Summer bodies are earned in the winter
Meet Lither Christine H.  Talk about Bouncing Forward!  I've always been inspired by Christine's strength and dedication. She Lithed straight through her most recent pregnancy and I recently learned that she commutes to Lithe from the Northeast (in the morning!) which confirms how committed to her health and wellness she really is.  Here she is just out of the fourth trimester - 3.5 months postpartum.  Christine, I love that you felt comfortable enough to shoot in a sports bra with your linea nigra still visible.  


Her Results:  This picture is my results 3 1/2 months postpartum after my 4th child. I had been Lithing for over a year when I got pregnant with my 4th. Lithe had completely transformed my body. I finally got to the point where I felt I was in the best shape of my life and felt healthier, faster, and stronger then ever before. When I found out I was pregnant again I knew that I wanted to stick with the program and Lithe until the end. I was so worried about losing all the time and hard work that I had put in. I am so glad that I continued. Lithing during pregnancy kept me sane, gave me more energy, and helped keep my weight gain in check. It also kept my body strong and toned which which I was very happy about!


What surprised me most was postpartum. This time, my body started to recover quicker then with any of my three previous pregnancies. Knowing that this was my fourth child and that I wasn't getting any younger gave me serious doubt that I could return to how good I felt. Well, I was wrong. My body even looked better in those first few weeks then it had with any of my other three kids.  A few weeks later I was starting to see some of that definition back in my stomach that must have been from the workouts that kept my core strong. This time was definitely the easiest and quickest recovery I have experienced! I know for sure that it was all thanks to Lithe.


Kids: 4 (8 year old boy, 5 & 3 year old girls and a baby girl born in November, 2013)


Her Fit.Hip.Healthy:  Lithe has really changed my feelings on being fit and healthy. From classes that seem to be constantly changing and always challenging, to the instructors that are motivating and always approachable. Before I just worked out just to lose weight, now I workout for my body. Having the foods and juices available in the studio has been a bonus for me. Grabbing something after class keeps my diet on track. Even reading the blog helps me stay motivated. I enjoy the class descriptions by Sayeh's living Lithe (when I first started I always checked her description before I tired a new class!).


Fell off the wagon:  Since starting Lithe, NO! I only stopped postpartum for about 8 weeks. I did get cleared from my doctor to start exercise at 5 weeks, but did not feel ready.


How I Lithe:  I started Lithe in 2012. Before that my exercise routine was running outside and on the treadmill. I felt my body had plateaued though. I had 3 kids and of course my body wasn't the same as before. A friend had told me about Lithe and I decided to give it a try. After my first 101 I was hooked. My first class out of 101 was skinny jeans with Lauren. It was the hardest workout I had ever done. After class when I got home I remember my legs still shaking and I was addicted. Lithe is now an important part of my life. I love being able to disconnect for an hour, its a little mental break!


My schedule now includes Lithing 2x a week, 3x if I am lucky! I also run a little in-between Lithing. Of course I would love to Lithe more if I could. I love to sweat, so some of favorite classes are weightless, spirit, step rally. I also love anything with a great CCS like Barlesque, Rock Steady and Stems. I also love how classes like Higher Power, which emphasizes the arms kills my abs, too.  I try to constantly mix it up when my schedule allows me to. Other classes I look to get in are freestyle and split. I like not knowing which classes they will incorporate. While I like all the instructors and have never taken a "bad" class,  for some reason Elizabeth's classes really kill me in a good way! 


Sculpting is key for her: While I do love cardio and love to sweat, sculpting just works. It really pushes me. After taking a sculpting class I feel like I can see and feel the change, even if its all mental in my head. I also have a love/hate relationship with sculpting at the barre, especially with fold over work. I always try and pick classes that incorporate it; it's so hard and never seems to get any easier! When I started Lithe I avoided heavy sculpting classes, because I used to believe in the "sculpting can make you bulky" myth. I was so very, very wrong. Sculpting is the key to changing your body! 


My Diet: Truthfully right now it isn't the best. I do always make the effort to eat and choose healthy things, but sometimes it can be tricky with our family. I stay away from fast food, I snack on fruits and vegetables and drink lots of water.  Right now I am focusing on portion control and being aware of how much I am eating. I feel like I pick at my kids food way too much!


She used to weigh in: I have a small frame. When I started doing the Lithe I actually saw the scale creeping up slightly.  I chalked it up to muscle that I so desperately needed, so that is when I stopped weighing myself. Personally weighing my self drives me crazy and stresses me out!  I usually just go by how my clothes fit. That being said, when I went back for my six week postpartum check up my curiosity got the best of me. I wanted to know how much I weighed before I got pregnant, how much I gained during this pregnancy and of course what I weighed then. I was 110 before I got pregnant. I weighed 134 when I gave birth. At 6 weeks postpartum I was 118. Now I am 3 lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight. 


She feels:  I don't feel that my strength and body is back to where I was before this pregnancy, but I see a difference every week. I know from experience that my body will never look the exact same as it did before, but I know as long as I work hard I am going to see awesome results. I am excited to continue to see my body change from here. Lithe has helped me be much more excepting and proud of my body, even with its flaws. I hope that feeling will rub off on the three little girls I have at home.


Image of Christine H. via Stuart Goldenberg


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Christine, you look AMAZING!! You're truly an inspiration :) I'm so glad I got to meet you a couple of weeks ago at the photo shoot, and hopefully our paths will cross again! <3

Gorgeous Christine!!!

As someone who discovered Lithe after having my kiddo, I am truly in awe of all the women who Lithe while pregnant. But these kinds of benefits I'd never even considered. Wow, lady, you look just amazing. Seeing abs AND a linea negra? So damn cool. :)

A fabulous member of the OC 9:45am crew! Christine, you inspire me!

Christine, you look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Wow, u look awesome! Can't believe how defined your abs are, especially after giving birth only a few months ago. You rock! I hope to look like that after I have kids of my own!! :) thanks for the inspiration!

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