes I don’t have searching for my keys while shoving a piece of toast in my face (if I’m lucky), while glancing at my watch and uttering expletives.

In short, I’m a mess.

I’ve always admired the early birds. I once had a roommate that would wake up with enough time to clean up a little, pay some bills online, watch the news, drink a leisurely cup of coffee, prepare a nice breakfast and pack her lunch. She was never rushing. She even picked out her outfit the night before--complete with accessories--so a few minutes before it was time to hit the road, she slipped on her clothes and was out the door! I on the other hand, woke up when I heard the door slam on her way out.

This propensity of mine makes it difficult to work out consistently. Fitting in exercise with all of my other obligations in the few hours I have after work is almost impossible. For the challenge, I basically cleared my schedule and made Lithing my number 1 priority. I told friends that I could only hang on the weekends--otherwise, I’d see them in May. Regular household stuff even went by the wayside. You should SEE the pile of laundry in my basement. It’s daunting.  And yes, I’ve seen amazing results, but that kind of life is not sustainable.

The alternative however, is more rushing. Rushing from work to class and then rushing from class to home to cook something quasi-healthy. After all that, I’m still only left with an hour to pet my dogs, glance in my boyfriend’s direction, watch an episode of Oprah and pass out.

It’s too much!

I need more hours in the day if I want to do all the things necessary to continue getting fit and staying healthy without the rest of my life falling into shambles.  And since it’s the year 2011 and they STILL don’t have flying cars, I’m assuming time machines are nowhere in our near future either. So if I want to have time to cook, workout, have a social life, and keep up with bills and chores, there’s only one alternative short of turning into a crazy person.

Wake up earlier. (Gasp!)

This isn’t going to be easy for me. I’m the girl who asked a coworker if she was training for the Olympics when she told me she woke up at 5am everyday. (Turns out, she just likes to read in the morning. What?) I’ve been to one 6am class in my entire 2.5 yr Lithe career. One! And I basically had zero control over my limbs. My lunges were sloppy. My plyos were sad, and the 3lb weights felt like anvils.

So I’m going to take it slow. I may not jump into 6am classes just yet, but I can at least stop hitting the snooze button. The first time I open my eyes and think to myself--I could totally wake up now, I’m actually going to wake up.

I’m going to do some laundry. Watch the news. Pack my lunch. And give myself the head start I need to make sure that Lithe can stay a priority.

Who knows...I may even work up the courage to go to a 6am Waspie with Bari.

See you in a PM class...for now,

Sayeh

LITHE GIVEAWAY FRIDAY! 29 Apr 2011

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Happy Friday!  This week's giveaway is from one of my favorite Skincare brands!  Kiehl's Philadelphia has generously given us three of my most loved skincare products to coincide with our Lithe Escape:  Lip Balm SPF 15, Superfluid SPF 50 & Vital Sun SPF 30. 

Kiehl's Philadelphia is located at 1737 Walnut St, right on Rittenhouse Square. 

For a chance to win, please visit our Facebook page, "Like us" and Kiehl's Facebook page and then leave a comment at the post.  A winner will be chosen at random tomorrow and the winner will be announced on Monday!  Good luck!

Images of Kiehl's products via Kiehl's.

HEY NYC! ARE YOU A LITHE GIRL? 28 Apr 2011

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One of my favorite things about Lithe and the most unique aspects of Lithe's business model (beyond the workout) is that we hand-pick, grow and train our instructors from within.  It's our students that know the method, are passionate about Lithe and are strong enough to go through instructor training and actually teach Lithe Method.  Our instructors are also the perfect examples of what Lithe can do for the body and mind.  They become our greatest ambassadors, and our "before and afters." 

For me, there's nothing like watching someone transform from student to new instructor into a seasoned instructor, over time. It's so rewarding to empower women within our community through Lithe. 

For the first time, we are welcoming head shots and resumes from Lithers, AND women outside of the Lithe community for our up-and-coming NYC studio.  Who are we looking for?  Take a peek at what it takes to be a LITHE GIRL.  Interested?  We'll have more details about our NYC search next week right here on the blog (including summer auditions and where to email your head shot and resume).   All information will be kept confidential.  More details to come!

100% NATURAL. 28 Apr 2011

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We're all about eating organic and limiting processed foods.  Lithe Foods uses 100% local, organic, farm-fresh ingredients. Our food is handmade in small batches at our Fern Brook Farms kitchen and packaged less than 24 hours before delivery to Lithe Method Studios.  Lithe Foods is:

    * Local & Organic
    * Mostly Vegan (Our Lithe Scramble #2 contains farm-fresh eggs & feta cheese)
    * No Preservatives
    * No Genetically Engineered Ingredients
    * No Added Salt or Sugar
    * No Artificial Flavors
    * No Artificial Colors

WE HEART YOUR HEART. 28 Apr 2011

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GET LITHE! 27 Apr 2011

  
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It's not too late to get Lithe in May!  Our May Rittenhouse Immersion is full, but we have five spots open in our Old City Immersion that begins on Tuesday, May 3rd at 7PM!  

Old City:  Tuesday & Thursday (begins on Tuesday), 5.3.11 at 7:00PM

If our Immersion classes don't work for you, you can opt to take our Lithe 101 classes. Sign up and purchase online for convenience or call 215-545-5144 to register.  

Image of Lithe Instructor, Brooke Holloway in Thigh High wearing Lithe via Dominic Episcopo. 

DEBUTING THIS FRIDAY... 27 Apr 2011

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SAYEH'S LITHE DIVING! 26 Apr 2011

Lithedive


This blog is meant to be read while listening to Milli Vanilli’s “Baby Don’t Forget My Number” (I’m pretty sure they’re wearing Lululemon pants in the video).

Dear Lithers,

I used to love geography. As a child growing up in an extremely flat and environmentally nondescript part of Texas, I was fascinated by all the different geographical formations found in the world. In elementary school, I voraciously memorized the names of mountain ranges and gazed at glossy National Geographic photos of massive plateaus rising out of the African Savanna. I could look at the magazine for hours and imagine myself trekking through uneven terrain in far-off places in search of dinosaur bones.

Now that I’m older, that’s all changed. I’ve realized geography is STUPID and that plateaus SUCK! And they’re ugly. Basically, they’re mountains without peaks! What’s the fun in that? There isn’t any! That’s why you don’t hear about people risking their lives to climb up to some plateau. It’s peaks people are interested in. PEAKS! And valleys. Valleys are cool. Plateaus are the most overrated geographic formations EVER. Arizona? Ayers Rock? Pffft. Never going.

Clearly, I’m a little salty that I didn’t lose a single inch and GAINED two pounds this week. WTF? I’ve plateaued already??

Lauren, who is far more sane than I am, knew this was going to happen. Before she even got out her measuring tape on Sunday, she said that I should be prepared for fewer inches lost than before. She said that inches come off more slowly after an initial big loss. And sure enough...she called it. The inches stayed the same across the board and my weight went up!

Sensing my devastation, she urged me not to feel depressed. She said that it’s clear that I’ve gained muscle and that although my numbers don’t necessarily illustrate it, I’ve still made serious progress this week. She said it’s really common for the numbers on the scale to go up when people work out as much as I have been working out. She explained that working out=muscle gain=higher numbers on the scale=metabolism boost=overall weight loss later. (I’m paraphrasing. Her explanation was much more scientific and knowledgeable.)

I know she’s right, so why am I so bothered?  

Once I got the numbers, I immediately forgot all the compliments I got over the weekend from people who hadn’t seen me in a while. I even forgot that 5 minutes before my measurements a fellow Lither congratulated me on my new waist, and Bari told me my butt looked great. Bari! I felt like J.Lo herself had complimented my assets.

When I started this experiment, people kept asking me what my goal weight was, and I truly didn’t have one. I explained that I didn’t really care about numbers, but that I just wanted to look and feel great.

Apparently, I’m full of it. Turns out, I do care.

For me, I think I rely on the numbers as proof that my hard work is paying off. Without them, I can just look at my reflection and speculate or obsessively ask my boyfriend if he thinks I’m looking skinnier--which clearly doesn’t count. The answer’s always the same. He’s no idiot.*

*In an effort to get an honest opinion, I recently woke my sister out of a dead sleep, while I was getting ready for work, to ask her if she thought I looked skinnier. Needless to say, she was not pleased, and I didn’t get the answer I was hoping for...unless she was saying I was number 1--which I doubt.

My obsession with numbers is puzzling considering math did not rank up there with geography as a subject I liked in school. In fact, I HATED math. Still do. But somehow numbers consume my life.

How many calories were in that piece of bacon I ate during Easter brunch? Does High Mini burn the most calories or is it Twiggy? How many inches will I lose this week? How many pounds will I gain if I only go to 3 classes next week instead of 5? I download apps to keep track of my calories in, and I buy calorie monitors to track the ones going out.

The numbers are driving me insane!

So I’ve decided to channel Susan Powter and stop the insanity and focus on the unquantifiable things that have also been markers of my progress--like how I’m feeling.

I’m more motivated than I have been in a long time. Over the weekend, a close friend even remarked that I seemed to have loads more energy than usual (as she watched me clean like a crazy person). I definitely feel stronger than ever (I hovered over a not-so-sparkly toilet seat at a bar for an entire minute on Saturday night, and my quads were incredibly stable). My clothes are loose, and I’m seriously considering bumping up to 5lb weights in class (so major).

Overall, I feel pretty fantastic.   

So I think the very first phase of my post Lithe Diving regimen will be to recalibrate how I think about success. Because, yes numbers are indicators of progress and huge motivators--the results from my first two weeks motivated me to push it in all my classes--but they aren’t the only indicators, and they’re certainly not the most important ones. I need to care more about how I feel in my body than what I think the numbers say about my body.

So far, that’s the plan.

See you in class,

Sayeh

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