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DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 29 Apr 2015

DEAR LITHE

Dear Lithe, 

I am very much in the zone with the EarnedInWinter challenge. I participated in the Lithe Spring Clean and TMINUS30 last year. Something about the daily hashtag calendar really showed how we band together to support each other in Lithe and life. 

I’m not sure if my current state is completely inspired by Lithe, but I can’t think of anything else in my life that has had such an impact. I make Lithe a priority during packed workdays and weekends. I am single and always searching for the right guy. Last year, I posted during the TMINUS30 challenge, “single, is not a status, it’s a word that describes a person who is strong enough to live and enjoy life without depending on others.”  At that point, I was building the strength to allow my health, mind, and body to be the focus and to take the attention away from the seemingly woeful single life.

Now I'm shedding the fat. At first, it had nothing to do with body fat at all. There are a few men in my life that come and go. They reach out whenever they want. I acquiesce, thinking that’s all I deserve. A transient, temporary situation, at best. Friends say that you manifest what you portray you deserve. In some ways I take full responsibility for the type of situation I attract. I was almost eager for that random text/email to make plans with a guy. I found myself saying, “maybe this time he’ll be different.” We all know the answer to that hope.

Since I’ve delved into the challenges, I feel myself becoming stronger and wiser. As I gain more muscle definition, use higher weights, and watch inches fall away, I am redefining myself on the inside as well. I’ve sent a few courtesy no thank you texts to those who reach out to me intermittently to hang out without any intention of a serious relationship. I am reshaping and restructuring my heart, as well as my body.

I know Lithe hearts my heart, but now I'm beginning to heart my heart as well.  

Thank you, thank you, thank you,  
Stefanie

LITHE IN SELF (BEST CORE WORKOUTS)! 29 Apr 2015

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SHE'S LITHE: MARIA NGUYEN 28 Apr 2015

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We may recognize a fellow Lither's trendy embellished flats near the door, how low she can go in wide second, and whether she uses 3, 5, or 8 pound weights for candlestick pulses, but what do we know about her outside the studio? In our new series She's Lithe, we'll get to know a bit more about her!

What's your secret to consistently incorporating Lithe into your schedule? I find that during the week, the 6AM classes are key to making sure I get in a workout. With my sometimes crazy schedule, I don't always know when I'll get out of work. So, if Lithe is the first thing I do, whatever else happens, I know that it's done. 

When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? Lithe is definitely a big part of my de-stressing routine. Even when it's the first thing I do before work, I find that the endorphins carry me through the day (most of the time). Outside of Lithe, I have been teaching myself how to play the guitar and ukulele. Over the past year, I discovered the art of decorating sugar cookies. I've always been a creative person and this has been a great (and delicious) outlet that I can share with people. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe? One of the most rewarding moments for me in class was after I had been Lithing for about four months. I actually starting Lithing at the insistence of my friend Emily Wang after I injured myself training for the Broad Street Run. One of the first classes I took was Short Shorts and I could not do a pike-up to save my life. Then one day I was taking Short Shorts again for maybe the fourth time and found myself doing not only one pike-up, but all ten. Definitely a proud moment for me. 

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? I would be Mercy. The thing that I love most about Lithe is how challenging it is. That's what got me hooked in the first place. Mercy epitomizes that (also the name should really be changed to No Mercy). 

What's your signature drink? I love prosecco. It's a great way to celebrate a big event or just end a long day.

Who was your celebrity crush when you were in middle school? Johnny Depp (who didn't love him?)

LAUREN IN NYC! 28 Apr 2015

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MAMA SAYS: ALLISON SIRCHIO 27 Apr 2015

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

Who: Allison Sirchio

Children: Riley Clare, 18 months and another due in May.

What's your day job? I work in marketing and sales for a medical device company based out of Ohio and I specialize in general anesthesia. It often takes me on the road to work with customers and my team of sales representatives.

How do you manage to schedule time for Lithe? I either do the 6AM class which gets my workout in before my daughter wakes up or the 7PM class after she’s gone to bed. If my day is light enough, I stop in for the 9:45AM. 

What was your last family-related late cancel? Somehow, someway, I usually make it in the nick of time. However, my last late cancel was back in December when I was still battling hyperemesis during my pregnancy. 

Did you Lithe before your pregnancy? Yes, and it’s only been recently that I’ve had to change my practice a bit. I try to schedule classes that don’t have heavy ab work since I’m so far along. I also remember some modifications from my last pregnancy. It’s important to listen to your body. 

Does Riley eat healthy or does she turn her nose up at your nutritious dinner attempts? She loves my spinach and carrot smoothies. Loves them. I also incorporate a lot of things I learned from last year’s spring cleaning challenge into my cooking, like the use of coconut oil or manna, to give her fresh natural flavors. 

Which one of your Riley's foods can you not resist munching on? I’ve been known to eat her fruit and veggie pouches. They’re so convenient!

Which Lithe class makes you feels the strongest? It’s a newfound love, but Skinny Mini. Something about finishing that class makes me feel invincible. 

WE WEAR 23 Apr 2015

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You guys, it's white tee season! It's like spring hits and everyone is flaunting one. My favorite slouchy, slightly see-through, off-the-shoulder white tee is one of my spring staples. I wear it to the studio with the sleeves rolled up or out to dinner with my favorite jeans. We love a white tee paired with denim, but I say mix it up with a denim skirt or wide-leg pants. The possibilities are endless and that's what makes it oh so lovable. 

Lauren's wearing: Frame T-shirt (available at Third Street Habit), Michi bra, Gap jeans, Alexander Wang bag (available at Barneys New York), Masion Margiela shoes.

Images via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography 

LITHE LATTE! 22 Apr 2015

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I am definitely a latte lover, but what I don't love about my daily coffee order is the lack of nutrition, chemical sweeteners, and non-organic milk (hormones) filling up my cup. Rival Bros. espresso does the trick for that quick energy boost, but the side effects from those other not so healthy ingredients leave me feeling less than Lithe.  

So, we created a skinny latte that's better than what you can buy down the street. After weeks of taste tests and tweaking, I am super-excited to debut our Lithe Latte: a healthy, 100% vegan, lactose-free latte alternative that's chock-full of protein. 

Ingredients: Rival Brothers Whistle & Cuss espresso, cold-pressed cashew milk, and Green Meadow Farm local raw honey.   

Price: $10

SHE'S LITHE: MOLLY KIRIACOULACOS 21 Apr 2015

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We may recognize a fellow Lither's trendy embellished flats near the door, how low she can go in wide second, and whether she uses 3, 5, or 8 pound weights for candlestick pulses, but do we know about her life outside the studio? In our new series She's Lithe, we'll get to know a bit more about her!

What's your secret to consistently incorporating Lithe into your schedule? Planning around one class every single day and not being picky about the class has been my secret to staying consistent. That way even if I have to cancel two or three, I still get to Lithe the majority of the week. Also I really trust the process. I noticed the best results when I stopped avoiding or chasing certain classes and just focused on making it to a class. I promise you the more you go, the easier it gets to go more.

When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? If it’s been a really long day all I can think about is how soon I can get into my bed with a good book. No music, no phone, no TV. I’ve thought about learning to meditate but this quiet time gets my mind off of everything else.
 
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Being able to measure my progress through the core moves that you see in multiple classes. Getting in one more push-up on my toes or realizing you’re finally able to finish a lunge set without stopping is so rewarding. Then just when you think you’ve mastered it, you take a class where you add bands or ankle weights to the move and it’s a whole new challenge. I still look forward to the day I’m able to get through the barre chair squat series without taking a break!
 
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Rah! My friends would say I’m the person they call when they need cheering up. Between yelling out “I’m hot,” “Stop, bitch” and kicking fly-girl style, it’s impossible to take that class without smiling and feeling better when you leave then when you walked in.

What's your signature drink? A good sparkling rose. I love the bubbles and the flavor. I almost always start with a glass when we go out for dinner.
 
What TV series are you embarrassed to say you've binge watched on Netflix? Not on Netflix but I do have an embarrassing amount of America’s Next Top Model on my DVR. Tyra is crazy dramatic, but I love fashion photography, so can I say I just watch it for the pictures? Really, I’ve learned a lot about lighting, composition and of course “smizing”.

FOLLOW LITHE FOODS ON INSTAGRAM! 20 Apr 2015

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Some amazing things are happening over here at Lithe Foods. Follow us on Instagram: @lithe_foods

Image via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

THE MAXI KNOT! 16 Apr 2015

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Is your maxi dress too long? Knot it up! I've knotted the bottom of mine (in lieu of hemming) for years. You'll also reap the fitness benefits. Twist the bottom of your cotton/jersey maxi dress at the ankle/calf for extra resistance to your core. It's an easy way to kick it up a notch while you're on vacation or just walking around town. 

Image of Lauren night-walking and breaking in flip-flops at Delray Beach wearing Splendid L.A.

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