SUMMER BODIES ARE EARNED IN THE WINTER (ED.9)! 14 Apr 2014
After getting to know Lither Betsy C. on Lithe Escape, I thought it was the perfect time to demystify her. Enjoy!
Kids?: Maybe someday
Her Fit.Hip.Healthy: Some people don’t believe it, but growing up I was heavy. I was a very active kid, and I loved to play sports, but I was a pretty picky eater, which led to food and weight issues. At a fairly young age, I learned about eating better, strength training and cardio. When I was in high school, I became obsessed with spinning, Tae Bo, lifting, running, using an elliptical machine, etc. That "eating better" part went out the window when I became a victim of the diet fads of the 90s, eating fat free everything and too much sugar. So I would spin and use the elliptical for hours a day. All that repetitive motion just made my thighs look like tree trunks. No matter how lean I was, my quads were always SO big, I loathed them.
After the summer of 2012, I came home from the last weekend at the shore where I go to boot camp at 80th street in Stone Harbor. I decided that I needed to look for something like that near home. I searched for similar workouts but feared they wouldn’t be challenging enough. I found Facebook friends praising the effects of Lithe. So I decided to give it a whirl, and I was immediately hooked. Within 5-6 months, I noticed my clothes fitting better and I felt stronger and more confident in myself. During the holidays, my mom and sister-in-law were saying I looked like a new person. My skin and hair looked healthier and I looked happy! I hadn't lost any weight really, but I was leaner.
The thing I love about Lithe compared to all of the workouts I have ever done, is the variety of different classes to choose from, and they are challenging and effective. I noticed that my body has changed, I feel stronger and leaner than ever. The combination of moves, combination of sculpting and cardio are so efficient and fun, what’s not to love!? Another bonus is the sense of community within the studios. The friends I've made over the last year and a half are priceless. I love meeting new ladies and getting to know their stories, successes and struggles. I feel like we’re a team, supporting and encouraging each other to be a better version of ourselves. I also have to give a shout-out to the amazing instructors. Without each of you bringing your energy and enthusiasm, where would we all be?!
I used to do 2 classes at night and then for an extra calorie burn I would go to the gym to use the elliptical. After developing tendonitis in my ankle, I realized the elliptical was doing more harm than good. By June, I decided to give it up. A few weeks later, I noticed my clothes were fitting even better than they had since the initial few months. It took me a year to let go of my fears of not burning enough calories. I thought that my body was different, and that I was genetically predisposed to gain weight. Essentially, I thought that my metabolism would let me down. Almost a year later and I have never felt so good inside and out. I thank my lucky stars that I found Lithe! Thank you, Lauren!
Fell off the wagon?: Never. I struggle to take a day off as it is. However, when I am out of town, I bring along my old workout videos that are no longer as challenging, like P90X. I throw in a few Cardio-Cheer sequences from Pom and Stems 2.0 when the P90X cardio intervals aren’t kicking my butt enough : )
How she Lithes: I try to kill it every time, all the time. It’s my hour (or two) of me time. Why not make the best of it? And by the weekend, I like to earn a few cocktails. Then sweat it out the next day. I work hard, play hard.
What is "key" for her: A balanced diet and as much sleep as I can get. I wear Lithe's Calorie Trashers in almost every workout becuase I have really tight hips. They work wonders for me.
Her Diet: I am on a somewhat restricted diet due to an intolerance to dairy and yeast. I don't eat refined sugar. I eat veggies, grains, nuts, fish, and fruit. The juices and meals available at the studio have been great. When available, I definitely stock up!
She does weigh in: I usually weigh in every morning. At 5’9”, I have been weighing about 138-142 lbs consistently for the last year. I am happiest at this size; Not too thin, not too heavy. I feel confident, healthy and at peace with my thighs. I have been on both ends of the spectrum and I like being right in the middle.
She feels: Fantastic! The Lithe Escape proved that I have a lot of room for improvement! I came back feeling rested and much stronger than I thought I would. We took time to do stretching instead of all cardio and sculpting, and I may try to take some more of those types of classes to help with my inflexibility.
Image of Betsy C. in Jamaica via Lauren