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SAYEH'S LITHE DIVING (FINAL RESULTS!)! 3 May 2011

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The following blog entry is meant to be read while listening to MC Hammer’s “Too Legit to Quit”. (I’m pretty sure one of his dance moves is the “out-in-out” from High Mini.)

Dear Fellow Lithers,

When I sat down to write my very first Lithe Diving blog, I already knew what song I would choose for my final entry. Well, almost. It was a toss-up between “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye” and “End of the Road” by one of my favorite groups of all-time EVER, Boyz II Men. (I’ve seen them in concert 6 times. Most recently at the State Fair of Texas while eating a deep fried Twinkie.) But after this weekend I realized that neither of them make any sense for my final ditty.

It was Saturday morning, and my last class of the challenge: High Mini with Gerri. Her energy was infectious. The music was up and we basically looked like we were making an MC Hammer video (see above link) minus the pyrotechnics and baggy pants. During the last 30 seconds of grueling sprints, I knew I was moments away from a major accomplishment. At a point in class where I would normally be praying to God to put me out of my misery, I put my head down, picked my knees up and went as hard as I could.

When Gerri mercifully called time, I involuntarily did a Molly Shannon Superstar-esque move and screamed, “CHALLENGE OVER!!” and then proceeded to do a little Rocky dance and give Gerri a high five. Yes, I still high five. And yes, everybody was looking at me like a crazy person. A little much for 10am on a Saturday morning, I know, but I couldn’t help myself. I was done--something which I was also yelling.  

Then Gerri said something that brought me out of my delirious happy place. “Well, you’re not done. You’re just done with the challenge.”

Skrrrrrrrrrrrrp.

I almost fell to my knees and did the whole Whyyyy GOD! WHYYYYYY!  thing, but I controlled myself. It’s not like Gerri was trying to rain on my parade. Clearly, I’ve been writing about all my post-challenge plans on the blog, so this wasn’t news. So why the freak out? I think I can sum it up in one sentence.

Losing weight and getting fit is hard work.

That’s it. It is just hard EFFING work. And I think that also sums up what I’ve learned through this whole Lithe Diving thing. There is no magic pill, no magic diet, no magic weight that shakes and makes you look obscene while it sculpts your arms. No magic anything. It’s straight up hard work. You have to commit to it. You have to make it a priority, and you have to continue to do it...

FOREVER. FOR. E-VER. (Imagine the kid from The Sandlot.) FOR. E-VER.

I used to workout and change my diet with a finite goal in mind. A wedding. A reunion. A number. I would think to myself, I’m going to eat salads everyday for lunch until that thing where I’m going to see my stupid ex-boyfriend. He must see how hot and thin I am and wander the streets for hours afterwards in a sad stupor wishing he never let me go.  I would Lithe 4-5 times a week for the whole month of May only because I needed to be in a swimsuit for Memorial Day.

Once, the event passed or I was down to the weight I had been working towards, I would stop.

Somewhere along the way in life, I got the idea that once I reached a fitness goal, I could stop eating healthy and working out and just maintain. I don’t know why I would think this because it actually makes zero sense. And of course, it never works. Every time, I slowly climb back up to a weight that I’m unhappy with and start all over again. I think that’s called insanity.

The truth is it never stops. This month, I’ve learned to think about food differently. I’ve learned that success isn’t just measured by a scale. And now I’ve really learned what Lauren means when she says that Lithing and eating right are a lifestyle. There is no end of the road. We don’t have to say goodbye.

I know it could be perceived as depressing to think about. No end to working out? Constantly striving to make good food choices? But I think it’s actually kind of liberating. There are no more frantic pushes to some predetermined finish line. No more uphill battles where I race the clock to a big party or goal weight. Instead, my workout and my new relationship with food will be a steady force in my life.

This is my life. My Lithestyle.

I’m not only too legit to quit working out, I’m too legit to quit the blog too! I hope that you’ve gotten a few laughs and maybe read something that’s resonated with you, because over the next few months, I’ll continue showing up in this space once a week. I’ll keep you updated on how I’m doing and will be your very own guinea pig--partaking in all things Lithe and sharing my experiences. Next up? The Blueprint Cleanse! I’m going to take it, tell you how it goes and hopefully answer any burning questions you may have, if you’re considering it.

Thank you all so much for following me and supporting me for the last month. Your kind words of encouragement on the blog and in the studio have meant more to me than you can imagine. It’s been an incredible, life-changing experience.

I’ll continue to see you in class and on the blog,

Sayeh

Sayeh's amazing before and afters via Lauren's Canon EOS Rebel.

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Congrats!!!!! So happy you are going to continue blogging!!!!!!

Major Congrats Sayeh!!! xo

Congrats Sayeh!

You look great!

Best entry yet! You look fab!

Yay! Congratulations Sayeh! I am so happy for you. I am also so happy that I didn't have to start a petition to keep you blogging. I hope we meet one day so I can give you a high five.

Congrats, Sayeh! You look awesome! Your blog is hilarious, motivating, and inspiring. Very happy to hear that we will be hearing from you weekly!

Amazing Sayeh! You look tremendous and are completely glowing. Keep up the good work and I can't wait to hear about your next lithestyle adventure! The blog has been great fun to read. Thank you!

the GLOW, on top of your ridiculous bod, you've obtained is awesome!

Job well done, Sayeh! It was terrific to read about your Challenge as I was going through my own - so glad to hear you'll be continuing to Lithe, to set goals, and to share them on FitHipHealthy!

You look fabulous! It was such fun reading about your experiences and taking classes with you. I am so glad you will continue to blog about your new lithestyle!!

Amazing, Sayeh ... simply amazing. Everything you said in this post is so true ... sticking to a healty lifestyle (or lithestyle) takes commitment, planning and a little work. But, it's so worth it in the end when you feel healthier and look great - glow & all. Personally, I think it affects one's confidence & happiness, too. Here's to bidding yo-yo-ing goodbye, even if there's no "big event" in sight! I'm your sister in that one, my dear. CONGRATS on your lovely results & here's to continued success. Can't wait for more blog posts; love the "soundtracks."

Congrats on a job well done. You look amazing and you should be so proud of your hard work!

Thank you so much everybody! I'm excited to keep blogging and sharing with you! Your comments have kept me going!

WOW WOW WOW! Sayeh a major congratulations to you for your hard work, dedication and determination! I think that you've found the secret to looking and feeling good - making it a lifestyle! (or Lithestyle!)

Thank you for being so open and honest on the blog and sharing your experience with us. I can't imagine how challenging it must have been - add on top of that, all of US watching you ;)

Cheers to a challenge well done and another challenge you're facing: continuing! We'll all be here with you to sweat in out in class - SO excited you'll be featured weekly! :)

P.S. - too legit to quit - LOVE it you are too funny. My dog was barking hysterically because I was jumping around like an idiot to the song - blast from the past!

You looked really really great in Sculpt last night! Love the blue nail polish on your toes, by the way. I saw them when I was trying to touch my nose to my knee.(Unsuccessfully I might add.) I've been looking for the perfect purple : )

Thanks so much Stephanie! I really appreciate the compliment. I was struggling through Sculpt last night. I think the Challenge is catching up with me. As far as the polish, you should've seen it when it was fresh! It was even nicer. St. Lucia Lilac by Essie.

Thank you Kim! You've been one of my biggest cheerleaders. Thank you for being so positive and supportive every time I see you. I'm glad I got you dancing. My dog is always giving me crazy looks too when I start jamming!

Awesome results, Sayeh! It’s all about stepping outside of the box to achieve extraordinary results! Your blog is hilarious and I enjoy it a lot… keep it coming.
I almost forgot to put the disclaimer
:-) The following comment is meant to be read while listening to “Rocky Theme Tune”

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