MISSION: LITHE! 3 Apr 2014

Mission Lithe!

Two more of our incredible front of the house crew is doing a nine day challenge! The fabulous Jonathan Cedrone (he's also currently doing his Co-op with Lithe Foods) and Lithe's General Manager, Katie Kempf are on day 4.  Lets cheer them on!  Read about why they are on a mission...

Why did you want to do a 9 day challenge?
Now that I'll be out of school on co-op for the next 6 months, I feel like I finally have a hot second to actually devote to some [much needed] self care. After seeing Kristin and Chrissy's transformations, I was inspired to make a change for myself as well. As part of the extremely rare species known as the "Lithe Boy", I wanted to see if Lithe would affect the male body in the same way that it affects the female, as seen through all of our amazing client transformations! With this new found inspiration and time, I figured the 9 day challenge would be the best way to literally whip myself into shape so that I could take classes more regularly (without nearly passing out in the mat room - I don't know how some of these ladies do it!) and in preparation for becoming Lithe's first male instructor! While losing some unwanted inches of fat, ideally I'd like to gain some more muscle! And what better time to get started than right before summer?! (gasp, shirtless...)
What day are you on?
Today is day 4 of the challenge!
What is your typical diet like?
Living on the budget of an undergraduate who literally pays for everything himself, nutrition is extremely difficult for me. With barely any time available to devote to shopping for healthy groceries and actually cooking, I tend to gravitate towards the already prepared options, and 9 times out of 10, that means bad for you. With that said, I don't fall into the stereotype of the college kid who only eats Ramen noodles, but I definitely don't have enough fruits, veggies, and proteins (read: I eat a lot of pasta). Regarding portions, my diet fluctuates a bit too much as well. When I'm home with my family, I tend to eat portions that are definitely too large; my family is Italian, so that means consistent yelling from Mom and Mommom that I'm "not eating enough" despite the 2 bowls of pasta with meatballs and bread that I just ate. But when I'm on my own at my apartment, portions are too small. I've been needing an overhaul to steer my diet towards a more nutritionally-valuable, middle road!
Did you fall off the wagon?
Technically, I'm fairly new to Lithe classes, so I've never "fallen off the wagon" in that sense. However, my fitness has definitely not gotten as much attention as I'd like recently. I have generally been in good shape since high school because of dance (I was heavier as a pre-teen, thanks to Mom and Mommom, as mentioned above). In high school, dance for me was much more athletically based, especially with my competition team (read: jumps, turns, splits...). Ever since coming to Drexel and joining their company, dance is more focused on performance and the artform itself. However, that meant dance could no longer suffice as my only exercise. But between rehearsals, dance classes, academic classes, homework, work, and social life, finding the time to get in a workout was the last thing on my list. Ever since, I've never been completely comfortable in my own skin (especially on the beach without a shirt), although I know I'm not overweight or completely out of shape.
How are you feeling right now?
Right now I'm feeling much more energetic and happy, despite the soreness! It's only day 4, and I'm starting to see exciting changes in my body: my stomach looks and feels tighter, my chest seems fitter, and my arms are definitely bigger and more defined. With that said, I'm extremely excited to check in next week!



Why did you want to do a 9 day challenge?

I wanted to do the 9 day challenge because I think it will help me recharge.  It's the perfect opportunity to focus on myself for a bit and get ready for Spring.  I'm pretty social person, and I love spending time with my family and friends.  However, between work and life I don't get much "me" time.  Taking a class is my own personal time and it's so important for my mental health.


What is your typical diet like?

My typical diet is fairly healthy when I'm by myself, but I am very influenced by my friends and will feast whenever the opportunity presents itself.  My diet is full of fruits and vegetables...but it's also full of pizza and cookies and brownies.


Did you fall off the wagon?

I didn't completely fall of the wagon, but I have not been able to take as many classes each week as I would like. I used to Lithe 5 days a week and for the last few months I've been averaging 1-3 classes per week. I'm really excited to get back to the level that I used to be at.


How are you feeling?

Today is day 4 and I feel great.  I'm more energetic and already feel more like myself- happier, more positive, and more appreciative about the little things in life!


Images via Lauren



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I LOVE this! Thank you Lithe staffers for taking on this challenge - it's really SOOOO motivating! These two are some great people! Always so nice and have such positive attitudes.

Also, I love that Jonathon is representing the boys! I often see the guys working out in SWEAT next to the OC studio and wonder if they could hack it in our Lithe classes a few floors up. I also wonder if some of them would just hang out with their shirts off during class for added motivation. Sorry - visual tangent - Jonathon - I'm looking forward to seeing your results and can't wait to hear the male perspective at the end.

Good luck you guys! This is an awesome mission. I love seeing your shining faces behind the front desk at Rittenhouse, and I can't wait to sweat it out with you in the studio!

Awesome that you guys are taking on the mission! Does this mean more opportunities to take classes with the elusive Jonathan?? :)

Good luck, and I love reading stuff about both of you, so I can't wait to find out how it goes!

Good luck Jonathan and Katie! I hope I get to take a class with either of you or both of you before your mission is complete! Woot woot!

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