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46 posts from December 2011



Our delicious and nutritious Lumberjackie Soup was featured in SHAPE Magazine.  Give it a whirl at home.  It's easy and super filling.  Don't feel like slow-cooking?  Grab it at the studio in January!


leve 3 and lithe wear

Most of your instructors are testing out our Lithest Level 3 Detox meal plan this week.  Read their Welcome Letter,   Menu and  Level 3 Lithe Wise Info (little tidbits on why we chose certain ingredients to motivate them!)  Good Luck ladies! 

Image of Lither, Jaclyn Obeso wearing Lithe's Lace Insert Leggings and Lithe Instructor, Melissa Weinberg wearing Lithe's 30 Reps Capri via Dom


LBG's Winter Holiday Smoothie

We had the most delicious Pina Coladas on Christmas day and it inspired me to create something similar (and less fattening) using seasonal fruit, coconut nectar and coconut flakes.  This one is gorgeous, really different, so tasty and and kinda fills the void when you're craving that holiday sun and island flavor!

Winter Holiday Smoothie via Lauren



I, along with everyone at Lithe Method & fit.hip.healthy would like to wish you and yours a healthy, happy holiday and all the best in 2012.  Thank you all for your love, inspiration, loyalty, readership, letters, comments and all your support this year! 2011 has been an incredible year for me personally and professionally, and I thank you for allowing me to share my journey through Lithe, pregnancy and motherhood with you.

As I sign off today, I will leave you with Lithe's January 2012 schedules at some point next week (MindBody is currently up-to-date!), along with some inspiring posts for the new year.  I'll be back on January 2nd...2012 is going to be another exciting year!  I have a ton up my sleeve and I'm looking forward to bringing you all that is fit, hip, healthy & Lithe!




Vitamix, Shashi gold plated bracelets and necklaces from Third Street Habit, Little Bones onesies, Salt of the Earth (available at Lithe Old City & Rittenhouse), Lithest Meal Plan #3 for Post-Holiday bloat (Happy Holidays Lithe Instructors!) and Mother denim. 


lace Insert

Happy Friday!  This week we're giving away a pair of Lithe's Lace Insert Leggings ($95 value!)!  For a chance to win, please visit our Facebook page, "Like us" 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!

Image of Lither, Jaclyn Obeso via Dom



From: Syracuse, New York

Favorite City: Venice, Italy

Enjoys: Spending time with family and friends, Lithe, running and training for distance events, skiing, tennis, traveling, changing of the seasons, crosswords and Scrabble, my morning coffee ritual, "Pizza Friday" with my kids, entertaining, and reading (I love discovering new authors and my monthly Vanity Fair fix).

Favorite Lithe Exercise: Tie: medial knee rotation at the barre in Barlesque and the twist in Spirit.
Other Job: Lobbyist, but currently taking some time off to stay at home with my son (4) and daughter (2).

How'd she land a spot on the Lithe team?:  Marisa has been Lithing for over 4 years.  She is intense, determined, SO strong, athletic and has amazing focus. She has transformed her body twice through Lithe after the birth of her two children. Anyone who can do that is pretty inspirational in my book!  I'm so excited to have her on the team!

What you wouldn't know just by looking at her: I am 35 years old.  I speak Italian (my mother's side of the family all live in Italy).  I graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BA in International Politics.  During my time at PSU, I was on the ski team and held a summer internship at the White House (not with Monica Lewinsky though).  I can recite the 50 states in alphabetical order.  I have lived and worked in Washington, DC and Syracuse, NY before moving to Center City Philadelphia seven years ago.  I have a pug, Lola; she was a wedding gift.  I love staying active through exercise and walking everywhere I can, but I could sit on the beach (under an umbrella...with SPF) forever! 

Marisa Shaaban via Dominic Episcopo 



My friend Paige gave me an awesome gift for the holidays.  One that I'll be giving as well.  This is probably the most amazing salt I've ever tasted. 'Salt of the Earth' is a fragrant blend of pink himalayan salt, rosemary, and lavender that you can literally put on everything and anything from soups to salads, meat, fish, dressings, etc.   All of the herbs are organically grown and hand picked by Paige's mom from her uncle's property in Monterey County, California.
The product is often times blended right here in Philly so  it's kinda local!  Beverly DeCer coined her company Pastures of Heaven after the magical hills which John Steinbeck referred to in his first book of short stories, “Pastures of Heaven.”- that's the exact area where all of these delicious herbs and roses are being grown! 
Foodies, Salt of the Earth will be for sale ($12) at Old City and Rittenhouse starting on 12/22!

Pastures of Heaven Salt of the Earth via Lauren


LBG in Cinch

Yesterday, Lauren encouraged us to “be lithe” by make sure to stretch at the end of each class, and by taking advantage of stretch-heavy Rare Form, Thinny and Melt. This is a great start for sure, but if you’re anything like me, you need extra help.

I am the least flexible human on the planet. I’ve done the splits exactly once in my life. It was during gym class in the 4th grade, and it was only because this guy I really liked was watching. Adrenaline took over and I somehow just found myself down on the ground, legs splayed in front and behind me. It was an incredible moment. I was shocked, but of course totally played it off like I do it all the time (I was a super cool 4th grader). I also couldn’t walk for several days after, and my crush was totally unimpressed. (Loser!)

Since then, my body has rejected all forays into flexibility. Even putting my leg up on the low barre in the studio is a challenge. I struggle to touch my toes, and my hips are so tight that I often just laugh in class, when comparing my range of motion to others. And although I know the the key to increased flexibility is consistent stretching, I just can’t bring myself to do it on my own. Also, I don’t even really know what stretches to do.

If you find yourself nodding to in recognition while you read this post, never fear! Help is on the way. Starting in the new year, Lithe TV will begin premiering mini stretch workshops for you to use in your homes, at your own leisure, to supplement your stretch time in the studio. Watch and laugh as Melissa Weinberg grazes the ceiling with her toes, and I struggle to get my leg up to hip height.

And if you’re thinking to yourself, I’m already flexible and amazing, then....GOOD FOR YOU! Show off! (So maybe I’m a little jealous.) But I am told, that even if you’re generally flexible, consistent stretching is still important to keep you feeling centered, limber and of course Lithe. So stay tuned to the blog to see the first Lithe Method stretch workshop video, and have a few laughs while you give your body what it needs to keep Lithing.

See you in class!  

Image of Lauren Boggi Goldenberg in Cinch Side Bends wearing Lithe's Haramaki (Cinch Band) via Dom

BE LITHE. 20 Dec 2011

Bari & Gerri

Do you know that the literal definition of Lithe means bending and flexing with ease?  Stretching is one of the most overlooked components of our classes.  It lengthens muscles, relaxes you, improves your overall range of motion and really decreases your risk of injury.  Our workouts are so intense and It doesn't happen often, but I cringe when Lithers walk out on our final moments of stretching during class.  Want to get inspired to stretch more?  Try Lithe's Thinny®, Melt or Rare Form® and reap the benefits! 

Image of Lithe Instructors, Bari Rosenthal & Gerri Trooskin via Dom

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