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MAMA SAYS 16 Jul 2014

MamaSays

Being a Lither takes commitment. But being a mom and a Lither calls for serious dedication. Between early wakeup calls (5 AM? Again?) and rushing to pick the kids up at preschool, it's not always so easy to squeeze in a class. In our new column, we'll shine a little light on the mamas that make it happen.

First up is Nicole Andreola, the South Philly mother of two.  

Kids: Nicholas, 2 and Rocco, 11 months
 
Tell us your Lithe story:  After having Nicholas, I needed someone to kick my butt. I heard about Lithe from my friend Colleen McNally - who is now an instructor - and decided to check it out when he was almost 1. Since then, I've been going strong for more than 2 years. I Lithed 5-6 times a week up until my second son's due date (with a 9 pound baby in my belly, no less).  I took a short break when he was born and was back in class about 5 weeks later. I watched my body snap into shape much more quickly after that pregnancy and attribute it to consistently Litheing. I was also much more accepting of my post-pregnancy shape this time around. 
 
How do you fit it into your schedule? The 7 and 8 PM classes are most convenient because my husband can take over after he gets home from work. When I first became a mom, I felt guilty about leaving my baby in order to exercise. Nowadays, I figure that my family has my attention 23 hours out of the day and Lithe is that one hour I have just to myself.  
 
Which Lithe workout has given you the stamina to run after two little boys all day? Well, it's probably a combination of all of them, but if I can get through Hipster after being on the go since 6 AM, I'm pretty proud of myself. 
 
How do you fit it into the budget? Though we're a one income family - I'm a stay-at-home mom - we figure out a way to make it work. Luckily, my husband realizes that I'm happiest when Lithe is in my life. And I always make the most out of my monthly pass. 
 
Clearly, you have a healthy diet, but which of your kids' foods can you not resist? I have a major sweet tooth, so the cupcakes and graham crackers are always tempting. Also, the cookie bar at Whole Foods is hard to pass up.
 
Lithe is where you go to blow off steam. Can you share any local spots where your children love to play? Herron Park sprayground, Seger Park, and the Please Touch Museum
 
Image of Nicole and family via Nicole

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Nicole, you really inspire me. I was so impressed with your stamina in weightess a couple weeks ago, you literally never stopped the whole class and that is a tough one

Thank you for starting this new column! I am a mother of a 2-year old and I just started going back to Lithe classes after a very long hiatus. It's inspiring to know that other ladies in the class are also mothers and they can still: 1) make time to go to Lithe, and 2) kick butt in these really intense classes! I love that Lithe is great for all ages and the range of times available is very accomodating!

Hooray! LOVE THIS! Couldn't love it more! Yay for #lithemama

I would like to play it cool about this....but I can't!! This is pretty fricken awesome! It means so much more I think bc I am a mama. I was pretty taken back that Lauren thought of me, I THANK YOU. I think we all inspire each other, that is what gets us through these killer classes. So to all the ladies who cheered me on when I was pregnant, pre pregnancy & post I thank you too. See you in class....#litheendlesssummerchallenge

I've loved getting to know Nicole a little this year. I remember when she was preggers with #2 and I would think to myself "Well if the pregnant girl can do it, I can at least try!" There's something about her smile that seems like she's so happy to be at Lithe. And I remember her Resolve To Reach Goal of embracing her new "Mommy Body" - which is sexy, fit and strong! This is a great new feature!

I LOVE This feature. And I LOVE seeing my favorite girl and my favorite family on the blog. Congrats Nicole you earned it!!!!

haha, i totally needed this! i left lithe during my pregnancy more than 3 years ago and have been considering a come back. thanks for the inspiration.

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