25 THINGS {BY SAYEH}! 24 Apr 2013


If you've been reading my column on Fit Hip Healthy long enough, you're familiar with the term Lithe Stalling--the act of finding any reason to take a quick breather during class. Whether it's taking a sip of water or adjusting your ponytail, it's an art many of us have perfected. If you've ever taken a class with Cheri, however, you won't get the chance! She doesn't mess around, and there is not a moment wasted during her 60 minutes with you. Challenging yourself to work through the transitions without taking a break? She's your gal, and here's a little more about her outside of Lithe:
  1. I am about to go back to work full time as a lawyer after being home with my kids for three years - I am incredibly nervous but super excited to get back into the working world.
  2. I have a younger sister who is several inches taller than me and blonde.  She is the complete opposite of me in many other ways, too, though we're probably more alike than I think.
  3. My favorite movie (and probably the only movie I have watched more than once, I can't stand watching movies I've already seen) is Love Actually.  
  4. I majored in psychology at Duke, and never painted my face blue at basketball games (though I did camp out to see games). 
  5. I always have at least 2-3 medicated Chapstick lip balms on me and cannot go more than an hour without putting one on. 
  6. I have slept with earplugs since my sophomore year in college when my dorm room was across the hall from the girls' bathroom which had a broken door that slammed shut every time someone opened it. Now, I cannot sleep without them; whenever I try, I hear every creak and noise in my house and it completely spooks me. 
  7. I am dying to go on an African safari and see Victoria Falls, though I would probably spend most of the trip freaking out and terrified of the animals.
  8. I have never had a pet. 
  9. I have a serious sweet tooth - my favorites are Runts, Sweettarts, chewy Sweettarts, Nerds and Fundip (but not the stick, just the sugar!)
  10. I have to have some form of chocolate at least once a day - usually its a Dove Promises milk chocolate bar or Hershey's Bliss chocolates. 
  11. I have so many favorite foods - pizza (my local favorites are Joe's on 16th in Center City and In Riva in East Falls), sushi, lasagna, chicken parm, bolognese sauce, french fries, avocado, cheese, cherries and dried apples. To name just my top 10.  
  12. I was a cheerleader in middle school and part of high school and have danced since I was 7.  
  13. I am a voracious reader - I can read anything. 
  14. I met my boyfriend on JDate! I always forget that he is 11 years older than I am, except when we are talking about some movie/television/or music reference and then we remember we grew up in different decades. 
  15. I have two very strange recurring dreams - one,  that I find myself at the end of the college semester about to go into finals and realize that I haven't been to a single class and never even bought any of the textbooks.  In the other, I am driving to my parents' house on Long Island and end up taking an alternate route on a road that is essentially a roller coaster with loops (though my car is obviously not tied down to a track!) and there are breaks in the Verrazano Bridge that my car has to leap over. I find both dreams equally terrifying! 
  16. I never exercised until I started Lithing.  Now, I am completely addicted to the endorphins and the rush and love nothing more than working myself physically and mentally as hard as I can for 60 minutes, ending up looking like I took a shower. 
  17. I used to be so impatient (think "foot tapper" while waiting in line), but I have completely mellowed in the past several years and love living life this way. 
  18. It is incredibly difficult for me to sit still.  Unless I am reading - and then I can completely tune out the world, for better or worse.
  19. I was an extraordinarily picky eater for most of my life - think plain spaghetti, white rice, parmesan cheese. Now I have a pretty adventurous palate and love insanely spicy foods, the spicier the better!
  20. I was a vegetarian for 7 years, largely motivated by the crush I had on my 9th grade biology teacher. 
  21. I am a complete and total spaz - I am always bruised from constantly bumping into walls and poles (even in my own house where I should be familiar with their location!), dropping and breaking glasses, etc.  I know many of you have caught me almost falling off the instructor platform many times. 
  22. I love to laugh and am easily amused - it doesn't take much,  and I love corny jokes, the cornier the better.  You know I am laughing really hard if you can't hear it - I have a silent laugh when I really get going. 
  23. I hate reality television.  Except for So You Think You Can Dance.  In fact, I pretty much dislike television in general, with the exception of a few shows.  The television is rarely on in my house unless the kids are watching! I'd much rather be reading.
  24. I hate talking on the phone and avoid it at all costs. 
  25. My kids (Ava, 8.5 and Ben, almost 5) are my world. Ava is so imaginative and creative (she definitely doesn't get that from me) and would do anything in the world for her little brother, despite the fact that he tortures her on a daily basis.  Ben is a crazy little boy, fearless, and such a ham, but so sweet and loving (except when he is torturing his sister!)

Image of Lithe Instructor Cheri Tolin via Dom


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Go Cheri! I'm pretty sure I speak for everyone at ML when I say that we are all happy for you getting a job but will miss your 9:45 classes a ton!

Love you, Cheri! I especially love #22...as you know, I'm exactly the same! xoxo

Congrats Cheri, the morning crew at ML will miss you more than you know! And you caught me Lithe Stalling last week in Twiggy...and put my water bottle down for me so I could get back to work :) xoxo Keri

awesome read! go duke :)

Great 25 things and learning more about you! Love working with you and taking your classes too!

Jen does speak for everyone at ML! We will miss you SO much and congratulations on the new job!

Re: #7 - You should go! No Victoria Falls, but I highly recommend a Safari in the Maasai Mara in Kenya. If you want hotel recommendations there or in Nairobi, let me know.

I have the same recurring dream about college finals!
It's so much fun having you as an instructor! Best of luck with the new job!

Cheri - Re #17: kids will do that to you.

I love your classes, your enthusiasm and your sense of humor (I'm a silent laugher too) Im not looking forward to seeing less of you at Lithe :(, but hopefully our kids will be in the same class at GES! Good luck in your return to full time lawyering!

Thanks guys, you are so sweet! I will miss my daytime regulars so much, you are awesome!

Getting a job??? NOOOO!!!
Cheri, you rock and your energy will be missed!
(read, finally able to Lithe Slack again!)

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